Article Courtesy of Channel 10 Local News
By Glenna Milberg
Published July 24, 2018
MIAMI BEACH - The first look inside the condo unit where Walter Stopler’s
unit in the condominium he is accused of trying to burn down reveals what
neighbors say may have been his motivation: years’ worth of toxic black
He was very frustrated, very frustrated about the mold in
his apartment and how this has been going on for at least since 2016, I
think," said Priscilla Suarez, a former condo board member.
Stopler, 72, is in jail with no bond, accused of a plan to stockpile
gasoline, incinerate the condominium.
He had seen doctors because of physical symptoms he related to the mold in
his apartment. Research shows inhaled mold could be connected to brain
diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease.
Miami Beach police officers report Stopler talked about wanting to “kill all
the Jews” in the Pavilion condominium, and found Nazi-themed materials in
his condo, and in a storage closet he rented, dozens of jugs with gasoline,
sulfur powder and potassium nitrate.
Prosecutors are exploring whether the crime was motivated
by hate, but neighbors say Stopler was more angry at the chronic mold and
maintenance issues, and a condo board that keeps raising fees with little
Suarez, the former board member, said mold was a chronic issue in many
residents’ units, including her own.
"Stopler had said something about not paying his maintenance or special
assessment until they fix the mold," said Suarez.
The board had moved to foreclose on Stopler’s unit and evict him.
Miami Beach man planned to burn down
condo to 'kill all the Jews,' police say