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Profiling in the Victorian Era
Written by Allison   
Saturday, 09 April 2011 12:00

As anyone with a degree in forensic psychology will tell you, criminal profiling, as practiced during the Victorian era was elementary at best. Considering the crime rate of the time, and the lack of consistent police formation and subsequent involvement, profiling was used more as a practicality than actual deductive tool. However, profiling, whether noted in use or not, was employed in one of the most infamous murder cases in history: the Ripper Murders.

 
Profiling Casey
Written by Editor   
Monday, 22 September 2008 05:22

On Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at 8:44 PM Eastern, the Orange County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a missing child. Less than an hour later, Cindy Anthony called back in near hysterics, claiming that her daughter finally admitted to her that Caylee had been abducted and that "There's something wrong. I found my daughter's car today and it smells like there's been a dead body in the damn car."

 
Profiling the Unsub
Written by Russell   
Monday, 15 September 2008 04:44
[Editor's note: Some time ago, Russell L. Smith, creator of the BRACE Character Profile, contacted John Douglas, renown FBI profiler, asking him to score an unsub of his choice. Mr Smith's goal? To gauge the validity of his tool against a known serial killer. This is the second of two installments of the "BRACE Character Profile Validity Test."]
 
The Profiler and the Unsub
Written by Russell   
Sunday, 24 August 2008 08:04
[Editor's note: Some time ago, Russell L. Smith, creator of the BRACE Character Profile, contacted John Douglas, renown FBI profiler, asking him to score an unsub of his choice. Mr Smith's goal? To gauge the validity of his tool against a known serial killer. This is the first of two installments of the "BRACE Character Profile Validity Test."]
 
The Masters' Advocate review of Inside the Mind of BTK
Written by Russell   
Wednesday, 26 March 2008 14:24

As one would expect from the title, the authors detail the intimate interplay between cognitive and behavioral processes in the development and functioning of serial killer Dennis Lynn Rader. But they also revealed the very real mental and physical risks for forensic professionals who overly exercise their own imaginations to conceptualize the thoughts, behavior, and motivations of sadistic psychopaths.

 
John Douglas responds to Malcolm Gladwell
Written by Editor   
Monday, 26 November 2007 05:04

On Monday, November 12, 2007, long time New Yorker staff writer, Malcom Gladwell, penned an editorial on criminal profiling, likening profilers to psychics. To make his point, Gladwell attempts to take the reader through a series of annectdotal and "what if" tales while heavily relying upon the recently published book, "Inside the Mind of the BTK," by FBI criminal profiler and co-author, John Douglas. Not unsurprisingly, Mr. Douglas, responded to Gladwell's opinion piece. Unfortunately, the New Yorker was only willing to reprint a portion of his response. It is therefore with great pleasure that I have been granted permission to republish Mr. Douglas' letter to the editor, in full.

 
Fluid fictions
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, 07 March 2006 11:58

In her book, "Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with vampires in America today," Katherine Ramsland describes her encounter with a minister who preaches by day and engages in vampiric activities by night. The man notes, "I think of the vampire as I think of gay males. A fluid fiction." and then proceeds to explain, "the works of Oscar Wilde, whose Portrait of Dorian Gray exposed and flaunted the gay charade."

 
Untangling the Gordian Knot
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, 31 January 2006 07:17

Our brains are designed to recognize patterns. We continuously assess our surroundings, predict outcome, and adjust our behavior in accordance with resulting predictions. A recent study, by Scott P Johnson, of Cornell University demonstrates just how good we are at prediction based upon pattern recognition.

 



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