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QUESTION: Hi. I know I've messaged you about this before but I just want to clarify. I am in the process of writing a book, and in this book, there is a man who's father had been killed and he's on a revenge kick. He's kidnapped young girls, used his own daughters, and trained them basically to kill for his own purposes. If someone was kidnapping girls in the U.S, training them to kill, and he was caught who would be arresting him? How long would he get in prison? I will put you in as a reference in my book by the way and any info you can get me would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

ANSWER: Hi Nicole,

Can you tell me where this takes place? That will make some difference.


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QUESTION: I was thinking like Maine?

Also I was wondering, if a killer is apprehended who no one really knew the identity of and was killed in apprehending him is he then id'd by the medical examiner?

Hello Nicole,

Yes I remember speaking with you before on some writing endeavors that you had.

In the apprehension of the killer that you speak of it all depends on who finds him. I would guess from his activity that you describe he probably would have attracted the attention of the FBI because of the killings taking part across state lines, and of course all of the local and county and state police agencies. So he could be arrested by any of the local state or federal law enforcement agencies it just depends on who finds him first.

Is term in prison would probably be life or even sentenced to death. Because for capital murder or murder in the first degree which is what you're describing, the sentence is always life in prison or sentenced to death. As he has multiple victims he could be sentenced to multiple life terms. One for each victim.

As for your follow-up question if the killer is apprehended but no one knows of his identity, in the booking process they take his fingerprints electronically now and they are automatically submitted to the FBI database. Which would spit out his identity had he ever been fingerprinted anywhere for anything. If he was killed in the arrest then yes the medical examiner would be the one to done if I him. It would be done through fingerprints and/or dental records or by identification of next of kin.

I hope these answers help you out and good luck in your writing endeavor. Let me know what they are as I would like to read them if you publish them.

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I am a 30+ year veteran police officer, I am currently the Police Academy Commander of an Academy in North FLorida. I have been training police officers since 1993 and have trained them in all aspects of law enforcement, including firearms, Driving and legal subjects including patrol techniques and others and training all over the world. I have trained over 5000 officers worldwide in the last 16 years of training.

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I have 2 degrees, in Criminal Justice.

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