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FBI Super Sleuth John Douglas to Speak at Frostburg State University
02/16/2001

John Douglas, a legendary figure in law enforcement, will appear at Frostburg State University to offer a fascinating inside look at some of the most intriguing criminal cases of our time. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, his lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Lane Center's Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall.

Now retired after 25 years of service, Douglas is free to share his experiences as chief of the FBI's Investigative Support Unit, the team that tackles the most baffling and senseless of unsolved violent crimes. He explores the cat-and-mouse struggle between his elite squad of investigators and a chilling rogues gallery of assailants, a sort of surreal chess game with life-and-death consequences. Along the way, he also shows how understanding the minds and motives of opponents can influence success in any arena.

A pioneer in using the behavioral sciences for criminal profiling, Douglas was the model for the Scott Glenn character in "The Silence of the Lambs" and the original choice to play the role. He has hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time: the Trailside Killer of San Francisco, the Atlanta child murderer, the mastermind of the Tylenol poisonings, the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the Alaska woods and Seattle's Green River killer, the case that almost killed him. He has also confronted, interviewed and studied such notorious figures as Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, David Berkowitz (the Son of Sam) and James Earl Ray to better understand the criminal mind. Douglas is the author of the national bestsellers "The Anatomy of Motive," "Obsession" and "Mind Hunter and Unabomber: On the Trail of America's Most Wanted Serial Killer," co-authored with Mark Olshaker.

Given the recent release of the movie "Hannibal," Douglas' FSU appearance is perfectly timed for fans of the Hannibal Lecter series of films. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Michael Steele of the FSU Campus Activities Board at (301) 687-4192 or by email at fsucab@hotmail.com. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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