January 21 2008
Douglas is a legendary figure in law enforcement and the model for the Scott Glenn character in "The Silence of the Lambs." (He was also the original choice to play the role.) As founder and chief of the FBIâ€™s Investigative Support Unit - the team that tackles the most baffling and senseless of unsolved violent crimes - Douglas is the man who ushered in a new age in behavioral science and criminal profiling. He retired from the FBI after 25 years of service.
He hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time - San Franciscoâ€™s Trailside Killer, the Atlanta child murderer, the Tylenol poisoner, the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, and Seattleâ€™s Green River killer.
He developed the first psychological profile of the Unabomber, but found the FBI wary of his pioneering techniques. The bureau ignored his aggressive plan of action. He confronted, interviewed, and studied dozens of serial killers and assassins - including Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) and James Earl Ray - for a landmark study, to understand their motives and motivations.
As a high-profile expert, Douglas provided consultation in the O.J. Simpson civil case and the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation.
He is the author of national bestsellers -- "Obsession,â€ â€œMind Hunterâ€ and â€œUnabomber: On the Trail of Americaâ€™s Most Wanted Serial Killer" (all co-authored with Mark Olshaker). He also wrote "The Anatomy of Motive,â€ â€œThe Cases that Haunt Us,â€ and "Anyone You Want Me to Be: A True Story of Sex and Death on the Internet" (co-authored with Stephen Singular). His most recent book probes a recent-day serial killer -- "Inside the Mind of BTK: The True Story Behind the 30-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer.â€
A veteran of the Air Force, Douglas holds a doctor of education degree.
Douglasâ€™ presentation is free and open to the public. Due to the nature of the subject, this presentation includes graphic crime scene images that some may find offensive.
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John Douglas, a pioneer in criminal profiling and a former FBI special agent, will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in Indiana State University's Tilson Auditorium as part of the 2007 - 2008 University Speakers Series. A book signing and reception is planned immediately following his talk in Heritage Lounge.