We’ve heard of grudges, but what happened recently at an Indiana car dealership set our spirits on fire.
Fort Wayne is where 79-year-old Dewey Frederick was apparently inflamed enough by a 1986 sale he set fire to four cars out of two car lots owned by the O’Daniel Automotive Group.
Frederick bought a Jeep from O’Daniel during the heyday of hair metal and claimed it had a bad engine and the dealer group never rectified the situation. His long-standing grudge resulted in $82,800 in damages, with a 2019 Jeep Compass, 2020 Jeep Cherokee and 2013 GMC Acadia set on fire. It all started with a flare falling into the Compass’s fuel filler line.
Seemingly not happy, Frederick drove to the other lot and dropped another flare into a Pontiac Solstice, severing the roof of the roadster to do so.
Frederick’s anger didn’t just flare up after years on the back burner — he apparently super-glued the locks on his Jeep at the time.
According to Washington PostFrederick was “charged on Saturday with four counts of arson and now faces eight to 48 years in prison if convicted of all four crimes.”
He also reportedly said “it’s time for the chickens to go back to roosting”.
Frederick’s own return to the dealership appears to have ended with his roasting.
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