Updates on Burn Victim Roberta Busby

Moving this up so as many people see it as possible.

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.

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22 comments for “Updates on Burn Victim Roberta Busby

  1. February 9, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Passing on as I type

  2. ginmar
    February 9, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Passing it on. This is horrifying.

  3. February 9, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I’m posting this on my blog as well. Thank you for posting this information, Cara.

  4. February 9, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Disgusting, scumbag criminals that must be caught.
    You can read some inside accounts of this story on my site, from some patrons who were there, and a dancer who works there. Seems the male suspect had a meth problem and was in jail and had early release. He used to DJ at the club. The female suspect is rumored to be someone who applied for a job at the club and was turned down. Also stories flying around that ex-DJ was female suspects pimp and so much more…

    Cindi at LukeIsBack.com

  5. February 9, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks for this info, Cara.

  6. February 9, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    With all due respect, Cindi, I don’t believe that this is the time to put out rumors about the motives of those who committed this deed. That can come in another day.

    Right now, the focus should be on getting the maximum support out to the family and friends of the victim.

    I will be posting this to my own blog as well.


  7. February 9, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Spreading the word… thank you.

  8. K Lewis
    February 9, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Thanks for the info on My friend. Her daughter Gabby will appreciate the donations. Thanks to all who can help her.

  9. Cassandra D
    February 9, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Another fund has been set up at Santa Barbara Bank and Trust, by a lifelong friend of Roberta’s, http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/02/two-suspects-ar.html is the link to the LA Times article proving this information. Thank you all for your support, Roberta has been my cousin’s and sister’s friend and basically a part of our family for a long long time, she will appreciate all your thoughts and prayers. I can’t say much, but she is doing good, she made it through the weekend, thank you all so much for your support, and for not judging her.


  10. February 9, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Of course, Cassandra. There’s absolutely nothing to judge. And it appalls me that anyone might judge a victim of such a horrible crime — or judge someone based on the job they do, at all. Thanks for the extra information.

  11. Marjorie
    February 10, 2009 at 6:28 am

    I just heard that Roberta was a brazilian immigrant — as a brazilian, I feel extremely sad for that. If it’s true, it means not only she suffered prejudice because she was a stripper, but also because she was latin.

  12. betty brown
    February 10, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    the suspects were arrested monday in north hollywood.


    sorry i don’t know how to make that a link you can just click on – i’m not the most computer literate person.

  13. betty brown
    February 10, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    oh, well look at that – i didn’t know it would just become a link you could click on.
    anyway, i’m glad these evil people were caught. no word on motive, but they have been booked on attempted murder charges.

  14. February 11, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Do they accept donationations in non-US currencies?

  15. February 11, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Thank you for posting a way we can help. It’s disgusting how much coverage I’ve seen that only refers to Ms. Busby as “a stripper” – as if her job is the only important part about this horrifying attack.

  16. ladyloo
    February 16, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    That’s horrifying. It doesn’t matter if she was a stripper or a doctor, no one should be attacked like that.

  17. concerned citizen
    March 4, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I tried to get information from the hospital and got none but did get the name of the fund for the children. I wanted to leave a note for the family but could not get anywhere with the hospital staff (very protective). Ms. Busby has a little 4 year old girl (so do we) and since her birthday was on VAlentine’s day i desperately wanted to buy her a gift and drop it off so I left a note for the family asking them to call me and let me know if i could do something for her birthday. after all, the kids are just as traumatized if not more, than their mom. I also enclosed a nice check for the kids. no response and so far, the check has not been cashed.

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