The goal of a criminal profiler is to create profiles of serial and mass murderers to help law enforcement track down and apprehend them. Criminal profilers also are integral in preventing serial and mass murders by identifying risk factors of individuals who commit these crimes. As a result, the incidence of serial murders can be reduced. For example, if childhood abuse is a risk factor in the development of serial murderers, preventing childhood abuse might lead to a reduction in the number of serial murderers. Some prevention programs use details about the causes of crime gleaned from criminal profilers to develop and implement effective violence prevention programs. Therefore, criminal profilers not only work to aid law enforcement agents in crime solving, but also help social service professionals prevent violence, including serial and mass murders.
To prepare for this Discussion:
- Review the article “Etiology of the Psychopathic Serial Killer: An Analysis of Antisocial Personality Disorder, Psychopathy, and Serial Killer Personality and Crime Scene Characteristics.” Focus on how identifying risk factors associated with serial murderers can be used to help prevent the development of serial murderers.
- Review the video clip, “Crime Scene: The Virginia Tech Massacre.” Consider the warning signs exhibited by the mass murderer and how these warning signs, if used timely by the police and the investigators, could have prevented this mass murder.
- Review the serial or mass murderer that you created for the Discussion in Week 1. If you need to, you may add additional details about the murderer.
- Think about some of the characteristics you would include in the murderer’s profile and how they might inform prevention efforts.
With these thoughts in mind:
By Day 4
Post a brief profile of the serial or mass murderer you selected. Then explain how you might use specific aspects of the profile to develop prevention efforts of serial and mass murders. Be specific and use examples to illustrate your explanation.