Suffering County Courthouse Where They Testify To Pain. Tucker is on the stand. He says, "The police arrested me at the scene. I was videotaping the fire." Helen: "You do that a lot?" Tucker: "Only when I set them." Aw, poor Tucker -- the police searched his house and found his whole collection of arson events. Helen wants to know how he set the fire. Well, in a fit of decorator madness, Tucker found a bolt of fabric with a "flame-stitched" pattern and soaked it in linseed oil. How appropriate. He even pattern-coordinates his crime. Okay. Here's a sidebar for you. Who in the hell would hire this guy to decorate their house? He's not remotely professional; in fact, he's downright creepy, and he is most certainly not a snappy dresser. Helen wants him to explain how he ignited the fire. Tucker says that, not wanting to burn himself up, he used a delay device. Why did he do it? Well, because D'Ambrosio paid him a bunch of money and he had to pay off his ex-wife. When did they make the deal? A week before, when they meet on the commons.
Rod's cross. How many fires has he set in his lifetime? Tucker responds, "That's like asking how many times I beat my ex-wife, I can't remember exactly." Nice freaking guy. Blah deal with the prosecution blah. True. Rod asks if the guy ever "gratifies himself sexually watching a fire." Tucker shoots back, "Have you?" The judge instructs Tucker to answer the question. Yes, he has. Rod: "So your motive for setting fires isn't economic. You've never set them for money before." Blah this is the first time he took money blah. Has he ever lied about setting a fire? Tucker: "To avoid getting caught, yeah." Is he lying now? No. Blah no verification, blah he approached the D.A., blah where's the key, blah where's the money. Tucker explains he let it burn up in the fire. He left it behind. He always wanted to have money to burn. Blah he's lying, blah nothing further blah. Helen and Walsh look troubled.