Crime scene analysis

Profile of a Rapist

The FBI believes they’re organized and disorganized rapists. They break this down further into four subgroups. They are; Power reassurance, power assertive, anger excitation, and anger Retaliatory. I will discuss each of these in the following paragraphs.

The disorganized rapist has a sloppy lifestyle. Their appearance, hygiene, housekeeping even his vehicle, and lifestyles messy. He’s a white male has below average inelegance who didn’t graduate high school. He lacks social skills and tends to stay by himself a lot. His rapes are spontaneous because he lacks the ability to plan ahead. Since it’s unplanned the crime scene’s frenzied, there’ll be evidence and possibly a weapon at the crime scene.
The predator selects random people and talks very little to the sufferer. He could use a weapon, but not restraints. He can become violent, killing his prey. The body remains untouched afterward. He could return. If she dies, he might attend her burial.

An organized rapist life’s extremely structured. They have social skills, but may choose to stay to themselves because they feel others are not worthy. Their intelligence is above average, they have a high school diploma and possibly a college degree.
The lawbreaker comes from a middle-class family. His charm allows him to cons people. They’ll have a girlfriend, hold down a job and will be least likely suspected.
He picks a target who appears to be weak, defenseless someone they can overpower and who makes themselves an easy mark. His victim won’t be someone he knows, but the predator will personalize the attack and he may be violent. There’ll be little evidence left behind. They’ll probably move the body, destroy evidence and controls every aspect of the crime

Power Reassurance (Gentleman Rapist)
Over eighty percent of the law breakers fall into this category. The perpetrator chooses people he’d like to date, the ones he could love. The act’s like a fantasy date to him. He might call afterward to see how she’s doing, possible stop in to see her after the initial meeting.
He comes from a broken home usually living with his mother who tries to dominate him, this adds to his passiveness. He has lower IQ and is a high school dropout. He has self-esteem issues. He lacks social skills, friends, girlfriend and often searches through porn. He has a job, but its unskilled labor.
His first rape’s in his comfort zone and who’s the same race and age. The perpetrator observes the subject and her routine for a while, waiting until she’s alone to strike. He’s a gentleman to her because he believes it’s a date and she’s enjoying herself. He may carry a weapon, but generally only uses it to intimidate his target. They generally use just enough force necessary to do the act, but can become violent if provoked. He may take all of his victim’s clothes off, but displays himself minimally. He collects memorabilia, keeps a diary and may re-assaults his prey. These attacks generally occur between midnight and five in the morning.
Since the motive’s to increase his feelings of self- worth, some targets play up to his self-esteem as a way to talk the wrongdoer out of the act.

The Power Assertive
The predators flashy, outspoken, wears expensive clothes and drives fancy cars. He has a muscular build and thinks he’s superior over others, especially women. He works in a male dominating field.
The law breaker’s probably been married and divorced several times and his police record shows several domestic violence issues.
He selects his subjects at bars, night clubs, choosing inter-racially and who’s around the same age. He’ll con the target into letting him drive her home or walk her to the car.
The crime’s outside his comfort zone to show that he’s a man that he can dominate the opposite sex. The perpetrator becomes violent hitting her repeatedly. He abuses her verbally, vaginal, anally and demands oral sex. His sexual misconduct occurs between seven in the evening until one in the morning. He’ll show no remorse, won’t collect trophies, keep a diary and won’t victimize the sufferer again.

Anger Retaliatory
He comes from a broken home and may have spent a lot of time in foster care. The wrongdoer has been abused by one or both parents mentally and physically.
The predator’s had bad relationships with a woman that’s left him hateful and bitter, so he blames them for everything that’s happened to him in his life.
He has an athletic build, a macho attitude and works in a male dominated job. The predator’s probably married, but steps out on his wife often.
He angers easily and uses the uncontrolled rage to punish the subject for what happened. He assaults his victim verbally, physically, possibly killing his target. He strikes after a traumatic incident involving women has occurred. He can be extremely dangerous if provoked. The unplanned rapes aren’t about sex, but about dominating and humiliating his prey. They usually occur in the area he works or lives.
His target’s interracial and close to his age. The sufferer has injuries to the vagina, anal area, and various parts of the body.

