Details emerge about man who set himself on fire outside Trump trial

 April 20, 2024

New details have been released about Max Azzarello, the man who lit himself on fire outside of the New York City courthouse where former President Donald Trump's so-called hush money case is taking place. 

Mediaite reports that these details have been found in a manifesto allegedly belonging to Azzarello has been released.

What happened?

The video has been circulating the internet of the horrifying event that took place on Friday.

Prior to setting himself on fire, Azzarello posted a message on Instagram, writing, "I love you." Then, not long after that, he walked over to a group of Trump supporters and threw pamphlets into the air, before proceeding to light himself on fire.

According to the New York PostAzzarello, after setting himself on fire, burned for about two minutes before the fire was put out with extinguishers. For part of the time, he remained standing, before eventually going to the ground.

After the fire was extinguished, Azzarello was taken to a nearby hospital with severe burns. The burns proved to be too much, and, early on Saturday morning, the 37-year-old succumbed to his injuries.

Authorities have revealed that Azzarello traveled to New York from his place of residency in St. Augustine, Florida, without his family's knowledge.

Here's what we know about Azzarello:

Azzarello described himself as an "investigative researcher," but news outlets are describing him as a conspiracy theorist.

Mediaite reports:

Reporters at the scene found fliers that the man, identified as Max Azzarello, tossed into the air before committing the shocking act. The fliers, one of which was found by Law360’s Rachel Scharf, read “The True History of the World” and contained a QR code that linked to a Substack account called “The Ponzi Papers.”

In this Substack's latest release, Azzarello explained why he has decided to set himself on fire.

He wrote:

My name is Max Azzarello, and I am an investigative researcher who has set himself on fire outside of the Trump trial in Manhattan. This extreme act of protest is to draw attention to an urgent and important discovery: We are victims of a totalitarian con, and our own government (along with many of their allies) is about to hit us with an apocalyptic fascist world coup.

The Substack, according to Mediaite, contains a large number of conspiracy theories about well-known American politicians and personalities.

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Some outlets have managed to speak with those who knew Azzarello, and they say that, in recent years, he had developed mental health problems.

Cops who recently arrested him, according to the Post, described him as suicidal.

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