Criminal Profilers: A Glance into Their World
Among the many television shows that feature crimes and how authorities unravel the mysteries behind the crimes, Criminal Minds is one among them that I like to watch. While all related television shows focus on how solving the crimes to give justice to the victim, Criminal Minds focuses on solving the case by analyzing the behavior of the unsub (unknown suspect). Let us take a glance on how criminal profilers think and work. To start with, let us determine what criminal profilers do. Criminal profilers are the ones studying and analyzing the behavior of crime suspects. They study their backgrounds and the way they move and talk. “Looking inside” the minds of criminals give criminal profilers a great chance to name the suspect.
Deductive and Inductive Criminal Profiling
In deductive criminal profiling, profilers look closely at the crime scene. They accurately describe and record details about the victim’s body, his or her position, and all the marks on his or her body that could give a clue about the suspect. The profilers also look around the place where the body was found, and search around to find useful evidences. Example of deductive criminal profiling is describing the details of the dead body, like how many stubs, where it was dumped, presence of blood in the crime scene, clothes, did the victim fought back, where are the bruises, and if there are other marks from the victim’s body.
In inductive criminal profiling, profilers use their database to look for similar crime scenes. Files from the database will help profilers to determine resemblance of the current crime scenes to previous crime scene investigations. Example of inductive criminal profiling is giving statistics on how many related crimes have happened in the past, who where the suspects, which areas are more prone to this kind of crime, what are the social standing of the victims, and what is the age bracket of the victims.
Staging Crime Scenes
Staging crime scenes is altering the crime scenes to give clues that will not directly lead to the real suspect. There are two reasons for staging the crime scene, one is done by the real suspect; the other is done by the victim’s family. Some suspects intentionally staged their suspects so they won’t be found. Victim’s family staged crime scenes to protect their family from shameful issues that might arise during the crime scene investigation.
So the first job of criminal profilers is to determine whether the crime scene was staged or not. To do this, they “read” the minds of the suspect and would enact what happened. Criminal profilers would consider how the suspect entered the scene, what happened before the crime, what happened during the crime, and how the suspect left the scene.
Offender Sadistic Behavior
Sadism is self gratification while inflicting pain to another individual. In the case of the suspect, he or she will harm his or her victim, and he or she finds harming satisfying. Rapists are the ones known for sadism. Strangling the victim is one form of sadism. The suspect enjoys the view of seeing the victim suffer. Some sadists bite their victims. Others kill their victim in front of other victims.
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