Pete Klismet, former FBI, was our keynote speaker for the PSWA Conference.
His first statement, "We live in a violent country."
Offender profiling is considered the "Third Wave' of investigative science.
Criminal Profiling is:
Years of Experience
Identifying Behavioral Clues
The Reason Why a Person Committed a Particular Crime
Criminal Profiling is not:
Crystal Ball Thinking
Steps in a Typical Homicide Investigation:
Who, What, When, Where, How, Why = Who
Some Behavioral Clues:
Overkill (Personal or Anger Issues, Specific to person or general anger.)
Covering up body (Guilt)
Leaving body to be found (wants body to be found and have a good Christian burial)
Covering person's face before killing them
Messy Crime Scene (Out of Control, Not Planned, Younger person)
He offered many steps the profiler takes as he figures out who the person might be, including links between victims, and why the offender chose the victims.
This was a fascinating presentation.