Criminal Profiling



Criminal profiling—specifically for arson and serial homicide offenders—has been a technique used by the FBI since the late 1970s. To produce a criminal profile for an unknown suspect, profilers use various types of collected data to make assumptions and conclusions about the case at hand. In a 750-1,000-word essay, identify a real-life example of a criminal that was apprehended using an FBI criminal profile that was matched to him or her and address the following:
What types of data would be most useful in creating a criminal profile? What are some of the disadvantages to using such profiles?


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