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It is the purpose of this article to explore the historical roots of modern criminal profiling and to provide insight into how the modern methods have developed Firstly a very general history of profiling shall be covered Following this the development of the FBI method will be examined along with a brief discussion about how this method is applied Thirdly the methods of David Canter a psychologist from the United Kingdom will be examined and a discussion about his methods shall follow Lastly the method known as Behavioral Evidence Analysis developed by Brent Turvey a forensic scientist from the USA shall be covered There are contradictory reports of exactly who developed criminal profiling This is especially true when it comes to the FBI with many retired agents claiming sole responsibility for the development of many of the methods still in use today It should come as no surprise that profiling in one way shape or form was employed long before the Bureau even came into existence For many years the work of individual psychologists and psychiatrists could be described as profiling in that they often provided advice to police agencies as to the type of perpetrator they were seeking including their possible motivations for the crime These kinds of recommendations are still produced today by many mental health practitioners on an as needed basis and it is rare to find one psychologist or psychiatrist not employed in a law enforcement setting who only does profiling in their daily duties The interpretations they make of criminal behavior are usually the result of their knowledge of the human personality and of various psychological disorders As a result their interpretations tend to revolve heavily around personality and psychological anomalies Mostly though these assessments were provided after the fact and often revolved around issues of insanity The first example of profiling available for reference which is referred to as a profile in the contemporary sense were the suggestion
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