Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Hollywood Arson Suspect's Mother Tells Judge Her Son Is Being Framed By German Nazis, Argues She Should Stay In U.S. to Defend Him

Dorothee Burkhart (Screenshot)
LAist relies on your reader support.
Your tax-deductible gift today powers our reporters and keeps us independent. We rely on you, our reader, not paywalls to stay funded because we believe important news and information should be freely accessible to all.

The mother of Hollywood arson suspect Harry Burkhart wants to be released on bail, so she can help to defend her son who she believes was set up by Nazis.Dorothee Burkhart, 53, faces extradition to Germany where she is wanted on 19 counts of fraud, including an allegation that she skipped out on the bill for her breast implants.

But mom wants to stick around in the U.S. so she can help out her 24-year-old son, who she believes is being framed for his arson spree by Nazis back in Germany, City News Service reported. She told the judge the Nazis "want to have me back" in Germany. She also believes that only she can communicate with her son, who describes as autistic with a mind "like a 5-year-old child...He can't be alone."

"My son is part of my soul, part of my body,'' she said in court. "I will die with him together."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cathy J. Ostiller said the claim that only Burkhart can communicate with her son is impossible. She added that she's worried that if Burkhart went free she might try to flee the country. Prior to her arrest, she was moving back and forth between the U.S. and Canada using false documents, she said.

Support for LAist comes from

U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles F. Eick made no decision about whether or not to set Burkhart free on bail.