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German professor held in US 'to stop bloodbath'

The Local · 2 Aug 2012, 12:29

Published: 02 Aug 2012 12:29 GMT+02:00

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Officers acted after they found the emails written by 48-year-old Reiner Reinscheid, a professor at the University of California in Irvine. Some were to his wife and others he sent to himself, talking about using machine guns to massacre 200 pupils, the Los Angeles Times said.

Reinscheid fell into a deep depression following the suicide of his 14-year-old son, Claas Stubbe in March - he hanged himself less than 24 hours after being disciplined for a theft from a school store.

The emails shocked staff at University High School, who according to the Orange County Register, had no idea just how angry Reinscheid was.

Yet in emails sent in April to his wife and to himself, Reinscheid threatened to kill the school's assistant principal, rape female staff, shoot hundreds of students and then burn the school down, the paper said.

"I need a gun, many guns, and then I have the ride of my life," Reinscheid wrote in an email to himself.

"I will give myself a wonderful ending and be with Claas very soon. I like this plan, finally a good idea."

The email also said that he was drinking a second bottle of wine that evening and had taken medication that was keeping him awake.

Officers found the emails after Reinscheid was arrested on July 24 for trying to start a fire in a park, near where his son had killed himself. It also emerged that he had made a new will on the same day.

He had, the Orange County Register said, been charged with five counts of arson and one count of attempted arson. Three of the fires were at the vice principal's house. Two were at the school itself.

He was released the same day on bail, but rearrested on July 27 after police found the emails while examining his mobile phone.

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Prosecutors submitted the emails in court on Tuesday as part of a motion that he be denied bail, the LA Times said. The emails were not enough in themselves to warrant his arrest as they were not sent to any potential victims.

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Your comments about this article

15:22 August 2, 2012 by Herr Rentz
Since when do criminals obey the law?

I have a multitude of handguns, military rifles (not "assault weapons", they are not automatic weapons) and shotguns and have had them for years. Not one has ever jumped out of the safe and went on a killing spree.

But I'm waiting and watching to see if one of those evil weapons turns on me one day.
16:36 August 2, 2012 by DOZ
I wonder how much time he spent in Vermont or Quebec.
17:21 August 2, 2012 by marimay
I would rather have a civil society armed to the teeth. :)

Criminals will always be able to obtain guns illegally and the crazies are in the government. The crazies in my government in particular like to supply guns to criminals across borders so...
17:48 August 2, 2012 by pjnt
@Herr Rentz,

We don't worry about the guns in homes of non violent people. We worry about the guns in homes of violent people and non violent people who have had a tragic event in their lives and feel the way out is to use that arsenal.

I agree guns don't kill people. However, people are unpredictable and situations are fluid in life. What is today stable, tomorrow could be turbulent. This will always be. Take away the guns and fewer people die.
19:54 August 2, 2012 by SchwabHallRocks
Regular readers of the Local will ask if the good professor was circumcised. Obviously must be...

Hey, did you guys hear about the massacre in the movie theatre in Colorado last week? 12 + 1 fetus beat to death with a baseball bat.
21:37 August 2, 2012 by marimay
Hey, did you guys hear about the Chinese guy that went on a stabbing spree and killed 9, today? Someone should have shot him.
05:43 August 3, 2012 by insight101

Take away the cigarettes and way fewer people die....(passively and actively)
07:18 August 3, 2012 by LeeTee
Deport him. This seems like a easy solution to me.
08:59 August 3, 2012 by pjnt

Enforce laws brought in years ago to restrict passive damage by tobacco allowing freedom of choice and protecting the unaware. We don't want a nanny state, nor chaos. Something in between, no? A person lighting a cigarette isn't trying to slaughter a group of movie goers. Apples and oranges. Your argument would see all coal plants shut down since they are a major contributor to cancer. No cars on the streets. No planes in the sky. The topic is guns. Take them away and fewer people will die from gun attacks.
12:09 August 3, 2012 by wenddiver
Take away the guns and fewer people die. -

Really??? I thought we all agreed that 6 million died in the Holocaust, put on by the ultimate nanny state . Those people would have probably been better off having a culture that believed in self-defence and had the rifles to back it up like the Swiss did. The numbers killed in gun crimes palein comparison to Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, Kim Il Jung, Ayatollah Khomei, Assad I &II and Sadam Insane to name just a few anti-gun nanny staters that lived out their ultimate fanasy on the un-armed masses.

Compare that to the Pro-gun names like Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill, George Washington and I know what form of government I would rather live under.

The man is a crazey, lock him up, don't use it as ane xcuse for the Governent to steal your neighbor's property.
12:13 August 3, 2012 by germinator
since when is it a crime to write emails to yourself?
14:24 August 3, 2012 by MiriamSPia
It is a shame and makes me wonder if anyone bothered to show him compassion through his hard times or if other people were all callous and he just got worse and worse until it began to turn into a demon of dangerous rage instead of normal human upset over loss and annoyance with probably very critical students...Oh, was his class 'not an easy A' or something?
04:17 August 5, 2012 by wenddiver
I would say he was well on his way to being a crazy, when he started E-mailing himself.
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