Pat Brown is a nationally known criminal profiler, television commentator, author, and founder and CEO of The Sexual Homicide Exchange and The Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency. She has provided crime commentary and profiling and forensic analysis in more than 2,000 television and radio appearances in the United States and across the globe. She can be seen regularly on the cable television news programs on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX, and is a frequent guest of The Today Show, the CBS Early Show, Larry King, Inside Edition, Nancy Grace, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, Dr. Drew, Joy Behar, and America's Most Wanted. Her radio show Profile This! airs every Sunday on BlogTalkRadio (9:00 pm EST).
For four seasons, Brown profiled crimes on the weekly Court TV crime show, I, Detective. She is the host of the 2004 Discovery Channel documentary, The Mysterious Death of Cleopatra. In the spring of 2006, Brown went inside one of Florida's maximum-security prisons to interview a child murderer for the Discovery Channel series Evil Minds. In 2010 she profiled a new Jack the Ripper suspect for Investigation Discovery's Mystery Files. She is the author of The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers, Psychopaths, and Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers, and is a contract writer for Crime Library. Brown contributed special feature content included in the 2005 home DVD edition of Profiler: Season Two and the 15th Anniversary Edition, 2006 DVD release of Quentin Tarantino's crime classic Reservoir Dogs.
Since 1996, Brown's organization The Sexual Homicide Exchange (SHE) has offered criminal profiling services at no charge to law enforcement and training for detectives. Its latest program, All Our Children Matter, is dedicated to stopping violence against children through criminal profiling education and proactive training for parents and communities.
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Whenever young women meet tragic ends—a jogger who is raped and murdered by a serial killer, a teenager who is killed by her boyfriend after she breaks up with him, a high school girl who gets beat up by a group of girls she thought were her friends, or a series of prostitutes go missing after advertising on Craigslist—my phone starts ringing.
I spend the next few days on The Today Show, The Early Show, Nancy Grace, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Inside Edition, FOX and Friends, Dr. Drew, or HLN's Prime News talking about what kind of person would commit such a horrendous crime. I often discuss how the poor woman or girl ended up a victim and give advice to other females on how to avoid a similar situation. I hope to save lives by sharing some thoughts that maybe haven't occurred to some of the viewers or that might remind them of certain behaviors or choices that can put them in harm's way.
Usually after the shows, I get e-mails from many people thanking me for sharing information that can keep them or their loved ones from harm. Here are two e-mails I received following my July 2011 appearance on The Today Show when I spoke of the brutal murder of high school graduate Lauren Astley by her ex-boyfriend:
I just saw you on The Today Show speaking about a recent tragedy involving the violent murder of a recent high school graduate by, police believe, her boyfriend.
In that interview you spoke directly to girls who have recently broken up with their partner, advising that if that partner requests a meeting post-breakup that it not be done privately because the partner is counting on the fact that she's nice and will agree to meet.
I can't agree with you enough!
I fear however that we—in particular women—don't actually teach our girls that it's okay to refuse that 'one last time' or that it's Okay and likely wise to break up in a public place or over the phone even, when one's partner exhibits dangerous traits.
Moreover, we don't even do a good job of teaching our girls how, in the depths of teenage love, to spot the subtle signs that scream 'danger.' Nor do we teach them how to put words to those gut instincts that tell us something is amiss with our partner and relationship, or, simply, that we deserve better than what we've been experiencing in the relationship at hand. We do, however, do a great job of teaching them that it's important to be nice, understanding, caring, and nurturing without also teaching them to be wise and deeply instinctual, as though the former and latter attributes are mutually exclusive.
So thank you for your very frank statement. It is my sincere hope, however, that you are able to carry that statement widely to girls and women everywhere as I truly believe we are needlessly losing our sisters to the false idea that our gender requires us to be 'nice' and 'nurturing' in all circumstances.
Best regards, Aurora Vasquez
Dear Ms. Brown,
Thank you for being the only voice [I hear] in the media calling domestic and dating violence what it is: power and control. Anchors and interviewers insist on trying to spin the 'he just snapped' angle . . . 'he was a great kid, great guy, wonderful man . . . what caused him to snap all of a sudden?'
You made that point this morning on The Today Show, countering the therapist's comments and speaking directly to girls and women. Giving them information that could save their lives.
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