Body of Evidence’s Dayle Hinman presented at Stetson Law in Gulfport on Oct. 31

Stetson University College of Law’s National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law presented criminal profiler, Body of Evidence host Dayle Hinman on Oct. 31. The event was co-sponsored by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP.

Dayle Hinman spoke at Stetson Law on Halloween.

Dayle Hinman spoke at Stetson Law on Halloween.

Her afternoon talk, “The Devil is in the Details: Criminal Profiling from an Investigator’s Perspective,” brought a crowd of more than 100 to Stetson Law’s Gulfport campus.

Hinman, who served in law enforcement in Florida for close to 30 years, is  the subject of the TruTV documentary, Body of Evidence. She discussed her investigative work on a number of high-profile crimes and the impact of the media and television on public perceptions of criminal profiling work.

“The purpose of television crime drama is to entertain, not to inform,” Hinman said. She explained that investigating a real crime scene is a painstakingly slow process, contrary to the quick crime-solving that happens on television.

“As profilers, we analyze the crime scene,” said Hinman. “We look at all of the available data to propose a theory or narrative. Let the crime scene tell the story.”

One of few women in the field of criminal homicide investigation, Hinman has successfully worked on cases including Ted Bundy, Danny Rolling and Aileen Wuornos. A court-certified expert in crime scene assessment, Hinman lectures across the country and around the world on topics ranging from criminal profiling and crime scene analysis to catching serial killers.

The National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law, directed by Stetson Law Professor Carol Henderson, provides a database of forensic science, technology and evidence to scientists, legal professionals, law enforcement, academics and the public.