Huffington Post

Some people just can’t face up to the consequences of their actions:

As the word “guilty” filled the silence of a Phoenix courtroom, defendant Michael Marin closed his eyes, put his head in his hands and appeared to put something in his mouth. He then took a swig from a sports bottle.

Minutes later, the 53-year-old Marin was dead.

Now investigators are trying to confirm their suspicion that Marin popped a poison pill after the jury found him guilty of arson, a bizarre ending to a case that began in 2009 when he emerged from his burning mansion in scuba gear.

Prosecutors said he torched his home when he couldn’t keep up with the payments. Marin, an attorney and father of four, faced seven to 21 years in prison.

“This is one of the strangest cases I’ve seen in a long time,” said Jeff Sprong, a spokesman with the Maricopa County sheriff’s office. “We’re hoping to find out exactly what he was thinking and exactly what he took.”



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  • Guest

    Tended to in the final moments by younger women… What a way to go out. But seriously, it looks like he brought on his own demise, we can clearly see him swallowing something. He is a coward.

  • Fozzie

    I now know why I come and read here less and less …. sick wa’il – a new low for you

    • Was it sick for the Huffington Post?

      • Fozzie

         Absolutely – but you repeated it ……

      • So we just put news and views that agree with now?

      • Fozzie

         wa’il  that’s what you do …. put stuff up that you agree with – given your comment then I guess you believe what you wrote – he could not face the consequences – it came across a a gloat to me  – if i was wrong then I apologise. The man is dead – took the ultimate consequence of his action – to have that played out in the media and then repeated throughout the world is sick and so sad for those he left behind.

    • Mr_Blobby

      Yes. Pity some of our own homegrown scum don’t take the hint.

    • Troy

      The freedom to choose what one does on one’s own blog is great – try it sometime!  Fact is fact, like it or not, when it happens it becomes history and is thus reported on, blogged, tweeted etc.  The freedom to choose not to even read it due to the title is yours alone – exercise your prerogative to do that – but don’t fuck with the whale aight?

  • Markjnz

    The prosecuting counsel did not react.

  • Phronesis

    Impressive composure from a man who was waiting to die. 

  • Steve and Monique

    Seems like he put something in his mouth,when he put his hands over his mouth when he first heard the verdict.

    • Steve and Monique

      And if that saves the people some funds for sticking him in jail then good on him.(sorry needed to be added to above post)

  • Ratchet

    I find that sickening.

    Imagine if that was a common occurrence – there would be unemployed prison guard and parole officers EVERYWHERE! That man has done nothing but erode the job security of people in the prison service. Shameful.



    • Patrick

       They could retrain as undertakers though

  • Basil

    Camera guy can’t film…Why look at the f… wall?

  • Bafacu

    Given the fact that he’s dead, I fail to see how the Sherrif’s office are “hoping to find out exactly what he was thinking”. If they knopw how to do that, can they share this information with the rest of us – might come in handy at some time.  

  • Scanner

    Can they get a dispenser for these pills put in every prison in the country, available free of charge of course, 

  • Mr_Blobby

    It is a good outcome.
    Yes he is a coward, but it was his choice, and he did exercise his right to choose.
    A good outcome. He will no longer be a burden on society.

  • Ratchet

    I don’t know how much truth there is in this, but I was told that in the 18th and 19th centuries, french prisoners from the upper classes were often imprisoned with swords to allow them to ‘do the honourable thing’

    Une bonne idee? oui?

  • brian.smaller

    I think a suicide capsule should be given to every lifer.  Just in case.

  • brian.smaller

    I also think that chances are pretty high that up until he decided arson was the way out of his overspending and living beyond his means that he was a pretty big Sheriff Joe fan.

  • Mikey

    I agree with Fozzie, I enjoy a read of this blog from time to time but it’s getting worse WO. Some of your posts lately are of a deteriorating standard. Most are a good read but hey……what about we stick to good researched articles and leave the ridicule of someones personal demise to the tabloids eh or those other shit blogs.