On October 10th, 1984, a fire broke out a crafts store in Pasadena, California killing four people including a two year old child. The fire was at first deemed accidental, but Orr stated that it was set on purpose.
In order to set the fires, Orr used an incendiary device by using a sheet of paper and wrapping the paper around matches and a cigarette in order to make his way out before the fire broke out.
On December 4th, 1991, Orr was arrested on multiple counts of murder and arson including for the fire he set in 1984 and was convicted in 1998. He was sentenced to life in California State Prison with no chance of parole although he maintains his innocence.
Crime author and former Los Angeles Police Department officer Joseph Wambaugh published a book about John Orr titled Fire Lover named after a quote from the book where the fictional firefighter arsonist that Orr was writing in a book titled Points of Origin called the fire his mistress and lover.
Years after the fires he set broke out, HBO made a made for television film titled Point of Origin based on his true story.