Tonight on Profiler...wait, no, it's just an incredible simulation. Kate, the twentysomething LAPD detective, must have been reading some Ann Rule books in her spare time, because she starts rattling off her profile of the killer. She tells the assembled detectives, "Our suspect will be a white male. To the observer, he will not seem a monster. His victims put up little or no struggle, so it's likely [that] he's charming, [and] attractive, but at his core, he's a loner." Which reminds me, I haven't made any hostile comments about my ex lately. Intercut with all of this nonsense are shots of Angel roaming the streets. At night. Even though it was pretty clearly daytime when he was at the police station mere moments ago. Kate continues with her pop-abnormal-psychology monologue: "Possibly a dual personality, who, once the crime has been committed, retains no memory of the act. He will not view his victims as subhuman; rather, it's himself he sees as something other than human -- more than human, a superior species." So our killer is a replicant? "It's unlikely he'll be married, though he may have recently come off a long-term relationship that ended badly. We look for a precipitating event in cases such as this, and a painful break-up is always at the top of our list. Prior to failing, this relationship may have marked an inactive period in our suspect's life. He would have regarded it as a lifeline. His salvation." Angel sees a blonde at a hotdog stand. She turns. Surprisingly, it is not Buffy. Wow, they sure had me fooled. "But once ended, [it] resulted in his recidivism. What is not in question is his experience. He's been doing this for a very long time, and he will do it again."
First, some serial killers have claimed to have multiple personality disorder, but it's pretty rare, and I can't imagine what basis Kate has for even mentioning it, except to slander people who actually suffer from this problem. Second, "painful break-up" is way down on the list for inspiring homicidal behavior. Often, serial killers have ongoing relationships even while they pursue their little hobbies. Third, I'd really like to know what leads Kate to believe this is an experienced killer when they only have three bodies, and why she doesn't mention whatever it is to the other cops. She doesn't even mention where the victims were found, or whether they were moved after their deaths. Plus, has she provided any useful information here? A white male. No age, no description of his habits, in what area of town to look for him, no mention of those "clue" things that I hear detectives are into. Finally, for the three victims to be so different is very unusual, and is yet another reason to nix the "bad break-up" idea, since then the killer would probably focus on people who resembled his ex. Okay, I know that all of these things were mentioned to make us think that maybe Angel is the killer, but come on, we know he isn't, so don't bother.