Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Forensic Psychology: Criminal Profiler John Douglas

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Retired FBI special agent John Douglas who was the inspiration behind the Jack Crawford character in the classic film silence of the lambs will be speaking at the University of Nebraska at Kearney on the 16th of October.

During his time at the FBI, John Douglas was the chief of the Investigative Support Unit and he played an intergral part in the development of criminal profiling as an investigative tool. In the University press release promoting the event Douglas notes:

“As an FBI agent, I hunted some of the most vicious predators in American history, including the Atlanta child murderer, the Green River Killer and San Francisco's Trailside Killer. Profiling was in its infancy when I got started. It was an exciting, emerging science with a lot of skeptics and much work yet to be done. I learned as I went, conducting face-to-face interviews with Ed Kemper, Charles Manson, David Berkowitz, Richard Speck and many violent serial criminals whose single positive contribution to society was the window they gave me and my colleagues into the criminal mind. By talking with and observing them, we learned how they thought, from the escalation of their violent acts to victim selection. We learned how to predict their behavior. Most importantly, we learned how they revealed themselves through their crimes. That's the basis of profiling. You look at the evidence - from crime scene to forensics to ‘victimology’ and find in the thousands of pieces of information the behavioral indicators from which you put together a picture of the perpetrator".

John Douglas' presentation is free and open to the public.

Date: 16th October 2007

Time: 7.00 PM


University of Nebraska at Kearney (Nebraskan Student Union)
905 West 25th Street
Kearney, NE 68849
Phone: 1-800-KEARNEY
Room: Ponderosa Room


Loper Programming and Activities Council
Phone: 308-865-8523
Email: schaffnittjn@unk.edu

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