Wednesday, August 17, 2005
William Bury
A new book will be released in early September naming William Bury as Jack the Ripper. Bury's name has come up among diehard Jackophiles, but he remains an obscure choice. For one thing, he was married and was, in fact, executed for killing his wife. This alone does not preclude him from consideration, but think of the serial killers that have been married. Off the top of my head, Christie (killed his wife), Sutcliffe (did not), BTK (did not), Fred West (bad choice). OK, maybe there's no clearcut answer here; this just shows the diversity in criminals and puts paid to the notion that a "profile" can actually be any more than a "supposition." I believe people want to believe in profilers, as is evinced by the CSI shows and the Hannibal Lector movies, because it gives them the feeling that those who hunt the killers actually know what they're doing; thus, serial killers are just "lucky" and will be caught eventually. This is a dangerous fallacy.

Profilers can help generalize certain character types and events in a person's childhood that COULD lead one to be in danger of committing crimes. But it's no more than educated guesswork, as borne out by the completely useless FBI report of Jack the Ripper in 1988.

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posted by Lavaughn Towell @ 4:48 PM | 5 comments

At 10:08 PM, Blogger Das Hammer said...

maybe i should kick your pussy pretentious ass

At 3:08 PM, Blogger herakles said...

LT, really like the new look of your blog...

At 10:56 PM, Blogger LT said...

Thanks, Herakles. Das Hammer? "Can't Touch This" sucked.

At 7:11 PM, Blogger ET said...

Puts me in mind of the L&O episode where the FBI profiler described a girl's rapist and murderer as a loner Hispanic male, etc., only to discover that it was the girl's mother who actually perpetrated the acts. Not that L&O is real life, but then again it is not too far off. It's all guesswork in the end.

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