ViCAP USA ~ ViCLAS Canada ~ Pierce Brooks LAPD ~ Criminal Law: A POWERPOINT PRESENTATION + FLASHCARDS + MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST WITH ANSWER KEY.
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The best way to assess this product is to download the preview which is 12 actual slides at full size. There are 4 additional slides shown as thumbnails with the product listing. 20 slides gives you a very good idea if you can use this material or not. There are also text excerpts below. It is a very complete, highly visual presentation about the development of ViCAP by Pierce Brooks. Then there is the development of ViCLAS by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which eclipsed ViCAP. ViCLAS and ViCAP are compared and contrasted.There are serial killer cases which led to the development of both databases, Glatman in America and Olson in Canada. These are also discussed.
TEXT EXCERPT 1:
~ Pierce Brooks was appointed as the first director of ViCAP. As an LAPD homicide detective, he proposed the idea.
~ As he told the "LA Time"s: “A husband kills his wife. He shoots her. That’s one thing. But there’s another kind. The victim is just mutilated and she’s a stranger. He doesn’t even know her. That sure as hell is different.”
~ He was stating an idea he’d had since he worked on the Harvey Glatman serial killer case in 1958.
~ He’d realized serial homicides could be linked by their signature aspects.
~ His ability to detach was his greatest asset: “I can go into the most bloody, hideous murder scene imaginable, and not be moved. You can’t be emotionally involved. I don’t ever remember tossing and turning and having sleepless nights about a case. I just didn’t.”
~ Brooks went to local libraries to check newspapers from different cities, looking for similar crime stories.
~ He could find the serial killer signature by finding a pattern or a common denominator in the newspaper stories. This was before computers became commonplace.
TEXT EXCERPT 2:
~ In July 1983, Brooks was before the Senate Judiciary Committee about serial killer Ted Bundy. Bundy had confessed to killing 30 women in seven states. This is what ViCAP could prevent.
~ “ViCAP, when implemented, would preclude the age-old, but still continuing problem of critically important information being missed, overlooked, or delayed when several police agencies, hundreds or even thousands of miles apart, are involved,” Brooks said.
~ Brooks convinced the committee. He even got the endorsement of then-FBI director William Webster. However, beneath Webster, lower level managers were already complaining, a portent of future problems ViCAP would face.
TEXT EXCERPT 3: ViCAP Falters
~ ViCAP is unfortunately falling short of Brooks’ great idea. The fault was not his. The fault lies in the FBI itself, for the following reasons:
~ 1. The FBI still does not work well with other police forces. ViCAP depends on being embraced by other police forces. Those police are turned off by the FBI’s manner and approach.
~ 2. The FBI’s greatest share of resources is going to terrorism. Everything else has been pared to the bone, including ViCAP.
~ 3. The FBI has falsely misrepresented its support of ViCAP. It has stated that cases in its database are “continually compared” for matches as new cases are entered. This is not true.