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u/Cypher_Blue · 20 pointsr/ProtectAndServe

The FBI BAU (where the profilers are) is one of the most difficult to obtain jobs in the agency.

First you get hired as an FBI agent. Then you distinguish yourself in your field office doing "regular" FBI agent work. Then you start assisting them with cases from your field office after you have a few years on.

Then you can become a regional case agent for them. Most of that (from what I understand) is keeping track of files and sending information back and forth to the unit at Quantico.

Then if you do a good job there, you intern with them. This involves working with medical examiners and homicide squads in the DC/Baltimore area.

Then and only then can you "become a profiler."

So my advice is don't put the cart before the horse. You need to become an FBI agent first, so focus on that. Lots of really really smart and put together folks apply to them and don't get hired. You can worry about getting into BAU after you're hired.

There is a great book about the BAU that was written by John Douglas called Mindhunter that does a great job of talking about the unit and what it takes to get in.

u/fellintoadogehole · 10 pointsr/LPOTL

If you are interested in FBI behavioral science, I highly recommend both the Netflix series Mindhunter, and the book it was based on, Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit. Fascinating stuff! I've been reading a lot of true crime books recently and after reading Mind Hunter it is fun to see FBI profiles mentioned. They can often be surprisingly accurate.

u/bradrulez69 · 5 pointsr/serialkillers

I recommend these all the time, they are great:

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit Its by John Douglas who founded the profiling unit for the FBI. Jack Crawford from the Silence of the Lambs was based off of him. Goes into all sorts of gory details and psychological analysis of well known and lesser known serial and spree killers.

Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI Written by the guy who coined the term "serial killer." Advised Thomas Harris when writing the Silence of the Lambs. Similar book with a different perspective. Has a few more first hand interview accounts with other serial killers.

u/guy_guyerson · 5 pointsr/TrueReddit

I ran across this, quick and dirty, but I was posting from memory of having read Mind Hunter 20 years ago.

"The FBI now include the types of cars that they expect offenders to drive when they draw up profiles.

In the 1970s, the serial killer car of choice was the VW Beetle, with Ted Bundy among the infamous fans since it was Hitler's concept car.

More recently, the FBI have found that "disorganised" killers tend to drive mini-vans, while organised offenders drive large saloon cars, coloured either blue or white, that mimic law enforcement vehicles. "


u/Nikcara · 3 pointsr/changemyview

If you're interested in more, there's a book called Mind Hunter. It was written by an FBI profiler, and (to paraphrase a line from the book) details how rape is a crime of power with sex as weapon.

It's an interesting book even beyond learning about how many rapists think. Creepy at times, but that's what you would expect from a book about the worst kinds of criminals.

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/

Do you mean Manhunter by Thomas Harris?

Harris reclusive, and hasn't explained how he was inspired to write about Hannibal. All we can do is speculate. Hannibal rising is a novel and I would regard it with the same gravity as Psycho IV and whichever Michael or Jason or Freddy movies depicted the "childhoods" of the monsters.

or do you mean Mindhunter by John E. Douglas?

u/CommodoreKitten · 3 pointsr/ifyoulikeblank

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit. The author takes you through cases he has worked on over his career in a similar manner to Sacks

u/DanHitt · 2 pointsr/DestructiveReaders

notes in doc.

Good atmosphere. I would read on.

I feel there isn't enough foreshadowing of things to come, though. (Except the ash storm, which I feel was glaring exposition and should be hidden better.) This can be done subtly to match the tone.

As rachel said, I (still) don't know how old elizebeth is. That must be attended to at once.

If Liz is the main character I need more of her character shown, especially in contrast to her father.

You have an odd turn of phrase or two.

On Hunting:

  • Full Metal Jacket - designed to penetrate armor, expands very little.
  • Hard Point bullet expands more.
  • Soft Point - Expands more and is the most common bullet for hunting.
  • Hollow Point expands the most and are considered the poorest at penetrating armor. They are also the least reliable bullet, jamming the most due to the physical characteristics that make them expand.

    This last point may be the reason your guy, an obviously experienced killer, might use a more reliable bullet knowing his perfect shot would still kill the animal.