Anger Excitation
The predator beat tortures, then kill his victim. He wants to control, degrade the sufferer so he can feel satisfied sexually.
He comes from a dysfunctional family where he was abused. He has anger issues and be sexually active earlier in life.
They’re in the thirty’s, married, has children. They’ll live in a middle-class neighborhood with little crime. He has above average intelligence, has a higher education and no criminal record.
He carefully plans every detail in advance. The kidnapping, the acts and ways to get rid of the body. The details are important to him, it’s the way he feels sexually satisfied. The law breaker’s mobile and the rapes occur out of his comfort zone, stalking his prey first, caring his rape kit with him.
He transports his sufferer to a secluded area where he won’t be rushed. He might keep his prey tied up for long periods of time victimizing the subject when he chooses. He’ll describe his intentions to instill fear. It’s the fear and not the act itself that excites him.

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Profile of a Serial Killer

Serial killers target 3 or more people within their criminal career. It can take day’s weeks, months, or years. There’s always a cooling off period in between each of the crimes. The amount of time depends on the individual and usually decreases as the perpetrator progresses. When captured, the predator won’t show remorse for his victims or the families.

The motive can be anger, momentary gain, self-gratification, attention seeking, revenge, power, and control.  Revenge and self-gratification seekers generally choose specific people. He’ll dissociate, get revenge on someone who resembles the person who did them wrong. Many dehumanize, take away human powers, placing it on other smaller objects.

The killer may or may not have psychotic episodes. Some hear voices saying certain people are bad, and will cause harm if they’re not destroyed. While others claim aliens, animals, or some other object told them to do it. Murderers who have mental illnesses are disorganized because they’re unable to plan ahead.

Most have below average to average intelligence come from a home where the parents are divorced, or there’s a breakdown in the family dynamics.  They’ve usually had an abusive childhood and often has attachment issues. They’ll probably wet the bed past the age of 12, harm small animals and is fascinated with fire. The child’s bullied in school, causing social isolation. The child may create a fantasy world, one he can control and feels successful. The two worlds collides making it difficult if not impossible for the child to distinguish between fantasy and reality. It’s in this world they’re able to kill without remorse, or guilt.

An organized serial killer carefully plans the killing. He’ll generally have a comfort zone where he chooses the target and the crime scene. They’ll move these victims to another area when the task is completed. Knowing basic forensics, the criminal will leave few clues. He’ll follow the media and frequently interjects themselves in the investigation. They’ll have friends, family, a steady job, making it hard to believe the perpetrator committed these crimes. Once caught police find they’re proud of their accomplishments.

Disorganize has an IQ below normal. They don’t plan ahead, making the prey and weapon choice random. The person’s unemployed stays to himself a lot and has few if any friends. Many are known to suffer from a mental illness. He can become extremely violent both physically and sexually and possibly has necrophiliac tendencies.

The next two types of serial killers are mercy and visionary. Mercy killers are often found in health care settings. They’ll target a sick patient because he doesn’t want to see the person suffer. Some want to save the victim from abomination. While others want to gain money, power, and control. Visionaries are the ones who have a psychotic break. They kill in order to get rid of a certain subset of people.  Jack the Ripper might be considered a visionary because he murdered prostitutes.

Lust killers can be organized or disorganized. The motive is sexual fantasies, fetishes, and symbolism. The amount of satisfaction received depends on how much the predator tortures, brutalizes and dismembers the victim. The target could be either alive or dead during the sexual acts. The murderer uses knives, strangulations, and physical abuse to kill.

