Crockett Police Department Holds Killer Profile Seminar |
By Greg Ritchie
CROCKETT — Crockett Police Chief Clayton Smith hosted a free seminar on serial killer and other profiling indicators on Saturday, August 27 at the Crockett Civic Center.
Attendees included Crockett police officers, Houston County law enforcement, first responders, county school officials and members of the public. No one under the age of 18 was allowed due to the graphic nature of much of the information presented.
The event was sponsored by Mimsy’s Craft Barbecue and Spellman’s K-Hill Ranch. Phil Chalmers, crime writer, television personality and homicide profiler, was invited by Chief Smith to give a nearly day-long lecture on how to profile killers in our society.
The seminar included graphic photos and videos, including live phone calls with serial killers. Chalmers noted that these killers often move through society undetected. He told the group that historical killers such as Ted Bundy were well-educated, well-spoken and highly regarded in their communities.
Chalmers also spoke about what triggers many of these killings. The abandoned boyfriend may lash out at the girl – but the girl who isn’t allowed to be with a boy often lash out at her parents. While most of these killers continue to be men, the most common victims of female killers are their husbands.
Chalmers also shared his knowledge and experience and some of the lesser known statistics about these murders.
Traditionally, the profiles were mostly those of white men, with the statistics becoming more diverse. Some profiled killers were just children themselves. Chalmers pointed out that many of these killers grew up without a father – something many had in common.
Chalmers explained the difference between the different classifications of killers. A teenage killer is someone 19 years of age or younger. A school shooter is someone who shoots at a school. A mass murderer quickly kills at least four people. A spree killer kills quickly but in different places. A serial killer will have many victims, but spread over a long period of time with periods of “cooling down” in between.
Topics not for the faint-hearted to be sure. Prior to the conference, some members of the public expressed concern privately to several of the organizers that such a conference might be perceived as morbid and unnecessary.
There were graphic images, videos and conversations. However, the participants were the very people who would face such situations in our county or even in our schools. They would indeed be the ones who would face such situations – and the consequences of not knowing the warning signs.
For 25 years, Chalmers has focused on teen killers and school shooters, interviewing as many subjects as possible to better profile teen killers and school shooters. It explains the causes, warning signs and triggers of teen killers and school shooters. In recent years, Chalmers has turned his attention to serial murders. He hopes to interview and interact with more serial killers than anyone in history.
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