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NOVA: Hunt For the Serial Arsonist
NOVA Hunt For the Serial Arsonist
Actor: Stacy Keach
Director: Nova
Genres: Educational, Documentary
NR     2005     1hr 0min

Fires were breaking out all over greater Los Angeles. Suspicious fires. From the mid-1980s to the early '90s, dozens of retail businesses were bursting into flames. With precious few clues to go on, authorities piece toget...  more »


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Actor: Stacy Keach
Director: Nova
Genres: Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Educational, Crime & Conspiracy, Science & Technology
Studio: WGBH Boston
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/22/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Good Film
Otis | Florida | 08/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was a great video for Forensic Science. The students in my High School got an inside look at arson. Good demo of arson. Well done."
Good Film
M. Ficke | 10/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I used this as an introduction to the unit on Fingerprinting in my 12th grade forensic science class. It kept student interest and served to open up a great discussion on arson as well as the value of fingerprints."
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JB | Redwood City, CA | 05/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Just a hint for True Crime buffs. This program came in a three part boxed set from Nova called "Murder and Mayhem" and included The Sam Shepard case on one DVD, and the Serial Murderer Arthur Shawcross on the other.

All three programs, including this one, "The Hunt for the Serial Arsonist" were excellent documentaries of the tracking down and ultimate prosecution of some of the more notorious criminals in the 20th Century.

Stacy Keach's narration of the "Serial Arsonist" DVD is superb, and the program documents the investigation, surveillance, and ultimate arrest of a Glendale California Fire Arson Inspector who himself committed numerous arson fires.

During the 80's and 90's Fire Investigator John Orr set fires in Department Stores, Fabric Emporiums, and in the foothills of his own hometown of Glendale until he was caught from fingerprints found on one of his homemade matchbook igniters that failed to work in a linen shop.

With the help of Federal ATF agents they hunted down Orr and put him in jail and continued to discover new fires he had set that caused the deaths of victims of his arson fires.

This bizarre twist of fate, makes this program all the more interesting as Orr is initially presented as an "Expert Witness", only to realize he is being filmed while in prison serving his sentence as "The Serial Arsonist." When purchased in the three pack set, this is an excellent value and well worth the time to view."