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Inspiration for Silence of the Lambs, X-Files to Headline Workshop

Inspiration for Silence of the Lambs, X-Files to Headline Workshop

Robert K. Ressler, the true-life hero of the movie Silence of the Lambs, will be the keynote speaker at a Nov. 2-3 forensic workshop sponsored by Creighton University School of Nursing in partnership with the Creighton School of Law.

Considered to be a leading authority on violence in contemporary society, Ressler is an expert on serial killers (a phrase that he coined). His work as founder and former director of the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, inspired the popular X-Files television show. He is also the author of the international best-seller Whoever Fights Monsters, and his most recent book, I Have Lived in the Monster.

The Creighton workshop, titled “Suspicious Injury and Death Investigation and Managing Evidence in Health Care and Other Settings,” is designed for health care professionals, law-enforcement officers, attorneys and judges.

In addition to Ressler, many other nationally recognized forensic experts will speak at the workshop, including Creighton graduates Mary Sullivan, MSN, and Craig Mallak, JD’85, MD’89.

Mallak is the chief medical examiner for the U.S. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. He has been involved in many high-profile cases, including cataloging of mass graves in Iraq from previous war crimes, DNA analysis to identify victims of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, and the identification of soldiers listed as missing in action in Vietnam.

Sullivan, who earned her bachelor of nursing degree from Creighton in 1983, has been a clinical forensic nurse since 1994. Sullivan, who is pioneering a national forensic initiative for the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, teaches and consults nationally and internationally.

Among the topics to be covered during the workshop:

  • Successful forensic-science techniques and collaborative interagency work for successful criminal investigation;
  •  Characteristics of behavioral patterns of violent offenders, including serial killers;
  •  Potential forensic implications in any patient-care settings;
  • Strategic and practical applications of clinical forensic science for health care personnel working in hospital environments;
  • Procedures for collecting, safeguarding and transmitting forensic evidence for quality control and legal proceedings;

The two-day event will be held at the Forté Banquet and Conference Center, 1502 Cuming St. The cost is $200 and includes lunch. For information or to register, call (800) 548-2633 or (402) 280-1830.

Continuing education credits will be available for physicians, physician assistants, nurses and pharmacists.

Posted: 7/13/06