Retired agent Mark Safarik served in the FBI for 23 years.
In this episode, Mark Safarik reviews a fascinating family annihilation case that he conducted a behavioral analysis for during the investigation and provided expert testimony during the subsequent trial.
It is a unique case because it features behavioral attributes, staging, depersonalization, undoing, and proprietary interest, that are often seen individually but rarely in combination. The subject, Vincent Brothers, murdered his wife, their three young children, and his mother-in-law.
His law enforcement career spans over 31 years, 12 of those as a senior member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) where he established himself as an internationally recognized expert in the analysis and interpretation of violent criminal behavior.
Special Agent (Retired)
4/1984 – 4/2007
“When you see the murder of very young children, you wonder why. Because clearly a six-week-old infant and a two-year-old cannot be witnesses.”—Retired Agent and FBI Profiler Mark Safarik
Mark worked has worked as a patrol beat cop to a detective working homicides. He began his FBI career working violent crimes in the Denver Division on the Wind River Indian Reservation out of the Riverton RA. He transferred to the New York Division, where he worked undercover assignments and was a behavioral profiling coordinator. He then transferred to the Sacramento Division, Stockton RA, where he worked violent crimes and established the behavioral profiling coordinator position before promoting to the Behavioral Analysis Unit at the FBI Academy at Quantico where he remained until retirement.
He has conducted internationally renowned research on the sexual assault and homicide of elder females. He is a member of the highly respected Vidocq Society.
He is well-published in international journals, including the Journal of Forensic Sciences, International Journal of Homicide Studies, and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. He has authored numerous book chapters on homicide, including in the newest text on sexual homicide, the Routledge International Handbook of Sexual Homicide Studies.
His new book, Spree Killers: Practical Classifications for Law Enforcement and Criminology, has been hailed as the definitive textbook on this type of multicide.
He has appeared on Dateline, Court TV, Forensic Files, New Detectives, A&E, Oxygen, Discovery ID, and many news networks to discuss his cases. His television series, Killer Instinct, premiered in 2011. He was a longtime consultant for the popular television series CSI: Las Vegas, Bones, and The Blacklist. He has two seasons of Cold Case Homicide television shows in both Sweden and Denmark.
During a typical family annihilation scenario, all members of a family are killed in a murder-suicide.
The following are links to articles and videos about family annihilation, familicide, and the investigation of Vincent Brothers, who murdered his wife, their three young children, and his mother-in-law:
AP Online – 9/28/2007: Ex-Vice Principal Sentenced to Death
Bakersfield.com – 9/30/2007: 15 to 20 years on death row
KGET,com Bakersfield – 6/14/2022: Vincent Brothers, notorious Bakersfield ex-vice principal who massacred family, featured in Oxygen show
Killer Instinct with Mark Safarik (VIDEO) – S01E10 ~ Driven To Kill: Vincent Brothers
Fox News – 10/6/2022: NYC mom accused of drowning 3 kids at Coney Island beach indicted for murder
Listen to Mark’s previous appearance on FBI Retired Case File Review:
Mark Safarik’s Serial Killer TV and Movie Recommendations
Wire in the blood – 6 seasons – My favorite of them all – great profiler
The Fall with Gillian Anderson
Wallender both the original in Swedish with English subtitles and the more recent one in English with Kenneth Branagh.
Bordertown (three seasons) – Finland – excellent
River (one season)
True Detective Season 1 – One US show that is excellent with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. McConaughey’s character uses profiling skills and is excellent. There are three seasons, but only the first season is top-notch, the other two not so much.