The woman accused of trying to destroy a painting at the National Gallery of Art is apparently from Rosslyn.
Police say Susan Burns, 53, tried to pull a painting (NSFW) called “Two Tahitian Women” off the wall, then started punching the painting. She later allegedly told police that the painter, French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin, was “evil,” that the painting was “very homosexual,” and that she was “trying to remove it.”
“I think it should be burned,” Burns said, according to a court document. She added: “I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.”
Burns is charged with second-degree theft and destruction of property. She is expected to appear in D.C. Superior Court today.
According to charging documents, Burns lives in the River Place residential complex (1111 Arlington Blvd) in Rosslyn. There’s some confusion about the geography, however, because the document erroneously places 1111 Arlington Blvd in Alexandria. Most news outlets are echoing that she’s from Alexandria, but Burns has at the very least lived in Arlington at one point. Court records from a 2006 assault charge say she lived in Arlington at the time. Furthermore, the address and apartment number listed in the charging document matches a White Pages listing for a “Susan Burns.”