Forensic science and psychological profiling

Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words: 

One criticism of psychological profiling is the tendency for police to believe the expert, even if the profile is mistaken on key variables, which may divert them from meaningful leads. This was exemplified in the search for the D.C. snipers in 2002. Do you think this is a common danger for profiling? If so, how would you control this risk?

Select a serial murder case from the following list for review:

John Wayne Gacy

Jack the Ripper

Wayne Williams

Jeffrey Dahmer

Herman Mudgett

Richard Ramirez

Gary Ridgway

Aileen Wuornos

Ed Gein

David Berkowitz

Hamilton Howard “Albert” Fish

Ted Bundy

Analyze the case to identify specific psychological characteristics and patterns that might be inferred about the individual. 

Document your findings in a 1,750- to 2,100-word paper that includes the following elements: 

Behavioral variables, including a review of signature and modus operandi

Repetitive patterns evident in criminal acts

Possible issues in development and life experience that may be identified as possible causes for prevalent criminality and psychopathology

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.


Approximately 250 words