July 24, 1998 - S.T.A.R.S. Investigates a Bizarre Series of Murders Outside Raccoon City
On the outskirts of the Midwestern town of Raccoon City, a bizarre series of murders took place on July 24, 1998. Raccoon City Police Department’s Special Tactics And Rescue Service sent their Bravo Team to investigate, but contact with them was quickly lost. STARS then sent in their Alpha Team to find out what happened to Bravo Team, who quickly located Bravo’s crashed helicopter and landed at the site. They were attacked by giant, wild dogs, losing one team member (Joseph Frost); their helicopter pilot, Brad Vickers, panicked and ran off. The remaining four members, Jill Valentine, Chris Redfield, Albert Wesker, and Barry Burton, pressed on.
Over the course of the night, Alpha Team located the members of Bravo Team, but they were all either dead or dying; some were turned into zombies. The team ended up at a nearby “abandoned” mansion, the Spencer Estate. As they explored the house, they found documents showing that the building was being used by a clandestine science team doing illegal experiments for the Umbrella Corporation. This renegade science had led to the creation of monstrous inhuman creatures and a highly contagious mutagenic biological agent called the T-virus.
As if that weren’t enough, Bravo Team leader Enrico Marini revealed to them that a member of Alpha Team was a traitor, just before he was shot and killed by an unseen assassin.