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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Criminal Profiling

TV aficionados who enjoy “Criminal Minds” and the various “CSI” shows can learn more about criminal profiling at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 24th at the Kings Park Library when author and former FBI Behavioral Science Unit Chief Roger Depue discusses his book, Between Good and Evil: A Master Profiler’s Hunt for Society’s Most Violent Predators.

Also known as offender profiling or psychological profiling, the technique dates from the Middle Ages when inquisitors attempted to profile heretics. (Offender Profiling -- Wikipedia). In the 1800s, criminology first began to emerge as a science and several practitioners attempted to develop theories of psychological profiling.

Famous profilers include Thomas Bond, who attempted to profile Jack the Ripper in London in the late 1800s; Walter C. Langer, who was asked to profile Adolf Hitler in 1943; James A. Brussel, who helped develop a profile of the “mad bomber” who terrorized New York city in the 1940s and 1950s; and three FBI Behavioral Science Unit profilers, Howard Teten, Robert Ressler and John Douglas.

For more on criminal profiling, see:

The Mind of Adolf Hitler: The Secret Wartime Report by Walter Langer.

I Have Lived in the Monster by Robert Ressler and Thomas Schachtman.

The Cases That Haunt Us: From Jack the Ripper to JonBenet Ramsey by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker.

Profilers: Leading Investigators Take You Inside the Criminial Mind, edited by John H. Campbell and Don DeNevi.

The Mad, the Bad, and the Innocent: The Criminal Mind on Trial by Barbara Kirwin.

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