‘Criminal Minds’ approach could help nab terrorists

The techniques criminologists use to hunt serial killers may help to track terrorists, take control of a biological attack and even manage outbreaks of disease.

More than three decades ago, geographic profiling helped police catch the Yorkshire Ripper, who was jailed in England for murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven more. After five years terrorizing women, he was apprehended in 1981 and given a life sentence.

Today in the U.S., there are several software programs regularly used by police agencies for geographic profiling, including Rigel, CrimeStat and Dragnet.

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