Does Anders Breivik fit the Profile?
John Douglas was one of the original FBI profilers, going into prisons to develop psychological profiles of serial killers, spree killers, and mass
murderers. He has written a number of interesting books on the subject. Here is what he has to say about mass slayers--people who kill a lot of
victims in one setting(From "The Anatomy of Motive" by John Douglas (Scribners)):
"Generally speaking, mass murderers are white males, ranging from their mid-to-late thirties to their mid-to-late forties.
[Breivik was 32. Close, but no cookies.]
"....and he'll be an asocial loner.
[Wrong. It's natural that now no one wants to associate with the guy, but I'll bet he traveled in a clique of people.]
"The identity of the person who's responsible for this crime should not come as any surprise to his community. "This is someone who's had a history of
turmoil in this locale.
[Wrong, no one picked Breivik as the type that would explode someday.]
"Most likely, too, there was a specific precipitating stressor to cause him to act when he did.
[Wrong. Breivik is thought to have planned this for many years.]
"This is not somebody who ever blended into the community.
[Wrong, He seems to have blended in rather well.]
"Those around him thought of him as weird or strange. They had an uncomfortable feeling about him that they might not even have been able to place or
[Wrong. Haven't heard that from anyone.]
"You would look for (the perpetrator) to have written letters, perhaps to the school principle(speaking of Dunblane massacre here) or....the local
[Wrong, nothing of the kind has surfaced.]
"These types are much more comfortable with the written form of communication and so they'll express themselves in diaries... When they feel they are
not getting satisfaction, they may escalate and address their grievances at an even higher level. In the U.S., it could be to the president."
[Well, he did write his manifesto, though it doesn't look like he tried to appeal to any politician beforehand. Wrong again.]
Does Brevik fit this profile? He obviously does not. Why not? Is it because Mindhunter John Douglas does not know what he is talking about? No, it
is because Breivik is no "natural born" killer, like the ones Douglas studied. Rather he is an artificial creation, a diabolic blend of high
technology and the covert operators.
edit on 1-8-2011 by starviego because: (no reason given)