Gary Stephen Maynard. Source Daily Mail, Fair Use, Low Resolution Image to Identify the Subject

Californian Criminal Justice Professor Charged with Serial Arson

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Dr. Willie Soon; Professor Maynard allegedly set a series of devastating fires, the Cascade and Everitt fires, on July 20 and 21, and the Ranch and Conard fires on August 7 in 2021. Professor Maynard has denied setting the fires.

University professor is charged with starting four California wildfires as deadly Dixie blaze raged nearby: He faces 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine for each count of arson


PUBLISHED: 09:52 AEDT, 19 November 2021 | UPDATED: 05:40 AEDT, 20 November 2021

Gary Stephen Maynard, 47, faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count of arson to federal property, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California said in a statement.

The blazes threatened to trap firefighters as they battled the massive Dixie blaze – the second-largest wildfire in California history – nearby, prosecutors said.

Federal prosecutors say Maynard, a resident of San Jose, set four blazes: the Cascade and Everitt fires, on July 20 and 21, and the Ranch and Conard fires on August 7.

U.S. Forest Service agents started investigating Maynard on July 20 after the Cascade Fire was reported on the western slopes of Mount Shasta.

Tracking his movements for hundreds of miles, investigators said Maynard traveled to the area where the Ranch and Conard Fires erupted in the Lassen National Forest.

Maynard appears to have taught briefly at Santa Clara University and Sonoma State University, where a Gary Maynard was listed as a lecturer in criminal justice studies specializing in criminal justice, cults and deviant behavior. He is no longer with either school.

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After suspicions were aroused, the Daily Mail claims police planted a tracker on Professor Maynard’s vehicle, and claim his movements were very suspicious. But after the way the media covered recent high profile cases, my trust in mainstream media is at rock bottom. Lets let the courts do their job.

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November 20, 2021 10:26 pm

The narrative of AGW causing forest fires needs all the help it can get.

John Tillman
Reply to  John Tillman
November 21, 2021 5:50 am

Apparently the naked blonde shaman set fire to the forest accidentally while boiling bear urine.

Reply to  John Tillman
November 21, 2021 7:01 am

I guess she didn’t realize it is available for purchase on Amazon? (lol)

Alastair gray
Reply to  John Tillman
November 21, 2021 1:15 pm

Well at least that was in a comparatively sane cause unlike the alarmist AGW climate emergency crew.

Reply to  cerescokid
November 21, 2021 1:13 am

The number of forest fires went down by 90% in the last 100 years(that’s why the Biden regime is no longer showing statistics prior to the 80ies)
and so did the number of natural disaster victims,
therefore artificial problems have to be created to justify global Marxism.

And there is no real difference between this guy or a mainstream climate scientist or the MSM.
They create the harmful inflammatory nonsense(be it real or virtual ),they will terrorize you until you
vote for the party/pretendisent they want
until you give up everything for AGW
until you bow down to diversity,equity and inclusivity(especially in terms of forced vaccination )
until you surrender all rights to the greater causd.

They set one Reichstag fire after another
The Munchhausen Proxy Syndrome as subversive strategy.

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Reply to  SxyxS
November 21, 2021 3:43 am

Now wait – the Baron Munchausen never lied that he flew – he simply held onto a cannon ball and caught another for the return ride. The Mayor was the problem.

Reply to  SxyxS
November 21, 2021 5:54 pm

While I appreciate your post, c’mon man, Biden a global Marxist? He wouldn’t know the difference between Karl and Groucho – even before his brain was mush.

Chris Wright
Reply to  philincalifornia
November 22, 2021 3:14 am

Problem is, the people controlling Biden’s puppet strings do know the difference.

Chris Wright
Reply to  SxyxS
November 22, 2021 3:16 am

“They create the harmful inflammatory nonsense(be it real or virtual ),they will terrorize you until you….”
Of course, there’s a name for people who use terror to get what they want….

Zig Zag Wanderer
November 20, 2021 10:27 pm

What? He didn’t get off on a noble cause defence? I’m shocked!

Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
November 21, 2021 1:10 am

He should have tried the “it wasn’t me. It was the one armed man” defence. Works every time.

J Mac
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
November 21, 2021 10:15 am

Professor Maynard: The poster child for Global Warming.

