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From Clues To Capture: Forensics, Profiling And The Hunt In Austin

Former FBI agent Mary Ellen O'Toole discusses the role of forensic and behavioral experts in catching a serial criminal in an investigation like the bombing probe in Texas.
Authorities examine the scene of a bombing in Austin, Texas, on March 12. A woman in her 70s was injured in the explosion. Officials have said there is a serial bomber attacking the Austin area. Source: Suzanne Cordeiro

The task of catching a criminal – such as the one(s) behind the apparent serial bombings in Austin, Texas – often hinges on forensic experts, whose job may involve concocting a profile of the perpetrator or perpetrators.

"You're building the outline of who this individual is, and you'll fill it in as on Tuesday.

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