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Criminal mind hunter comes to Powell Wednesday, April 29

Posted April 16, 2015
By NWC News Desk

POWELL, Wyoming — Fans of television shows like “CSI,” “Criminal Minds” and “Profiler” can see the FBI profiler who started it all Wednesday, April 29, at Northwest College.

John Douglas, the bestselling co-author of “Mind Hunter” and inspiration for the character Jack Crawford in the film “The Silence of the Lambs” will speak at 7 p.m. in the Nelson Performing Arts Center Auditorium at Northwest College.

Douglas transformed the FBI’s Behavioral Sciences Unit into the Investigative Support Unit, forever changing the way law enforcement around the globe would track down dangerous criminals.

Any list of heinous murderers from the last half century in America would have Douglas’ name attached, either for helping develop the profile or science that led to a concluding arrest or for extensively interviewing the convicted criminal in prison.

In his talk, Douglas will give insights that only he can give to some of the most infamous in American society — from Charles Manson and David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) to the Tylenol poisoner and Seattle’s Green River killer.

As he shares his many journeys into darkness, he also shares the takeaways he’s discovered over the years about the creation of the criminal mind and its position in society.

Douglas has written and co-authored numerous books on the history and science of criminal profiling and his personal experiences in the field. Two of them will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation — “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit” and “Law and Disorder: Inside the Dark Heart of Murder.”

“An Evening with John Douglas, FBI Criminal Profiler” was organized by NWC psychology, sociology, and criminal justice faculty, the NWC Center for Training and Development and local area law enforcement, with support from the Northwest College Foundation.

Material in the presentation will be graphic and is intended for a mature audience.

Organizers strongly suggest purchasing tickets in advance to guarantee reserved seating in the event of sellout crowd. Cost to attend is $10 per person.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 307-754-6062.