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Old 01-02-2012, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Whidbey Island, WA
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LA Time reporting that they have detained a man this morning.
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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LA Time reporting that they have detained a man this morning.
They found items that could be used to start a fire in his minivan. Hopefully they got their man.
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:28 PM
 
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Arsonists set fires just to do it. It's all a big game to them. I doubt if they have any understanding or care of how these actions are serious and affect other people. It doesn't matter to them. I too hope they find whoever is doing this. People are having a hard enough time these days without this awful nonsense.
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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A quote from the MSNBC article: “The man is a native of Germany who might have had a dispute with federal immigration officials over the status of a relative”.

Of course you set 55 cars on fire because you are upset! Now we have to allow this man to stay in our country for years and we will flip the bills. We have a messed up system.
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:09 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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"Sometimes there are various patterns to these fires that arsonists are establishing unwittingly," said Bradley Hamil, who was an arson investigator in San Bernardino for 25 years.
"Usually someone setting these types of fires will have some kind of history behind them," said Brett Martinez, fire marshal in Suffolk County, N.Y., and an expert on arson investigations...."
Seeking clues in the ashes of an L.A. arson spree - latimes.com

L.A. Arsonist suspect is a 24-year-old Hollywood man: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lano...-in-fires.html
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:43 PM
 
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I have a friend who thinks terrorists could easily burn down most of the US with large drums of gasoline, especially this summer, the West will be a tinderbox.
This has happened before.

Heck, remember the huge flooding along the Mississippi about a decade ago? One local guy with *issues* pulled out a bunch of sandbags and caused a cascading breach that flooded I forget how many square miles of land in west-central IL.
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I have a friend who thinks terrorists could easily burn down most of the US with large drums of gasoline, especially this summer, the West will be a tinderbox.
Easy to do in this stick-built country of ours! Try that in Latin America where just about everything is built out of concrete!
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I wonder if there will be any fires tonight? Bigger question...WHY???
And if there were, in other parts of the city or country, you could lay partial blame on the media for not keeping this more secretive or low-key, to propel copy-catters to do the same, particularly, when they learn just how simple-simon it would be to pull this off, alone. No accomplices needed here!

Just like if someone were to terrorize a suburban area. Set one house on fire, fire trucks/police all directed to that fire. A block or 2 away, this arsonist, with a big grin, sets another on fire. He knows, he knows, thru the chaos, he could potentially set 30 more houses on fire that night, and he might stop long enough, to join the bystanders, feign a serious expression on his face, and say: I sure hope they catch this scumbag!

And off he goes, to set another house on fire or a car! Someone obviously took advantage of the ensuing chaos, and he knew, before he started, chaos would be his helpful accomplice! What good were the police helicopters, as bystanders rushed out into the streets those night, and they were looking for someone running fast in the night?

Loners are the ones which give our law enforcement agencies sleepless nights, having no idea when they're going to strike and fly thru their radar screens!

This guy was probably in a surrender mode already, didn't care if he went to prison now or later, and this was his last harrah!
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Old 01-06-2012, 02:26 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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It looks as if the arson suspect may have started fires in Vancouver before he was caught here.
Probe of Hollywood arson suspect Harry Burkhart widens to Canada - latimes.com

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Old 01-06-2012, 02:51 PM
 
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I would hope not, tamiznluv. I have never heard of a serial arsonist.

As I said in other tru Crime threads, It's incredible how much destruction one person can cause.
Actually, serial arsonists are not as uncommon as you might think. Fortunately, they tend to start out small, lighting off dumpsters, cars, rubbish, brush and the like. Most get caught in this stage, but there are a fair amount that don't.

After a while, lighting dumpsters and debris piles doesn't give the arsonist the thrill it once did, and he moves on to structures. Staring small, usually detached garages, sheds, etc. When that thrill wears off, it's on to commercial buildings, apartments, and occupied dwellings. That's when they usually hit the news.

Google Paul Keller or John Orr, two prolific serial arsonists both serving life sentences for arsons that killed people.
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