Catch the Killer: 3 Historically Significant Criminal Profilers

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Everyone seems to love a good criminal profiler story. A ruthless killer is on the loose. Law enforcement can’t seem to make any progress on the case. Then, some mastermind detective steps in. And using their investigation skills, along with their expertise in psychology and behavioral science, they create a detailed profile of the maniacal killer.

And, as a result, the police then have a reasonably accurate portrait of the person they are looking for. Which, in turn, enables law enforcement to focus their efforts on a narrower field of potential perps. And, due in large part to the meticulous work of the investigator’s criminal profiling, the police will have greatly increased their chances of making an arrest.

Today’s criminal profilers utilize the methodologies and techniques pioneered by their predecessors. And, in that regard, here are three historically prominent criminal profilers, who have paved the way.

Thomas Bond (1841 – 1901)

Dr. Thomas Bond, a British surgeon, is widely considered western civilization’s first true criminal profiler. Bond’s rise to prominence originated with his involvement in the investigation of London’s notorious Jack the Ripper killings.

In the late 1880s, serial killer Jack the Ripper terrorized the streets of London. The police were having no luck in finding a suspect. That’s when Dr. Bond and his colleague Dr. George Phillips got involved. In what many consider the first application of criminal profiling methodologies, Dr. Bond studied autopsy results and crime scene evidence from Jack the Ripper’s murder victims.

Utilizing his expertise in human behavior and biology, Dr. Bond drafted a detailed report of what he believed to be Jack the Ripper’s personality traits, behavioral characteristics and lifestyle.

Many in law enforcement believed that Jack the Ripper had a medical background due to his removal of the victims’ internal organs and other surgical incisions made to their bodies. But Dr. Bond contradicted the prevailing view by assessing that the killer had no medical training whatsoever.  And that his mutilation of bodies showed he had no true knowledge of human anatomy.

Despite Dr. Bond’s detailed written report of Jack the Ripper’s characteristics, the police never found the killer. Nevertheless, the early days of criminal profiling had now begun, and future investigators have relied upon and studied Dr. Bond’s sound methodologies.

Walter C. Langer (1899 – 1981)

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts to German immigrants, Dr. William Langer graduated Harvard University in 1935 with a Ph.D. in psychoanalysis. Upon graduating, Langer moved to Vienna, where he was analyzed by and worked under Dr. Anna Freud, the daughter of legendary psychiatrist Sigmund Freud.

Dr. Langer’s specialty – psychoanalysis – investigates the intersection of a person’s conscious and unconscious fears, and repressed memories. The ultimate goal of this type of therapy is to resolve inner and outer conflicts.

After World War II broke out, Dr. Langer began working for the US government in the Office of Strategic Service. He was immediately tasked with performing a criminal profile on the Nazi movement and, in particular, on Adolf Hitler. In drafting his study, Dr. Lang applied his background in behavior and psychology, and utilized the Allies intelligence gathering of Hitler’s crimes against humanity.

The end result was the historically significant report – The Mind of Adolf Hitler. The report was held top-secret for over 30 years but was eventually released to the public in 1972 and subsequently translated into many languages.

In his report, Dr. Langer predicted that the “most plausible outcome” of Hitler’s demise would be suicide. And as history has revealed – his prediction was accurate. Dr. Langer also suggested that if Hitler didn’t kill himself, a military coup would have most likely eventually occurred.

Dr. Langer’s methodology in profiling Hitler has been studied for generations and has been used by others in the field who have been tasked with analyzing despots, and other war criminals.

In addition to his profiling, Dr. Langer has been credited with helping Jewish people and other vulnerable groups escape Vienna after the Nazis invaded Austria in 1938.

 

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James A. Brussel (1905 – 1982)

A trailblazer in the investigative techniques used in the criminal profiling process, Dr. James Brussel assisted the NYPD in several high-profile cases.

