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Wife and mother arrested accused of setting dozens of fires

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Linda Lee (Source: LMDC) Linda Lee (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A suspected serial arsonist is now in custody. Linda Lee, 54, was arrested June 19 on 19 counts of arson and eight counts of wanton endangerment.

"Ms. Lee is a very dangerous woman," said Major Henry Ott, Louisville Metro Arson Squad. 

The fires Lee has been accused of date back to December of 2013 at homes around Hikes Point and Jeffersontown . 


"Arson investigations are very difficult to solve," said Stuart Lowrey, ATF. "This type of crime often occurs in evenings  and places outside the view of the public and law enforcement."

Usually after having multiple drinks at a bar, investigators say Lee would drive around neighbors and pick houses. They say she would use just a lighter and go torch holiday wreaths, flags, dumpsters, a couch, and even 3 motorcycles causing tens of thousands of dollars of damage. 

"About half of these are random," said Ott. "The other half involve property where she had a beef with the person that owned the property."

In March fire investigators were able to identify a suspect caught on a security camera. That's when they knew they were looking for a woman and a sedan with a Louisville license plate on the front. On Monday fire crews were called to a duplex fire on Belmar Drive. Investigators say Lee started the fire and made the mistake by sticking around and that's when she was taken in for questioning.  

"I think that she was glad that she got caught and she admitted that she was dangerous woman," said Ott. 

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Major Henry Ott says Lee confessed to crimes and said she was driven by depression, not feeling successful, and relationship problems with her husband. On Friday she appeared before a judge. 

 

Investigators believe Lee is linked to at least 37 different fires. 

She faces numerous felony arson charges and wanton endangerment and is being held on $25,000 full cash bound. 

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