Prosecuting and Evidencing Crimes: Possible Measures to Counteract Serial Murder More Effectively
“If you want to understand the artist, look at his work,” said John Douglas, a retired FBI agent, mastermind of the investigative method known as “psychological profiling” and Chief of the FBI’s Behavioral Section. Criminal profiling is an excellent tool in the execution of the law. Nevertheless, it cannot be used in isolation as an effective investigative technique. Without the aid of other factors, no profiling process can, or ever could, in itself, lead to an arrest. Profiling is a kind of art rather than a science in the strict sense of the word. A profile constitutes an offender’s characteristic behavior, deduced from clues left behind either before, during, or after a crime is committed.