Most notably, Dr. Brussel helped solve the mystery of a serial bomber who terrorized Manhattan during a 16-year period beginning in 1940. The so-called “mad bomber” would plant homemade bombs in random places throughout the city, like phone booths and movie theaters. He would also target iconic, well-populated places such as Penn Station, Grand Central Station and Radio City Music Hall.

After years of no leads, the police became extremely frustrated that they had no information on the bomber’s identity or motivation. So, they called in Dr. Brussel for help.

After studying crime scene photos and letters mailed to the press by the perp, Dr. Brussel delivered a detailed criminal profile of the bomber.

And by detailed – I mean extremely detailed. Dr. Brussel concluded that the bomber was a heavy-set middle-aged man from Connecticut, who was a skilled mechanic with a hatred for his dad and an obsessional love for his mother. Additionally, Dr. Brussel opined that the perp had a deep resentment for ConEd, the city’s power company. And last but not least – Dr. Brussel believed that when the mad bomber was caught, he’d be wearing a fully buttoned, double-breasted suit.

This profile turned out to be unbelievably accurate. In fact, when they arrested George Metesky, he was wearing pajamas but when the police allowed him to change his clothes – he reappeared wearing a fully buttoned, double-breasted suit. And his hatred for ConEd was also accurate, as he had been injured while employed with the utility company.

Dr. Brussel’s techniques are well-respected and taught to the new generation of profilers.

Criminal profiling is certainly a very intellectually and emotionally demanding job. What personal traits do you think are needed in order to excel at that job?

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6 Fascinating Advances in Forensic Science #Crime #Writing

What can I say, I’m a forensic nerd and proud of it. I wanted to reblog this previous article of mine detailing some fascinating areas of forensics. There are some amazing developments in science as well as forensic science. Here I highlight six of those advances, but there are many more. I like to shine a light on such intriguing and noteworthy forensics in today’s crazy world. Please feel free to leave a comment 🙂

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Forensic science is a captivating topic, as evidenced by the droves of television shows and movies that dabble in the theme. The problem is – these programs, albeit entertaining, are full of misinformation.

One common entertainment trope involves a crime scene investigator gathering forensic evidence, and then within a day or so, the mystery has been solved!

In reality, forensic analysis is relatively time consuming, and complex. Notwithstanding the complex nature of forensics, it is unquestionable that modern forensic science is advancing at a rapid pace. So, hopefully one day in the near future, real life with align with the movies.

Here are some cool advances that are paving the way for quick, efficient and accurate forensic analysis.

Hair Protein Markers

Scientists have identified unique protein markers in our hair that may possibly be used in conjunction with DNA profiling for identifying people.  DNA profiling…

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN: 31 Things That Scare Me

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I thought I’d keep up with the yearly tradition and post what actually scares a criminologist and crime fiction author. Some things stay the same, but I’m always adding new ones to the list.

So just in case you were wondering…

  1. People text messaging and surfing the Internet when they drive.
  2. Cleaning the cat litter box twice a day.
  3. Men who wear socks with sandals sporting a man bun.
  4. People referred to with three first names.
  5. The growing hate among communities that is dividing us.
  6. Gas station restrooms.
  7. The rapid growth of hypocrisy among the general population.
  8. Heat waves.
  9. Sink holes.
  10. Actually knowing the words to most 80s songs.
  11. Political debates on any side–there’s no debate anymore.
  12. Hearing a strange sound and thinking it was only my imagination.
  13. Feeling completely comfortable and relaxed studying serial killers and crime scenes for hours.
  14. Not being able to buy new shoes.
  15. The facial expressions of news reporters when things don’t go their way.
  16. Enjoying television reruns including reality shows and cooking shows.
  17. Knowing when the phone is about to ring.
  18. Thinking that real superheroes are actually forensic scientists and cold case detectives.
  19. Relating to Sigourney Weaver’s character “Helen Hudson” in the 1995 movie Copycat.
  20. Knowing that there are such things as bedbugs.
  21. The incessant ticking of the clock.
  22. People who don’t like black dogs or black cats.
  23. The increasing number of endangered species.
  24. People without a sense of humor—but think they do.
  25. Predatory people looking for child victims.
  26. Fast food French fries having the same shelf life as a Twinkie.
  27. Having to find a scarier book to read or a scarier movie to watch than the last.
  28. Feeling comfortable in my own shoes.
  29. Not knowing what’s around every corner.
  30. Making this scary list.
  31. And finally… the most scariest thing of all… not being able to write every day.