    People don't usually aim for the head, as a miss is more likely, when an off shot at the heart still has a chance because there is a lot of area (that will still bring down the deer) to hit if you miss the heart. Considering your piece, a head shot might be fine for your guy.

    A head shot would demonstrate high skill and possibly some sociapathic tendencies. The goal is to stop the heart from pumping immediately, as panic in the deer causes the meat to taste 'gamey'. Plus, you have to run it down if you don't kill it which most people won't even do.

    The sight of the brains tasted bitter in Liz's mouth. Let's attend to this bit. First, you said she always came with her father, then fail to demonstrate this well.
    So... "The sight of splattered brains tasted bitter in her mouth."
    Should become "The sight of splattered brains always tasted bitter in her mouth.'
    You get it right in the next sentence, but imo it's too late and is also awkward because I doubt she would vomit every time, but if it always tastes bitter and this time she throws up--it demonstrates a growing dissatisfaction with her life in direct contrast to the love she has for her father.

    When Liz is handed the rifle it is the perfect time to SHOW us her experience...your simple statement of her putting it on her shoulder (telling us nothing whatsoever)wastes the opportunity.

    Overall i'd be interested to continue but would also have trepidations. I like that you understand the killer is a particular kind of person, but you sometimes miss opportunities to show this and other times don't capture him correctly. I think more research is needed here. Try the FBI profiling book, some others about special forces and some about killers of all sorts.
u/geared4war · 2 pointsr/television

I think I found it. Mindhunter by John Douglas.
> During his twenty-five year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time: the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle's Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life.

> As the model for Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, Douglas has confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims' peeled skin. Using his uncanny ability to become both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer's and the victim's actions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.

The stuff of nightmares and he tracked it down. Will be watching that one. And Stranger Things. I won't be sleeping much in October.

u/Endangered_Robot · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Yea I've read quite a bit about them but the best one I've read was Mind Hunter This book was written by the God Father of catching serial killers and the guy who pioneered the FBI's methods to tracking and identifying serial killers to this day. Its a really interesting book and its really cool to see him recount some of the big name killers he had to track in the midst of their rampage.

u/Sporkicide · 2 pointsr/HannibalTV

The following list are books from retired members of the FBI Behavioral Science Unit - Jack Crawford's real-life equivalents:

Sexual Homicide - Patterns and Motives

Journey Into Darkness


Anatomy of Motive

Whoever Fights Monsters

Dark Dreams

All of them go into detail in describing how cases were analyzed to develop profiles of unknown killers, the different categories of killers, and how the thought processes of a serial killer work. It's not that they are evil incarnate or unpredictable violent beings - there is usually some kind of logic there that makes perfect sense once you realize that they just aren't playing with the same set of rules as everyone else.

If you just want to talk about manipulation:

Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking

u/ThisPromptIsThisLong · 1 pointr/UCSC is basically what the Netflix show of the same name is based on. I recommend both! The show has a lot of scenes reminiscent of the Silence of the Lambs interview scenes, which are amazing.

Edit: I now see that you know about the show, forgive me repetition of useless information.

u/mechesh · 1 pointr/funny

you should read this Written by the FBI agent who basically invented profiling.

TL/DR...your statement is wrong.

u/pattydo · 1 pointr/MakingaMurderer

If you are remembering that quote from Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit (, you are remembering it wrong. It states that serial sexual killers become skilled in "domination, manipulation and control". (key word being serial)

Again, it is far too nuanced to talk about it with such certainty. Are there people who get sexual gratification from the power they have over people in hose situation? 100%. More often than not most likely. But not always.

Here is a scenario. Drunk man takes home drunk girl and they begin to have consensual sex. But part way through, right before he is about to finish even, she wants to stop and expresses that clearly. He keeps going though. That is rape. But I wouldn't say that the motive was power over women. Another good example is spousal rape.

>Imagine holding down someone who's crying and pleading for you to go away, and forcing yourself on them sexually.

Rapes rarely happen like this.

Here are a couple sources on sexual gratification and rape:

u/wrytagain · 1 pointr/Screenwriting

This is the book you want Mind Hunter You might say he wrote the book on the subject. Because he did.