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Release: Oct. 29, 2002

EDITORS: Ressler will be available to the media to discuss serial killers and other mass murderers, including the Washington D.C. sniper suspects. The press conference begins at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 in the Old Gold Room in the Iowa Memorial Union.

FBI Expert to Discuss Serial Killers and Mass Murderers in Speech at UI

(Photo by Louis Myrie/LMI)

Robert Ressler, one of the world's leading authorities on deviant killers and the person who coined the term "serial killer," will discuss the mind of a mass murderer in his lecture, "I Have Lived in the Monster" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Main Lounge in the Iowa Memorial Union at the University of Iowa.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Ressler is considered the world's leading authority on violence in contemporary society. Founder and former director of the FBI's acclaimed Violent Criminal Apprehension Program, Ressler is an expert on serial killers and sexual homicides. He is the acknowledged true-life hero of the movie Silence of the Lambs and has consulted to the movie Copycat. The hit television series The X Files was inspired by Ressler's work at the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit.

He has investigated and interviewed the most notorious serial killers of recent years, including Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and David Berkowitz. For most of his 20-year career at the FBI, Ressler was the heart of the effort that has made the Bureau legendary; identifying and capturing violent criminals.

Author of the international best seller "Whoever Fights Monsters" and "Justice is Served," as well as his most recent book, "I Have Lived in the Monster," Ressler received the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law's Amicus Award for contributions to the field and has been honored by the American Academy of Forensic Science. He is frequently called to assist international investigations as far away as Russia, South Africa, Japan and Malaysia and serves as a consultant to Scotland Yard.

The lecture is sponsored by the UI Lecture Committee. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact University Lecture Committee in advance at 335-3255. The lecture will be signed by an ASL interpreter.