Please feel free to comment on what scares you?

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Halloween Horror: 4 True-Life Stories of Holiday Terror

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Halloween – the creepy holiday where people decide it’s okay to release their inner freak. And for the most part, it’s all in the name of fun. But sometimes, the creepiness goes too far and people wind up hurt. Or even, dead.

Here are 4 horrific true-life stories of Halloween mayhem.

Mischief Leads to Murder in the Bronx

Egging, a popular and dangerous Halloween tradition, has sometimes led to very unfortunate consequences. And the reason is simple. Innocent, unsuspecting people are pelted with raw eggs, and then anger ensues. Most of the time, cooler heads prevail, and everyone goes on their merry way. But not this time.

On Halloween night in 1998, twenty-something Karl Jackson was driving with his girlfriend and her son through the Bronx. Suddenly, an egg slammed into their car. Understandably angry, Karl stopped the car, got out and exchanged words with the teenage eggers.

Karl eventually got back in the car and drove off. Little did he know, but one of the punk teenagers, Curtis Sterling, got into his own car and followed Karl. Shortly thereafter, 17-year old Sterling approached Karl’s parked car and shot him in the head. Killing Karl instantly.

A tragic story indeed. Sterling was sentenced to 20 years in prison. And each year on Halloween, Karl’s mother sends the killer a card that simply reads “I’m glad you’re still there.”

The Slaying of Marvin Brandland

The year was 1982. And the night started out as a typical Halloween for Marvin and Ethel Brandland. They joyfully handed out candy to neighborhood trick or treaters. Then, something went terribly wrong. The doorbell rang one last time on that notorious Halloween evening. Standing in the doorway was a young man wearing a pillowcase for a mask.

The masked man immediately threatened to shoot the elderly couple if they did not fork over some cash. But this was no random robbery. And that’s because the man specifically demanded money from the Brandland’s basement safe. And only a handful of people knew about that safe. So, it had to be someone they knew. But who specifically, they had no clue.

Based on the size and apparent age of the man, Marvin thought the whole situation was an annoying teenage prank. So, he laughed it off and reached for the gun. That’s when the thief shot Marvin in the throat. In panic mode, the killer threw off the pillowcase and fled.

Ethel ran to help her husband, and never got a chance to see the murderer’s unmasked face. The investigation into Marvin’s murder never materialized into any convictions. The case went cold.

Then, many years later, the case was reopened. And, in 2010, the pillowcase was submitted for DNA testing. But unfortunately, the pillowcase did not contain enough genetic material, leading to an inconclusive analysis. To date, no one has been brought to justice for the slaying of Marvin Brandland.

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Murders of Ronald Sisman and Elizabeth Platzman

In the early hours of Halloween in 1981, Ronald Sisman and Elizabeth Platzman were murdered in their Manhattan apartment. Their bodies were found severely beaten, and each of them had bullet holes in the back of their heads. Investigators determined that they were shot execution style.

Many theories as to the motive were tossed around. However, no solid leads ever turned up. Then, one day, the police had a potential crack in the case. A prison snitch told investigators that he heard a fellow inmate discussing the murder weeks before it occurred.

And who was that inmate? Well, it was none other than serial killer David Berkowitz…also known as the Son of Sam.

