This story is incredibly disturbing, this guy deserves a hell of alot worse then just the death penalty.
A Brooklyn fiend repaid the kindness of an elderly woman who hired him for odd jobs by first stealing from her â and then burning her alive when she fired him, police said yesterday.
âI hope he burns in hell!â the victimâs stricken daughter, Sheila Gillespie Hillsman, 49, fumed to pals on Facebook.
Accused sadistic killer Jerome âJerryââ Isaac, 47, was reeking of gasoline when he turned himself in to cops more than eight hours after the horrific torching of tragic 73--year-old churchgoer Delores Gillespie.
Cops said Isaac was furious that the postal clerk had refused to pay him for some of the work heâd done at her Prospect Heights apartment after she discovered heâd swiped her kitchenware and DVD player.
Isaac allegedly ambushed the terrified woman at 4:10 p.m. Saturday, standing in the fifth-floor hallway of her building as the elevator doors opened and she started to step off, returning from a trip to Key Foods with bags hanging from her wrists.
Isaac sprayed her with a flammable liquid, used a barbecue lighter to set her ablaze, tossed a Molotov cocktail at her and then sprayed her again for extra measure even though she was already engulfed in flames, screaming in agony, police said.
The madman then fled â first to his nearby apartment at 315 Lincoln Place that he shared with his brother in the gentrifying neighborhood to also try to set it ablaze, police said. He managed to only damage the door frame.
The perp ran next to the rooftop of 571 Lincoln Place, where he hid, thinking heâd been burned â even though he wasnât â and terrified that he would be easily identified if he was spotted on the street, police said.
He fell asleep on the roof, and when he woke up, Isaac went on the run again, wandering around before finally turning himself in at 12:30 a.m. at Transit District 32, about two miles away in Crown Heights, officials said.
Some of the items he had allegedly used to set ablaze Gillespie were recovered on the Lincoln Place rooftop, authorities said.
âI set the fire in the hallway, and I set the fire in the elevator,â the suspect sniveled to cops after surrendering â although he refused to admit he had also burned Gillespie, police told The Post.
He was charged with first-degree murder and arson.
The victimâs grief-stricken son, Maurice Gillespie, 37, said his trusting mother âjust met [Isaac] one day and said he was an honest guyâ and hired him.
Her nephew, Rick Causey, 52, who lived with the mother and son, added, âShe trusted himâ and even gave him a key to the apartment.
But the son said his mom realized that Isaac was a thief at some point earlier this year because sheâd be on the street and found herself having to â[buy] her stuff back.â
âHe was doing more stealing than cleaning,ââ Causey noted.
After learning of Isaacâs thievery, Gillespie refused to pay him for at least some of his work. A furious Isaac then left a note on the familyâs door last summer with a list of chores for which he was demanding payment, relatives said.
Not getting any satisfaction, he began a campaign of terror against Gillespie, kin said.
He was harassing her, chasing her down the street and cursing at her,â Maurice said, adding heâd seen Isaac hanging around across the street from his motherâs apartment at 203 Underhill Ave. three days ago.
Neighbor Dorinda Thomas, 56, said Gillespie was âdesperately afraidâ of the suspect.
âShe knew that something was going to happen to her in that building,â Thomas said. âEveryone knew this.â
Still, cops said Gillespie never filed an official complaint again Isaac, who claimed that she owed him $2,100 for work heâd supposedly done.
But Mauriceâs girlfriend, Linda Moses, noted bitterly, âShe was just trying to help [Isaac] out, and here we are, for being kind.â
Gillespie, who worked at the General Post Office in East New York, and Isaac were never romantically involved, relatives and cops said.
The suspectâs chilling attack on his victim was caught on video tape and showed him allegedly wearing gloves and a dust mask pulled up on top of his head when he pounced, police said.
His spraying of Gillespie was methodical, ensuring that the beloved Gillespie, known as a local activist who helped the homeless and spoke out passionately against crime in her neighborhood, was covered head to toe in the flammable liquid, police said.
âSheâs cowering, trying to protect her face with her hands,ââ said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne, describing footage of Gillespieâs final moments.
Isaac made statements incriminating himself when he was under questioning, sources said.
âHe was giving some of this stuff up,â a source said
One police source called the scene as nothing less than âtorture.ââ
Neighbors said the accused maniac, who had no prior arrests, was known locally as a loner.
âHeâs always out riding his bike. He collects empty cans and bottles Sometime, heâll have a big bag of them . . . He was never friendly. Iâve never seen him talking to anyone,â said Isaacâs neighbor, Eric Charles, 42.
âWhen I came home I saw all the police. One told me what he did in the elevator and said he did something here too. Itâs crazy.â
Causey, Gillespieâs nephew, blamed himself partly for the tragedy, saying he usually walked the victim to and from the street when she went shopping.
âI should have been there,â he said.
Causey said he was watching TV when he heard a commotion and looked into the hallway but that cops and firemen forced him back into the apartment.
He said cops questioned him at the 77th Precinct station house until 9 p.m. Saturday before letting him go.
Neighbors described Gillespie as a âwonderfulâ person who always looked out for her neighbors and community.
âEverybody in the neighborhood would tell you, anything she had in her house sheâd give you,â said Thomas, 56, adding that Gillespie was her nephewâs godmother.
âShe was a wonderful lady, you understand.â
Margie Grooms, 67, who lives on the block, said Gillespie was a âcommunity activist.â
Another neighbor who would only say her name was Rose, said Gillespie âwas a lady who looked out for everybody. Whoever did this had no heart.â
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I read that. I wish I could know that guy's story. What does it take to create a person who could do something like this? It doesn't happen overnight, This takes years and years to create a "monster".