Best bizarro local news story

Pamela Graf

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Insurance fraud has been around for at least as long as insurance itself, maybe minus a day. Wantonly setting things on fire, however, has been around for even longer. So it's difficult to put a 21st-century twist on one of humankind's most clichéd crimes. But Forsyth County Police say PAMELA GRAF of Cumming found a way. While the 47-year-old was allegedly in Washington, D.C., for President Barack Obama's inauguration, someone torched her home and scrawled "your black boy will die" on her fence. (Before the Jan. 18 fire, Graf had planted two Obama campaign signs in her yard.) The incident enraged and humiliated the community and sparked national headlines. Less than a month later, Graf and her boyfriend were picked up on drug charges. After interviews with the couple, neighbors and acquaintances, and further investigation of the scene of the original fire, police charged the couple with arson, obstruction of justice and giving false statements.
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