Supposedly, Berkowitz belonged to a satanic cult who would commit crimes on his behalf. The snitch claimed that the murder victim, Sisman, had photographic evidence of one of Berkowitz’s unsolved crimes. And, in an effort to escape unrelated drug charges, Sisman was planning on handing over the evidence to police. So, in an effort to stop this, some of Berkowitz’s cult members murdered Sisman and his girlfriend.

The informant’s story gained some traction, but there was never enough evidence to pin the crime on any individual. The murders were never solved, and the case still remains open with the NYPD.

Halloween Mayhem

It was a peaceful Halloween night in 1963 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Hundreds of people were enjoying a special “Holiday on Ice” skating event at the fairgrounds’ Coliseum. At around 11 p.m., the skating public was just finishing up a Mardi Gras themed medley of songs. Everyone was in great spirits.

But then, the unthinkable occurred.

Propane gas had begun to leak from a rusty tank located at the concession area of the Coliseum. But no one had a clue that this was happening. And just as the skaters began to form a pinwheel formation for a special skating dance, the leaked gas came into contact with an electric popcorn machine.

Then, boom!

A massive explosion shot a blast of fire 40 feet into the air through the seating area located above the concession area. Body parts and building debris rained down. The explosion was devastating. 54 people were immediately killed, with 20 more perishing soon thereafter from injuries, resulting in a death toll of 74. A striking 400 more people were injured.

Despite the clear negligence that led to this horrifying deadly event, no one was ever convicted. The only semblance of justice was the $4.6 million in settlements received by survivors and victims of the explosion.

No amount of fake spiderwebs or spooky carved pumpkins could top the horror of these truly disturbing events. Do you have any scary Halloween stories to share?

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MAJOR BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: I Signed with Bookouture Publisher for a New 3 Book Detective Crime Series

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It’s been difficult for me to sit on this announcement until the contract was signed and I was given the greenlight to share with everyone. I’m still in shock–believe me it takes quite a bit to shock me. As a writer, we dream of such a wonderful opportunity to have a publisher swoop in and offer a fantastic deal. It’s been a blur and there are several people who made this happen for me: Commissioning Editor Abigail Fenton and Publicity and Social Media Manager Kim Nash. I don’t even know where to begin, but you can read my press release from Bookouture.

Here’s the short version. I was initially contacted, I pitched a new detective crime series, and then the contract was offered for a 3-book deal. I’ve hit the ground running and that’s why you haven’t heard from the me a while. I’ve been organizing my schedule and figuring out my life for the next year or so. But don’t worry! I will be giving you updates along the way.

The first book from Bookouture will publish in May 2019, with book two following in September 2019 and book three in January 2020. I  will be posting  updates as the process progresses, with the tile, synopsis, and the cover reveal. I’m extremely excited about this series. I’ve had several series ideas in addition to the ones I already have, but this one was special and Bookouture thought so too.

Now, I wanted to let everyone know who are fans of the Emily Stone Thrillers and the Chip Palmer Mystery Series , I did not abandoned them. I will also be updating you on some surprises from my favorite vigilante detective and criminalist soon.

To make a long story short, nothing has really changed except for the fact that there will be a new crime series to hit the bookstores May 2019.

Thank you to all my loyal readers, reviewers and fans. Your support and readership has made all of the incredible opportunities come to life for me. There’s more to come.

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SCENE OF THE CRIME Won the Crime Fiction BRONZE Medal from Readers’ Favorite

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SCENE OF THE CRIME, the second installment in the Chip Palmer Forensic Mystery Series, placed third and received a Bronze Medal for CRIME FICTION at Readers’ Favorite. It’s fantastic to receive this honor. Thank you Readers’ Favorite and my supportive fans! I’ve loved creating this series and there will be more to come.

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A calculating cold-blooded predator closes in…

When a community has barely recovered from a ruthless serial killer six months earlier; now two more horrifying murders hit the radar again. It leaves police burdened with two of the most shockingly contaminated crime scenes ever documented in California’s law enforcement history. The Slayer works behind the scenes as a sinister puppet master, precisely pulling the strings, taunting the police without leaving any viable evidence, and orchestrating his killer hit squads.

