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DISCUSSION 1

STUDENT REPLY #1 Kristopher Norris

I think that the culture will affect the way profilers operate. Simply put, if ordinary people are affected or influenced by something, those studying the culture have an understanding therein. It would be remiss to ignore the influence pop culture has on the attitudes and actions of people. This is not to say that I blame violent movies or video games for the actions of violent offenders. Violent people will always find a way to be violent. However, our fascination with the macabre brings serial and mass murders into the light of hero worship. The idea of being fascinated with murder is nothing new. From Jack the Ripper and Lizzie Borden to H.H. Holmes and so many others, society has always loved to hate or rather hated to love a twisted story.

The love or hate society has for the macabre influence how we see those who commit the atrocities. Profilers will understand that and allow it to build their knowledge in creating through profiles. Holmes and Holmes (2009) discussed several criminal theories in chapter four, which included those of crime of learned behavior and cultural transmission theory. These social construct theories lead credence to the idea that profilers take our cultural and social standings into account.

Further warning against the hero status given to prolific killers is highlighted by Fox and Levin (2005), discussing that this pillar of praise could give impressionable individuals ideas on becoming infamous. Fox and Levin make an excellent point that profilers should consider when creating their profiles.

References

Fox, J. A.. & Levin, J. (2005). America’s fascination with multiple homicide. In Exterme killing: Understanding serial and mass murder (pp. 3-14). Sage Publications, Inc.

Holmes, R. M., & Holmes, S. T. (2009). Profiling violent crimes: An investigative tool (4th ed.). Sage Publications, Inc.

STUDENT REPLY # 2 Shelley Cloninger

I have always thought that the media and Hollywood glorified serial killers and the mass shootings that have occurred at schools and in public places. After reading this week’s Learning Resources, I would have to say that the “Celebrity Status” given to these people who have committed horrendous acts is a bit more out of control than I even realized. I am as guilty as the next person of watching movies and interviews out of curiosity that could be considered giving them attention that they do not deserve. I read in one of the resources that John Gacy made $100,000 off of the paintings he painted and that his clown art is considered collectible (Fox & Levin, 2005). I don’t guess I personally realized how much the actual killers in some situations demanded the attention and how they loved the attention from their crimes u

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DISCUSSION 2

STUDENT REPLY #1 Darlene Milan

One major technological advancement I think will affect profiling practices in the future is CGT (Criminal Geographic Targeting). CGT is a computerized geographic profiling technique used in police investigations of complex serial crimes (Rossmo, 1995). A criminal analysis technique that uses the locations of a connected series of crime sites to determine the most probable area of the offender’s residence. According to Rossmo, geography plays an important role in the offender’s selection of suitable victims, which is why this program will be important in the future. The CGT produces a map showing specific details, for example, patrol saturation, grid and area searches, police information and record systems, outside agency databases, and zip code prioritization. This process includes investigation reports, witness statements, autopsy reports, and psychological profiles (1995). In addition, a detailed examination of a crime scene, interviews with lead investigators, crime analysts, and demographic data (Holmes & Holmes, 2004).

The computer revolution has arrived in our world and is becoming the next major advance in our arsenal of weapons against crime. The computer revolution has dramatically influenced the criminal justice system and is used to track crimes and criminals. The future of computerized monitoring, for example, is that of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which uses a tracking system called the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN). In addition, computerized profiling may soon help law enforcement personnel define efficiently the types of personalities associated with violent crimes such as murder, rape, and serial murder (Holmes & Holmes, 2004).

References

Holmes, R. M., & Holmes, S. T. (2009). Profiling violent crimes: An investigative tool (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

STUDENT REPLY #2 Shaquanta Frazier

I think the technology advancements in criminal profiling in the future and I do believe that GPS and Drones will be more effective in the future because with GPS it can give the location of the suspect, it helps with high-speed chases, and it even help the law enforcement where the victim was last seen through their cellphones tower and GPS systems. GIS systems help with keeping track of police vehicles and give the department their location at any time. Drones give more adapt process of the suspect and it can help you cover more area to help in locating the suspect, give you more details of crime and help in finding evidence that law enforcement missed during their first investigation. Drones can reach harder places and can be beneficial to the crime scene.

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