By John E. Douglas
A federal agent discusses the perform of behavioral profiling of serial criminals during which he makes use of mental tests to unravel crimes and capture criminals.
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I’ve often said so myself—they’re all around us; they make us see right through them. But it’s particularly damning when an offender turns out to be one who’s sworn to uphold the law. It’s a perversion of nature—the same sort of perversion of nature as when children precede their parents in death, a phenomenon I have seen all too often in my career. Based on how I thought he felt about his various victims, I thought one way to bring him out would be by publicly focusing on Danny Peterson, or possibly even Frances Farrell’s sons, who survived her.
As if he hadn’t made himself clear enough already, he explained, “You don’t understand these things because you’re not under the influence of Motivation X. ” He called his affliction “a terrible nightmare,” but admitted he didn’t “lose any sleep over it. After a thing like Gallagher I come home and go about life like anyone else. ” Even as early in my profiling career as this was, I knew he wasn’t going home and going about life like anyone else. But I’d already learned how to read the deeper message, the “subtext,” as actors call it, and here he was saying something profoundly accurate, not only about himself but about virtually all serial predators.
This was underscored by his use of the phrase search and destroy, but I didn’t make too much of it. In 1974, Vietnam was so much in the public consciousness that virtually everyone was familiar with the term. In his case, it could represent just one more bit of fantasy. Any arrest record he’d have racked up so far would involve breaking and entering or voyeurism. Unlike a lot of sexual predators, we wouldn’t expect to see any outright rapes in his past. He chooses the neighborhoods for his crimes based on his comfort level, where he has a choice of several different targets and where there is always an easy escape route or place to hide, such as a park.