November 20, 2021 10:32 pm

There is nothing as effective as lighting a few wildfires to help people feel the heat of Global Warming.

Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
November 21, 2021 1:15 am

I’d blame global warming for his haircut.

November 21, 2021 12:15 am

As you say, the media lies and probably nothing in this is true. However there is no doubt humans are setting these fires deliberately to advance the Man Made Climate Change causes wildfires fantasy.

Reply to  Keitho
November 21, 2021 3:31 am

Unless you personally witnessed it, there is always doubt. Without doubt, all you have left is faith. Faith that the media is not distorting the story, faith that the cops didn’t cut corners or frame this guy, faith that the state isn’t concealing exculpatory evidence, faith that you know with absolute certainty the motivations of the arsonists, etc.

As an atheist, I’m always suspicious of faith. I think there is a very strong possibility/probability that many of these fires are being set deliberately by climate cultists, but I will always reserve a little room for doubt.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Steve4192
November 21, 2021 3:48 am

and most not set deliverately are set by idiots who don’t know how to put out a campfire- and of course, some set by sparks along RR tracks when brush isn’t cleared- thus, mostly due to naked apes and avoidable, not CO2

Reply to  Steve4192
November 21, 2021 5:17 am

Without witnesses there is reason and logic based upon the physical and circumstantial evidence and the knowledge to understand and interpret that evidence. There can be sufficient evidence to be certain one has the right person without there being any witnesses.

I guess you never read Sherlock Holmes. In some of the stories a witness or witnesses were conspirators doing their best to mislead the investigator that were only exposed by the proper interpretation of the physical evidence. Though those stories are fiction, the investigative principles upon which they were based are sound examples of reason and logical deduction based on the evidence.

John Savage
Reply to  Steve4192
November 21, 2021 6:17 am

As a religionist, I know fanaticism when I see it. I think it highly likely that the fires this summer in Canada were in some cases set by those who wish to advance an agenda.

Reply to  Steve4192
November 21, 2021 9:35 am

I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist.

Rich Davis
Reply to  anthropic
November 21, 2021 11:12 am

I’ll wager you’ve heard of Pascal.

Reply to  anthropic
November 22, 2021 4:42 am

To see by faith close the eye of reason.– B.F.

Crispin Pemberton-Pigott
Reply to  Old.George
November 22, 2021 5:49 am

The theist has faith based on evidence. The atheist has faith there is none. To find the truth one must be willing to see it with allegorical eyes:

“O MAN OF TWO VISIONS! Close one eye and open the other. Close one to the world and all that is therein, and open the other to the hallowed beauty of the Beloved.”

Reply to  Keitho
November 21, 2021 5:59 pm

While I completely agree that it’s easy to believe that a climate crackpot would set fire to a forest to prove that carbon dioxide caused the fire to said forest, I haven’t seen any evidence that this was the case, including watching a video he posted on YouTube.

His no doubt public defender will not let him say this ever, but I’ll be following along. Great that Dr. Soon is on this.

November 21, 2021 1:20 am

Copy of the Criminal Complaint for more details of the allegations against Maynard.

maynard-complaint-and-affidavit-1628654056.pdf (

Rich Lambert
Reply to  Charlie
November 21, 2021 5:57 am

Thanks for the link.

Mark Whitney
Reply to  Charlie
November 21, 2021 6:12 am

Based on the information in the complaint/ warrant application, the guy, if guilty, is less an activist and more a mentally disturbed classic firebug.

Reply to  Mark Whitney
November 21, 2021 9:38 am

I think that when it comes to trial. his lawyer will advise him to plead guilty, and request a lighter sentence because he suffers from bi-polar (formerly called manic depressive). In their manic state, they truly believe they are doing the right thing.

Reply to  Mark Whitney
November 21, 2021 2:47 pm

By definition, cultists are all mentally disturbed. The only differences are in how they exhibit their insanity.

Frederick Michael
Reply to  Charlie
November 21, 2021 5:03 pm

Wow. Imagine typing all that in.

He’s nailed.

Kit P
Reply to  Charlie
November 21, 2021 7:25 pm

During this time I camping in the area including 4 days in a campground at Lassen National Park, 2 days at a National Monument campground, 2 days at a forest service campground.

