The man suspected of dousing a 64-year-old Brooklyn woman with a flammable liquid and setting her on fire inside an elevator is in police custody this morning.

Police say the 32-year-old man -- who is believe to be the dead woman's former lover -- walked into a police precinct to turn himself in. The NY Post reports the man reeked of gasoline, and he made statements implicating himself in the horrific murder.

According to police, the lunatic was waiting for Dolores Gillespie outside the elevator on the 5th floor at 203 Underhill Ave when she returned home from grocery shopping.

Surveillance images from two cameras show the man wearing a pest control style mask on top of his head and white gloves. He opened the elevator door and sprayed Ms. Gillespie about the face, head and upper body with accelerant from an exterminator style container. In his left hand he held a small bottle with a strip of material. He used a barbecue style lighter to light the Molotov cocktail bottle and toss it into the elevator.

"The liquid’s container had a hose like those commonly found on insecticide cannisters," NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.

“He opens the door and sprayed her methodically over her head, over her body,” Browne said.
“She’s cowering, trying to protect her face with her hands.”

The man held the elevator door closed as the flames consumed Ms. Gillespie. He opened the door one final time to spray more accelerant on the burning woman before fleeing, Browne said.

A resident of the Prospect Heights building said he heard sounds of an intense struggle. “She was screaming at the top of her lungs,” said the resident.

"It sounded like a person being attacked, rather than someone stuck in an elevator,” said the neighbor. “It sounded like she was in trouble.”

Another resident said he heard the victim’s blood-curdling screams, and he rushed out of his apartment to look for the woman.

“I smelled smoke, and then ran back upstairs to call 911,” said the man, who gave his name as David.

Neighbor Chris Martinez said “she didn’t have any enemies.”

“She was a fixture in the neighborhood for years. This is unreal," said neighbor Heidi Matthews, who said Gillespie worked for the post office. "There was nothing she wouldn’t do for you. She bought me flowers for Mothers’ Day."

But other residents of the building say Gillespie was mentally ill and paranoid. She often complained of upstairs neighbors stealing from her.

The killer, whose name is being withheld by police, has not been charged in Gillespie's death.

  • KaraZ

    People like him are why the death penalty make sense.

  • BigCityGirl

    WOW! Such a sad story...and a horrible death...smh

  • lashellebelle

    (at a loss for words)

    Thanks for the weekend posts Aunty! Hope your Sunday is going well.

  • MrsMommy

    Something tells me that she knew this man.

  • MrsMommy

    He seemed so calm going about his ghastly business. I bet this was a relative or somebody she knew in a business sense.

  • WeezysBaby

    Am I the only one who is thoroughly reading the story? Sandy stated "who is believed to be the dead woman former lover". Yet people are still saying they think she knew him. Nevertheless this is such a sad case. Pray for us ALL!!!

  • I Run New York

    It's a shame NY got rid of the death penalty.

  • ErykahWest

    I am completely astounded at the cruelty of people, today.
    How could you even bring your self to do something of that nature. The age difference does speak volumes though. RIP

  • AndThenIHitMyDougie

    Why do we wait to hold trial for muhfukkas like this? And there must be SOME way, his azz can find a loophole and be tried in a state with a very liberal death penalty...think....Texas....or Virginia.

    It's gotta be some ambitious D.A. out there willing to "fry him." Literally. Fukk-tard.

  • amatrex

    There's seems to be a disturbing trend of black folks committing some insanely, horrific crimes. Crimes that we only thought the "other" folks did. I guess crazy truly knows no color.

  • Posche

    Ghastly comes to mind.

  • talkingwithtami

    He looks how you doin and this was her supposed lover? I thought he was dressed in drag! He need a total beat down for doing her like that! Noone deserves that! We need an eye for an eye here! I bet people would think twice! #fail and God Rest her soul! :coffee:

  • AndThenThereWasOne

    First of all, the idea of the 32 year-old and the 64 year-old participating in anything other than cordial conversation gives me a mental vision that I would like to erase :no: but this fool KNOWS there's a special place in hell for him! Lawd, what is going on with people??They don't just break up anymore?? People don't just keep it moving?? *Kneels to pray*

  • vero

    What an horrible way to die. this made me sick :(

  • Sandra Rose

    @ lashellebelle: You're welcome, hun! :)

  • Sandra Rose

    MrsMommy says:

    Something tells me that she knew this man.

    In other words, you didn't read my post. :|

  • Sandra Rose

    WeezysBaby says:

    Am I the only one who is thoroughly reading the story?

    Thanks hun. Readers like you make all this hard work worth while.

  • Ms. YaYa

    This is so sad. I can't even imagine the pain she went through.

  • Ms. YaYa

    This is so sad. I can't even imagine the pain she went through.

  • Ms. YaYa

    They just showed this fish-eyed fool on the news and he said he killed her because she owed him $2,000 for some work he done for her. He is 47 years old.

  • aprilshelley

    oh boy!!

  • Daisy

    This reminds me of the lady who was set on fire by her ex at her job she worked for some cell phn company and their cameras caught it all on tape she was on Oprah after her recovery.

    God bless the victims fam :pray: