In the early 1970s the FBI began to apply the insights of psychological science to violent criminal behavior. In 1972, the FBI Academy launched a Behavioral Science Unit - later called the Behavioral Analysis Unit - which began looking for patterns in the behavior of serial rapists and killers. As a result, legendary figures such as John Douglas and Robert Ressler began conducting systematic interviews of serial killers like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, and Jeffrey Dahmer to gain insight into their modus operandi, motivations, and backgrounds. This collected information helped the FBI draw up profiles of violent criminals eluding law enforcement.


'Profiling The Criminal Mind' offers a fascinating insight into the pioneering days of FBI profiling by presenting three landmark publications written by members of National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, at the FBI Academy.


1. Criminal Profiling: A Viable Investigative Tool Against Violent Crime by John Douglas & Alan Burgess.


2. Criminal Profiling From Crime Scene Analysis by John Douglas, Robert Ressler, Ann Burgess & Carol Hartman.


3. A Psychological Assessment of Crime Profiling by Richard Ault & James Reese.


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