Man Who Self-Immolated at Trump Trial Dies, Unsettling Document Found

Man Who Self-Immolated at Trump Trial Dies, Unsettling Document Found

A man who tragically ended his own life on Friday outside the Manhattan courthouse where former President Donald Trump is undergoing trial has passed away, leaving behind a manifesto elucidating his motives.

Max Azzarello, aged 37, succumbed to his injuries on Friday night, approximately nine hours after immolating himself in a small park adjacent to the courthouse, as reported by the New York Post.

Witness Fred Gates recounted, "I was about 20 to 30 feet from him. I started yelling, 'This guy's doing something, he might be doing something!'" to the New York Daily News, expressing disbelief at the unfolding events.

Azzarello had a history with law enforcement in Florida, with three arrests in August, including an incident where he allegedly hurled a wine glass at a framed photo of former President Bill Clinton, according to the New York Post.

During his arrest, authorities suspected suicidal tendencies in Azzarello, who was subsequently released from jail in October and placed on 180 days of probation. Azzarello had traveled to New York City last week.

In a pre-immolation post on Substack, he identified himself as "an investigative researcher who has set himself on fire outside of the Trump trial in Manhattan."

He stated, "This extreme act of protest is to draw attention to an urgent and important discovery: We are victims of a totalitarian con, and our own government (along with many of their allies) is about to hit us with an apocalyptic fascist world coup."

While some may dismiss his claims as conspiratorial, Azzarello asserted, "Because these words are true, this is an act of revolution."

His manifesto delved into various financial and political themes, asserting that "Cryptocurrency is our first planetary multi-trillion-dollar Ponzi scheme" and alleging COVID-19 was "unleashed" as part of a larger conspiracy.

Azzarello also claimed that "Bill Clinton was secretly on (former CIA Director) George H.W. Bush's side," suggesting a manufactured divide between Democrats and Republicans since Clinton's presidency.

Regarding Harvard University, he contended it to be "one of the largest organized crime fronts in history," connecting it to "dozens of the writers of The Simpsons" who attended Harvard.

He summarized the state of America since 1988 as institutions becoming "parasitic in their skyrocketing prices" and media inundating society with messages of fear and hopelessness.

In his view, social media exacerbates societal divides and fosters a sense of helplessness and apathy among the populace.

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