The Importance of Criminal Justice

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The Use of Criminal Profiling

Criminal Profiling is a method of identifying the perpetrator of a crime based on an analysis of the nature of the offense and the manner in which it was committed. It most notably can be traced back to work done in the later part of the last century, and possibly even earlier in a variety of forms. There has been a definite growth since this early work, with many individuals doing a great deal of both research and practical work in criminal profiling. The investigative technique has recently risen in popularity both in practical use and media portrayals. The first example of profiling available for reference which is referred to as a profile in the contemporary sense were the suggestion made by Dr.
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This technique was portrayed in the movie The Silence of the Lambs (1991). This movie was actually done with the professional assistance of John E. Douglas and Robert K Ressler, two of the leading experts on criminal personality profiling and pioneers of modern criminal investigative analysis. Douglas and Ressler added the organized/disorganized method to the criminal profiling process. However, this work of fiction is not truly realistic in its portrayal of the serial murderers and their hunters; for instance, it combines attributes of several different sorts of offenders - personality dynamics that would be highly unlikely to coexist in one person in real life.(4) For 16 years, "mad bomber" George Metesky eluded New York City police. Metesky planted more than 30 small bombs around the city between 1940 and 1956, hitting movie theaters, phone booths and other public areas. In 1956, the frustrated investigators asked psychiatrist James Brussel, New York State's assistant commissioner of mental hygiene, to study crime scene photos and notes from the bomber. Brussel came up with a detailed description of the suspect: He would be unmarried, foreign, self-educated, in his 50s, living in Connecticut, paranoid and with a vendetta against Con Edison--the first bomb had targeted the power company's 67th street headquarters. While some of Brussel's predictions were simply common sense, others were based on psychological ideas. For instance, he
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