Burn Thy Neighbor

Where can a child molester go after serving time? Not home

The neighborhood in which Joseph Gallardo's house burnt down isn't posh; despite abutting Seattle's Volvo-saturated suburbs, Snohomish County runs more to pickup trucks. But it is still a community, with lots of children and loving, anxious parents -- which is presumably why someone lit the match.

Gallardo is not home today; the arson was committed to prevent his return after an enforced 33-month absence. Still, the cars cruise by and people shout out. "Freak!" yells one girl. "Finish the job," adds a man -- meaning, burn Gallardo. Voreen Siders and some friends stand 50 yards from the house's embers. They are...

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