There are nine general stages to a crime. Over the next three weeks, I’d like to talk about them, three per week. In this week’s blog let’s look at the first three:
When you can recognize my pattern, I’ll be in trouble. Actually, you’ll begin to see what my next logical (I use that word loosely) action will most likely be. Do I have a certain victim profile? How do I select the crime location? What about the weapon or disposal of the body? Finally do I prepare an advance alibi prior to committing the crime? If so what are these things?
- The approach to the victim:
What type of contact do I have with my victims? Is it subtle or forceful? Do I use disguises or elaborate rue’s to set them up? What do you think? More importantly-to me anyway-which one did you hate most?
- Control of the victim
Violent behavior isn’t always necessary. I try to be more creative than that. Any idea what I might do next? Have I compromised the victim’s freedom? Have I ever used violence? Has it been sudden? Unexpected? Or has it been adequately scaled to deprive the victim of their freedom?
Finally one thought to ponder, Paul L. Kirk, in his book, Crime Investigation: writes;
“Wherever he steps, whatever he touches, whatever he leaves,
even unconsciously, will serve as silent witness against him. Not
only his fingerprints or his footprints, but his hair, the fibers from
his clothes, the glass he breaks, the tool mark he leaves, the paint
he scratches, the blood or semen he deposits or collects – All of
these and more bear mute witness against him. This is evidence
that does not forget. It is not confused by the excitement of the
moment. It is not absent because human witnesses are. It is
factual evidence. Physical evidence cannot be wrong; it cannot
perjure itself; it cannot be wholly absent. Only its interpretation
can err. Only human failure to find it, study and understand it, can
diminish its value.”
How have I escaped detection? What means have I used successfully? I’d love to chat with you on these points. Write to me!