sexta-feira, 27 de abril de 2012

Os Mcs antipáticos com Pat Brown. Com todos!

Criminal Profiling has become more and more popular over the last years. Profilers often play an important role in helping law enforcement and other investigators find crime offenders. The goal of a criminal profiler is to help investigators examine crime scene evidence and review victim and witness reports in order to come up with a description of the offender.

Among the many cases of child kidnapping that have been publicized over the years, the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is among those that have tugged at my heartstrings the most. On May 3rd 2007, a young child named Madeleine McCann disappeared just a few days before her fourth birthday. She was vacationing with her parents and twin siblings in Portugal. She and the twins were left in the resort apartment while their parents went to dinner.

The disappearance of Madeleine McCann received international attention and in spite of many official and unofficial investigations, Madeleine has still not been found. Why did this case receive so much attention? Why is it one of the child kidnapping cases that has disturbed me the most? It shouldn’t be her appearance – cute or not, every kidnapped child is as important as any other, although I have to admit that Madeleine’s angelic face with those huge innocent eyes is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

Maybe it’s the outrage I have always felt over the fact that any parent would leave their young children alone in their resort room so they could go to dinner with their friends. It’s really beyond my comprehension that anyone could do that. And it’s, no doubt, partially because it remains unsolved. Some sort of closure is something we all want, even those of us who did not personally know a victim.
I recently read The Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, written by criminal profiler, Pat Brown. I found it to be one of the most fascinating evaluations of the case that I have read thus far. Yesterday, I read Pat’s tweet confirming that Amazon has pulled her book from their shelves due to legal proceedings by the McCanns. No doubt the book made them uncomfortable. It is unfortunate that they can, in the blink of an eye, remove any opinion from public view that doesn’t suit them.

I have followed Pat Brown’s work for some time. She has her own Criminal Profiling Agency. In addition to the usual profiling services, she also has free instructive information on her website that teaches more about profiling crimes and offers suggestions as to keeping yourself and your family safe from pedophiles, serial killers, stalkers, and dangerous predators. She also offers pro bono criminal profiling assistance to homicide investigators through her non-profit agency, The Sexual Homicide Exchange.

Pat Brown holds a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University and she developed the first Criminal Profiling and Investigative Analysis certificate program in the country.

She also is the founder and director of The Society for Investigative Criminal Profiling, an organization working to promote the profiling of a criminal as a major tool in police investigations.

We will provide more and more information on criminal profiling on our website as time goes on, including more about what a profiler actually does and how to become one if you are interested.

At the moment, however, I am quite distressed that the wonderful profile Pat wrote about the Madeleine McCann case has been stricken from the public eye. Her profile wasn’t an attack against the McCann’s. It was an honest assessment and possible aid to investigators and to the McCann’s themselves in their search for answers regarding Madeleine McCann’s disappearance. If they are truly innocent, I would think they would appreciate any help they are offered.