Advertisement
 
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsJohn L Orr
IN THE NEWS

John L Orr

FEATURED ARTICLES
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1995
A grand jury in Los Angeles on Thursday indicted former Glendale Fire Capt. John L. Orr, the arson investigator turned arsonist, on charges he murdered four people in a 1984 fire he allegedly set at a hardware store in South Pasadena. Orr's trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 12. At his arraignment Thursday, Orr pleaded not guilty to the charges. Orr also is charged with committing multiple murders, a special circumstance that could bring a death sentence.
ARTICLES BY DATE
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying the crimes were of "great violence and sophistication," a judge sentenced former Glendale arson investigator John Leonard Orr to life in prison without parole Thursday for setting a fire that killed four people at a South Pasadena hardware store. Superior Court Judge Robert J.
Advertisement
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1995 | ANN O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A grand jury in Los Angeles on Thursday indicted former Glendale Fire Capt. John L. Orr, the arson investigator who turned arsonist, on charges he murdered four people in a 1984 fire he allegedly set at a hardware store in South Pasadena. The indictment replaces other murder and arson charges filed against Orr earlier this year, eliminating the need for a lengthy preliminary hearing in Municipal Court, Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael J. Cabral said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lifting the specter of a death sentence against him, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Wednesday that it would accept a life prison term for John Leonard Orr, the former Glendale arson investigator convicted of setting a series of fires. Orr was convicted last month by a downtown Superior Court jury of setting fire to Ole's Home Center in South Pasadena in 1984, killing four people, including a 2-year-old boy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1992
As the trial of suspected serial arsonist John L. Orr approaches, his attorney has moved to quash two key pieces of evidence: Orr's fingerprint, found on a fire-setting device, and the Glendale fire captain's unpublished novel. Douglas McCann said he also plans to seek an independent psychiatric review to find whether his client, Glendale's chief arson investigator, possesses an arsonist's mental and emotional profile.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1991
Glendale arson investigator John L. Orr pleaded innocent Monday to eight counts of arson and attempted arson at area retail stores. Orr, who was indicted last week by a federal grand jury, entered his plea in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. After Orr's arraignment, Judge Edward Rafeedie set a March 17 trial date. Orr, 42, of Eagle Rock, is charged with setting fires at five stores and trying to set them at three others during the past three years in the Los Angeles area and in Atascadero.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1992
An appeals court has ruled that federal prosecutors may use a key piece of evidence in their arson case against former Glendale Fire Capt. John L. Orr: his unpublished novel about a firefighter who intentionally sets fires. The decision, issued by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, clears the way for Orr to stand trial on charges of setting, or trying to set, eight retail store fires in Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo counties. The ruling reverses an April decision by U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1997
Prosecutors in the murder trial of a former Glendale fire captain, a convicted arsonist, are trying to link him to two fires at Pasadena supermarkets in 1984 in addition to the fire involved in the alleged murders. Former arson investigator John L. Orr is serving a 30-year federal prison term after being convicted in 1995 on six counts of arson--five of which were for fires set while Orr attended two arson investigators' conventions in Central California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1992
The attorney for Glendale Fire Capt. John L. Orr, a suspected serial arsonist, Tuesday questioned the validity of a key fingerprint used to tie Orr to store fires in the Los Angeles area and Central California. Douglas McCann said a fingerprint lifted from an incendiary device found in Bakersfield in 1987 did not match Orr's print during a federal check in 1989. But he said authorities did match it to the veteran arson investigator in a second review last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1991
Over objections from prosecutors, a Los Angeles federal court official on Tuesday ordered the release of Glendale arson investigator John L. Orr, a suspected serial fire-starter, on $50,000 bail--if Orr wears an electronic device that will keep him under virtual house arrest. Because the arrangements will take several days to complete, Orr is not expected to be freed until later this week. U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1998
Lifting the specter of a death sentence, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Wednesday that it would accept a life prison term for John Leonard Orr, the former Glendale arson investigator convicted of igniting a series of fires. Orr was convicted last month by a Superior Court jury of setting a 1984 fire at Ole's Home Center in South Pasadena, killing four people, including a 2-year-old boy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jurors who convicted former Glendale Fire Capt. John Leonard Orr of igniting a fatal South Pasadena hardware store blaze deadlocked Thursday on what penalty to impose after voting 8 to 4 in favor of sentencing him to death. As he had throughout the trial, Orr, 49, sat stoically, although he appeared to relax slightly as Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry informed the nearly empty courtroom that the jury could not reach a decision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pleading for John Orr's life, his lawyers Monday called a psychiatrist who said the former Glendale arson investigator, who faces a possible death sentence for murder, was driven to torch buildings by an obsession he was powerless to control. Prosecutors, urging jurors to recommend that Orr be executed, countered that leaving him alive with a life sentence would give Orr years to savor the memory of his murders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Orr, a former arson inspector who set a fire that burned four people to death, should be executed because "under the guise of being the protector of good, John Orr was in fact the perpetrator of evil," a prosecutor argued Tuesday. Deputy Dist. Atty.
NEWS
July 1, 1998 | MIKE DOWNEY
A 1992 movie, "Basic Instinct," is best remembered for a scene in which Sharon Stone is interrogated by a bunch of cops, all of whom are more nervous than she is. But the plot of the film is also worth remembering. It involves a writer who depicts a fictional murder in vivid detail, then is accused of committing a real murder in the same way.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An arson-investigator-turned-arsonist was convicted Friday on four counts of first-degree murder, making him eligible for the death penalty for setting a South Pasadena hardware store blaze in 1984 that matched in chilling detail a fire he described in an unpublished novel. John Leonard Orr, once a captain in the Glendale Fire Department, slumped forward as the verdicts were read in Los Angeles Superior Court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1992
Glendale Fire Capt. John L. Orr's unpublished novel about a firefighter who is a serial arsonist cannot be used as evidence at Orr's April 14 arson trial, a Los Angeles judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie said that the novel could have a "prejudicial effect" on jurors who must decide whether Orr, 42, of Eagle Rock, set fires at eight retail stores in Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo counties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1992
A federal grand jury in Fresno on Thursday indicted Glendale Fire Capt. John L. Orr on charges that he set fires at five stores in the San Joaquin Valley while attending an arson conference in Fresno during January, 1987. On Dec. 17, a federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted Orr on five counts of arson and three counts of attempted arson involving fires at stores in the Los Angeles area and a store in Atascadero.
NEWS
June 27, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former arson investigator turned arsonist was convicted Friday of four counts of first-degree murder, making him liable for the death penalty, for setting a South Pasadena hardware store blaze that matched in chilling detail a fire he described in an unpublished novel. John Leonard Orr, a former captain in the Glendale Fire Department, slumped forward as the verdicts were read in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|