IDENTIFIED: The man who tried to set St. Patrick’s Cathedral on fire last night…

Late last night news broke that a man had been arrested after walking into St. Patrick’s Cathedral carrying four gallons of gas, lighter fluid and and lighters.

The man, named Marc Lamparello, walked into the Cathedral but was quickly stopped by security. As he was turned around to leave he’s said to have spilled some gas on the floor.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral called police and they arrested Lamparello. He reportedly told police that his car ran out of gas and that he was just cutting through, but police checked his car and said it was not out of gas.



While police haven’t released his motive, his intent seems to be pretty clear.

Here’s a few things we already know about Marc Lamparello.

1. Police are saying the 37-year-old Lamparello is emotionally disturbed, whatever that means.

2. He lives in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey

3. Lamparello is a philosophy professor and a graduate of Boston College. He’s also recently worked as a music director at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in East Rusterford, New Jersey back in 2013.

4. And his ownbio states:

“A native of New Jersey, Marc Lamparello studied philosophy at Boston College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 2004. Marc has been heavily engaged in the study of philosophy from an early age, and is currently working on two other book-length projects, including a witty dialogue on arguments for and against the existence of God, and a series of essays on the epistemology of practical motivation.”

5. His own brother is stunned by the news:

His brother, Adam Lamparello, told The Daily Beast he was stunned by news of the arrest.

“Oh my god. I’m shocked this could even be true. I’m almost speechless,” he said. “This is something that is so not him. I don’t know what to even say.”

Whatever his motivation, I’m so glad Lamparello was stopped before he could do any damage.

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52 thoughts on “IDENTIFIED: The man who tried to set St. Patrick’s Cathedral on fire last night…

  1. “Lamparello is a philosophy professor and a graduate of Boston College”

    I’d bet money that he’s been to more than a few Antifa gatherings.

      1. Thanks AT,that was funny.Being retired the only traveling I do is to the Gasino or Chick- Fil-. A

  2. Sure…his car ran out of gas and he needs lighter fluid for that. Thankful they got him.

    1. @teri-smith When the police asked how much gas was in each can Lamparello leaned over, opened the cap on one can and lit a match to see then :bam: :fire:

  3. Now punish him to the point that it’s an actual, strong deterrent to other idiots and copy cats.

    1. Or make a martyr out of him to inspire more idiots and copycats.

      This is why justice is supposed to be blind, and the punishments fit the crime but no, yea, sure, I hear ya whatever ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  4. a witty dialogue on arguments for and against the existence of God

    Gee! Can’t wait to read his witty book!!!

    1. @tomnewman64 You may have a very long wait. Something tells me his manuscript will be used to start fires.

  5. Mentally disturbed describes 1/2 the college professors in this country IMO. His intent was clear. Lock him up.

  6. He obviously wanted to be a human candle in front of the altar. They should have lit him up in the church parking lot.

  7. Somehow this will end up being Trump’s fault.

    Across the globe churches will hopefully be hiring security guards to guard churches 24/7. And that boosts the economy. So I suppose some good will come of all of this.

      1. Thanks AT,that was funny.Being retired the only traveling I do is to the Gasino or Chick- Fil-. A

  8. Now punish him to the point that it’s an actual, strong deterrent to other idiots and copy cats.

    1. Or make a martyr out of him to inspire more idiots and copycats.

      This is why justice is supposed to be blind, and the punishments fit the crime but no, yea, sure, I hear ya whatever ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    1. @teri-smith When the police asked how much gas was in each can Lamparello leaned over, opened the cap on one can and lit a match to see then :bam: :fire:

  9. A mentally disturbed philosophy professor. Hmm.

    A tree falls in the woods. Nobody is around. Does it make…
    BURN IT.

    lol, I’d love to see the faces of the parents of his students.

  10. He obviously wanted to be a human candle in front of the altar. They should have lit him up in the church parking lot.

  11. Even studying epistemology or psychology won’t protect you from insanity. You have to have a guiding light.

    Modern philosophy has tried very hard to put religion in the past, as if it were merely a phase in the development of man, like the Bronze Age. Philosophy is an entire branch of knowledge dedicated to enlightenment. But the Universities are run by people dedicated to putting out the light. Keeping it in the past.

    Putting out the light often begins with blaming God for the state of humanity. For the existence of disease. For natural disasters. Some misguided folks take that blame to extremes.

    I wonder about this man’s circle of friends.

    1. I know what you mean, @joyfulgiver, and though I’m not an avid conspiracy theorist by any stretch, I’m just not buying the ‘renovation’ incident explanation. I don’t believe much in co-inkydinks, and what are the odds, Holy Week, an iconic image of the Catholic faith, and no workers present at the time? What really bothers me is we most likely will never know the truth.

  12. a witty dialogue on arguments for and against the existence of God

    Gee! Can’t wait to read his witty book!!!

    1. @tomnewman64 You may have a very long wait. Something tells me his manuscript will be used to start fires.

  13. “Lamparello is a philosophy professor and a graduate of Boston College”

    I’d bet money that he’s been to more than a few Antifa gatherings.

  14. Mentally disturbed describes 1/2 the college professors in this country IMO. His intent was clear. Lock him up.

  15. Somehow this will end up being Trump’s fault.

    Across the globe churches will hopefully be hiring security guards to guard churches 24/7. And that boosts the economy. So I suppose some good will come of all of this.

  16. Clearly, the REAL problem is the need for more common-sense gas and lighter fluid control in this nation.

    Or at least in New Jersey. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Those people in New Jersey just need a few more government regulations to prevent arson from ever happening again.

  17. Obviously a man with mental issues. I’m glad he was stopped and hopefully gets treated for his ailments

  18. A mentally disturbed philosophy professor. Hmm.

    A tree falls in the woods. Nobody is around. Does it make…
    BURN IT.

    lol, I’d love to see the faces of the parents of his students.

  19. Even studying epistemology or psychology won’t protect you from insanity. You have to have a guiding light.

    Modern philosophy has tried very hard to put religion in the past, as if it were merely a phase in the development of man, like the Bronze Age. Philosophy is an entire branch of knowledge dedicated to enlightenment. But the Universities are run by people dedicated to putting out the light. Keeping it in the past.

    Putting out the light often begins with blaming God for the state of humanity. For the existence of disease. For natural disasters. Some misguided folks take that blame to extremes.

    I wonder about this man’s circle of friends.

    1. I know what you mean, @joyfulgiver, and though I’m not an avid conspiracy theorist by any stretch, I’m just not buying the ‘renovation’ incident explanation. I don’t believe much in co-inkydinks, and what are the odds, Holy Week, an iconic image of the Catholic faith, and no workers present at the time? What really bothers me is we most likely will never know the truth.

  20. Clearly, the REAL problem is the need for more common-sense gas and lighter fluid control in this nation.

    Or at least in New Jersey. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Those people in New Jersey just need a few more government regulations to prevent arson from ever happening again.

  21. Obviously a man with mental issues. I’m glad he was stopped and hopefully gets treated for his ailments

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