Serial Killer Hunting: Part Two

This is a continuation of suggestions for the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office in using the web to generate leads related to a suspected serial killer in their jurisdiction.

5) I know investigators believe that someone with local ties is the culprit, but why not try to attract leads from outside the area as well?

Instead of focusing only on generating local discussion, a liaison, an agency employee, or another volunteer could regularly post case updates on news sites, crime discussion boards, and other national websites to keep Internet traffic from around the country visiting the Parish’s website. The key lead could be generated from an out-of-state relative or friend of the killer.

I also asked approved Centre Daily Times blogger JJ (he has credentials unlike myself) for his suggestions on the topic:

On the site, list the common characteristics of the victims and the crimes, i.e. partly nude.

1. If possible, create a map where the bodies were found and the last location that each victim was seen; do a map.

2. If possible give a timeline on each victim before they were last seen. Because of their problems, that may exceptionally difficult.

3. If they could get possibly a retired officer to do it Q & A section, one where someone could contact the police that would be idea. The could also team up with a local media source. After asking the question, make sure the questioner can contact the police.

4. Cross index the information; if they do a timeline for all the victims, have a timeline where all can be seen.

Since the police are saying this is probably a serial killer, an introduction could be written explaining the situation in greater detail.
By using suggestions such as these, authorities could revise the website to attract a steady stream of repeat visitors, encourage discussion, and increase the likelihood that some key piece of information is shared with investigators.

The initial post in this series is here.


angelcel said...

It's a fascinating idea, to put these details up on the web - the natural progression from 'Crimewatch' type programmes on TV, which I know yield results.

It's so sad to see all those happy faces, now gone, and I hope this scheme yield results.

I think your suggestions are helpful and valid and I'd be interested to know what response you get.

Slamdunk said...

Thanks Angelcel. I have not seen much guidance out there for law enforcement agencies wanting to use this approach--JJ and I wanted to share some of our experiences learned through trial and error.

J. J. in Phila said...

In my case, I'm afraid it is more error. :(

I'm neither experienced in Law enforcement nor a professional journalist (I do write a lot, however).