Let's get this show on the road then....
I was talking to a friend of mine, who's a clinical psychologist, about how we are preoccupied with the profile of the criminal ,
and very often forget the profile of the victim. Which is strange actually, since the victim, living or not, is a very valuable source of information,
especially in profiling.
Such victimology can learn us many things, I'll try to illustrate with a simple, fictious example:
victim X is a young university student, murdered on a Thursday afternoon, at her dorm.
Her profile learns us that she isn't trusting from nature, even inclines to a slight paranoia,
due to her unease with being the first year 'in the big city'. Her roster learns us that she
indeed has no classes on Thursday afternoon and fellow dorm students confirm she often
spends her Thurrsday afternoons at her room, studying, since she has a class on Fridays she
not really good at and could do with the extra preparation.
The timing of the killer is interesting when we look at this victim profile.
Chances are indeed he knew of her habits and not having classes on Thursday afternoons,
implying he had either access to school rosters or has done a careful observation and stakeout
of his victim. The chances she was randomly chosen are slim.
There were no sign of forced entry or a struggle in the hallway, meaning that the rather distrusting
girl by nature has let the killer in wantingly. Possibly she knew the killer or he portrayed someone who she
was comfortable letting in (a policeman, cable guy, ...)
Crossreferencing a victim's profile and what it learns us with forensic evidence, witness' statements, ...
might help the criminalist to narrow down the possible profiles of the killer.
Thoughts on victimology ?
Do share them !