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The director of Pre-Crime Division and murderer of Anne Lively.
Lamar Burgess is an Old Man with an Old Secret.
Lamar Burgess is the project director of the Pre-Crime Division of the United States Department of Justice in 2054. He dreams of a future where murder is a relic of ages past and plans to widen the program out of Washington, D.C. and unrolling it nationwide. However, he has a hidden past that threatens to undermine the project and his dream. Burgess turns on old friends and resorts to killing to preserve his plan for the future. His plans are coming to an end one way or another.
Lamar Burgess works with Dr. Iris Henimen and the Department of Justice to establish the Pre-Crime Division. The crux of the program are the Precogs. Precogs are the children of women addicted to a specific psychoactive drug, and there are only three Precogs. Agatha is the strongest psychic with the other two drawing their power from her. The program seems to work as the Precogs correctly predict murders with an apparent perfect record. Sometimes, a Precog sees an alternate version of the future, but this vision is filed as a Minority Report. Additionally, when a Precog has memories of a murder, these memories are dismissed as "echoes" by technicians.
Burgess Murders Anne Lively.
Burgess runs into trouble when the mother of Agatha, Anne Lively, wants her daughter back. She reforms her life and is deemed a fit mother. Burgess cannot allow this reunion to happen. Agatha is the Precog that makes the program work. Burgess plans the murder of Lively but perpetrates the killing in such a way that it bypasses Precognition. He lures Lively to a remote area where a man he hires, of similar height and build to himself, dons a full-face ski mask, goggles, a trench coat, and gloves. This man is arrested for the future murder of Anne Lively. Then Burgess returns to the scene of the murder wearing the same clothing and drowns Anne Lively. The technicians working with the Precogs dismiss the replay of the murder as an echo. Anne Lively disappears.
Pre-Crime is a huge success until a Department of Justice oversight agent named Danny Witwer begins investigating the Division for abuse of power. At this time, Agatha begins showing the murder of her mother again, but the technicians sedate her. However, Chief of the Pre-Crime Division's agents John Anderton does not let the matter go. He starts investigating. Burgess decides he needs to eliminate his old friend. He develops a plan to frame Anderton for murder.
Burgess sets a scene that will drive Anderton to murder. Burgess hires Leo Crow, a man desperate for money for his family, to be killed by Anderton. He knows that Anderton's son was kidnapped and murdered at a young age, so the man waits for Anderton in a room with pictures of Anderton's son and other kidnapping victims. The possible murder triggers a Precog premonition, and Anderton is forced to run or be imprisoned. Burgess' plan almost works perfectly.
Burgess Murders Witwer...
...with this Gun.
Not knowing that Burgess set him up, Anderton tries contacting Burgess for advice. Burgess advises not running and surrendering. He also gives slightly more helpful advice in pointing him in the direction of Dr. Hineman. Burgess believes that Precog premonitions are as good as fate. He thinks that Anderton will either be caught or succeed in murdering Leo Crow. Danny Witwer figures out the murder of Anne Lively, so Burgess kills him. Luckily for Burgess, Anderton steals Agatha, and the Precogs cannot predict the murder. Burgess waits for his problems to be solved.
His problems are solved and he continues with his life. With the success of Pre-Crime and the imminent expansion of the program, Burgess plans to retire at a public gala held in his honor. Before the event, Anderton's estranged wife Lara visits Burgess. She mentions that Anderton thought he was being persecuted due to his knowledge of a previous murder. Burgess lets slip that he knows exactly what murder she is talking about without any information. Lara knows that Burgess killed Anne Lively. Burgess begins to worry. He tries to justify his murders in his mind, but the guilt begins to wear on him.
Burgess Defies Fate.
Why Did You Give Him a Real Gun with Live Ammunition as a Retirement Present?
At the gala in his honor, Burgess makes a decision to end the Anne Lively problem forever. He accepts a Civil War-era gun and live ammunition as a present before video of him murdering Anne Lively plays to the audience. Burgess runs. This series of events triggers a Precog premonition of Burgess killing John Anderton. Sure enough, Anderton confronts Burgess over his misdeeds. Burgess is given the option to kill Anderton and prove the system works or not and ruin his life's work. Burgess decides he cannot live with the guild. He knows now that Pre-Crime was a fallacy, and he has become a horrible person because of it. He shoots himself, ending his life and the program.
Personality and Traits
Lamar Has Good Intentions.
Lamar Burgess is a good man who made bad decisions to maintain what he felt is right. He has a skewed sense of justice in this regard, but he redeems himself through suicide. His only goal is to prevent the pain of murder from affecting society ever again. It is his sole goal and drive. He is a scheming man who tries to think several moves ahead. As such, he is not easily flustered. This surety allows him to believe vehemently in his decisions, whatever they may be. Also, he has a deep voice.