Published May 8, 1997, in the Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va

FBI profile of girls' killer

Investigators released a list of characteristics they believe the girls' killer may have had before the crime, and changes in behavior he may show now.

They caution that no one change means someone committed a crime.


Before the crime:

The person may have experienced some stressful event in his personal life.

This could have been a problem at school with teachers, at work with managers or co-workers, at home with parents, spouse, or girlfriend, or with law enforcement.

He would have displayed a preoccupation with adolescent girls but an awkwardness or lack of success in establishing relationships with them.

He would spend time driving in areas young girls could be found and be seen staring at them to the point of the girls becoming uncomfortable.

He may have displayed an avid interest in TV shows, movies or magazines featuring young girls, especially in athletic roles.

After the crime:

Changes in the consumption of alcohol, drugs or cigarettes. Avoidance of family, friends and associates; absence from school, work or appointments.

Unplanned disruption of daily activities. May attempt to leave the area for plausible reason such as a work-related trip, or to visit a distant relative or friend, etc.

Highly nervous, irritable, short-tempered disposition. Disruption of normal sleeping patterns. Changes in physical appearance, such as hair coloring or new cut, removal or growth of facial hair.Lack of pride in appearance.

Unexplained injuries, such as scratches or bruises.

Uncharacteristic turn to or away from religious activity.

Physical sickness.

Intense interest in status of the investigation through discussion, media monitoring, etc.

Changes to his vehicle. May clean or change appearance of vehicle (paint, removal of accessories). May hide, sell or dispose of it.


1997 The Free Lance–Star, Fredericksburg, Va.