Story: Violent crime

Empire Hotel fire, 1995

Cover of newspaper with heading Hotel Hell and a photograph of a building on fire

In 1996, Hamilton man Alan Lory was convicted of manslaughter and arson after lighting a fire at the Empire Hotel (pictured) which killed six residents. Lory set a couch on fire after being asked to move out of the hotel. Five of the victims died in the blaze and the sixth died after jumping from the building. Lory was released from prison in 2009.

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Fairfax NZ, Sunday News
Reference: 5 February 1995

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Greg Newbold, 'Violent crime - Mass homicides since 1990', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2024)

Story by Greg Newbold, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 3 May 2024 with assistance from Greg Newbold