There is nothing mystical or magical about psychological profiling and certainly nothing “psychic”.
It goes without saying that they are self-serving, skilled liars and lacking in empathy for their victims.
Serial killers are sometimes said to be charming, plausible and intelligent.
They kill strangers (of a particular category) using intimate, contact forms of killing like as beating, stabbing and strangulation.
They may take pleasure in the cruelty inflicted on their victim as evidenced by overkill (e.g., stabbing the victim many more times than necessary to kill them or disembowelling them).
This may be because the successful ones become best known; those less bright and persuasive get caught on an early outing, so are “nipped in the bud”.
In addition, interviews with those most eloquent are more frequently aired.The type of psychologist popularised by the TV series Cracker excites the public imagination but real profiling is both more prosaic and more scientific.Whereas Cracker brings to bear uncanny intuition into what is going on in the mind of the killer and uses artful interrogation techniques to extract confessions from suspects, modern profilers use cold logic and look to what research experience tells about a crime scene and the likely perpetrator.20 March 2012 Profiling a Killer Professor Glenn D Wilson Psychological profiling is a useful adjunct to police investigations.It is not a substitute for forensic evidence but may help to focus the search by suggesting what sort of person is likely to be responsible for a crime, where they might live and work and how they might travel.However, his detestation for women, especially prostitutes, and the sexual excitement derived from inflicting these deep wounds was probably the true driving force (Burn, 1984).