Manhunt (law enforcement)
In law enforcement, a manhunt is a search for a dangerous fugitive involving the use of all available police units and technology and sometimes help from the public.
A manhunt is conducted when the suspect believed to be responsible for a serious crime is at large, and is believed to be within a certain area. Any police units within reach of the area will then participate in the search, each covering various parts of the area. The officers will, if possible, form a perimeter around the area, guarding any and all possible escape routes from the containment.
A manhunt may have one of the following outcomes:
- The successful capture of the suspect within the area of the manhunt
- Elusion from the area by the suspect, followed up with plans by other law enforcement agencies to search for the suspect elsewhere
- The search being called off, if police determine the chances of catching the suspect are minimal
Also, if the fugitive resists and start a gunfight with the law enforcement officers, he may be killed by the officers.
Fugitive Manhunt Agencies and Organizations
- INTERPOL and fugitives
- US Marshals Service
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Teams
- Texas Rangers (Department of Public Safety)
- The Academy Group
- America's Most Wanted
- Bounty hunter
- British Security Service (MI5)
- Greater London Metropolitan Police
Sometimes, police departments conducting manhunts will solicit help from the public in locating their suspect. They will do this by broadcasting a description and other information on television, radio, and other public media, by going door to door and asking individuals if they have seen the suspect, and by placing wanted posters in public places.
When this happens, citizens are advised not to personally confront the suspect, but rather to call police and report their sightings.
One type of manhunt in which the public is normally drawn into is an AMBER Alert. In an Amber Alert, the main purpose of the mission is to rescue the victim, ahead of the capture of the suspect. The public is usually given notice of an Amber Alert through additional forms of media, including highway overhead signs and text messaging.
If anyone is found aiding the suspect in any way, such as help the suspect in hiding or providing false information to the police about the suspect may face legal consequences themselves or at worse be charged for the same crime of what the suspect did.
- Aribert Heim
- Albert Johnson
- Wayne Nelson Corliss Global manhunt nets abuse suspect 8 May 2008
- Josef Mengele
- 1982 Chicago Tylenol murders
- The Green River Killer
- TWA Flight 847
- Pan Am Flight 73, (Zayd Hassan Abd Al-Latif Masud Al Safarini)
- The search for the Zodiac Killer in the late 1970s in San Francisco, California.
- Pan Am Flight 103
- Investigation into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103
- Jack Unterweger
- 1993 CIA shootings
- 1993 World Trade Center bombing, (Ramzi Yousef, Abdul Rahman Yasin)
- Bojinka plot, (Abdul Hakim Murad (militant), Wali Khan Amin Shah)
- Oklahoma City bombing, (Terry Nichols)
- Centennial Olympic Park bombing, (Eric Robert Rudolph)
- Abu Ali al-Harithi
- Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
- Location of Osama bin Laden
- Adam Yahiye Gadahn
- 2001 anthrax attacks
- Theodore Kaczynski (Unabomber)
- The search for Joseph Palczynski in March 2000 near Baltimore, Maryland
- Beltway sniper attacks and search for John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo.
- The manhunt for the Texas 7.
- The manhunt for the six escaped Death Row inmates from the Mecklinburg Correctional Center in Virginia.
- The 2005 manhunt for escaped Texas Death Row inmate Charles Victor Thompson.
- Robert Vesco
- Mas Selamat bin Kastari
- Miladin Kovacevic BAR FIGHTER SMUGGLED OUT OF US BY PARENTS, HIDING OUT IN SERBIA New York Post
- Radovan Karadzic see Arrest of Radovan Karadžić
- Ratko Mladic
- Goran Hadzic
- Ante Gotovina
- Aafia Siddiqui
- Clark Rockefeller
- Operation Crevice
- Operation Kratos
- Project Coronado targeted members of La Familia Michoacana drug cartel. On October 22, 2009, U.S. federal authorities announced the results of a four-year investigation into the operations of La Familia Michoacana in the United States dubbed Project Coronado. It was the largest U.S. raid ever against Mexican drug cartels operating in the U.S. In more than 19 different states, 303 individuals were taken into custody in a coordinated effort by local, state, and federal law enforcement over a two-day period.
Famous Fictional Manhunts
- The manhunt for an assassin known as The Jackal in Frederick Forsythe's novel Day of the Jackal.
- The cross-country manhunt for the Fox River 8 in the second season of Prison Break.
- The state-wide manhunt for Dr. Richard Kimble in The Fugitive.
- The cross-country manhunt for Mark Schereden in U.S. Marshals.
- The manhunt throughout California for Adrian Monk in the Monk episode "Mr. Monk Is On The Run."
- The city-wide manhunt for Henry Darius in the CSI: NY episode "Manhattan Manhunt."
- The nationwide manhunt for Francis Dolarhyde in Manhunter (1986) and Red Dragon (2002).
- The international manhunt for Dr. Hannibal Lector in both The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal.
- The manhunt for escaped prisoner/wizard Sirius Black in the Harry Potter book Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
- The cross-country manhunts for Benjamin Gates in the films National Treasure, after he stole the Declaration of Independence, and National Treasure: Book of Secrets, after he kidnapped the President of the United States.
- Manhunt (military)
- List of murderers by number of victims
- War crime
- Bounty hunter
- Deadly force
- Lone wolf (terrorism)
- Mexican drug war
- ↑ Richey, Warren (22 October 2009). "US strikes at Mexican cartel's drug-and-gun trade". The Christian Science Monitor. http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/1023/p02s01-usgn.html.
- ↑ Pilkington, Ed (23 October 2009). "Crackdown on La Familia cartel leads to more than 300 arrests across US". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/oct/23/la-familia-drugs-us-mexico.