Mindhunter: Former FBI unit chief recalls high-profile cases – El Dorado News

Douglas has Arkansas connection that drives home his stories

Former FBI Investigative Support Unit chief John Douglas recalled profiling criminals and investigating several high-profile cases during a lecture Friday at South Arkansas Community College.

Douglas, who worked for the Bureau for 25 years, is known for his pioneering techniques in criminal profiling and his extensive study of the minds of criminals like Charles Manson, Richard Speck and “Son of Sam” David Berkowitz.

One of the cases Douglas highlighted resulted in murder convictions for three West Memphis teenagers who allegedly killed three eight-year-old boys in 1993. The suspects, Jessie Misskelly, Charles Baldwin and Damien Echols, are commonly known as the West Memphis Three.

Decades later, Echols’ wife Lorri Davis contacted him to investigate the case while filmmaker Peter Jackson was working on the documentary “West of Memphis,” he said.

“She said, ‘There’s the

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