I can imagine it took several years plowing through documentation, gathering information, collecting data from each state, continually updating and determining cases. We didnít have the sophisticated page scanners we have now 26 yrs ago (1986) all this info was kept on paper in files. We didnít have the communication systems, and we also didnít have the elite data base applications we have now which make it so much easier to compare data. That stuff takes a lot of time. We didnít even have Amber Alert until 1996. Also, if you consider the manpower from then to now and the amount of trained people and budgets it starts to become clear.<quoted text>
O42, The obvious question that comes to mind is what took so long to figure this out. VICAP originated in 1985-over 26 years ago..
This map shows the more than 500 cases in our Highway Serial Killings Initiative database; the red dots mark where bodies or remains have been found along highways over the past 30 years.
Snipet from above link:
RE: First, some background. The victims in these cases are primarily women who are living high-risk, transient lifestyles, often involving substance abuse and prostitution. Theyíre frequently picked up at truck stops or service stations and sexually assaulted, murdered, and dumped along a highway..
" I disagree, many of the victims are runaways & women/girls that were hitchiking(some with companions), or in the wrong place at the wrong time"...
Now days, we have the capabilities and knowledge to gather and pass this information within minutes right from our own homes. If someone goes missing and it is communicated the entire country knows about it within hours. It is documented that day and everyone is on alert simultaneously. Information is compared quickly allowing determinations to be made right away.
I think we are just reaching a point in our infrastructure where all of this information and all of these data bases are being combined and we are now clearly seeing the big picture Ė And It AINíT PRETTY!
Thank God we have reached this point now and have people like Monica who have the stomach and determination to make a difference! The information is one thing - the ground work is a totally different animal.