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Predictive analytics and criminal profiling – IT

There is an enormous pool of data, much of it without barriers. The potential to mine data for practical application is now not only possible, but critical as a business driver.
Moreover, big data has an important role to play in predictive analysis and its particular purpose in minimising fraud.
“Big data is the ability to search, aggregate and cross reference different data sets both structured (mobile number) and unstructured (email),” says Manoj Chiba, senior advisory consultant at the Gordon Institute of Business Science.
To assist fraud profiling, predictive analytics looks at two data streams. One is descriptive and is concerned with the characteristics of those who commit fraud. Predictive analytics looks at how likely a claim is to be fraudulent when submitted by an individual or business with those characteristics. This enables the establishment of rules for better decision making once the data is understood.
Predictive analytics enables

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Profiling Criminal Profilers

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Thomas Harris’s Hannibal Lecter series. “Criminal Minds” on CBS. Just in the last few months there’ve been “Mindhunter” on Netflix and “Manhunt: Unabomber” on Discovery.

It seems we’re fascinated by forensic psychology, by criminal profiling, by… mindhunting.

This hour, we look at three different criminal profilers: James Brussel, the psychologist who helped catch the Mad Bomber of New York in 1957; James Fitzgerald, the forensic linguist who caught the Unabomber, joins us; and Bill James, the father of sabermetrics, turns his data analysis on a century-old serial killer mystery that no one had even realized was a serial killer mystery before he and his daughter figured it out.


  • Michael Cannell – Author of Incendiary: The Psychiatrist, the Mad Bomber, and the Invention of Criminal Profiling
  • James Fitzgerald – Retired FBI agent, criminal profiler, and forensic linguist; he’s the author of a series of memoirs, A Journey to the Center

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Mindhunter S01 Review – A compelling look at the history of modern criminal profiling

Mindhunter is Netflix’s new series based on the history of criminal profiling in the FBI. If the name was familiar to you before the series, you’ve probably already guessed that it’s based on the work of former FBI profiler John Douglas.

In the series, Douglas is reimagined as Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), a Quantico instructor who’s so earnest it makes my teeth hurt. A chance meeting with sociology postgrad student Debbie (Hannah Gross) piques his curiosity about what academia knows about criminology that the Bureau doesn’t. He attends some classes at UVA, but still doesn’t feel like he’s cracked the criminal mind. He’s then invited to shadow veteran agent Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), a character based on  former agent Robert Ressler. Tench travels around the country, teaching police departments the latest in FBI know-how. But as Ford is figuring

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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

Read more at: http://www.magnoliareporter.com/education/colleges_universities/article_85cc70fe-a28f-11e7-b1e0-4f01e16581d1.html

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

Read more at: http://www.cbronline.com/news/cybersecurity/protection/biometric-history-cave-painting-criminal-profiling-iris-scanning/

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