I live full time in a self contained motor home. I tow a Honda Civic for exploring.

Camping is allowed on US public unless it is not allowed for some reason. I explore for good places to boondock in my little car to avoid getting the big MH stuck. I have gear in case I get high centered.

In the semi arid forest of the US west,complaint it is not usual during fire season to see signs posting no campfires or areas closed.

What I find interesting when reading this is that there is special agents out in the woods.

November 21, 2021 1:31 am

Everyone (almost) in the UK knows who Andrew Marr is.

“Andrew Marr ‘wants to be free of BBC rules so he can speak out on climate’
Presenter’s high profile move to LBC will mark end of ‘almost unconscious self-censorship’ on air, sources say

Andrew Marr’s decision to leave the BBC was prompted by his desire to speak freely on environmental issues, as well as politics, and escape the daily online attacks he faces, it is believed.”

Reply to  Vuk
November 21, 2021 2:43 am

He might be a ‘closet Greta’, AFAIK.

Jeff corbin
Reply to  Vuk
November 22, 2021 7:12 am

He definitely has Greta’s true believer self righteous defiant look down pat.

Reply to  Vuk
November 21, 2021 6:39 am

BBC has limits on what climate alarmists can say?
BBC has limits to how far socialists can go in demanding more free stuff?

Rich Davis
Reply to  Vuk
November 21, 2021 3:56 pm

And in other news, it’s reported that Dr Goebbels was chafing at National Socialist government limitations on discussing the Jewish question.

November 21, 2021 1:34 am

Here is another professor :
openly promoting ¨intelligent sabotage¨.
Books are How to blow up a Pipeline, and White Skin, Black Fuel, on the Danger of Fossil Fascism . Hails from Sweden. Publisher Verso , the New Left Books. Interesting that the Daily Mail picked this up?

Reply to  bonbon
November 21, 2021 4:08 am

That “professor” is mentally disturbed.

Reply to  Scissor
November 21, 2021 5:02 am

Seems we can’t go a week without some professor somewhere in the US saying or doing something that is obviously wacko or sick, or even promoting illegal activity. Last week it was one who says that there is nothing wrong with pedophilia, this week it will something else probably.

November 21, 2021 1:37 am

Remember when the worst thing a professor would do was pass the port in the wrong direction?

Reply to  David
November 21, 2021 10:41 am

How could anyone pass the port the wrong way round !
he should be banished from the realm
It always goes in the opposite direction to the cigars,

November 21, 2021 1:52 am

Book him Dano, then Grill him……Yuk, Yuk, Yuk……

Climate believer
November 21, 2021 1:56 am

Setting fires behind the first responders fighting the Dixie Fire is to my mind attempted murder.

If he’s found guilty they should throw the book at him.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Climate believer
November 21, 2021 3:50 am

but after a few months at a resort jail he’ll be let out on good behavior

Ron Long
November 21, 2021 2:11 am

Maybe Kyle Rittenhouse is available to straighten the problem out?

Abolition Man
Reply to  Ron Long
November 21, 2021 8:58 am

Please leave Kyle alone!
The poor kid has been traumatized enough by the ravening piranhas of the lying left wing media; he sorely needs some alone time to decompress, and figure out how he is going to invest the millions of dollars he will soon be receiving from his libel suits against the rats!

November 21, 2021 2:51 am

noted the word alleged isnt used? in aus it precedes any claims that so and so did x y z UNTIL the case is heard innocence is presumed


John Tillman
Reply to  ozspeaksup
November 21, 2021 3:03 am

It’s in the first sentence.

Reply to  John Tillman
November 21, 2021 7:49 pm

….. along will come Nick and thefinalnail soon to tell us that it’s actually the word allegedly not alleged.

That clearly proves the physics and so on and so forth ……

Joseph Zorzin
November 21, 2021 3:45 am

“….20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count of arson…”

Not enough! Considering the danger to fire fighters, the loss of the forest, that the fires contribute to the climate disaster lie, it’s a slap on the wrist.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
November 21, 2021 5:22 am

At the current rate or inflation, they are soon going to have to start re-writing the laws to impose fines with a higher dollar amount.

