BC: Haley Jackson Mrs. Bagchi AP Language and Composition Period 2
FC: Criminal Profiling: | A Closer Look
1: Why Research Criminal Profiling? | I researched criminal profiling because I have always been interested in television shows like Criminal Minds and CSI. Upon signing up for mentorship at the end of last year, I started thinking about what possible career paths I could take. These television shows kept popping in to my head. So I decided that I might want to be a criminal profiler. Since this decision was solely based on television, I decided to research what criminal profilers actually do in real life and if televivision had an accurate portryal of it.
2: Guiding | How accurate is the portrayal of criminal profilers on television compared to the actual lives of criminal profilers?
3: Questions | Is the work that criminal profilers do as easy as it seems on television? Is it as fun?
4: The book The Profiler by Pat Brown offers many true stories from a real criminal profiler's point of view. This book really focuses on how hard it is to become a criminal profiler, especially a world renound one like Pat Brown herself. This book really did not help me answer my guiding questions as much as the other book I read did. But what Pat Brown writes does prove that criminal profiling is different on television than in real life. Through using her life experiences, she explains how difficult it is to get people on your side as opposed to the people in Criminal Minds and CSI that have everyone's agreement right away. Pat Brown's stories helped me realize what I would be getting myself in to if I decided to be a criminal profiler. Her book really focuses on the struggles of the life of a criminal profiler rather than statistics and data. | Book #1
5: Pat Brown is a nationally known criminal profiler, television commentator, author, and founder and CEO of The Sexual Homicide Exchange and The Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency. But she hasn't always been this successful. Her journey to becoming a criminal profiler was a rough one. In an interview, Pat explains what made her decide to become a criminal profiler. "I was shocked at how some police detectives were unable to recognize a good suspect, unable to understand psychopathy, and fail to move the case forward properly. I wanted to bring a better understanding and training to law enforcement and get serial predators off the streets." She did just that. In the interview, she also explains some of the biggest mistakes producers make in movies and on television when dealing with crime and violence. She explains how television really offers a different portrayal of things from real life. | More About | the Author
6: The book Profilers by John H. Campbell and Don DeNavi is more fact based than the other book that I read. It shares true stories as well as statistics and data. I, personally, liked this book better than the other one that I read. It really focused on the fact that the criminal profiling shown on television is really nothing like criminal profiling in the FBI. This book definitely gave me answers to both of my guiding questions. It told me how accurate the portrayal is of profilers on television compared to real life and it also told me that profiling is definitely not as easy as television makes it look, nor is it as fun. Criminal profiling is a job that requires tedious work and good work ethic. If you are one of those people who cannot stand being wrong, then criminal profiling is not for you. So much work goes into making a profile for a suspect and rarely, if ever, is the first profile going to be right. Profilers must try and try again to find answers. This book absolutely gave me the answers I was looking for! | Book #2
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