Profiling the Vampire of Sacramento
Psychological profiling proved its worth in the capture of Richard Trenton Chase, the so-called “Vampire of Sacramento.” After he murdered a woman and drank her blood in 1978, the FBI, concerned at the brutality of the crime, called in the profilers. They noted the disorder at the scene and, from a study of body type and mental temperament, concluded the murderer was white, thin, undernourished, and in his mid-twenties. As a disorganized type, he’d beunemployed and live alone. They also guessed he would kill again and, unfortunately, three days later he did. He murdered three people in their own home, stole the family car and then abandoned it. The second murder provided more information to refine the profile. Chase was soon found, living locally, and he fit the profile. He had a history of mental illness, admitted the crimes, but did not see he had done wrong. He told his interrogators that his own blood was turning to sand, so he had to become a vampire. The capture of Chase saved many lives - he had more murders planned and marked down on a calendar found in his room.