John Edward Douglas


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in Brooklyn, New York, The United States
June 18, 1945

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During his twenty-five year career with the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, a name he later changed to The Investigative Science Unit (Douglas & Olshaker, 1995). John Douglas became the leading expert on criminal personality profiling and the pioneer of modern criminal investigative analysis. Through his research with serial criminal’s, Douglas learned how criminals think and what makes them do the things that they do, and why. Douglas can determine many personal traits and habits of an offender just by examining the crime scene; it’s evidence and victimology (Douglas & Olshaker, 1995).

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John Douglas has conducted hundreds of interviews with some of the world’s most notorious serial offenders, which include:
- Charles Manso
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“There are certain crimes that are simply too cruel, too sadistic, too hideous to be forgiven.”
John Edward Douglas, Journey Into Darkness

“When rehabilitation works, there is no question that it is the best and most productive use of the correctional system. It stands to reason: if we can take a bad guy and turn him into a good guy and then let him out, then that’s one fewer bad guy to harm us. . . .

Where I do not think there is much hope. . .is when we deal with serial killers and sexual predators, the people I have spent most of my career hunting and studying. These people do what they do. . .because it feels good, because they want to, because it gives
them satisfaction. You can certainly make the argument, and I will agree with you, that many of them are compensating for bad jobs, poor self-image, mistreatment by parents, any number of things. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to be able to rehabilitate them.”
John Edward Douglas, Journey Into Darkness

“Behavior reflects personality.”
John Edward Douglas, Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

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