Unit 4 Written Assignment_ Phil Sumenr

Unit 4 Written Assignment_ Phil Sumenr - 1 Serial Killers...

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Serial Killers 1 Police versus Serial Killers and the Media Phil Sumner Deviance and Violence Professor Miles June 9, 2009
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Serial Killers 2 Abstract Throughout time serial killers have thought of new ways to elude law enforcement agencies. As serial killers devise new plans law enforcement agencies research different techniques to catch serial killers. The media often times exposes both sides’ new techniques to each other. In many ways this can be helpful, but in many ways this can also be harmful. In this paper the writer will discuss law enforcement agencies investigative tools to catch a serial killer. This writer will also discuss how the media can play a hindrance on how law enforcement agencies go about catching a serial killer .
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Serial Killers 3 Investigative Tools: Law enforcement agencies around the world have many different techniques they can apply to catching a serial killer. Some of these techniques are new and upcoming and some are as old as one can remember. Some of these techniques include: 1. The Internet 2. Geographic Profiling 3. Ballistics 4. DNA 5. Fingerprints These are just some of the techniques that law enforcement agencies have available to them. While some of these techniques may be better than others they are all powerful and useful tools when trying to catch a serial killer. The Internet: As people say “you can find anything on the internet” this saying is becoming more and truer every day. The internet is the only readily, cheap available tool that law enforcement agencies can use to reach their arms around the world. It used to be that the internet was used for communicating between friends, buying and selling, or just over all browsing, but now law enforcement agencies are using the world wide web to their advantage. On May 5 th , Bettendorf
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Serial Killers 4 police arrested a man and woman for pimping and prostitution after an officer replied to a posting on the well known website craigslist.com (Allemeier, 2007). MySpace a well known communication website where friends chat between one another is now also used for investigative measures. Police recently used MySpace to arrest two groups that had been involved in a fight where one person was stabbed (Allemeier, 2007). Investigators are now learning that just about anything can be found on the internet stolen goods, sexual favors, gang activity, etc… A Moline police detective was quoted saying “You would be surprised at what you find out there” (Allemeier, 2007). Police officers usually keep what websites they research to themselves so they don’t tip off the usual suspect. What investigators typically look for is basic general information addresses, phone numbers, online phone directories, and online reverse directories (Allemeier, 2007). Not only do police use this tool to their advantage school officials are also known to research such websites as MySpace, and Facebook.com. School official use this to their advantage to keep a better eye on the students that employ their school. This gives officials an
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