Los Angeles Fires Suspect Hoarded Newspaper Clippings on Arsons (Report)

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Police found articles about blazes in L.A. County and Frankfurt, Germany, while searching Harry Burkhart's apartment.

Harry Burkhart, charged with 37 counts of arson for his suspected spree, had saved newpaper clippings about the attacks, the Los Angeles Times reported.

According to court papers, officials discovered clippings on the L.A. fires, along with German articles on suspicious fires near Frankfurt, in Burkhart's Hollywood apartment.

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Los Angeles prosecutors charged Burkhart, 24, on Wednesday with 28 counts of arson of property and nine counts of arson of an inhabited structure. Meanwhile, Burkhart, who could be charged with setting additional fires, was placed on suicide watch.

Prosecutors claim that Burkhart
set parked cars, garages and residences from West Hollywood to Laurel Canyon ablaze in order "to harm and terrorize as many residents" as he could. The Chechnya-born Burkhart is suspected of setting more than 50 fires across the city over a four-day period ending Monday.

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He was also being investigated by German authorities on the suspicion of setting fire to a home owned by his family on Oct. 14, six days before he arrived in the United States.

 

 

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