Criminal profiling is glamorized in criminal procedural television and movies: profilers can seem to have almost super-sensory powers of perception and are often portrayed as being key to solving cases.
In a post to the discussion board, answer these questions:
What was your understanding and perception of criminal profiling before this course? (Feel free to name specific movies or shows that come to mind.)
How did that perception change when you read the statistics and reality about criminal profiling?
Why do you think profiling’s image in popular culture and its reality in the detective world are so different?
After you have posted, respond to your classmates’ posts, especially discussing the different media examples of profiling and how they mesh (or don’t mesh) with what you have learned about criminal profiling in this module.