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Police: Struthers woman tried to burn down house with family inside

Published: Fri, September 21, 2012 @ 9:04 p.m.

STRUTHERS — A woman who police say tried to burn her house down with her family in it was arraigned on attempted murder and aggravated-arson charges.

Margaret Jackintell, 50, appeared Friday in Struthers Municipal Court. She was given a total of $300,000 bond on the two charges, which she did not post, the court said. She is in Mahoning County jail.

According to a police report, Jackintell admitted she set the family’s house at 376 Como St. on fire at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Her husband was able to put the fire out himself, the report states, so the family did not report it.

Jackintell, who at first denied setting the fire, told her husband Thursday she set it, the report says.

Jackintell’s 21-year-old daughter called the police.

Also in the house at the time of the fire was Jackintell’s mother-in-law, whose screams awoke the family after she opened her bedroom door and saw two separate fires blocking the hallway.

The family members were trapped in their bedrooms by high flames. Jackintell’s husband ran through the fire and put it out with water from the kitchen, the report says.

The family told police Jackintell indicated she intended to kill them because she cost them a large hospital bill, which she believes will cause them to lose their home.

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1Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

How come some people are just so stupid.

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2saddad(654 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Its called mental illness my friend. Stupid is what shows up in the comments here.

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3captainlinger(663 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

arson with our son!

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4Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Mental Illness?

"Jackintell, who at first denied setting the fire, told her husband Thursday she set it, the report says."

She knew what she was doing.

She also just recently got arrested for petty theft, under $500, she couldn't be that mentally disturbed.

She also has a drivers license, if she's so mentally disturbed, then why is she driving on our streets.

If she's so mentally disturbed then why isn't she in a group home?

Excuses "sad", nothing but excuses.

A Lot of people are slightly mental but they don't go trying to burn down a house with a family in it. Comprehend?

smh at such stupidity in society today.....

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5NoBS(2758 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Rosalie Grant is still alive and well, after then-governor Celeste commuted her death sentence to one of life in prison. She burned her house with her two babies inside, for the insurance money. Jackintell probably wanted to let the state take care of her for the rest of her life, too.

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6Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

OK she is sick , Do we help her or just stand her up for the firing squad ??? Like some sound that is what they they think .

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7endthismess(463 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Some people are both mentally disturbed and can still be deemed rational as well, and will make simple decisions to behave in ways which they find to be "ok" in their "own" mind. This appears to be what is going on here. Not saying or making excuses for this woman because let's face it, she did what she fully planned out and intended to do. This family was very lucky...very lucky.

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8KayJ0216(1 comment)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Hello I know most of you probably won't see this but you're all making me angry so let me say some things here. This woman is my mother. She IS very mentally sick and this article gives no background on that. She is NOT stupid. She is a very intelligent woman and the sole reason I am a straight A college student. We could not afford to just put her in a group home. That's why she's not there. She was NOT trying to get taken care of for the rest of her life. She tried to die with us. I see only only one person giving the woman the comment she deserves. Thank you, endthismess. I love my mom, but putting her in jail is the only way we could avoid her trying to kill us again. By the way, she is currently getting mental help there as well.

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