Virgil Vandagriff was also a polygraph examiner. He is now searching for his stepdaughter’s murderer. Jessie Whitehouse was 30 and was shot to death days after posting something on Facebook about another unsolved case.
In 1990, after 23 years as a Marion County sheriff’s deputy, Virgil retired from public service and hung his shingle as a state-certified polygraph examiner and private investigator. A barrel of a man with thick white hair and a bushy, tobacco-stained mustache, he had developed a reputation as one of the city’s most talented and unconventional detectives, working everything from missing-person cases to murder investigations.
Virgil wasn’t shy about using unorthodox methods. The son of an electrician who had practiced hypnosis on the side, he convinced the local sheriff’s department to send him to California in the 1970s to learn the craft from the Los Angeles Police Department. Virgil would go on to pioneer the practice in Midwest police work, using it in nearly 300 cases. In 1977, when Brett Kimberlin detonated six soda-can bombs in Speedway, wounding two, Virgil hypnotized RadioShack employees who had sold the criminal the rudimentary timing device. Using details unearthed from the employees’ subconscious, a sketch artist created a rendering of the suspect, which ultimately led police to Kimberlin.
That doesn’t seem to fit with my memory of the tale from Citizen K. Kimberlin was arrested at the copy center trying to get a fake ID. Timers in the car. The hypnosis angle was in the book, but I remember it being used by the defense.
I hope they solve the case of their daughter’s murder, and maybe they could look into the Julie Scyphers murder. Wiki.