Dayle Hinman

Dayle Hinman

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Dayle Hinman was one of the first people to ever attend the FBI's Behavior Science Unit's fellowship in criminal profiling. Dayle spend over 30 years in law enforcement in Florida, being one of the only women profilers in America. In 2001 Court TV did a documentary on Dayle…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Dayle: (on her favorite food) Gee, I don't really have a favorite food. And I eat virtually everything. But not organ meats. I think it's important to stay trim and fit and healthy. I don't eat a lot of things that aren't going to benefit me.

    • In 2001, an article Dayle co-wrote entitled A Multi-Disciplinary Team Approach to Threat Assessment was published in the first issue of Journal of Threat Assessment.

    • As of 2007, Dayle resides in Melbourne Beach, Florida.

    • Dayle teaches the Criminal Profiling section of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Forensic Dental Identification and Emerging Technologies Workshop.

    • Dayle is officially retired from Florida's Department of Law (based in Tallahassee), but she still volunteers on cases and lectures throughout the world.

    • Throughout her career, Dayle has been involved in numerous high-profile murder investigations including the cases of Ted Bundy, Aileen Wournos, O.J. Simpson, Miami's prostitute killer Rory Conde, The Tamiami Strangler and the Gainesville Student murders.

    • Dayle attended a one-year fellowship at the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit where she studies under John Douglas (one of the Unit's founders).

    • Dayle received her bachelor's degree in criminology from Florida State University.

    • Dayle's official title is Criminal Personality Profiler.

  • Quotes

    • Dayle: (on her Zodiac sign) I'm a Virgo. And I'm a very, extremely typical Virgo.

    • Dayle: (on how she likes to unwind) I do a lot of things that involve physical activity. I ride a bike. I paddle a sea kayak. I own a speedboat. I like to whitewater raft. And I have a lot of really good friends; we go places and go shopping and eat lunch.

    • Dayle: (when asked if she could have another career, what it would be) Probably a forensic anthropologist or an astronaut.

    • Dayle: (on the difference in profiling and criminal profiling) A profile and a criminal profile are two completely different things. Because what profilers who do criminal profiling or violent-crime analysis or criminal investigative analysis — this has many different names — [do] is, we're looking at the crime scene to decide what type of person would do that type of crime in that particular way. We're analyzing the crime scene. So basically, when people ask us if we're working on a particular case that involves a missing person, but there's no crime scene, we need to see the body so that we can determine what type of person committed the crime. Essentially, a missing persons case isn't profileable. We're analyzing the offender's behavior, not the person.

    • Dayle: (on becoming a profiler) [They can never say] I can't understand how someone could do that. Because if they can't understand how someone could do something that terrible, they have no business being a profiler. Profilers have to understand.

    • Dayle: It is always rewarding to see our victims and their families get the justice they deserve along with some sense of peace and safety to know that someone is put in prison where they cannot harm anyone else.

    • Dayle: (on the show Profiler) That's a made-for-television show. There's nothing magical about me! I have no magic. I have to use science and training and teamwork. I may be slightly more intuitive than general people but that's because of my experience. I think another point worth mentioning is that I've never had any personal trauma in my life and the people on television who portray these characters have had lots of them. Dr. Samantha Waters' husband was murdered by a serial murderer, and Clarice Starling from Silence of the Lambs had a terrible childhood. And I've had a happy life, with mentors and people that wanted me to do well and saw to my training.

    • Dayle: (on Silence of the Lambs) John Douglas was in charge of the unit, when Thomas Harris came there to research the book. I know who "Buffalo Billy," the killer in Silence of the Lambs, was modeled after: a composite of Ted Bundy, Ed Gein and Gary Heidnich.

    • Dayle: The whole profiling or investigating process is a team event. We don't see this as one person. A lot of people think investigations are pretty much the way television portrays them: a Sherlock Holmes comes in and makes a brilliant statement, and it's solved. The dispatchers, the officers, deputies, the detectives, the profilers and the crime scene technicians all work together to solve the cases.