Millionaire Arsonist Who Died in Courtroom Had Canister Labeled 'Cyanide' in His Car


"Michael Marin couldn't pay his mortgage, so he burned down his house," Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Chris Rapp said in his opening statements.

He had a taste for living large and was known for his eclectic interests. He was a self-published author. He owned and piloted a Cessna 310, had scaled Mt. Everest, served as a Mormon missionary and later as an executive in Japan.

But it became clear last month that Marin's once-robust social life would be replaced with the prospect of spending up to 16 years in prison.

"We the jury, duly impaneled and sworn in the above entitled action upon our oath, do find the defendant Michael James Marin guilty of arson of an occupied structure," the jury foreman said.

Upon hearing the verdict, Marin appeared to discreetly pop something into his mouth. Minutes later, he was dead.

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