When you can’t see your enemy, how are you expected to fight him or her? Remember the movie Predator (1987)? The one with the invisible alien enemy that could veil his position?
A forensic profile is a list of personality and character traits believed to be possessed by the perpetrators of crime. Most often these profiles are associated with the violent crimes of serial rape and serial murder.
This is a preliminary profile of a London rapist who struck the city between 1982-1986. A university professor was asked to assist in the investigation as there were no professional profilers at the time.
Has lived in the area circumscribed by the first 3 cases since 1983.
Possibly arrested some time after 14 October 1983.
Probably lived in that area at the time of arrest.
Probably lives with wife/girl friend, quite possible without children
Age and Physical Characteristics
Mid to late 20s
Probably semi-skilled or skilled job, involving weekend work or casual labor from abut June 1984 onwards
Job does not bring him into a lot of contact with public in all probability
Keeps to himself but has one or two very close men friends
Probably very little contact with women, especially in work situation
Has knowledge of the railway system along which attacks happened
The variety and mixture of his sexual actions suggest considerable sexual experience
Was probably under arrest at sometime between October 1982 and January 1984
His arrest may not have been a sex-related crime at all but an aggressive attack, possibly under the influence of alcohol (or drugs ?)
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In reading how investigators analysis the behavior and actions of criminals, I have come up with a list of my own regarding whom I think the identity to my victimizer may be.
Forensic Profile (of my attacker with electro-magnetic frequency)
Lives in the local or surrounding community of Trenton / Lawrence area
May live alone or with a girlfriend/wife or boyfriend/husband possibly with children
Age and Physical Characteristics
At this point age is hard to pin point but I’d guess 20s-30s ?
No eye color
No hair color
White male / female (may be both as a network or liaison)
No blood typing or DNA available as no sexual assault was actually committed
Probably works in a technically skilled job or mechanical trade
Low-moderate level of income
His job probably brings him into contact with other people of the same working class profession, possibly as network of affiliations (similar to organized crime or “business contacts”)
Advanced technological knowledge / enjoys using gadgets and gizmos
Enjoys the space provided by radio frequency / this provides a safer area for him/her to hide
Enjoys being clandestine and hidden, makes him/her feel superior like he/she has outsmarted the victim and the victim is “stupid”
Average to above average intelligence
Feels entitled / he/she is deserving which in turn makes him/her feel envious. This causes him to “steal” or “take back” that which he/she feels he/she rightfully deserves
Possess a desire to dominate and possess his/her victims
May feel a lack of control over his/her own life
Inability to see the other person’s personal desires and feelings as independent of their own and also a failure to see a person as possessing an individual past history which affects their way of being in the world
Only sees how things benefit his/her own immediate need and/or comfort level
This above stated trait suggests that he/she may lack linguistic skills in vocabulary, in exploring his/her own personal past experience objectively with the inability to recognize that their behavior is based on some past experience (unconscious and fixed fantasy).
The use of electro-magnetic frequency as a mode of torture / control / humiliation. Human rights violation suggests his ulterior motive may be at harassing or possessing control (dominance) of the other individual to suit his/her own needs in fulfillment of wish or fantasy to promote his/her own agenda or felt security. This may demonstrate his/her own failure at negotiating difference, which also reveals his/her poor performance in accepting failure / loss / or separation. These skills at navigating loss begin to be challenged during the rapprochement phase of development (this is the early childhood phases of development and as the child grows they usually learn to successfully manage and navigate their impulses with proper guidance) / may have been spoiled as a child / or abused and neglected as a child.
May have an associate who has medical knowledge / access to hospitals / medical offices / medical files / or medical personnel / finness and sophistication interacting with others in the medical field
Typical white male supremacy (social Darwinism – men with advanced technological knowledge (or at least a perceived level of some sort of intelligence) often consider themselves superior and above those lacking in advanced (mathematical and scientific) knowledge.
Views women as the “weaker” sex or may view those women lacking social refinements as “contaminants” and threats to the human bloodline / or sees them as a threat to their own felt security / or a contaminant to the purity of their culture (fantasies of feminine evil – lower class evils)
Fear of sexually dominant women / or fear of intelligent socially sophisticated educated women
Cultural views may be against outsiders (immigrants / those with opposing religious views / different views about how “women should “culturally” behave“, Etc.) Paranoid schizoid personality constellation / narcissistic personality constellation / maybe even borderline personality but not likely / disingenuous psychopathy
Attachment style was ambivalent / avoidant (definitely split) in early childhood
Likes to think of himself as “helping a girl out” and using electro-magnetic frequency from “a far” makes him feel safe and at the same time like there is an established relationship between himself and the victim.
Stalking excitement wards off dread of aphanisis
May even make him feel potent while using EMF on his victim(s).
May have fear of actual physical contact with a female / intimacy issues.
Aphanisis is the fear of total extinction of the capacity and opportunities for sexual pleasure and excitement. This is very commonly found in men and women who are involved in erotomanic sexual stalking.
