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The Unfortunate Fates of the Gavle Goat Timeline

Each year, a towering Yule Goat is constructed for the holidays in Gävle, Sweden. But more often than not, the Gävle Goat — or Gävlebocken as it is called in Sweden — doesn’t make it to Christmas. Since it was first built in 1966, it’s almost annually been burned, although arson isn’t its only misfortune. 

Here’s a timeline of the rise and fall of the Gävle Goat by Atlas Obscura’s graphic designer Michelle Enemark.

Check out the full, scrollable view of the Unfortunate Fates of the Gavle Goat Timeline, on Atlas Obscura!

Sunlight hitting a doorframe in Weeks Hall, sometime around 2007, with a patient bedframe bizarrely overturned in the corridor.  Sadly, a few years after this photograph was taken, Weeks Hall - a ward building that had stood on the grounds of Connecticut Valley Hospital for over a century - was torched by an arsonist.

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Someone is setting the cars belonging to ‘Rich Kid of Instagram’ on fire

Aleem Iqbal, who goes by the username “Lord Aleem,” saw four of his cars, worth more than $850,000, destroyed by a pack of arsonists in the span of one week. He’s known across the Internet for his wildly exotic collection, and in the past month alone, he’s posted pictures of a Rolls-Royce Ghost, a Ferrari Spider and a Lamborghini Aventador.

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#5. Dosojin Matsuri — Get Drunk and Commit Arson for Religion

Held every January 15, Dosojin Matsuri starts with villagers in Nozawa Onsen, Japan, building a 60-foot fort on the edge of town. Isn’t that nice? For once they’re celebrating by building something, rather than tearing it down in a drunken rage. Then the villagers see how quickly they can replace their blood with sake, light up some torches, and start a-marchin’. Their goal is to take that beautiful building they literally just constructed and make that motherfucker burn.

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Compilation of links on Arsonists:

Quick quiz! What were the main motives for arson? If you answered the following, you’d be correct:

  • Revenge.
  • Gain. (Mainly financial.)
  • Excitement.
  • Political. 
  • To conceal a previously committed crime.

Naturally, since every human is different, your arsonist might have a different motive for their arson, so take into account what they are like.

Some arsonists who you may have heard of or may want to research to model off of include:

How do I put this all into writing, you ask? Simple.

I’m assuming you have read the last article I linked above, the one on Thomas Sweatt. Now, you obviously shouldn’t model a fictional character completely off of someone, but it’s a great place to start. Give your character a motive, a reason, a need, to make fires. Do they watch the fires, and if they do, why do they wait around to watch? How do they pick their victims?  Still, make your character more than just an arsonist. Where do they work? Do they go to school? Who are their friends, if they have any? If you met your character, what would you see in them? Create a well rounded character who “happens” to be an arsonist. Don’t make arson sound like a good thing, okay? Then, use the rest of the information you now know about arson to write about it.

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