Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

In 1985, Johnny Cash was responsible for starting a wildfire in Los Padres National Forest in California which destroyed several hundred acres of national condor reserve and killed forty-nine of the refuge's 53 endangered condors. To put it in perspective, before the fire there were 110 California Condors anywhere in the world. Johnny Cash killed almost half of them. Cash claimed that the fire was caused by sparks from a defective exhaust system on his camper, but his nephew thinks that Cash started a fire to stay warm and in his drugged condition failed to notice the fire getting out of control. When a judge asked Cash why he did it, he said, “I didn't do it, my truck did, and it's dead, so you can't question it.”

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