Week 9


You are a criminal profiler with your state law enforcement organization and will be presenting information on criminal behavior during a conference where local law enforcement officers will be present. You are to provide a full workup of the selected criminal in order to provide a 2-3 page summary to each of the participants at the conference.


For this assignment, you will focus on mass murderers. Select one of the criminals from the following list. Note: You also have the option of selecting a mass murderer not included in this list. However, you will need to get approval from your instructor before proceeding.

Mass Murders

  • Aaron Alexis
  • Adam Lanza
  • DeWayne Craddock
  • Jason Brian Dalton
  • John Allen Muhammed and Lee Boyd Malvo
  • Nikolas Cruz
  • Richard Speck
  • Seung-Hui Cho
  • Stephen Paddock

Once you have selected the criminal you will profile, use the Criminal Justice Resource Collection Database to begin searching for credible, relevant, and appropriate sources to support your writing.


Complete the following sections of the Week 9 Assignment Template. The assignment should be 2-3 pages, not including the cover page or the source page.

  1. Identification and Background.
    • Identify the criminal and three key details from sources about their background that relate to their criminal behavior.
      • Who is the criminal?
      • What are some details about their life related to their criminal behavior?
    • Criminal Behavior.
      • Describe the crime(s) including how the crime was committed, where it occurred, and how many victims were involved.
        • What crime was committed by the individual(s)?
        • What was the MO (modus operandi)?
        • Where did the crime(s) occur?
        • How many victims?
      • Theory and Rationale.
        • Identify the theory that applies to the offender and their criminal behavior. Provide a clear rationale for the selection of the theory.
          • What theory or theories studied this quarter would best explain why the individual committed their crimes?
          • How does the theory/do the theories relate to their behavior?
          • Why did you select this/these theory/theories for the crime?
      • order to complete the assignment, you must use at least three sources to support your writing. Choose sources that are credible, relevant, and appropriate. Cite each source listed on your source page at least one time within your assignment. For help with research, writing, and citation, access the library or review library guides.
    • https://library.strayer.edu/cjrc

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