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Kim Rossmo, a Texas State criminology research professor, is known internationally for his method of geography-based criminal profiling. He has applied his methodology to cases modern and historic including the legendary Jack the Ripper murders. PHOTO by JAMIE MALDONADO FOR BOBCAT MAGAZINE


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Kim Rossmo — Texas State University’s “serial killer hunter” — will discuss the investigation and trials of former Indiana state trooper David Ray Camm, who was convicted twice of killing his wife and two kids before a third jury acquitted him last October.

Rossmo’s lecture, “The Camm Triple Murder Case: Logic versus Rhetoric,” will be held 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10 in room 105-106 of the Alkek Library.

Rossmo vaulted to the top of the relatively new field of geographic profiling in 2002 in the investigation of a serial killer who preyed on prostitutes in the Vancouver, B.C. area. Ignored and ridiculed by his superiors, Rossmo’s theories about the case were eventually vindicated when a prosperous farmer was convicted of killing 27 women, some of whom he apparently fed to his pigs.

Rossmo’s presentation will discuss the contradictory evidence in the investigation and subsequent trials of Camm and the roles of logic and rhetoric in understanding what really happened.

Rossmo has researched and published in the areas of criminal investigations, the geography of crime, policing and offender profiling. He holds the University Endowed Chair in Criminology and is director of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation, which is sponsoring Thursday’s event.

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