The Golden State serial killer was active in Southern California in the early 1980s with several of those murders in Orange County. The investigation of this case ramped up and slowed down over the 40 years between when the crimes occurred and the arrest of the offender, but the analysis never stopped. In the years before the offender was identified, crime analysts were an active part of the investigation, present at task force meetings, and involved in the analysis of large datasets. This presentation will discuss the analyst role in assisting with cold case and serial homicides as well as lessons learned from the Original Night Stalker Murders.
Lorie Velarde is a GIS Analyst with the Irvine Police Department in Irvine, California and an instructor of several crime analysis courses. Over her 37-year law enforcement career, she has analyzed hundreds of crime series, written and implemented several automated reports and maps, instructed on the use of GIS to analyze crime, and published in the area of geographic profiling. She holds a Master of Science degree in Criminology, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Ecology, a California State Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and California Department of Justice Certification in Crime and Intelligence Analysis. Lorie has received several awards for her work, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police/ChoicePoint Award for Criminal Investigative Excellence, the Southern California Crime and Intelligence Analyst Association’s Analyst of the Year Award, and the Alpha Group Center’s Award for Creativity and Excellence in Crime Analysis.
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