Excerpt:Â Less than two weeks ago, I took a break from my "What's The Matter With California?" book tour and visited friend and fellow TWA Flight 800 dissident Ray Lahr at his home in the Malibu Hills.As we stood on his deck overlooking Santa Monica Bay, we talked about fire, always a concern in October when the dread Santa Ana winds start blowing hot and dry. "How do the fires start?" I asked naively.
"People start them," said Ray. Although some are surely started accidentally, many are not. Ray spoke of committed arsonists who use flares and other incendiary devices to assure that their handiwork pays dividends.