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Strange Brew in L.A.: Massage Parlors, German Nazis, Arson, Chechnyan Refugees

COMMENT: A case that rais­es more ques­tions than it answers con­tin­ues to unfold in Los Ange­les.  A Ger­man cit­i­zen of Chech­nyan extrac­tion was arrest­ed for set­ting numer­ous fires in the L.A. area.

He alleged­ly per­formed the acts to protest his moth­er’s impend­ing extra­di­tion to Ger­many. Fol­low­ing the arrest, his moth­er had some inter­est­ing things to say. (His moth­er appears to have been involved in the sex busi­ness and there may have been oth­er crim­i­nal mon­ey-mak­ing enter­pris­es in which both engaged.)

Dorothee Burkhart expressed fears that Ger­man Nazis may have been after her son and her con­vic­tion that Ger­many was secret­ly run by Nazis [1] oper­at­ing out of pub­lic view, not an alto­geth­er rea­son­able view.

Among the con­sid­er­a­tions to be weighed in this puz­zling sto­ry:

“Arson Sus­pect Took a Twist­ed Path to Los Ange­les” by Joel Rubin and Kim Mur­phy; The Los Ange­les Times; 1/7/2011. [2]

EXCERPT: . . . Indeed, as inves­ti­ga­tors have begun to unrav­el the Burkharts’ tight­ly inter­twined lives, they have hap­pened upon a sto­ry per­haps more incred­i­ble than the fires them­selves. It’s a tale of mas­sage par­lors, small-time con games, neo-Nazi con­spir­a­cies, and inves­ti­ga­tions into mys­te­ri­ous fires set in three coun­tries.

With much of the details com­ing from Dorothee and Har­ry them­selves — in vol­umes of con­vo­lut­ed tes­ti­mo­ny filed in a failed attempt to gain polit­i­cal asy­lum in Cana­da — it is hard­er yet to know where truth blurs into fic­tion. . . .