Chicago Man Burns Himself to Death; Despite His Best Efforts, War in Iraq Continues


Malachi Ritscher, a dedicated documentarian of Chicago's experimental music scene, angry at himself for failing to slash Donald Rumsfeld's throat when he had the chance, burned himself to death to protest the Iraq War a couple of weeks back–"near a 25-foot-tall Loop sculpture titled "Flame of the Millennium." Apparently, the chance to vote Democratic on the then-forthcoming election day wasn't enough for the guy.

Ritscher's self-penned obituary.

A Wikipedia mini-history of politically inspired self-immolation.