Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Thirteen Popular Misconceptions About Serial Killers

Are serial killers strange loners or do they hide in plain site? Are they crazy evil geniuses who can’t stop killing, or are these popular impressions incorrect? Test your knowledge; a look at some common misconceptions about these killers.

The Life and Career of FBI Profiler Robert Ressler

Renowned FBI agent and author Robert Ressler died Monday at age 76. During his career, Ressler made significant strides in understanding the mind of the serial killer, a term he coined. Ressler worked on the investigations of several notorious predators like Jeffrey Dahmer and Richard Chase. After retirement from the FBI, Ressler continued to write and give lectures on psychological profiling.