Updates on Burn Victim Roberta Busby

by Cara on February 10, 2009

in action alert, misogyny, sex work, violence against women and girls

In case anyone didn’t see this over at Feministe . . .

Just a few days ago, I put up a post about a woman who was doused with a flammable liquid outside of a strip club, her place of employment, and set on fire.  There are two suspects in this horrific attack, named Nathaniel Petrillo and Rianne Theriault-Odom.  In the comments here and elsewhere, there was a great out pouring of support for her.

The new details that have come in since then are few but significant.  The woman’s name has been released as Roberta Busby.  As of yesterday, she was reported to be in critical but stable condition.  This is a relief and excellent news.  Her attackers, however, still have not been found and arrested.  You can view images of the suspects here. If you know anything, please immediately call the LAPD at 213-485-2531 (or 877-LAPD-24-7 for after-hours and weekend calls).

Perhaps most importantly of all, many of you have asked how you can help Roberta financially with her medical bills.  I’ve yet to find anything on that specifically, but after some serious searching, I did find information on an account that has been set up for donations for her children.  Remember that Roberta is obviously out of work at the moment, has likely lost her previous livelihood entirely, and that any financial contribution will be a huge help in reducing the overall financial burden she is facing.

According to local CBS affiliate KCAL 9, here is how you can send donations:

If you would like to help the children of dancer Roberta Busby, who was recently set on fire outside the club where she works, bring a check in to any Washington Mutual branch, made out to “Rodrigo Busby For The Benefit Of The Children Of Roberta Busby” or send a check to

3835 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., #256
Westlake Village, CA 91362

Please give if you can, and pass on the information about how to help regardless.  If anyone happens to have any additional information, please let me know.  And keep up those well-wishes, prayers or whatever it is you’re doing in the hopes that Roberta is going to pull through.


1 Emma February 11, 2009 at 1:03 am

That is so horrible!

Just curious, did Roberta personally know her assailants or was it just a random assault..?

2 Cara February 11, 2009 at 8:40 am

Yes Emma, it’s believed that she knew the two assailants, but it’s unknown what their motivations for committing this horrific crime were.

3 NoUnderstanding March 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I think this is perhpas the most heinous thing anyone could do! I hope that they both get LIFE WITHOUT POSSIBLE OF PAROLE for what they did. Please keep her in your prayers as she was just trying to support her children! My God help us all!

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