Reply to  rah
November 21, 2021 10:07 am

Lots of luck collecting a fine from a person living out of his car and not being able to hold a job because of his bi-polar behavior. Also. it is much less costly to treat his bi-polar than to house and feed him in prison for 20 or more years.

Reply to  Fred Haynie
November 22, 2021 7:19 am

If he can be cured, fine. If others have to rely on his promise to really and truly take his meds, then he needs to be locked up. Money isn’t the issue, public safety is.

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
November 21, 2021 6:45 am

I’m guessing that this is just the penalty for arson in a national forest. The other charges will be on top of this.

Reply to  MarkW
November 21, 2021 11:21 am

He was originally in jail for breaking state laws. He is now being held for breaking federal laws; specifically setting multiple fires in national forests.

Scott Anderson
November 21, 2021 4:20 am

He specializes in deviant behavior; how fitting.

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Scott Anderson
November 21, 2021 5:22 am

just what I thought. It’s beyond parody, isn’t it?

Reply to  Scott Anderson
November 21, 2021 7:43 am

Just practicing what he preaches … unlike the climate hypocrites !

Joseph Zorzin
November 21, 2021 4:25 am

Off topic, sort of, though there is some mention of forest fires- one of Tony Heller’s best videos, “Goodbye New York Goodbye Washington”.

Ian Johnson
November 21, 2021 5:17 am

For some reason I can’t find anything about this on the BBC, or in the Guardian newspaper. Very strange.

M Courtney
Reply to  Ian Johnson
November 21, 2021 7:39 am

In the UK this report would be illegal.
We have the principle of “Innocent until proven Guilty”. Slurring an innocent man’s name is not acceptable in the UK.
Also if the media does report on decision under judicial process the defendant can claim that he cannot get a fair trial and thus get an acquittal.

Reply to  M Courtney
November 22, 2021 7:22 am

Except that the report would simply be that he has been charged. It’s a statement of fact, not a slur. Reporting on the case is not reporting on the decision either. It’s more likely the Beeb and the Graniad don’t want anything to mar the reputation of little angels.

Andrew Wilkins
November 21, 2021 5:23 am

If there’s anyone who should be charged with a crime against humanity, it’s his barber.

Tony Gaggiotti
November 21, 2021 5:32 am

I can’t say I have much more confidence in the California court system these days.

November 21, 2021 5:38 am

I’m glad this creature from the Lower Hells has been caught. I detest these people more than you can imagine.

The Greek fires were deemed to be arson, too, but the perps will likely never be caught and the damage done will take a long time to recover. It wasn’t just plants that were damaged/destroyed. The bees that “nurse” them were killed off and will take a very long time to recover, too.

Arsonists need a dose of their own medicine, but that will never happen.

Richard Page
Reply to  Sara
November 21, 2021 4:07 pm

Also Turkey, Macedonia, Ukraine and a few other places – over 150 people were arrested for arson across these countries this year. What is wrong with these people that they want to watch the world burn?

November 21, 2021 5:39 am

If guilty, i hope the sentences run consecutively. Twenty years isn’t nearly enough for what he’d be guilty of.

November 21, 2021 5:42 am

This says as much about the current state of universities as it does about this professor.

Mark Whitney
November 21, 2021 7:30 am

His field of study and alleged behavior brings to mind the old saying:
“Those who study evil, are studied by evil.”

November 21, 2021 10:51 am

How close did he come to receiving the Unabomber Distinguished Professorship post at UC Berkeley and any number of other west coast academies? He could have done it with a few published models and meta studies.

November 21, 2021 10:53 am

Climate change causes an increase in academic-based arsonists and related publication advancement and promotion. The science on this is settled. /sarc

November 21, 2021 10:57 am

Somehow I don’t think this will get much traction at the BBC and the greater troll network in the UK, EU, and UN. Better dispose of those lighters Griff, just in case.

K. McNeill
November 21, 2021 12:35 pm

I’m with Eric here, let’s follow the trial and the evidence and then pronounce a verdict, not vice versa.

Joe B
November 21, 2021 1:35 pm

Just a heads up for those following these matters …
This college professor/arsonist is NOT an outlier in today’s increasingly kinetic political/cultural wars.
A female teacher was also arrested recently for forest arson.

