Essay on Profiling Is The Science Of Studying Criminals

1323 Words Nov 7th, 2016 6 Pages
On November 17, 1894, the notorious H. H. Holmes was arrested for the murder of B.F. Perry (Cipriani 1). What was first thought to be a case of insurance fraud quickly spiraled into a murder investigation, prompting the discovery of Holmes’ “Murder Castle” and the numerous bodies found within its walls. To this day, it is still unknown how many murders Holmes is responsible for. After his arrest, he confessed to the murders of 29 people; however, authorities believe that he may be responsible for dozens or even hundreds more (Brown). Holmes is credited with being America’s first and most horrific serial killer in its history; furthermore, the study of Holmes and his murders have helped shape criminal investigations in today’s society. One new method to criminal investigation is behavioral analysis, i.e., profiling. Beginning in the mid 1900s, profiling is the science of studying criminals’ behaviors and motives to track them down and possibly understand their reasoning for committing various crimes. Using the science, many criminologists have attributed several warning signs and traits to serial killers and use them today to profile modern day murders (Ramsland). Through Holmes’ background and crimes, one can begin to see the warning signs and the inner workings of Holmes’ mind and how he managed to kill dozens of people without being caught. One of the most essential tools to profiling and understanding Holmes is to know his childhood and early life. In May of 1861, Herman…

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