Criminal profiling can be a rather useful tool for criminal investigators of all kinds. Many departments use profiling to catch terrorists, gangs, cyber-crimes, counter intelligence, white collar crimes, and most of all serial killers. How criminal profiling works is by looking at the behavior of the criminal to gain insight into his or her personality. A doctor does the same thing when looking at symptoms to diagnose a certain disease. Being able to understand this person’s personality leads you one step closer to catching him or her.
Criminal profilers study every behavioral aspect and the details of unsolved crimes in which certain evidence has been left at the scene. FBI profilers often solve murders by observing the offender's behavior. By examining this the profiler can identify as a physical, erotic, verbal and interactions they had with the victims. Crimes are often solved by the offender’s psychopathology. Crimes that FBI profilers might be acquainted include sexual assaults, homicides, kidnappings, bombings, threats, battery, and manslaughter are just some of the main points of what FBI profilers deal with on a normal basis.
Serial Killers' Modus Operandi A plethora of serial killers, dead and undead, have been most horrifying in their methods. There are several types of serial killers, some have been caught while others continue to haunt their surroundings. There are several approaches in categorizing serial killers. One method requires examination of the crime scene, the other requires counseling with the serial killer. In profiling a serial killer, law enforcers realize that serial killers are not unlike regular people; there are several exceptions like schizophrenics but most of them look like everyone else.
Then there are of course the people that commit them and what drives them. I will in my paper discuss the different degrees of murder charges and then also classify some famous murderers in history, their charges, and penalty’s. First Degree Murder First off is the first-degree murder charge. Although in some states the penalty is different the term is the same. Pretty much a first degree murder can be classified when someone kills another person and the murder was willing and pre meditated meaning: planned out ahead of time.
Having someone to observe the crime help the police with their investigation on the crime. That is why bystanders are important to policing because it helps the police to identify suspects as well as to give a description of what happened when the crime was committed. The relationship between criminals and victims is very penetrating because having a relationship with criminals can lead to two ways. Either become a criminal as well, or help the criminal to stop committing crimes. The debate is intense and some may or may not agree with a relation between these two.
In other words, what was going through the criminals mind when he or she was committing the crime? Victimology is the examination of victims and its psychological effects (Dictionary.com, n.d). Often times, criminals where once victims of the crimes they are currently committing. Piecing behavioral science, criminology, and victimology will allow the analyst’s to create a criminal profile. Profiling is a tool that helps analysis or investigate behavioral complexion to forebode and profile the unknown offender (Dictionary.com, n.d).
Oddly enough, a serial killer has a regular mental behavior as well, whe... ... middle of paper ... ...anently struck fear in innocent people all around the world, and while it may never be possible to prove why these certain people felt driven to kill, defining the characteristics of a serial killer makes it easier to better recognize their motives, methods and marks apart from other types of criminals. Works Cited Brogaard, Berit, and Kristian Marlow. "The Making of a Serial Killer. "Psychology Today. 7 Dec. 2012.