1376 users online (238 members and 1138 guests)  


The Killing Season - Websleuths

Websleuths News


Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    7,024

    CA - UC professor charged with setting 5 fires

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501363_1...tting-5-fires/

    SANTA ANA, Calif. A professor at the University of California, Irvine, has been charged with arson after authorities say he set a series of fires at an Orange County high school and threatened to kill school officials and students after his son committed suicide.

    Rainer Reinscheid was expected to appear in court Tuesday after he was charged with five counts of arson, one count of attempted arson and a misdemeanor count of resisting or obstructing a police officer.


    More at link.....
    Last edited by Reader; 07-31-2012 at 10:04 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    7,024
    No bail for UC Irvine professor charged with arson

    http://www.ksl.com/?nid=157&sid=2150...ged-with-arson


    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A University of California professor was held without bail Tuesday after prosecutors said they found evidence he plotted to kill students and administrators at a high school where his son was disciplined before committing suicide.

    Rainer Reinscheid, 48, an associate professor of pharmaceuticals at the University of California, Irvine, is charged with arson for a series of five fires set earlier this month at University High School, a school administrator's house, and a nearby park, where his son killed himself in the spring.

    After Reinscheid's arrest last week, authorities found emails on his cell phone describing a plot to burn down the high school, commit sexual assaults and purchase weapons to murder school officials and students there before killing himself, said Orange County district attorney spokeswoman Farrah Emami.

    "I can only at this point tell you, he laid out in sufficient detail plans to purchase guns and murder lots of people," Deputy District Attorney Andrew Katz told The Associated Press.

    More at link....

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Palm Springs
    Posts
    19,098
    How sad in all ways! I'm glad they caught him before he injured anyone.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    28,606
    And the tabloid headline for this would read....

    College professor 'plotted to burn down son's high school, commit sexual
    assaults, purchase firearms and kill school officials before turning gun on himself'


    Daily Mail. All but two words in inverted commas. An adjective, a noun, and an lengthy, unspoken, allegedly.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    3,182
    Wow, what a very sad story. Obviously, his grief got the worst of him (not trying to say this lightly at all). Hopefully he will get some mental health services while he is in jail.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    4,005
    I wonder if his son was being bullied at school and that's what may have contributed to his suicide?

    I imagine being a pharmaceutical sciences professor it may be very hard for him to accept that he didn't see warning signs that led up to the suicide. Or maybe his son was prescribed a psychiatric medication that contributed to the suicide?

    Quoted from the article: http://www.wane.com/dpps/news/nation...12-jgr_4266291

    According to UC Irvine's website, Reinscheid's research included studying molecular pharmacology and psychiatric disorders, including studies of schizophrenia, stress, emotional behavior and sleep.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Penn's woods
    Posts
    17,195
    Just an article I found for anyone that was curious about his son.

    The case dates back to March when Reinscheid's 14-year-old son, whose name

    has not been released, was disciplined for a theft in the student store and was punished with trash pick-up duties at lunch, said Ian Hanigan, a spokesman for the Irvine Unified School District.

    "It was a relatively minor offense that didn't rise to suspension or expulsion," Hanigan said.

    The teen committed suicide shortly thereafter at a park adjacent to the high school. The Orange County Register reported that his body was found by a maintenance worker and that the coroner ruled the cause of death was asphyxiation due to hanging by suicide.
    http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-cou...cide-uc-irvine

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    3,182
    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    Just an article I found for anyone that was curious about his son.



    http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-cou...cide-uc-irvine
    Maybe it wasn't such a minor offense in this child's household. I know if I came home with a report from school for theft it would not have gone over lightly and I would have been punished severely (not physically but it wouldn't be pretty). Perhaps the child lived in a very strict home and was terrified he'd upset his parents. And then the father is overcome with grief and guilt (all normal things).

    My heart breaks for this family.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    753
    How very, very sad. RIP for his son.

    It sounds as though the professor may have been using his professional knowledge to self medicate himself and possibly his son.

    Wonder if there is any history of mental illness?
    Last edited by southernnana; 08-01-2012 at 07:55 PM.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Palm Springs
    Posts
    19,098
    Quote Originally Posted by BrownRice View Post
    Maybe it wasn't such a minor offense in this child's household. I know if I came home with a report from school for theft it would not have gone over lightly and I would have been punished severely (not physically but it wouldn't be pretty). Perhaps the child lived in a very strict home and was terrified he'd upset his parents. And then the father is overcome with grief and guilt (all normal things).

    My heart breaks for this family.
    Same at my house.

    Frankly, I'm shocked that shoplifting doesn't warrant suspension.

    (This certainly isn't to say the child deserved to die or that his suicide and his father's mental break are any less of a tragedy. As BrownRice so aptly put it: the "heart breaks".)




Similar Threads

  1. Child Charged with Felony for Setting off School Alarm
    By txsvicki in forum Crimes-Spotlight on Children
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 03-12-2007, 06:27 PM
  2. Paranoia Setting in?
    By 2luvmy in forum Up to the Minute
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 09-08-2005, 07:35 AM
  3. Professor Charged with Stealing Students' Identities
    By mysteriew in forum Crimes-Spotlight on Children
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-06-2005, 11:02 AM
  4. PA - DelVal professor charged with child porn
    By Casshew in forum Crimes-Spotlight on Children
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-16-2004, 10:07 AM