Episode 177: Michael Harrigan – ViCAP, Serial Killer Samuel Little, Listener Q & A (Part 2)

Retired agent Michael Harrigan served in the FBI for 22 years. He initially worked general criminal and terrorism cases in the Kansas City Division and was on the Attorney General’s Protection Detail and the Police Training Coordinator in the Washington Field Office (WFO). In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the  Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP), the largest repository of serial violent crime cases in the country, and the Highway Serial Killings Initiative. He was the unit’s chief and oversaw the development of the web database which allows client law enforcement agencies direct access to conduct independent analysis. He also provides case studies of several serial murders, including those committed by Samuel Little who may be the most prolific serial killer in U.S. History.

Later in his career, Mike Harrigan was assigned as the Supervisory Senior Resident Agent in Farmington and Gallup offices of the Albuquerque Division where he conducted and supervised criminal investigations involving homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping, missing persons and unidentified human remains and was responsible for all federal investigations on three Native American reservations. After a few years, he accepted an assignment in Quantico, Virginia to be the Chief of the National Academy (NA) Program. The NA is the leading national law enforcement executive leadership institution, graduating over 1800 senior law enforcement officers from every state and more than 40 countries. Before he retired in 2018, Harrigan was the Chief of the FBI Academy’s Firearms Training Program. He recently wrote a post on LinkedIn titled A Leadership Perspective of FBI Academy Firearms Training that is a must-read if you’re interested in applying for the FBI.

Currently, he is a subject matter expert for Eagle, a security and risk management service, for whom he provides consultation and expert testimony related to violent crime analysis, the use of force continuum, police procedures and policies, LEOSA and various issues related to policing Indian Country.

Special Agent (Retired)

Michael Harrigan

October 1996 – December 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Samuel Little has confessed to over 90 killings from the early 1970s to the mid-2000s, a prolific serial offender.” — Retired Agent Michael Harrigan

The following are links to articles and videos featuring Mike Harrigan on the FBI website about the ViCAP, Highway Serial Killings Initiative, as well as news articles about serial killer Samuel Little:

FBI Website – ViCAP Fighting Violent Crime for 25 Years

FBI – Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) Brochure

VIDEO – Interview with FBI Special Agent Michael Harrigan

GCN – 11/1/2018: A proven program, rebuilt from the ground up

Los Angeles Times – 4/5/2009: FBI makes a connection between long-haul truckers, serial killings

CNN – 6/7/2019:  Confessed serial killer Samuel Little now linked to 60 deaths of women

Washinton Post – 6/8/2019: Convicted murderer now linked to more than 60 deaths may be most prolific serial killer in U.S. history

ViCAP Web is the largest repository of serial violent crime cases in the country. It played a significant role in identifying victims of  Samuel Little.Learn more here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With more than 90 plus known victims, Samuel Little may be the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a list of the listener questions addressed by Michael Harrigan during Episode 177.

  1. How is your caseload determined and delegated?
  2. Have you ever caught a totally unsuspecting family off guard as to their loved one being murdered by a SK? That one’s tough.
  3. Victim count – which serial killer would (currently), in the US, be considered the most prolific. And if you know, do you suspect that the body count could grow or IS growing?
  4. Was this your assigned position or something you worked towards
  5. Do you only work active or viable case’s if the killer is still living? What’s the oldest case (dated back) that comes to mind where you matched a victim to the killer?
  6. Have you noticed a specific region in the US with a disproportionate amount of SK’s?
  7. Do you believe if the Federal Govt. funded states for explicitly for the testing of the back log of rape kits, that we would see a staggering increase of SK’s? Maybe preventing the next?
  8. How effective or accurate is the confirmation of a potential victim(s) after the killer is deceased? Do the victims become categorized as death suspected by or remain as an active file/investigation?
  9. Is it true that many police depts don’t fill out the Vicap forms because they’re so lengthy?
  10. What can communities like ours do to help you out. What information is good to spread and what information isn’t.
  11. How much information do you need to start your tracking. What’s the absolute minimum amount of information.
  12. Will there ever be more public disclosure via technology & centralization of data – not only on ViCap, but on missing, murdered and unidentified remains? For example I see 70 people on ViCap, but we have 2-5k forensic unknown DNA profiles in Codis for SKs. There have to be more.
  13. Is it possible to determine how many SKs are currently active via Vicap stats?

Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast available for free subscription on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and other popular podcast apps. Her nonfiction book FBI Myths and Misconceptions: A Manual for Armchair Detectives and her FBI corruption squad police procedurals featuring Special Agent Kari Wheeler are available wherever books are sold.

2 Comments

  1. Fred WilsonAugust 2, 2019

    Jerri, I too have retired from the Bureau. I wa the supervisory librarian at Quantico from 2012 through 2017. I enjoyed your book very much and was proud to know several of the people that you mentioned. I knew Mike Harrigan and Bill Vanderpool. In fact I just had Bill sign his book on Guns of the FBI. Even funnier is the fact that I just bought a motor home in Sewell, New Jersey. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Jerri WilliamsAugust 6, 2019

      Hi Fred – Thanks for listening to the podcast! It’s a labor of love. I’m having a blast meeting so many agents I didn’t have the chance to meet before I retired. Also, small world isn’t it? I guess you just purchased one of those beautiful motor homes from Dylan’s at Five Points. I always driven by and been impressed with how great they look. Have fun on your adventures! — Jerri

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