An organized lust murderer has above average intelligence and no previous convictions. He’s in his thirty’s married. has children and lives in a low crime area. The perpetrator plans every detail in advance. He’s mobile, carries his tools with him and lures his victim. They use violence to degrade and kill his prey, which he’ll find sexually satisfying. The predator takes the victims to a secluded place, somewhere he can have complete control, without having to worry about the interruption, or being caught.  He’ll torture, beat and rape the victim, possibly for months. This type of criminal uses scares tactics to increase the person’s fears and his own sexual arousal. As the murder progresses the time between crimes decreases while the torture and mutilation increases.

Disorganized murder has below normal IQ and lacks social skills. He’s usually immobile so he targets victims close to where he lives, works. He chooses his prey randomly and his crime’s done on impulse.

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21 Items Investigators Use to Solve Crime

Investigators rely on more than just evidence to solve crimes. The officers often incorporate reports, victimology motive, signature, and location. They first start by looking for clues. A weapon, fingerprints, footprints, gun shell casings. The detectives look for misplaced and missing items, jewelry, watches, purse, silver and other valuables

Looking over the evidence again, the detectives try to figure out what took place by answering the following questions

  1. How was the victim approached?
  2. Did the perpetrator take a risk?
  3. Do they know the assailant?
  4. Was there a struggle?
  5. Did the murder have complete control?
  6. Did it escalate as it progressed?
  7. What sort of weapon was used?
  8. Why did murderer choose the weapon?
  9. How was it used?
  10. Is the crime staged? What’s the killer trying to say?
  11. Was it planned? If so, how much planning was involved? This tells the police a lot about the predator’s intellect, mental stability, and motive

Remember a less experienced criminal leaves more evidence behind than a career criminal would. So the police often determine the type of skill by the amount of clues.

12. The officer looks at the time of day and the location. This helps locate the perpetrator’s comfort zone possible where they live, work. It could also tell them about the perpetrators personal habits, schedule, and mobility.

13. The detectives try to figure out how it occurred, the signature. The murders may increase in intensity, skillful, and less sloppy, as the criminal builds confidence, but the signature usually remains the same. Once found they try to find other similar unsolved cases.

14. The investigator checks colleague’s reports. The autopsy report specifies the time and cause of death. Witness reports might contain clues.

15. They’ll look at the wound pattern and decide possible weapons, the force it took to create the wounds if it’s from a close range or a distance. If the victim was cut, was it a random stabbings, or targeting to a specific area. The information tells the police if the suspect has the medical education and possible motive.

16. The detective looks for defense wounds. Bloody knuckles, broken nail. The crime lab will check for skin tissue or fiber under the nails. They’ll examine the person’s clothes for any loose hair, fibers, or other foreign material.

17. An investigator will, taking into account how the person was found. The information tells them whether the killing was out of passion, hate, revenge, and if the killer felt remorse. It can also determine whether the predator felt he had complete control over the situation. If he’s rushed or felt he had time to position the body.

18. The officers look into the victimology, starting with personal appearance. Such s hair color, eye color, skin tone, height weight. Investigators will talk to the deceased’s family to find out more about the victim’s life. Where did the person work, their friends, where they hang out, any enemies, anyone with a grudge, normal routine? This helps them figure out how the perpetrator chose them.

19. If there’re a couple of crime scenes have the investigators compares the victimology and try to find similarities. These facts help determine whether they’re targeting specific subsets. When predators kill certain people. The group represents someone in their life. Perhaps an abusive parent, babysitter, sibling. It could be someone who they feel abounded then, did them wrong.

20. Use the information to build a profile. Be sure to include: height, weight, body build, and sex. These facts can also give your readers a general idea of the murder’s work history, education level, skill, aggression level, mental illnesses, marital status, race, and motive.

Generally speaking a male killer has a low social economic status, single, has a drug or alcohol problem, and has suffered a loss. Normally someone in the household has been in jail. He could’ve had past convictions, difficulty at school, gets into fights, sets fires, wets the bed at a late age and has shown aggression towards small animals.

