An Eco-Terrorist's Story

Mark Warren Sands is sentenced to 18 years in prison for lighting fires in Phoenix, AZ. that were believed to have been set by eco-terrorists fighting sprawl.

February 14, 2002, 11:00 AM PST

By Abhijeet Chavan @

"[As] one arson grew to eight, and as fear spread that Phoenix was under attack by eco-terrorists fighting residential sprawl, Mr. Sands, a laid- off public relations and marketing executive, began lighting fires seemingly to prove something to himself: that he still knew how to run a campaign... Mr. Sands gained national attention by setting fires at construction sites adjoining two mountain preserves here from April 2000 to January 2001 and claiming, in notes at the crime scenes and in taunting letters to the press, that they were the work of a group he called the Coalition to Save the Preserves."

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

Tuesday, February 12, 2002 in The New York Times

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