Criminal Profiling - “Behavior Reflects Personality”
The profiling process:
1. Evaluation of the criminal act itself (i.e. modus operandi: what the offender does to effect the crime; signature: why he does it, the thing that “fulfills” him emotionally).
2. Comprehensive evaluation of the specifics of the crime scene or scenes.
3. Comprehensive analysis of the victim or victims (victimology).
4. Evaluation of preliminary police reports.
5. Evaluation of the medical examiner’s autopsy protocol.
6. Development of a profile with critical offender characteristics.
7. Investigative suggestions predicated on construction of the profile.
The next level is to consult with local investigators and suggest strategies to get the unidentified subject (UNSUB) to “make a move”. This may involve meeting with the family of a murder victim, coaching family members how to handle taunting phone calls from the killer, working together with the media and so on.