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Criminal Profiling is the process of inferring distinctive personality characteristics of individuals responsible for committing crimes Swanson A process Swanson Chamelin and Territo claim has a history of fifty years in all actuality can be dated back more than twice as long The first documented act of criminal profiling involves Dr Thomas Bond the surgeon who performed autopsies on the five women killed by Jack the Ripper Bond said that one person alone who was physically strong cool and daring had committed all five He thought the man would be quiet and inoffensive in appearance middle-aged and neatly attired probably wearing a cloak to hide the bloody effects of his attacks out in the open He would be a loner without a real occupation eccentric and mentally unstable He might even suffer from a condition called Satyriasis a sexual deviancy Very likely those who knew him would be aware that he was not right in his mind Ramsland Sadly Jack the Ripper was never brought to justice and profiling shifted from the autopsy table to the couch now in the hands of psychiatrists Actual profiling did take a backseat for the next fifty years as the science was studied Doctors would interview killers to better study the tendencies of those men including the 1960-spree killer Charles Starkweather and a 1930 German serial killer Peter Kurten The US Office of Strategic Services even requested a profile of Adolf Hitler in 1942 Dr Walter C Langer found that Hitler was meticulous conventional and prudish about his body He was robust and viewed himself as a standards-bearer and trendsetter He had manic phases yet took little exercise He was in good health so it was unlikely he would die from natural causes but he was deteriorating mentally He would not try to escape to some neutral country Hitler always walked diagonally from one corner to another when crossing a room and he whistled a marching tune
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