Around 100 B.C., Rome had no fire department, and army general/politician Marcus Lacinius Crassus established a personal firefighting force. When a fire broke out, Crassus would arrive on site and proceed to bargain for the burning building and all surrounding structures until the owner would agree with his low price. The more the fire burned, the less he would bargain.
Crassus went on to be known as one of the richest men in Roman history through his extortive measures. This leads one to ask if he was responsible for starting the fires since he made such gain from them.
Shortly after the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where Adam Lanza killed 26 people, Barack Obama, the “Architect of this new America,” put himself in front of the cameras to address the massacre and read a scripted plea, attempting to cry over “our children.” He then promised “meaningful action.”