About this site:

This site contains information about violent crimes. The contents include murder,  and crimes of a sexual nature. It is not intended for anyone under the age of 18.

Disclaimer: I am a crime fiction writer, not a profiler. However, I do have a background in mental health and a master degree in social work. I’m also licensed with the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board in Kansas.

I have researched these topics over two years, to be included in my series of novels. This site was created for entertainment and promotional purposes only. It is all the information I’ve gathered throughout my two years of research.

I wanted to have everything in one spot so other writers can use the information for their books. The information is available to anyone everywhere who ventures to look. Each post includes information on where the information came from.

information hydrant

information hydrant (Photo credit: Will Lion)

This blogging stuff is new for me. I will eventually add monthly profiles and snippets of my book, but I felt I needed to post the history of profiling, those who contributed to the field, and how it has evolved. It also great information for anyone who writes historical novels.

A lot of people don’t understand certain mental health terms as well. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked what the difference between a sociopath and psychopath is. These terms are used loosely and most people don’t know that they mean the same thing in the USA. But if you travel to the United Kingdom, they are viewed quite differently.

And when we are talking about the FBI-well, they are tight-lipped and give conflicting information. I’ve weeded through hours of information trying to figure out what the BAU really did, and hope to talk about this here on my blog.

I know when I first wanted to write about a profiler, I didn’t know exactly what a profile was, except what I saw on TV. A lot of people think its like mind reading or fortune-telling. The simple truth of it is, it’s not. Profiling is looking at the behavioral “tells” of the crime scene, the victims, the forensic evidence, and making deductions from them.

I have always been fascinated with the criminal mind and I hope to connect with others who have the same interests. I hope you find this blog interesting and can use it as a resource.

Happy Writing,

Diane Kratz

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37 thoughts on “About this site

  1. Pritesh Mistry says:

    Great blog! I’m really looking forward to reading more posts and learning the human mind.

  2. Rebecca York says:

    I’d say “nice site,” but that’s not exactly the right word. More like very useful. Nice job.
    Rebecca

  3. DeAnn Sicard says:

    What a great resource. I can’t wait to visit again.

  4. Love the site! It’s one I’ll visit often. Look forward to more posts and more information.

  5. larissahoffman says:

    Your website looks great & what an interesting topic. I’ll be checking back a lot!

  6. Barb Han says:

    Terrific site. I found it through KOD (I’m a new member) and am so glad I did! This information will be very useful. Thanks!

  7. lstites says:

    Fascinating site and great information for anyone interested in delving into the ‘criminal mind’. I think you’ve got a winner!

  8. Heidi Senesac says:

    Lots of interesting and useful information. Thanks for sharing!
    Heidi

  9. Lisa says:

    Great Information, Sis.. ! I’m so Proud of you!! Keep us all informed.. Your going to do very well!

    Love ya,
    Lisa~

  10. mamacdw says:

    Great Job!! I really like the format of everything!!

  11. C. K. Crouch says:

    Profiling is so fascinating but a tad on the scary side too if you slip too far into the person’s head. Fascinating subject keep up the good work.

  12. Mary Galusha says:

    Great site. And to think you did it all yourself. I’ve always been fascinated with the criminal mind..
    Good job!

  13. Mark Jacobs says:

    Looks like a lot of useful information for crime fiction writers. Thanks.

  14. Arlee Bird says:

    A quick look over of your site tells me that this could be a very useful resource. The page looks tasteful and easy to navigate. It’s good that you provide this disclaimer at the start to let readers know what they could be in for. Good job!

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

  15. Misty Dietz says:

    The girls at Chick Swagger love Profiles of Murder so much we’re passing on the Blogger’s Sunshine Award to you, Diane! YAY! 🙂 I know you’re having trouble interacting with our site, but here’s the link for your instructions! Congrats and hugs!!

    http://chickswagger.com/2012/06/22/spreadin-the-love-with-more-peer-awards/

  16. Judy Dawn says:

    Love the content and I’ll be back for research. AWESOME!

  17. Kathryn Jane says:

    Great site! Congratulations Diane, and thanks for sharing. 🙂

  18. Diane, you have a great site here. I’m interested in the minds of serial killers.

  19. Em Hansen says:

    Hi Diane I just read your profile and the psychopathy/sociopathy thing caught my eye 🙂 Have you posted on that and explained your view on the meanings, or do you, yourself, view them as the same? I see them as different – but I am the first to admit that there is tons of confusion and my opinion is just that, my opinion.

    • dianekratz says:

      Hi Em,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting on this topic. I think the difference comes from how your are trained/taught and where you are from. In America, our law enforcement tend to call them sociopaths. In Europe and other countries they are labeled psychopaths. In mental health, we label them as having an anti-social personality, because both of those labels (psychopath and sociopath) gives the person who has this, a negative label. In America, we have the DSM and neither psychopath and sociopath is listed as a mental condition. In other countries they go by World Health Organization (WHO) on how they diagnosis people and they call this type “dissocial personality disorder”. There still has not been a unity amount all the countries on the meaning of these words to date. But if you ask my personal opinion, there is a difference in them. I’ve seen it. But professionally, they are the same. Clear as mud? Here is a good article that explains what I’m talking about:http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mindmelding/201301/what-is-psychopath-0
      Diane

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