Criminologists- A Profile of a Real Life Profiler
If any of you watch TruTV (formerly CourtTV) then you are probably familiar with criminal profiler, Dayle Hinman from her weekly show called Body of Evidence. This is a show that reviews real life cases from the files of Dayle Hinman. But many of you probably don't know a whole lot about Dayle and who she is. Therefore, I have created this hub for those fans who might enjoy a profile of a real life profiler.
The Early Years
Dayle Hinman was born one of three children in Connecticut in 1952. Her family moved to Palm Beach, Florida in 1961, where Dayle graduated from Palm Beach Gardens High School. She went on to obtain her bachelor's degree in criminology from Florida State University. She began her 26-year career in law enforcement in 1975 working as a cop on the beat at Florida State University. She then spent 5 years as a deputy for the Leon County Sherrif, including a stint in the department's underwater recovery dive team.
She eventually trained in the Criminal Investigative Analysis division at the FBI Behavioral Science Unit. Dayle was one of the first people there to be trained in Forensic Profiling under John E. Douglas. Many of you may recognize John Douglas as the FBI agent on the case of Hannabal Lector in the movie Silence of the Lambs, a movie created on the real life case of a serial killer. Dayle is now a court-certified expert in crime scene assessment.
Now retired, Dayle is one of only a handful of women in this field. She spends her time lecturing both nationally and internationally on criminal profiling, crime scene analysis, threat assesment and serial offenders. In the hundreds of cases she has worked on her her career, Dayle has only had one profile that turned out to be different than the profile she created. She has worked on several high-profile cases such as Ted Bundy and O.J. Simpson.
In 2001, CourtTV did a documentary on Dayle called Body of Evidence. The movie was so popular that CourtTV made it into a regular weekly show. I am among the many fans of Dayle Hinman. From the first time that I saw the first episode of Body of Evidence, I have been intrigued with her style and her precise profiling. Being an avid fan of any type of forensic style shows, be it a documentary of true life cases or made-for-tv series, Dayle Hinman has been one of my favorite criminologists. Her weekly show continues to air and for those of you who have TruTV on your cable line-up, I would highly recommend that you view this show. It also helps put true cases in perspective after so many forensic type shows have been aired. While many of my favorites include all of the CSI episodes, Bones, NCIS, Law and Order, Crossing Jordan, just to name a few, Body of Evidence adds the reality of real cases and how different the T.V. versions are from real life. Go ahead....you know you want to watch it!