Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Patterns Found in Series Of Murders

From Nightline:

The FBI has recently started collecting information about serial killings and assaults happening along the nation's major highways. There have been 500 such murders over the last 30 years, and the FBI worries there are many more cases out there that have not been brought to their attention.

"We were surprised at the number of bodies," said Supervisory Special Agent Mike Harrigan, who heads ViCAP. "When we look at the highway, the highways in particular, and saw 500 out there. That causes some concern, and we think there's many more that just need to be put into our database that just aren't identified yet."
Roughly 200 suspects have been identified, and the overwhelming majority are truckers, he said.

Most of the cases involve truckers picking up young women at rest stops, killing them and burying their bodies hundreds of miles away from where they were murdered.

The FBI's program helps police with baffling, unsolved crimes to link cases that are sometimes half a country away.

This coordination is important since these types of predators depend on a lack of coordination to get away with their crimes. Anyone who views violence as less disturbing because of their assessment of the victim or the victim's choices is making a dangerous mistake.

If we are against murder we cannot shrug off certain murders or view them as a natural consequence of those women's decisions simply because so many men choose those women as their targets. This provides emotional support to murderers which helps them justify their crimes as being a result of their victim's choices not their own choices.

After a rape and assault of a woman described as a prostitute that investigation led the police to the gun they believe was used in a quadruple murder.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Police say Troy Brake is the person behind the deaths of three family members and a family member's girlfriend. [...]

Brake is charged with four murders. Prosecutors believe Brake killed a mother and two sons so he could rape the son's 18-year-old girlfriend.

Violence is violence and when we forget that we are putting additional lives at risk. If we refuse to believe certain victims simply because they are not sympathetic we are working against justice. Seemingly nice boys and nice men can commit violence that can shock investigators who believe they can no longer be shocked.

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