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Video: UC Irvine Professor Rainer Reinscheid Sets Fires, Threatens to Kill Students

Rainer Reinscheid, a UC Irvine associate professor, has been charged with setting five fires and describing in emails how he was planning to buy machine guns to kill 200 University High School students, reports the Daily Mail.

Reinscheid's emails also threatened school officials, whom he held responsible for his son Claas' suicide, in March. Claas was disciplined at University High School, in Irvine, California, after getting caught stealing from the school store.

Reinscheid was arrested, on July 24, by police who caught him allegedly trying to set fires in the Mason Park Preserve, where his son had killed himself.

Reinscheid, wrote in one email to his wife: "I will find this vice-principal and find out where he lives, then I will wait for him and kill him. I will make him cry and beg, but I will not give him a chance, just like he did to Claas. I will make him die, slowly, surely. ... Next I will set fire to Uni High and try to burn down as much as I can, there should be nothing left that gives them reason to continue their miserable school that goes over dead bodies, only to save their scores."

Reinscheid's attorney claims that the writings were just angry feelings of a distraught father, not actual threats.

However, in Reinscheid's car, police found a new will, and on his computer, they found a power of attorney filing, which gave his wife control of finances and the kids, according to the Associated Press.


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