This aligns with the arrests in the Berkley and Sacramento areas of both educators and college personnel (cooks, facility workers, etc.) for assaults during demonstrations … frequently in Antifa garb.
This is how the shadow army of soldiers is being paid for, maintained, and on call to unleash havoc as per their directives.

This is a serious, highly organized threat, (administrators willfully creating and maintaining this human infrastructure) unwittingly paid for via public funds.

Richard Page
Reply to  Joe B
November 21, 2021 4:12 pm

It’s high time that this situation was called out for what it is – radicalising extremist terrorists. There is little difference between radicalising the climate change ideology and religious radicalisation; the results are tragically, disturbingly similar.

John Bell
November 21, 2021 4:58 pm

SO far a man and a woman were caught, but I bet others did the same and not caught. Gotta push the narrative, even if it needs a little help. Just shows how low these zealots are!

November 21, 2021 9:02 pm

The ‘climate’ change’ canard* rests on the foundation that longwave infrared radiation (LWIR) is the culprit of the increased heating, because carbon dioxide, methane, and water vapor are robust absorbers of LWIR. This is true, but what we’re not told is that this LWIR is ONLY released by the surface at nighttime, not daytime! When we look at illustrations of Earth’s Energy Budget…

…left out of the diagrams are the times of the day the two energy types are released, and for good reason. The two energy types are (1) LWIR that comes in at 358.2 Wm2 (watts per meter squared); and (2) thermals that come in at 18.4 Wm2. The former heats the night, while the miniscule amount of 18.4 Wms is what heats the daytime hours.

Wasn’t that easy? Fraud not only made easy, but so easy even an elementary school student will be shocked at the deception, where nighttime hours are warmer than daytime hours! The energy types are, of course, reversed, where daytime energy levels constitute 358.2 Wm2, while nighttime energy levels constitute 18.4 Wms. And during the day only shortwave infrared radiation (SWIF), that isn’t absorbed by ‘greenhouse gasses’, is being emitted by the surface, the surface too warm during the day to be emitting anemic LWIR.
* Not to be confused for ‘climate alteration’ that’s taking place thanks to man heating the atmosphere. The difference being that the “change” in climate change can be reversed by lowering carbon dioxide, though there is no reason to do so due to carbon dioxide’s benefits, and the fact that carbon dioxide is a robust COOLANT in Earth’s atmosphere; heating is occurring due to increased man-made heat sinks on the surface (cities, roads, automobiles’ metals, etc.), and when these heat sinks are manufactured, carbon dioxide is the industrial by-product.

Left Out of IPCC Models: Atmospheric Thermodynamics AWOL

Climate change mechanics conspires to do away with the physics of the atmosphere, where action and reaction is abandoned. When a new gas molecule is introduced into the atmosphere, dislocation takes place, where if the new molecule is denser than the atmosphere (contains less heat energy), such as carbon dioxide, the gas molecule sinks displacing upwards the warmer nitrogen and oxygen molecules, thereby immediately cooling the area of dislocation. As warmer nitrogen and oxygen molecules rise, they in turn push downwards cooler nitrogen and oxygen molecules, further cooling the atmosphere.
Conversely, if the new gas molecule has more heat energy than the nitrogen-oxygen based atmosphere (such as methane), the new molecule rises, displacing relatively cooler nitrogen and oxygen molecules downwards, which displaces upwards relatively more heat retaining nitrogen and oxygen molecules, thereby cooling the area of dislocation.
Thermodynamics in action in the atmosphere that keeps the Earth cool when increased radiation isn’t the new variable introduced.

November 22, 2021 5:30 am

Better turn to the climate insanity defense–it often works these days.

November 23, 2021 8:10 am

Lets let the courts do their job.”

No doubt the Soros prosecutors will get right to the bottom of this. No matter what oil company or coal plant turns out to be behind this, rest assured the public interest will be served good and hard.

November 23, 2021 9:11 am

This is what happens when you don’t belong to a group like Earth First to hide behind.

November 25, 2021 5:11 pm

He faces 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine for each count of arson

Not if DA Thomas Binger is in charge… that dude would say that arson is just jaywalking with a lighter (and never an emergency).

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