Subject: bartha bartha. Importance: Low.

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34 East 62nd Street.

At 7:30 a.m. on July 10, 66-year-old cardiologist Nicholas Bartha sent a puzzling e-mail to scads of prominent New Yorkers, which began with stories from his childhood in Transylvania and evolved into a rant against political correctness, his co-workers, judges, and especially his ex-wife, to whom he directed the following:

When you read this lines your life will change forever. You will be transformed from gold digger to ash and rubbish digger. You always wanted me to sell the house I always told you “I will leave the house only if I am dead ” You ridiculed me. You should have taken it seriously.

An hour later, the building of which he was the sole occupant, at 34 East 62nd Street, melted in a fireball.

Download the whole e-mail in PDF format here.

Subject: bartha bartha. Importance: Low.