UC Irvine professor held without bail, accused of plotting to kill people at high school where his son committed suicide
August 1, 2012
UC Irvine professor Rainer Reinscheid held without bail 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 cellphone 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.