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FILE - In this undated photo, David Rothenberg, right, who was set on fire by his father in an Orange County hotel room is shown with his mother, Marie Rosenberg in California. Rothenberg, known as Dave Dave, has died. He was 42. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg says Dave died on July 15, 2018, at a Las Vegas hospital. The cause of death is under investigation. Dave was a respected Las Vegas artist and a close friend of Michael Jackson. (Paul Kuroda /The Orange County Register via AP, File) (Source: apnews.com)

Whether the case of Dave Dave, born David Charles Rosenberg, is more or less horrifying than that of the Yates family is a matter of opinion. It’s not about a person who, like Yates, lost touch with reality due to mental illness, but a person who, by all accounts, understood the violence he was inflicting. On a 1983 trip to Disneyland, Dave’s father, Charles Rothenberg, tried to burn his son to death in their hotel. After getting in an argument with Dave’s mother over the phone, Rothenberg gave his six-year-old a sleeping pill and set fire to the bed he slept in. (Source: itsdavid.substack.com)

FILE - In this undated photo, David Rothenberg, right, who was set on fire by his father in an Orange County hotel room is shown with his mother, Marie Rothenberg in California. Rothenberg, known as Dave Dave, has died. He was 42. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg says Dave died on July 15, 2018, at a Las Vegas hospital. The cause of death is under investigation. Dave was a respected Las Vegas artist and a close friend of Michael Jackson. (Paul Kuroda /The Orange County Register via AP, File) (Source: apnews.com)

After his father’s arrest, Dave made television appearances and was the subject of a 1988 made-for-TV movie called David, which was adapted from the book his mother published about his trauma. He also came to the attention of Michael Jackson, a person commonly agreed to have been a danger to children during his life, and the son of a notoriously bad dad, himself. As an adult, Dave became a conceptual artist, maintaining his minor celebrity as the survivor of a highly publicized crime. Below is a 2009 interview with Dave Dave on Larry King Live after Jackson died; he speaks very favorably of Jackson. (Source: itsdavid.substack.com)

Corina Knoll is a former reporter for the Metro section of the Los Angeles Times. She was on the team that investigated corruption in Bell — which led to the paper’s 2011 Pulitzer Prize for public service — and went on to cover the trials of the city’s former officials. She later contributed to the paper’s coverage of the San Bernardino terror attack that won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. As a regional reporter, she wrote features about the San Gabriel Valley and the Westside. During her courts beat, she covered high-profile criminal cases and civil disputes, including the Jackson family vs AEG and Bryan Stow vs LA Dodgers. She and two colleagues investigated sheriff’s deputies whose histories of misconduct landed them on the department’s top-secret Brady list. She left The Times in January 2019. Raised in the Midwest, she is a graduate of Macalester College. (Source: www.latimes.com)

 

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