October 10, 2002
The lazy criminal on the jeopardy surface

It's what I was wondering would happen in this sniper case (will somebody please come up with a nickname for this guy/gal already?): using databases and new-fangled computer technology to catch the sniper.

This geoprofiling software is now being used in the hunt, but it still boggles the mind to think about: the killer leaves only a bullet and maybe a casing. Maybe some threads from the blanket he uses, but little else, unless he chooses to leave something, which would suggest he wants to be caught or at least recognized. There is no apparent motive in the choice of victim, except for geographic location with a whiff of human laziness, which is why this geoprofiling software could yield something.

Posted by tmonkey at October 10, 2002 12:39 PM
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