Since a gas can was found in the cab of my brother’s truck (where he never put gas cans), some people initially assumed, or even claimed, that Mark had been putting gas into the tank when the fire started (see most recently post of December 31, 2019). However, the fire investigators quickly determined that the tank was nearly full. The truck, then, had not run out of gasoline, and Mark would not have been using a gas can to put gas into the tank.
Member interviewed [name or names blacked out]. The victim was well known by employees at Antone’s, as that is where the victim often bought gas and cigaretettes. [Name blacked out] nor any of the other employees hadn’t had any contact with the victim for a few days prior to, and including, the day of the fire.From the time I met with him in November 2003, Kalfas was unwilling to give me any information about the case. So neither Kalfas nor anyone else told me that he had found no one who had seen my brother out the day of the fire (see most recently post of February 29, 2020). However, it was reported to me that someone had seen Mark filling his tank at Antone’s that day. Later, in 2005, when by chance I encountered firefighter Wayne Frank, who had been on the scene of the fire, Wayne mentioned among other things that someone had seen Mark filling his tank at Antone’s the evening of the truck fire.
Shortly after in an interview with Atty. Michael Kelly, Wayne clarified that comment by indicating that Mark had been seen getting gas at Antone’s around 7:30 p.m. As Kelly observed to me, even though Wayne’s report about Mark filling his tank at Antone’s was hearsay, it was important to know if Mark had indeed filled his tank that evening. This point needed to be investigated. For one, a timeline of Mark’s activities that day should have been considered important. The only relevant information for a timeline comes in the witness statement of my brother’s wife Susan, as follows: Mark was at home in the afternoon; they were watching television around 7:30; and he left at 8:45 for downtown Salamanca (see most recently post of September 29, 2019). An effort should have been made to confirm that information through other sources.
In spite of claims by the N.Y.S.P., there is no evidence that my brother was depressed and probably committed suicide. Mark in fact needed his truck to drive to his job as a security guard at M&M’s in nearby Steamburg. On the very evening before the fire, Mark told his friend Todd Lindell that he wanted to be able to keep his driver’s license so that he could drive to work. As Todd Lindell informed me, Mark made that comment after Todd retrieved my brother’s truck, which had been impounded after Mark got into a personal argument at a local club with an off-duty Salamanca police officer and that officer called in to have the Salamanca police pick Mark up for DWI on his way home (on the highly problematic behavior of Officer Mark Marowski, see posts of September 22, 2010, July 28, 2011, April 18, 2013, December 14, 2014, and February 17, 2015).
Given the amount of gas in the tank at the time of the fire, it is likely that my brother did fill his tank that day. In that case, whoever saw him would presumably have observed his physical and mental state. It would certainly have been useful during the investigation to have such information, especially in light of the comment in the anonymous letter sent to me in 2014 that just before the fire my brother was at the house of a neighbor who stated that Mark could not possibly have had the level of intoxication claimed by the State Police investigators (see post of August 11, 2014).