The sheriff and district attorney bring in the best investigators. Reunited again, Dr. Chip Palmer, a reclusive forensic expert, joins DA Inspector Kate Rawlins to sort through the crime scene aftermath in search of the truth—all without a probable suspect or a solid motive. Complicating the investigation—sparks reignite between the two.

Ratcheting up the suspense, Chip suffers a nasty fall hitting his head, impairing his perception and giving him a mind-blowing ability for specific detailed recall. Palmer and Rawlins assemble an unusual team including a rookie detective, a forensic supervisor, and an ex-military operative turned bodyguard. After one of their own is kidnapped and the investigation is taken over by the FBI, the now rogue team must pull together their own resources—alone—with a killer waiting to take each one of them out. Scene of the Crime takes no prisoners and leaves everyone fighting to stay alive.

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In addition, I had a double surprise from Reader’s Favorite! DEAD COLD, from my Emily Stone Thriller Series, was a FINALIST in ACTION FICTION from Readers’ Favorite. It was an amazing day!

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What happens when one California community has a disturbing spike in homicides? It catapults cops into a deadly game of murder. Frozen human body parts hideously displayed at the crime scenes offers a horrifying interpretation that only a sadistic serial killer could design—and execute.

On the hunt for a complex serial killer, vigilante detective Emily Stone must face her most daring case yet. Stone’s proven top-notch profiling skills and forensic expertise may not be enough this time.

Young and ambitious, Detective Danny Starr, catches the homicide cases and discovers that it will test everything he knows about police work and the criminal mind. Can he handle these escalating cases or will the police department have to call in reinforcements—the FBI.

Emily Stone’s covert team pushes with extreme urgency to unravel the grisly clues, while keeping their identities hidden from the police. With one last-ditch effort, Stone dangles someone she loves as bait to draw out the killer. She then forces the killer out of their comfort zone with her partner Rick Lopez, and with help from a longtime friend Jordan Smith. A revelation of the serial killer’s identity leaves the team with volatile emotions that could destroy them.

The killer continues to taunt and expertly manipulate the police, as well as Stone’s team, and as they run out of time—they leave behind everyone and everything—in Dead Cold.

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Creepy History: 3 Horrific Medieval and Renaissance Serial Killers

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Many people believe that serial killers are a relatively new phenomenon. And that these homicidal maniacs are a terrifying by-product of modern society’s manic pace and lifestyle. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. In fact, serial killers have existed for millennia and will probably continue to exist – much to our dismay.

Here are three serial killers that rampaged during the historically significant and turbulent eras of the Middles Ages and Renaissance.

Christman Genipperteinga

During the late Sixteenth Century, a German killer named Christman Genipperteinga wreaked terror upon the countryside just outside of Cologne. Apparently, this Medieval killer slaughtered hundreds of people. Some historians have the body count at 964, but most agree that this is a grossly exaggerated number that has been inflated as a result of oral folklore. But, the fact remains, this monster killed many, many innocent people.

Christman lived in an underground home that was built into the beautiful landscape. And, although his dwelling was apparently situated somewhat underground, the interior resembled a normal home for that time-period. This psycho’s underground lair was located at the intersection of some ancient Roman roads that connected several German cities. From his inconspicuous underground home, he was able to watch and stalk travelers as they traversed through the remote area.

After stalking his prey, Christman would randomly attack, murder and dismember random voyagers who roamed across the ancient roads. Because he was known to attack groups of 3-4 people, many wonder if he had assistance from others. Christman’s downfall came after capturing and imprisoning the daughter of a local barrel-maker (an important job in that era). The prisoner eventually escaped, recalled the horrific ordeal to her influential dad – and the rest is history.

