Today’s study is 44 minutes long. It covers a serial arsonist in Cali. Arson is a special crime – only 2% of arsonists are caught and convicted. Here, an arson expert BECOMES the arsonist. John Orr was extremely gifted.
“Coward” – when used by an LEO, means someone impossible to catch and…….. track
unsup – unknown suspect
ME – Medical Examiner
vic – victim
POI – person of interest
“Make a square” – take 2 right turns
1) Latent print on yellow paper
2) Too active
3) Cigarettes of the same type/same pack
4) Matches from the same book
5) Yellow paper from the same notebook
6) Could tie suspect to location
7) He *should* have rested when he found the tracking device
8) The book he wrote
9) home videos
Bakersfield has 3 fire investigators. Finding the fire origin is key in arson cases.
A special incendiary device was used. A cigarette is lit with matches on the bottom, connected by a rubber band, wrapped in yellow paper. The arsonist often set his fires in piles of foam or pillows.
One latent print was found on the yellow paper. No match was made when run through the criminal databases.
Arsonists tend to be male and white. A simple incendiary device is preferred to a complex one. Simple is harder to trace.
You knew it was coming…a task force was created.
A hit finally comes back, for John Leonard Orr (moustache). He was the godfather of fire investigation, being a teacher of many.
This was a sensitive case. Orr’s celebrity made him a difficult target. They needed an airtight case against him.
Orr discovers a tracking device on his car. The ATF put it there. As he was being divorced at the time, he thought his wife hired a detective.
Before the statute of limitations runs out on the earliest crimes, Orr was arrested.
Cigs, matches and rubber bands were found in a bag after a search warrant was executed.
Firefighters love to see themselves in action. They love to do critiques afterward also.
Orr maintains his innocence to this day.
Evidence, Witnesses, Interrogation – how crimes are solved
Search Methods: circle, strip, lane, point to point, grid
Types of fingerprints: latent, visible, plastic
Marvin Casey – Bakersfield arson investigator
Glen Lucero – LA arson investigator (moustache)
Mike Matassa – ATF Special Agent