Greenspan's Body Count: The Tale of Jim Kurtenbach and Joseph Nesheiwat

Today's episode of Greenspan's Body Count comes from W.C. Varones' own backyard: the town of Ramona in rural San Diego County. That's not surprising, as we live in one of the epicenters of Greenspan's housing bubble.

James Kurtenbach was underwater on a property and allegedly decided to burn his way out. Why he would kill a loyal employee in the process is not clear:
A Ramona gas-station owner accused of murder and arson once told a witness he wished his rental house had burned down during the Witch Creek fire in 2007, a prosecutor said Monday.

On Halloween, an explosion and fire destroyed the Ramona home and killed a gas-station employee.

James Kurtenbach, 47, of Poway, pleaded not guilty Monday to multiple felonies, including second-degree murder, arson for financial gain, and arson causing great bodily injury.

Joseph Nesheiwat, 24, was found Oct. 31, critically injured in the backyard of the vacant house after the explosion. He died of massive burns and smoke inhalation, Deputy District Attorney Fiona Khalil said in El Cajon Superior Court.

Kurtenbach “purposely sent a trusted employee to his death,” Khalil said.

Earlier press reports said that Nesheiwat was "like a son" to Kurtenbach. The lesson here is that Greenspan's bubble is thicker than blood.

Greenspan's (named) Body Count now stands at sixty-seven:

Joseph Nesheiwat
Tom Brisch
Alex Widmer
Brian Pugh
Marilyn Lewis
Sid Agrawal
Kirk Stephenson
Barry Fox
Dallas Dwayne Carter
David Hetzel
Sharron Hetzel
Cliff Kendall
Pamela Ross
Roland Gore
Mrs. Gore
Wanda Dunn
Karthik Rajaram
Subasri Rajaram
Krishna Rajaram
Ganesha Rajaram
Arjuna Rajaram
Indra Ramasesham
Joe X
Isabelle Jarka
Robert Wagner
Lt. Michael Howe
John Roberts
Palmer C. White
Dianne Pittman White
Ed Boesen
Edwin F. Rachleff
Carlene Balderrama
Troy VanderStelt
Scott M. Coles
Dawn E. Armstrong
Thomas Lizotte
Jonathon Calvin "40-Cal" Jacques
Salvador X
Lupe X
Jade X
Little Boy X
Little Girl X
Kashmir Billon
Bill McMurtry

Lisa McMurtry
James Hahn
Raymond Donaca
Deanna Donaca
Michel Veillette
Nadya Ferrari-Veillette
Marguerite Veillette
Vincent Veillette
Mia Veillette
Jacob Veillette
Maurice Pereira
Natasha Pereira
Mark Achilli
Raed Al-Farah
Andrew Kissel
Rufus Shaw Jr.
Lynn Flint Shaw
Mr. Pierce
Walter Buczynksi
Marci Buczynski
Jason Washington

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