Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds choose the plan, the time, the place, and the prey. Those are the predator's choices. Yet all their lures and traps depend upon the naïveté of their prey. That's the prey's choice.

The psychological profile of a predator may be anything from a slow-witted, pathetic loser to a quick-witted, charming, handsome fiend. Always assume he’s very willing to kill you – no matter what he promises.


The endless varieties of clever scams are as limitless as the human imagination. But now you won’t be fooled quite so easily. The bottom line: pay less attention to a friendly stranger’s words and more to his overall intent. Is he trying to get close to you, gain your trust, or isolate you? Wariness optimizes your intuition and survival instinct. Remember the basic axiom of science: Skepticism is the only tool to find the truth. Be the ultimate skeptic!

And remember that deceit can cut both ways. To help you escape from a predator, you too can use the deceptions described on the pages of this section along with the Outsmarting verbal ploys and the surprise-attack Sucker Punch.

Evade any attempt to isolate you by firmly saying, “No, thank you,” or by snarling and swearing a blue streak at the top of your lungs. Get away by any means necessary.

Ultimately, responding instantly to any violent predator with an eye-gouging, throat-punching, testicle-crunching kill-or-be-killed fight for your life may well be your best chance for survival.

Whew! Well, that certainly begs the next question: what are all your options when dealing with criminal minds besides a fighting-fire-with-fire response? Find out in Victim’s Options Overview.


Deter a predator by holding Pepper Spray & a Personal Security Alarm (noisemaker or screamer) in plain sight. And those pages tell you how to use them most effectively.


The Anatomy of Motive: The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker.
Cops by Mark Baker.
The Evil That Men Do: FBI Profiler Roy Hazelwood's Journey into the Minds of Sexual Predators by Stephen G. Michaud.
The 48 Laws of Power by Joost Elffers and Robert Greene.
The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker.
The Human Predator: A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation by Dr. Katherine Ramsland.
Malicious Intent: A Writer’s Guide to How Murderers, Robbers, Rapists, and Other Criminals Think by Sean Mactire.
Overkill: Mass Murder and Serial Killing Exposed by James Alan Fox and Jack Levin.
Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, and Other Sex Offenders – Who They Are, How They Operate and How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children by Dr. Anna C. Salter.
Protecting Your Life, Home, and Property by Captain Robert L. Snow
Straight Talk About Criminals by Dr. Stanton E. Samenow.
Telling Lies by Dr. Paul Ekman.
Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI by Robert K. Ressler and Thomas Schachtman.

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