ROBERT K. RESSLER, MS
Forensic Behavioral Expert
Director, Forensic Behavioral Services International
Robert K. Ressler (February 15, 1937 – May 5, 2013) was a former FBI agent and author. He played a significant role in the psychological profiling of violent offenders in the 1970s and is often credited with coining the English term “serial killer”.
Robert K. Ressler was the founder and former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s acclaimed Violent Criminal Apprehension Program and is considered the world’s leading authority on violence in contemporary society. He wass an expert on serial killers (a phrase he coined) and sexual homicides, and is the acknowledged true-life hero of the movie Silence of the Lambs. The television series, The X Files was inspired by Ressler’s work at the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit. For most of his twenty year career at the FBI, Ressler was the heart of the effort that made the Bureau legendary by identifying and capturing violent criminals. He is author of the books, I Have Lived in the Monster and the international best seller, Whoever Fights Monsters. A riveting speaker, Ressler takes audiences inside the minds of the nation’s most terrifying criminals, and explores what they reveal about the society in which we live.
Sexual Homicide: Patterns and Motives (with Ann W. Burgess, John E. Douglas, Ann Wolbert Burgess) (1988)
Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI (1992)
Justice Is Served (with Tom Shachtman) (1994)
I Have Lived In the Monster (1998)
Face-to-face with some of America’s most terrifying killers, FBI veteran and ex-Army CID colonel Robert Ressler learned form then how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us–and put them behind bars. Now the man who coined the phrase “serial killer” and advised Thomas Harris on The Silence of the Lambs shows how is able to track down some of today’s most brutal murderers.
Just as it happened in The Silence of the Lambs, Ressler used the evidence at a crime scene to put together a psychological profile of the killers. From the victims they choose, to the way they kill, to the often grotesque souvenirs they take with them–Ressler unlocks the identities of these vicious killers of the police to capture.
And with his discovery that serial killers share certain violent behaviors, Ressler’s gone behind prison walls to hear the bizarre first-hand stories countless convicted murderers. Getting inside the mind of a killer to understand how and why he kills, is one of the FBI’s most effective ways of helping police bring in killers who are still at large.
Join Ressler as he takes you on the hunt for toady’s most dangerous psychopaths. It is a terrifying journey you will not forget.