Perhaps you will recall the 2012 New Years Arsonist who torched some 51 cars over the New Year’s weekend in Los Angeles. No one could figure out who or why, and then once he was caught, then all of a sudden we got an idea as to the motive, anger, and reasoning behind his troubled mind. Now then, catching a serial arsonist isn’t as hard as one might think however, generally they end up doing quite a bit of damage until they are caught.
Today, we have all sorts of new tools to catch arsonists and criminals of various types; more surveillance, more online information, and must better searching tools as well. We also have proximity algorithms, which can help narrow down the criminal’s location. But in the end it is generally the human intelligence or component that helps seal the deal, and catch the individual.
Additional Reading on LA Car Fire Arson Events:
1.-Los Angeles Times article; "Nightmare Arson Rampage Leaves Residents on Edge – 21 Fires Set Within A Few Hours in Hollywood and West Hollywood," by Joel Rubin, Andrew Blankstein, and Ari Bloommekatz, December 31, 2011.
2.-Wall Street Journal article; "Arson Hits Hollywood Cars, Homes," by Michelle Kung, published on January 1, 2012.
3.-LA Times article; "Arson Wave Worst Since Riots," by Andrew Blankstein, David Zahnniser, and Joe Mozingo, January 1, 2012 (shows map of all fires and proximity to one another).
4.-LA Times article; "Seeking Clues in the Ashes," by Victoria Kim, Ari Bloomkatz, and Jason Felch – January 2, 2012.