This is absolutely horrific! The contractor who took the blame for accidentally starting a Christmas Day house fire that killed his girlfriend’s three children and her parents back in 2011, has now CHANGED his story to blame the kids’ mother. How sad is THAT?
Michael Borcina, the contractor who admitted to accidentally starting a horrific house fire on Christmas Day in 2011, has now RETRACTED his confession — claiming that the Connecticut fire that killed his girlfriend’s three children and her parents was the mother, Madonna Badger‘s own fault! Michael has even claimed that he originally took the blame in order to protect Madonna. Yikes!
Michael told attorneys during a lawsuit deposition that he lied to police about how the deadly blaze was sparked because he wanted to protect his former girlfriend. What he had originally claimed was that he put ashes from a recently-lit fire inside a mudroom, which then started the fire that killed seven-year-old twins Grace and Sarah Badger, nine-year-old Lily Badger, and their maternal grandparents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson.
Due to his confession, Michael was forced pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit. However, documents seen by the Hartford Courant suggest he has since changed his story. His story most likely changed because he recently split from Madonna before she married her longtime friend, Bill Duke, in 2014.
Apparently Madonna struggled for a long time and it was very difficult for her to come to terms with the death of her young children. Michael also admitted that he has not spoken to the grief-stricken mom since six months after the fire. The contractor claimed he fabricated his initial tale because he wanted to “spare [Madonna] from carrying the burden that maybe she had done something to hurt her family.”
Lucky for Madonna and Michael, they managed to escape the fire. But since, they’ve both had to live with the nightmare tragedy — even facing several lawsuits filed by the children’s father, Matthew Badger. Authorities said the fire began after Michael left a cardboard box of fireplace ashes, which were still smoldering, in the property’s mudroom. The building was torn down a day after the blaze ripped through it.
Our thoughts are with the victim’s families of this horrible tragedy.