The following are pictures and bio's on the major players in the Brame Tragedy ...
| Philip Arreola|
Tacoma police chief from 1996 to 1998. Widely disliked by rank-and-file officers. The fact that the came from out of state (Milwaukee) contributed to widespread feeling the new chief should have local roots.
| Bill Baarsma|
Mayor of Tacoma and David Brame's former professor at the University of Puget Sound. Supported Brame in his bid to become chief.
| Crystal Brame|
Wife of Police Chief David Brame. Died May 3 after being shot by her husband.
| David Brame|
Capitalized on his local-boy status in an aggressive campaign for police chief. Killed himself April 26 in Gig Harbor after fatally shooting his wife.
| Ray Corpuz|
Tacoma city manager since 1989. Promoted Brame to chief in 2001 despite a poor prehiring psychological evaluation in 1981 and a rape allegation in 1988.
| Mike Darland|
Deputy police chief and a Brame rival for the top job. Dropped out because he didn't meet the requirement for a college degree.
| Ray Fjetland|
Tacoma police chief from 1988 to 1996. Originally supported Brame rival Capt. Charles Meinema for chief but agreed to back Brame if he were the only remaining local candidate.
| James Hairston|
Tacoma police chief for the three years preceding Brame's administration. Announcement of his intent to retire in 2001 started political maneuverings of potential successors.
| Phil Knudsen |
Director of Tacoma's Human Resources Department. Says he warned City Manager Corpuz that if Brame became chief, he would be out of the city manager's control.
| Charles Meinema|
Tacoma police captain and Brame rival for the top job. His reputation as a "boat-rocker" hurt his chances.
| Doug Miller|
Tacoma City councilman who supported Brame for chief. Says he heard no one recommend anybody else during the selection process.
| Paul Pastor|
Pierce County sheriff, listed as "supervisor" on Brame's list of references, though he never was Brame's boss. Says he know nothing of Brame's psychological tests or an allegation of rape.
| Kevin Phelps|
Tacoma City councilman. Says there was "an expectation" around City Hall that Brame would be the new chief.
| Ray Roberts|
Assistant police chief and one of Brame's early rivals for the top job. Says Brame's political connections got him the job.
| Patrick Stephans|
Deputy chief of operations in the Cleveland Police Department. Came in second to Brame in the campaign for chief. His status as an outsider worked against him politically.
| Catherine Woodard |
Tacoma police captain and Brame's most threatening internal rival. Brame promoted her to assistant chief in 2002, on his first day as chief.