What I now know about "Criminal Profiling"

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What I now know about "Criminal Profiling"

In the beginning, the work of individual psychologists and psychiatrists could be described as profiling, in that they often provided advice to police agencies as to the type of perpetrator they were seeking, including their possible motivations for the crime. These kinds of recommendations are still produced today by many mental health practitioners on an 'as needed' basis and it is rare to find one psychologist or psychiatrist not employed in a law enforcement setting who only does profiling in their daily duties. The interpretations they make of criminal behavior are usually the result of their knowledge of the human personality and of various psychological disorders. As a result, their interpretations tend to revolve heavily around personality and psychological anomalies. Mostly though, these assessments were provided after the fact (once a suspect was apprehended), and often revolved around issues of 'insanity'.

One aspect of the modern day profiler's work is to examine a series of cases and advise as to whether there is a link between two or more cases based upon the crime scene and the victims. Bond performed a similar duty to this stating that all of the victims had died by the same hand.

FBI agents undertook a large study in which they entered into correctional facilities and interviewed offenders about their backgrounds, crimes, crime scenes, and victims. They also used more official sources of information such as court transcripts, police reports and psychiatric and criminal records. The data they collected in this period served as the basis for the profiling method they developed and are still in use in many jurisdictions.

We now use a system lies within the organized and disorganized offender. The table below illustrates the differences between the organized and disorganized offender.

Organized Offender...