In men aphanisis takes the form of castration fears; in women, of separation fears, which can be fantasized and/or, actually realized, as “coming about through the rival mother intervening between the girl and the father.”
May have prior arrests or civil complaints brought against him
May even possess a prior juvenile record
Sadly, descriptions given by the victims of serial rapists can vary considerably. Sometimes he might be described as having short black hair, sometimes longer ginger hair. Estimates of height and build can also differ from a short five and a half feet to over six feet. It is for this reason that eyewitness testimony is often considered unreliable. Investigators may only be able to come to a limited conclusion depending on the forensic evidence left at the crime scene. Eye color is hard to determine without accurate eyewitness testimony and if hair strands and bodily fluids are left at the crime scene there may be a more accurate description available to investigators.
When we consider human behavior, strong similarities emerge when we consider how people interact with one another. For example, the attacker always approaches his victims first before returning to victimize them. Taking into consideration what rapists actually did and said before, during and after the sexual assault are key to investigations.
In some large U.S. cities a murder investigation will be dropped if the couple of detectives assigned to it do not solve it within twenty-four hours. In Britain, often ten officers can be assigned to one murder investigation for six months.
TWO GENERAL PSYCHOLOGICAL PRINCIPLES TO REMEMBER
1) People Influence Each Other’s Actions – We know that people influence each other’s actions. The difference between attacks involving two men and those involving one might tell us something about both individuals. “What are the variations in the crime?” and “What might that indicate about the perpetrator?”
2) Human Behavior Changes Over Time – Most human behavior develops and changes over time, often in direct relation to the consequences one experiences from an action. (this is seen in “triggering”). “CHANGES OVER TIME” relate to “THE INFLUENCES OF OTHER PEOPLE ON THE CRIMINAL’S ACTIONS?”
MAKING CHARTS AND LOGS
Compile a list comparing all the actions that had happened n every rape / murder/ robbery (whatever). Make charts of locations where events happened. Do assailants say anything to the victim before he attacks her? This establishes social skill, if he establishes a dialogue. Were the victim’s clothes pulled off, cut off or torn off? This can establishes “state of mind”. What sort of threats were made to control the victim? Exactly what type of sexual activity took place during the attack? How did he deal with her after the assault? Often feeling remorse/or confirming a relationship a rapist has to a victim, he might say, “I’ll take you out to dinner sometime.” As if they are intimate partners. These questions make up your “CATEGORIES” and you may have more than a hundred categories.
Computers are used more today to help investigators cross reference behavior patterns (actions committed by murders/ rapists during their crimes) to other actions, and to indicate, by degree, the similarities and differences between the crimes.
The use of computers have helped investigators alleviate their work load because analysis can be time consuming if done by hand. In addition, computers help speed things up and reduce mistakes and distortions.
HOW ACTIONS CHANGE OVER TIME
A lone offender may show increasing assurance as the crimes continued. One offender started spending more time with his victims, especially after the sexual assault. On some occasions, even after he had bound a victim to rape her, he sat and talked to her. We identified certain consistencies, including: the tying of the victim’s thumbs behind her back, sitting to talk with her before the assault, offering information on how to get home and what subway train to use.
A violent crime is always a transaction between at least two people; therefore it must reveal something about the way in which the offender deals with people. We have to consider not just the fact that he was prepared to commit a violent crime, but also all the other implications of his/her actions, the way he/she related to other people, especially women.
Acts of violence can take many different forms and be preceded and followed by a great range of behaviors. These facts taken together, that is, the variations in behavior, can tell us a lot about the offender’s ways of interacting with other people.
Among the plethora of differences psychologist explore about the way people relate to each other, two seemed especially relevant to the varieties of violent crime.
A NEED TO RELATE TO THE VICTIM
How prepared was the criminal to try and relate to the victim? This mirrors years of debate around terms like “outgoing”, “extrovert”, “sociable”, or even “warm” and “considerate.” Within the context of violent crime the key issue may be the attempt to strike up or imply a relationship or not. Given the distorted nature of the relationship in a violent assault on a stranger this must be seen through the eyes of the offender. Does he demand of the victim any sense of him as a person? Request that she kiss him, or asking her name or whether she has a boyfriend may all indicate a man who is trying to convince himself that there is some personal, even intimate, contact involved in the assault. Perhaps this would indicate that he has attempted such relationships in the past with varying degrees of success.
A DESIRE TO DOMINATE
A second distinct theme, long recognized by social psychologists, is the desire for dominance. All violent men want to control their victims so that they can satisfy their urges, but criminals want to explore and relish the experience of control itself. They want to deliberately frighten, demean, and insult their victims. Would that indicate a desire to dominate in other aspects of their life? In one particular case, the offender only exerted enough control to rape his victims, so it raised the possibility that he would not be known as a very powerful, secure individual. Exerting just enough dominance to get your needs taken care of or wish fulfillment / fantasy fulfilled.