How is it that a sociology professor who studies deviant and criminal behavior came to be charged with serial arson? Andrew Rice (Uganda, 2002-2004) profiles Gary Maynard for New York Magazine while he awaits trial in California.

“In August 2021, law-enforcement agents apprehended [Maynard] in a remote wooded area of Northern California,” Andrew writes, “where, authorities alleged, he had applied his expertise to setting what one federal prosecutor described as an ‘insanely dangerous’ series of wildfires.”

Andrew’s report was featured in “One Great Story,” New York Magazine‘s reading recommendation newsletter.


Read here.


Photo: Wildfire in California (Jeff Turner)