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Interview with S. Milena Halterman, Ma (Interview)

The Forensic Examiner, 2010, Fall, 19, 3

The Forensic Examiner

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Halterman: The Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) has been of interest to me even before I became an agent. This interest was sparked by the movie depicted in the poster behind you--The Silence of the Lambs. My background is in clinical psychology. I grew up in the tri-state area and worked as the director of a psychiatric outpatient program for children and adolescents. I also conducted behavioral science research in several hospitals in New York City and New Jersey. When I watched The Silence of the Lambs as a young adolescent and the BSU's and the special agent's roles were spotlighted, I thought, "Wow, that's what I am going to do when I grow up." I was hired as a special agent under the Language Program because I speak a foreign language. I currently coordinate the Southwest portion of the Global Hostage-Taking Research and Analysis Project (GHosT-RAP). This project has many offshoots in areas pertaining to kidnappings. My focus in the Southwest portion of the project is to develop a protocol, a liaison with the Phoenix Police Department, as well as with several stakeholders who have a vested interest in the outcome of the project. I will also be conducting some of the interviews of the kidnappers. The Southwest portion of the project will be the pilot. After the pilot the unit hopes to conduct interviews in Mexico, South America, and the Middle East. The BSU originally reached out to me because of my foreign language capability and because I had been working out of one of our Southwest border Resident Agencies for the past three years. Other projects that I am currently pursuing include research into youth violence, animal cruelty, and attachment disorders. In the 70s, the BSU conducted research on serial killers. You've heard of the terms "disorganized" and "organized" as they relate to crime? These terms were coined by the BSU and are still being used today by law enforcement in their serial killer cases. I am very interested in studying individuals before they reach adulthood, before they become serial killers, especially if they show anti-social characteristics.

Interview with S. Milena Halterman, Ma (Interview)
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  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Published: 22 September 2010
  • Publisher: American College of Forensic Examiners
  • Print Length: 10 Pages
  • Language: English
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