October 30, 2007, - 8:59 am

Devil’s Night in Detroit: How Many Fires Will There Really Be?

By Debbie Schlussel
Tonight is Devil’s Night, er . . . “Angel’s Night” in Detroit. You see, you’re not supposed to say “Devil’s Night,” about the night before Halloween, on which hundreds of houses are burnt to the ground through arson.
The fires still happen by the hundreds, many Detroit cops tell me (they send me the pics, too), but the media and the Pimp-Daddy Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, cover it up, making like there are few fires. They want people to think that Detroit–40 years after the riots–is not anymore the city of the Night of 1,000 fires.

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Detroit’s Pimp-Daddy Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

Pretends Devil’s Night Fires Disappeared

But the fact is, the arson fires continue, despite what they want you to think. These days the official count is generally under 100 fires, when the real count still numbers far larger than that. Many of the houses that are burned down are set on fire by fed up neighbors who are tired of Detroit doing nothing to tear down crackhouses and homes of vagrant squatters in their neighborhoods. While I don’t advocate crime, who can blame them.
Despite the orange costumes and the gushing spin, Detroit is the same old city as–probably worse than–the one that writer Zev Chafetz wrote about in his book, “Devil’s Night: And Other True Tales of Detroit.” It hasn’t changed (other than for the worse). They just have better PR and a biased, non-objective group of media outlets who won’t report the real story. Instead, they’re all wearing these stupid, orange “Angel’s Night” hats, t-shirts, and ribbons promoting this new pretense for the night of many fires. That, despite the fact that all along the Lodge Freeway–a main artery from the suburbs into Detroit–there are burnt out shells of former houses that were torched on Devil’s Nights past, and never torn down.
So, taking bets: How many fires will actually occur this Devil’s Night, er . . . “Angel’s Night”? I’m not talking the pretend number.
Trust me, if there were no fires and Detroit was a peaceful place, there’d be no reason to marshal hundreds of orange-clad volunteers this week, and have curfews, last night through Halloween. And they wouldn’t have so many police officers scheduled to work.
Detroit is burning, and it’s a whole lot different than “Rome is burning.”
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Devil’s Night in Detroit

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8 Responses

Eanie meanie, chilie beanie, the spirits are about to speak! The majic number is:
113.
I hope I’m wrong.

timjansing on October 30, 2007 at 10:13 am

So that’s the infamous mayor…he looks like a “brutha’ with attitude”. He’d look better in a mug shot (bet there’s a few of them that never surfaced during his election) than he does in his pimp suits.
No wonder Detroit has become another sphincter in the earth’s crust!

1shot1kill on October 30, 2007 at 12:13 pm

Debbie,
I sure wish they had such a “Devils night” in Cleveland. There are plenty of filthy old rathhole crackhouses that need to be burned down here, also. The city wont demolish them. Let these people destroy their own rathole. I’d just sit back and watch, slightly amused.

JasonBourne81 on October 30, 2007 at 12:35 pm

Is there any connection between the Detroit fires, the large Detroit area Moslem population, and the rioting “youths” of Europe who torch cars in the streets?

dm60462 on October 30, 2007 at 12:51 pm

I call this free and naturally occurring urban renewal.

JasonBourne81 on October 30, 2007 at 2:32 pm

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick makes me very glad I DON’T live in Detroit. It astounds me still how a man caught red-handed misusing public funds for his own personal use could get re-elected back into office. He also got into trouble earlier this year for spending about $8,000 of a public fund to finance a vacation for his family. Also, he cancelled a “conference” in Hawaii after word leaked that TV stations would sending crews to spy on him to make sure he wasn’t turning the business trip into one of pleasure.

richardzowie on October 30, 2007 at 4:04 pm

Richard,
I hate to say it but the only qualification needed for a city like Detroit (and I know living in Cleveland) to be mayor is being black. Robert Mugabe or Charles Taylor could run for mayor of the aforementioned 2 cities and get elected.

JasonBourne81 on October 30, 2007 at 4:34 pm

…..damn, it’s even worse in motown than here in baltimore.

Squirrel3D on October 30, 2007 at 5:19 pm

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