But no one went through with the arson threats that were bandied about back then, says Cummins.
Parker said true serial arsonists are relatively rare, and that most arson crimes are for financial gain or fraud.
Klansmen were implicated in the arson of 30 black churches in Mississippi.
1670s, from Anglo-French arsoun (late 13c.), Old French arsion, from Late Latin arsionem (nominative arsio) "a burning," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin ardere "to burn," from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow" (see ash (n.1)). The Old English term was bærnet, literally "burning;" and Coke has indictment of burning (1640).