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‘Mindhunter’ charts the early days of criminal profiling on Netflix (VIDEO)

'Mindhunter' is not on Netflix starting October 13.  Picture courtesy of Netflix‘Mindhunter’ is not on Netflix starting October 13. — Picture courtesy of NetflixLOS ANGELES, Oct 14 — After House of Cards, David Fincher returns to Netflix with a new series. Available yesterday, October 13, Mindhunter looks at the early days of criminal psychology and criminal profiling at the FBI in the 1970s.

It’s 1977 and the term serial killer hasn’t even been invented yet. “How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?” asks Bill Tench, one of the main characters in Mindhunter, played by actor Holt McCallony. With his colleague Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), this FBI agent decides to interview a series of serial killers already behind bars in an attempt to understand their mentality in order to help with future cases.

The series charts the

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Is Wendy From ‘Mindhunter’ A Real Person? Criminal Profiling Isn’t Just For Men

The new Netflix series Mindhunter tells a fictionalized account of the real life FBI agents Robert Ressler and John Douglas, who were pioneers in the area of criminal profiling, especially of serial killers (a term they coined). But these two weren’t the only ones who made profound contributions to the field of criminal behavioral analysis. The character of Wendy in Mindhunter is based on a real person: Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess, per Screenrant, a pioneer in the field of forensic nursing.

Per her Boston College bio, Dr. Burgess began her career in the 1970s at Boston City Hospital, where she “co-founded one of the first hospital-based crisis counseling programs for rape victims.” Her research with Boston College sociologist Lynda Lytle Holmstrom led to the coining and definition of Rape Trauma Syndrome, which explores the idea that most rape victims Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/is-wendy-from-mindhunter-a-real-person-criminal-profiling-isnt-just-for-men-2901423

The real history behind Netflix’s new criminal profiling drama Mindhunter

Legendary director David Fincher’s new 10-part TV series Mindhunter arrives on Netflix on Friday 13th October.

The dark drama follows the real-life development of the FBI’s forays into criminal profiling in the late 1970s.

The story is based on a true crime book by John E. Douglas called Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, in which the former FBI man details his experiences with the Behavioural Sciences Unit (BSU) and the creation of the ‘Criminal Profiling Programme’. This programme involved him conducting interviews with notorious serial killers and rapists including Charles Manson and the Boston Strangler, and working on the JonBenet Ramsey murder case.

The drama follows agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) – the former is based on Douglas – as they develop the ideas that will become the tenets of the profiling system.

Here is everything we know about the reality – and the myths

Read more at: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-10-10/mindhunter-netflix-true-story/

Criminal profiling expert will speak at SouthArk

Author and former FBI criminal profiler John Douglas, whose exploits are the basis for a new Netflix original series, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 12 at the El Dorado Conference Center.

The engagement is part of the South Arkansas Community College Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public.

At the FBI in the 1970s, Douglas developed new investigative techniques for capturing serial killers and other high-profile violent criminals, becoming known as the world’s top authority on criminal profiling. His methods blended psychology, pattern recognition and inductive and deductive reasoning to predict the age, background, personality and other identifying characteristics of unknown offenders.

He drew on these techniques while leading the FBI’s Investigative Support Unit. He went on to join the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit and rose to the rank of unit chief.

Douglas was involved in investigations such as the Son of Sam case, the Atlanta Child Murders and

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Biometric history: Cave painting, criminal profiling and iris scanning

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Research from MasterCard and Oxford University states that 93% of UK consumers would favour biometrics over passwords. Which would you choose?

Today we do not only inhabit the world we wake up in, our physical lives are mirrored by a separate cyber life to which we are bound by our numerous devices. We use our smartphones for example to carry out personal banking, shopping and work, so therefore security measures are having to rise

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The Psychiatrist, The Mad Bomber, And The Invention Of Criminal Profiling

Michael Cannell is the author of The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit and I.M. Pei: Mandarin of Modernism. He was editor of the New York Times House Home section for seven years and has written for The New YorkerThe New York Times MagazineSports Illustrated, and many other publications.

His new book is Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling.

Grand Central, Penn Station, Radio City Music Hall ― for almost two decades, no place was safe from the man who signed his anonymous letters “FP” and left his lethal devices in phone booths, storage lockers, even tucked into the plush seats of movie theaters. His victims were left cruelly maimed. Tabloids called him “the greatest individual menace New York City ever faced.”

Read more at: http://wamc.org/post/psychiatrist-mad-bomber-and-invention-criminal-profiling

The Birth of Criminal Profiling

The criminal profiler is a staple of American pop culture. Confronted by a heinous crime with a confounding pattern of evidence, police authorities, cable-news anchors and Hollywood scriptwriters call on a sagacious investigator, a modern Oracle of Delphi, who will conjure a portrait of the wrongdoer based on a broad outline of the case facts.

“Well, he’s a white male,” says Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) in “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991), flipping through a sheaf of papers on a serial killer known as Buffalo Bill….

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Schein, Vue: Profiling: not on the street, but in court – TwinCities.com

We are used to thinking about racial profiling on the street, or on the road, but what about when profiling happens at the sentencing of a man of color? What about when it’s used by the defense lawyer for a black man … in such a twisted way that the man’s appeals make it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

It’s hard to fathom, but this is what went down more than 20 years ago in a Texas murder case, where Duane Buck had heinously slain his ex-girlfriend and another man, in front of her children. It was an open-and-shut conviction, but things got weird when the jury had to weigh in on whether Buck should get the death penalty or life imprisonment. According to Texas law, the cut was to be made based on whether the man posed a future danger.

Expert testimony was marshaled. Buck’s defense Read more at: http://www.twincities.com/2017/03/30/schein-vue-profiling-not-on-the-street-but-in-court/

Our View: Isn’t there a better way to study racial profiling?

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon met recently with our editorial board, with topics ranging from traffic in the High Desert to immigration enforcement to body cameras for deputies. But it was his information on Assembly Bill 953, signed into law two years ago by Gov. Jerry Brown, that elicited the most discussion.

AB 953 was authored by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, in response to fatal law enforcement shootings of unarmed black men. When it takes affect next year, it will require police officers and sheriff’s deputies to collect data on everyone they stop, as well as their perceived race, why they were stopped and whether or not they were arrested.

Law enforcement leaders did not like the bill in 2015 when it was introduced and appealed to Brown to veto it once it passed the state Legislature. He wouldn’t, however.

McMahon’s thoughts

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Our View: Isn’t there a better way to study racial profiling? – Opinion …

San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon met recently with our editorial board, with topics ranging from traffic in the High Desert to immigration enforcement to body cameras for deputies. But it was his information on Assembly Bill 953, signed into law two years ago by Gov. Jerry Brown, that elicited the most discussion.

AB 953 was authored by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, in response to fatal law enforcement shootings of unarmed black men. When it takes affect next year, it will require police officers and sheriff’s deputies to collect data on everyone they stop, as well as their perceived race, why they were stopped and whether or not they were arrested.

Law enforcement leaders did not like the bill in 2015 when it was introduced and appealed to Brown to veto it once it passed the state Legislature. He wouldn’t, however.

McMahon’s thoughts

Read more at: http://www.vvdailypress.com/opinion/20170304/our-view-isnt-there-better-way-to-study-racial-profiling