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It has never been clarified why the previous suspect had perpetrator knowledge in the second case. One could only assume that he observed the crime and then carried out the mistreatment on the corpse, which the murderer denied despite admitting the crime. Product extortion from Mars Incorporated and HJ Heinz Company

Whilst what is missing may be unforgivable, what is here is interesting. The period during which Britton was an active criminal psychologist covers a period of time I was old enough to be aware of many of the cases, which made the stories more interesting to me, as I was already familiar with the outcomes, as far as was reported in the news at the time and this provided an additional look inside a case from a perspective that few of us get to see. As someone with an interest in both true crime and psychology, much of what was mentioned here was fascinating to me. The modern history of what came to be known as "offender profiling" began in the 40s when the US Office of Strategic Services asked William Langer, a psychiatrist, to draw up a profile of Adolf Hitler. After the second world war, Lionel Haward, a psychologist working for the Royal Air Force, drew up a list of characteristics which high-ranking Nazi war criminals might display. Then in the 50s, James A Brussel, a US psychiatrist, drew up what turned to be an uncannily accurate profile of a bomber who had been terrorising New York. What he searches for at the crime scene are not frinerprints, fibres or bloodstains - he looks for the 'mind trace' left behind by those responsible: the psychological characteristics that can help the police to identify and understand the nature of the perpetrator.An intensely private and unassuming man, Britton has an almost mythic status in the field of crime deduction because of his ability to 'walk through the minds' of those who stalk, abduct, torture, rape and kill other human beings. What he searches for at the scene of a crime are not fingerprints, fibres or blood stains - he looks for the 'mind trace' left behind by those responsible; the psychological characteristics that can help police to identify and understand the nature of the perpetrator. A thrilling true-crime classic which will appeal to fans of Dahmer, The Murders at White House Farm, Mindhunter, Making a Murderer, and The Good Nurse

My only complaint is that Britton tried too hard to be humble. To down play his role. It actually emphasised how highly he thinks of himself and that ok. I’m ok with someone like Britton thinking highly of himself as he can manage it without belittling those around him.German: The profile of the murderer - The spectacular success method of the British criminal psychologist Paul Britton. Econ Verlag, Munich 1998, ISBN 3-430-11564-7 .

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