Vince McVicar is the man who killed Christine Brennan, the mother of Temperance Brennan. He was later killed in prison by a friend of Max Keenan named Mitchell Downs.


Born and raised on a farm in Iowa, McVicar was an enforcer/hitman in the gang Brennan's parents worked with. His usual method of killing was shooting them in the head with a spring-loaded captive bolt-stunner, a device normally used to stun animals before slaughter. After becoming an informant against his former associates, McVicar went into witness protection under the alias "Steve Beers", though it could never be proven that he had committed murder.


  • McVicar's alias, Steve Beers, is the name of one of the producers of Bones.
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