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To Catch a Killer: The Use and Abuse of Criminal Profiling

In 2001, the last piece of a serial rape/murder case that had tantalized London police for nearly 20 years finally fell into place. In this program, retired FBI profiler Robert Ressler, LAPD psychologist Kris Mohandie, and British law enforcement professionals discuss the history and techniques of criminal profiling within the context of the Railway Rapist crimes that terrorized greater London during the 1980s. In addition, the sensational case of Rachel Nickell, murdered in broad daylight on Wimbledon Common in 1992, illustrates how profiling improperly applied can hijack an investigation. Forensic psychologist Gisli Gudjonsson, of King’s College London, provides commentary on that crime. (46 minutes)

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Criminal Investigative Analysis
The railway murder and rape convictions are a result of innovative criminal profiling. Law enforcement ascertains the suspects' age, race, and behavior to help identify an unknown subject.