Remember the “Beltway Sniper” attacks in 2002, when a lunatic was driving around the Washington D.C. area picking off people with a rifle?
The FBI immediately went to work on catching him and put together a profile based on their knowledge of these types of killings. The suspect was a white male, early to late 20′s, with military experience and driving a pickup truck or van. In other words: me.
For the better part of three weeks that October with ten random people murdered and another three critically wounded in the rampage, an artist’s rendering of what investigators figured the perpetrator might look like splashed across network broadcasts and appeared above the fold in every newspaper in America.
Although the science is not precise and was still just a guess, the analysis was based on solid law enforcement methodology and by experts in behavioral evidence.