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May 7, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The murder trial of John Leonard Orr, a former Glendale fire captain turned arsonist, got underway Wednesday with defense lawyers arguing that faulty wiring--not arson--was to blame for a fire that killed four people in South Pasadena. Although acknowledging to jurors that Orr, a former arson investigator, had pleaded guilty in 1992 to federal charges stemming from a series of arson fires in Bakersfield, attorney Ed Rucker said the blaze at Ole's Home Center in 1984 was not Orr's handiwork.
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June 22, 2002 | JOSH FRIEDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Point of Origin" is an arson mystery laced with violence and eroticism, but the biggest surprise is how little heat it generates. Ray Liotta stars as a Ray Liotta type, a firefighter on the edge, in this HBO movie inspired by a true story. He plays John Orr, a veteran investigator from the Glendale Fire Department who hunted a serial arsonist during a rampage that killed four and caused millions of dollars of damage across Southern California in the late 1980s.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1994
This is in response to John Orr's article, "Inmate: Follow Through on '3 Strikes," ' Oct. 31. I'm sitting in a county jail looking down both barrels of a three-strikes case. I could get 25 years to life for allegedly trying to pass a bad check, possession of stolen property and possession of about a tenth of a gram of methamphetamine. Personally, I don't feel that any of these crimes warrant a life sentence. My past is checkered, that's obvious. Yet I still agree that a three-strikes law, written correctly, would indeed benefit society.
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.
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April 9, 1992 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal prosecutors this week were pondering the future of their arson case against Glendale Fire Capt. John L. Orr after a judge ruled that they cannot use a key piece of evidence: Orr's unpublished novel about a firefighter who intentionally sets fires. U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie said Monday that he will postpone Orr's trial for one week to give prosecutors time to decide whether to appeal his decision.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2002 | JOSH FRIEDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Point of Origin" is an arson mystery laced with violence and eroticism, but the biggest surprise is how little heat it generates. Ray Liotta stars as a Ray Liotta type, a firefighter on the edge, in this HBO movie inspired by a true story. He plays John Orr, a veteran investigator from the Glendale Fire Department who hunted a serial arsonist during a rampage that killed four and caused millions of dollars of damage across Southern California in the late 1980s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1995 | LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Glendale fire captain, already imprisoned for arson, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a new set of crimes, including the murder of four people who died in a 1984 fire he is now accused of setting. The charges against John Leonard Orr, once an acclaimed arson investigator, also include arson for the 1990 College Hills brush fire in Glendale that destroyed 67 homes.
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
June 9, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors wrapped up their case Monday against former Glendale fire-captain-turned-arsonist John Leonard Orr, arguing that he described in a manuscript for a novel just how he set a South Pasadena hardware store ablaze, killing three adults and a 2-year-old boy. Revisiting five weeks of evidence and testimony relating to fires that broke out from the South Bay to the San Joaquin Valley, Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors wrapped up their case Monday against former Glendale fire-captain-turned-arsonist John Leonard Orr, arguing that he described in a manuscript for a novel just how he set a South Pasadena hardware store ablaze, killing three adults and a 2-year-old boy. Revisiting five weeks of evidence and testimony relating to fires that broke out from the South Bay to the San Joaquin Valley, Deputy Dist. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The murder trial of John Leonard Orr, a former Glendale fire captain turned arsonist, got underway Wednesday with defense lawyers arguing that faulty wiring--not arson--was to blame for a fire that killed four people in South Pasadena. Although acknowledging to jurors that Orr, a former arson investigator, had pleaded guilty in 1992 to federal charges stemming from a series of arson fires in Bakersfield, attorney Ed Rucker said the blaze at Ole's Home Center in 1984 was not Orr's handiwork.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The manuscript reads like pulp fiction or a psychological thriller. For nearly a decade, a serial arsonist sets brush fires and torches businesses across California. Authorities believe the culprit is a firefighter but can't pin an individual to the crimes. In the midst of the spree, the elusive arsonist sets a Pasadena hardware store ablaze. People perish in 800-degree flames, including a woman and her young grandson.
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
January 5, 1995 | LESLIE BERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Glendale fire captain, already imprisoned for arson, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a new set of crimes, including the murder of four people who died in a 1984 fire he is now accused of setting. The charges against John Leonard Orr, once an acclaimed arson investigator, also include arson for the 1990 College Hills brush fire in Glendale that destroyed 67 homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1994
This is in response to John Orr's article, "Inmate: Follow Through on '3 Strikes," ' Oct. 31. I'm sitting in a county jail looking down both barrels of a three-strikes case. I could get 25 years to life for allegedly trying to pass a bad check, possession of stolen property and possession of about a tenth of a gram of methamphetamine. Personally, I don't feel that any of these crimes warrant a life sentence. My past is checkered, that's obvious. Yet I still agree that a three-strikes law, written correctly, would indeed benefit society.
NEWS
December 19, 1991 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When People's Department Store in Highland Park burned down Dec. 10, 1990, Glendale Fire Capt. John L. Orr was there--videotaping a blaze he set, federal prosecutors allege. They plan to use the footage, found in a training tape made by the veteran arson investigator, in their efforts to convict him. But Orr's attorney, Douglas McCann, has an explanation for his client's presence at the fire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The manuscript reads like pulp fiction or a psychological thriller. For nearly a decade, a serial arsonist sets brush fires and torches businesses across California. Authorities believe the culprit is a firefighter but can't pin an individual to the crimes. In the midst of the spree, the elusive arsonist sets a Pasadena hardware store ablaze. People perish in 800-degree flames, including a woman and her young grandson.
NEWS
April 9, 1992 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal prosecutors this week were pondering the future of their arson case against Glendale Fire Capt. John L. Orr after a judge ruled that they cannot use a key piece of evidence: Orr's unpublished novel about a firefighter who intentionally sets fires. U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie said Monday that he will postpone Orr's trial for one week to give prosecutors time to decide whether to appeal his decision.
NEWS
March 12, 1992 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles federal judge has refused to release suspected serial arsonist John L. Orr from house arrest, blocking the Glendale fire captain's bid to return to work. U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie rejected the request, made Friday by Orr's attorney, Douglas McCann, who said that the city had cut off Orr's $63,000 annual salary while he is confined to his Eagle Rock home.
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