A Female perpetrator comes from either divorced parents or from a dysfunctional home. They’ve been abused mentally, physically or sexually longer than a male predator. She has a family member who’s been in trouble with the law but doesn’t necessarily have a past criminal record.


How to Write a Murder Mystery Story

A general story starts with a problem or goal, something that the protagonist wants to or has to accomplish. A mystery’s geared around a crime. So first choose which one your character’s going to commit.

Next, build a character around this. In order to make the person believable, you should do a little research.  A connection I found useful is

With a basic profile in mind, imagine how they’ll walk, talk, act and dress. What’s their general appearance? Include the family, friends, and influences? Is the criminal married, have children? What’s their likes, dislikes, interest and hobbies? Where do they work?

What is the motive? Is it out of jealousy, rage, revenge, envy, or greed? Maybe the crook needs money or some other valuable item and the only way to get it is to steal.

Who’s going to be the targets? Is it a random, or someone the murder knows? How and why did the character, choose them?  This takes us to victimology, the victim’s personal information. The information should include; family, friends where the deceased worked, habits and places they visit. If they’re two crimes that have the same motives, the detective might compare the information looking for similarities.

Another thing for the detective to consider is whether they’re high risk or low risk for becoming a target. If the person drinks a lot, uses an excessive amount of drugs, and goes to numerous parties. The behavior puts them at high danger. Low risk would be someone who has a steady job, lots of friends, family, and is well-liked by the community.

The detective could look into how, where the victim was approached, preparation, skills the perpetrator needed and what type of chance the lawbreaker took. How they’re approached tells the police a lot. If the person’s persuaded then the criminal is thought to have good social skills. A forceful, blitz attacker would lack social skills, but has a strong build. If the perpetrator prepared the police will categorize them as being organized, skillful. Killing someone during the day is riskier than at night. Will the time remain the same? This could help the police determine if the wrongdoer has a job or possibly be part of his signature.

Next, choose the location. You should know the area well, either through personal experience or research. The more you know the better. Remember when you’re describing the location, give the important details, but don’t overdo it.
Now picture the crime scene. If it’s a robbery you might see items scattered all around, maybe a broken door, shattered glass or other damaged items. If it’s a murder you’d have the body, possibly blood, gun shell casings, or a weapon. Maybe the killer and victim struggled. If so, the house and its furnishing might be demolished during the encounter. Look at the area what’s out of place, what’s missing? It could be something the criminal took, as a trophy.

How was the body positioned is it or the scene staged? Are there any defensive wounds? What about the clothes is it torn, dirty, and bloody?

It’s time to work on the witnesses. Who saw it happen? What exactly did the witness see? Since their secondary characters, you only need a little detail about their personal appearance, act walk talk dress.

Who do you want the police to suspect? Make a list, create a basic description. Now add thinks like employment, who they hang out with, and family members. These things can either give the suspects an alibi or make them more suspicious.

Last, decide how it will end. Who’s going to solve it and how? Create a list of these possibilities. As you review the ideas, ask yourself if I’m attempting to solve the mystery, which one wouldn’t I anticipate? Try to put a spin on it see if you can make it even less predictable, but not too far fetched either. Sometimes the most obvious is the one the reader won’t guess because it’s too easy.

When starting your story, some suggest introducing the characters in the first few chapters. While others recommend the opposite. In my own stories, I start off with actions within a page or two. The reason I do that is because as a reader, I don’t want to read numerous pages of details half of which I’ll probably forget anyway since I was fed so many details all at one time. No matter how you decide to begin, remember to add a lot of action and suspense, to keep the readers, guessing as the audience continues to turn the pages. If the ending becomes too predictable as you write, change it up a bit. When choosing dialog, be sure it sounds real, the way people really speak. I’ve found reading my story out loud works best.