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John Leonard Orr
John Leonard Orr is a serial arsonist and mass murderer. He worked as both a fire captain and arson investigator for the Glendale Fire Department in Southern California. After his arrest in and subsequent conviction for a series of other arson fires not related to the Ole's fire, Orr was charged with arson in the blaze by investigators due to a forensic re-evaluation of the causes of the fire, circumstantial evidence and a highly detailed description of a similar fire in his novel Points of Origin that bore several almost perfect similarities with the real-life fire. Orr was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in , indeed he insists that he is innocent with regards to the hardware store fire. He is currently suspected of starting as many as fires during the course of his career. Investigations later showed that the fire started in highly-flammable polyurethane products, which caught fire very quickly, causing the fire to flashover very rapidly. During March , another series of arsons were committed along the California coast in close conjunction with a conference of arson investigators in Pacific Grove, California.
John Leonard Orr born April 26, is an American former firefighter and novelist. Orr was the fire captain and arson investigator for the Glendale Fire Department in Southern California. He was convicted of serial arson and four counts of murder. Orr had originally wanted to be a police officer, but had failed the entrance exam; instead he became a fire investigator and career fire officer. Throughout the s and s, Los Angeles was plagued by a series of fires that cost millions of dollars in damages and claimed four lives. Orr was found to be the cause of most of those fires. His modus operandi was to set fires using an incendiary timing-device, usually comprising a lit cigarette, three matches wrapped in ruled yellow writing paper and secured by a rubber band, in stores while they were open and populated.