AirTalk for July 7, 2014

Inside the mind of an arsonist

Glendale Arson Fires

Glendale Police

A carport on the 400 block of East Harvard Street in Glendale was damaged on April 19, 2014 after someone set a mattress on fire adjacent to it. This is latest in a series of arson fires that's plagued Glendale in recent months.

California’s fire season seems nearly year-long recently, especially during a trying drought.

Though most residents adapt to new fire safety standards to stay safe and prevent fires, a small group of individuals aren’t playing along. Arsonists have allegedly been behind some of California’s biggest blazes, but they’re also known for more smaller and more contained fires, like the 20 blazes allegedly started by one man in Boyle Heights.

What goes on in the mind of an arsonist? What’s the difference between a pyromaniac and an arsonist? Who are the people behind most fire-related crimes?

Guest:

Alex Yufik, Ph.D, USC lecturer licensed psychologist and attorney, Board Certified in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Forensic Psychology; in his private practice, Dr. Yufik sees patients and  conducts forensic evaluations in criminal and civil cases


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