The killer’s home was eventually ransacked for evidence, during which time the local population uncovered years of clues concerning his years-long murderous and pillaging rampage. In June 1581, Christman was executed by the “breaking wheel,” an excruciatingly painful and barbaric Medieval torture device.

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Catalina de los Ríos y Lisperguer

Known as La Quintrala, due to her flaming red hair, Catalina de los Rios y Lisperguer was a 17th Century Chilean aristocrat, landowner and cold-blooder killer. Hailing from Spanish, Native American and German descent, La Quintrala was a member of Chile’s ruling class during the Chilean Colonial Period.

La Quintrala owned and managed vast swaths of land, which were inhabited by South America’s indigenous population and recent settlers from Europe. Unfortunately for her tenants, La Quintrala had an explosive and violent temper, which often resulted in cruel and inhumane treatment of her subordinates.

Over the course of her wicked rule, La Quintrala brutally murdered over 40 people, including slaves, tenants, former lovers, a priest and even her own father. Using her nobility and wealth to her advantage, this psychotic killer evaded justice for years despite the community’s growing knowledge of La Quintrala’s evil deeds.

The horrific acts of La Quintrala eventually caught up with her, and she was publicly convicted of her murderous acts. As she was only sentenced to house arrest and not executed, many contemporaries believed that her punishment was much too lenient. Regardless, La Quintrala never received a harsher punishment and she eventually died while still under house arrest.

La Quintrala’s notorious legacy still lives on in Chilean culture where she is viewed as the embodiment of Spanish colonization and the resultant oppression.

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Resurrection Men / Burke and Hare Killings

Whenever you do research on serial killers, the bizarre and macabre details that emerge will cease to amaze. Here is one such instance. In the 1820s, Edinburgh, Scotland was a leading European city in the study of anatomy. And, in order to truly study the human body, these pioneering scientists required lots and lots of test subjects, i.e. dead people.

This high demand for cadavers led to a shortage of bodies on which to perform scientific experiments. So, whenever there is a demand, some resourceful folks will always manage to find a way to offer the supply. The first people to meet the ever-increasing demand for dead bodies were people known as resurrection men. No, they did not rise from the dead. Rather, they were gravediggers, who stole bodies and delivered them to area scientists.

Under Scottish law, only certain dead bodies were allowed to be used for science, such as suicide victims and dead prisoners. So, these so-called resurrection men and their scientist counterparts were most likely criminally liable for the rampant body snatching from the graves of “respectable society.”

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At this point, only dead bodies were being snatched. That all changed after the proprietor of a local boarding house was convinced to sell the body of a lodger who died at his inn. The proprietor was William Hare and his friend was William Burke. Apparently, Burke knew of a scientist, Dr. Knox, who was in desperate need of cadavers.

Within a few months, Hare and Burke had resorted to murdering instead of awaiting lodgers to die through natural causes. Over the course of 10 months in 1828, Burke and Hare killed 16 people. That’s right. These psychos murdered almost 20 people in less than a year. And it was all for one purpose – to make some extra cash by selling murdered bodies for scientific experimentation.

Some guests at the boarding house had suspected foul play after the death of their last victim – Margaret Docherty. This led to an investigation. And the arrest of both men as well as their wives.  Hare agreed to an immunity deal which involved selling out Burke, who was eventually hanged for his crimes.

Even though Burke was executed, Hare was never convicted. And neither were the wives, who eventually fled the United Kingdom. And so did Hare, apparently. But no one really knows for sure as to what happened to Hare.

As for Burke, his body was dissected, and his skeleton was put on display at the Edinburgh Medical School’s Anatomical Museum. To date, Burke’s skeleton remains on display.

Scotland swiftly enacted new laws that made it easier for doctors, medical students, and anatomy lecturers to acquire legal cadavers, thereby ending the reign of resurrection men.

These are some macabre and creepy real-life stories that truly exemplify the horrors humankind is capable of. Are there any other killers from the past that you have heard about, who could be included in this post?

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