For 25 years, serial arsonist Thomas Sweatt terrorized neighborhoods throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. When at last he was arrested in 2005, he confessed to over 340 arson-set fires that claimed the lives of 4 people. Through years of research and combing through several hundred letters written by Tom, Jonathan Riffe has put together this in-depth, never-seen-before biography of the man named the “most prolific and dangerous serial arsonist in American history.” Behind the mask of this crazy, perverted, demented, killer serial arsonist is Thomas Sweatt, an African American homosexual loner in his late fifties who worked at various fast-food joints throughout his lifetime and turned Washington, DC, upside down into a living hell.
Jonathan Riffe has been involved in the fire service since 1996. He is a career firefighter with the Annapolis Fire Department and Deputy Chief with the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department in Maryland. He is a past Lieutenant with the Washington DC Fire Department and past Chief of the Huntingtown Volunteer Fire Department. He is an adjunct instructor with the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute.
Jonathan has written several articles that have been published in Fire Engineering Magazine and Firehouse Magazine. He is the author of "Thomas Sweatt: Inside the Mind of D.C.'s Most Notorious Arsonist," was a contributing author in the book, "Pass It On: The Second Alarm" and contributing author in the book, "90 Days of Encouagement 3: Stretching Your Faith." Jonathan lives in Maryland with his wife, Carrie and sons, Shepard & Weston. His passions include fishing, crabbing, and traveling.