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 Jul 27, 2021
truly riveting! this is a fascinating story told in a compelling way, and I must say that the audio engineers do a great job with the podcast medium. I wish I could binge listen to these episodes from start to finish, but for now I am more than happy to indulge in these weekly installments


For ten years, a serial arsonist terrorized Southern California, burning down businesses in broad daylight. Four people were murdered. Then, a manuscript for a novel lead investigators to the last person they would have ever suspected. New episodes every Wednesday.

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Epilogue 2 | The D.C. Arsonist
For decades, Washington D.C. was terrorized by a serial arsonist who set hundreds of fires. In letters to journalist Dave Jamieson, that arsonist discussed his strange motivations, and a murder no one knew about.
Oct 13, 2021
Epilogue 1 | The Fifth Victim
Investigators believed that the novel Points of Origin was based on real fires set by its author. But did its darker passages detail a brutal assault and murder?
Oct 06, 2021
Chapter Ten | Jekyll and Hyde
Host Kary Antholis explores the two sides of America's most prolific arsonist, in preparation for one last confrontation.
Sep 22, 2021
Chapter Nine | Family Secrets
Host Kary Antholis uncovers a hidden side of America's most prolific serial arsonist…by speaking to the people he was closest to.
Sep 15, 2021
Chapter Eight | Call Me Back
Almost thirty years after their first conversation, Kary tracks down America's most notorious serial arsonist, hoping to answer the question of 'why?'
Sep 08, 2021
Chapter Seven | The Trial
The author of Points of Origin is on trial for murder. The evidence: his own words.
Aug 25, 2021
Chapter Six | The Novelist
It’s 1991.  Investigators finally make an arrest in the largest arson investigation in history.  Host Kary Antholis sits down with the author of “Points Of Origin.”  Is his book a confession?
Aug 18, 2021
Chapter Five | The Pillow Pyro
Fires break out all over Los Angeles, and ATF agent April Carroll is on the case.  When she widens her investigation, she meets Bakersfield arson investigator Marvin Casey, who leads her to a suspect she never expected...and a manuscript for a novel that reads like a confession.
Aug 11, 2021
Chapter Four | College Hills
The worst brush fire in Glendale history sweeps across the College Hills. While arson investigator John Orr races to the scene, 13-year old twin sisters Jennifer and Christina Raggio flee their home just steps ahead of the flames. Is this the work of the same serial arsonist?
Aug 04, 2021
Chapter Three | Catch Me If You Can
A brazen series of fires breaks out around an arson investigators conference. Bakersfield arson investigator Marvin Casey gets a break in the case: a sophisticated incendiary device...and a fingerprint. For pictures relating to this episode, visit our website at 
Aug 02, 2021
Chapter Two | The Coin Tosser
Arson investigator John Orr and his new partner Doug Staubs face off against a serial arsonist lighting up Glendale, California. Orr is one of the most renowned arson investigators in the state, but this arsonist always seems one step ahead.
Jul 21, 2021
Chapter One | Point of Origin
In 1991, federal investigators arrest an arsonist in Los Angeles. In his home, they find a manuscript for a novel about a firebug burning down California. Is the book a work of fiction, or the confessions of a prolific arsonist turned murderer? Host Kary Antholis investigates to figure out where fiction meets reality.
Jul 21, 2021
Coming Soon | Firebug
For ten years, a fire bug terrorized Southern California, burning down businesses in broad daylight. Four people had died. Then a manuscript for a novel leads investigators to the last person they would have ever suspected. Host Kary Antholis goes on a journey to figure out where fiction meets reality.
Jul 07, 2021