How to Find Senzo’s Killers

2014-10-29 06:17

How to Find Senzo’s Killers

Three Scenarios to Consider

To a variety of investigative tools, add criminal profiling, which has become one of the most-popular, twenty-first-century predictive instruments. Profiling is designed to help investigators accurately predict and profile the characteristics of an unknown subject.

Holmes and Holmes (2002) contend that there are three main goals of offender profiling:

1. Offer investigators essential social and psychological analyses of an offender.

2. Analyse an offender’s found belongings if applicable.

3. Suggest a strategic interviewing process.

On the other hand, Ainsworth (2001) contends that there are four main profiling approaches to consider taking:

1. The geographic approach, seeking to establish where the offender lives and works by analysing the timing and crime scene venue.

2. The investigative psychology, attempting to deduce offending behavioral patterns and criminal style (i.e., how a crime was committed) by reviewing psychological theories to analyse offender characteristics.

3. The typological approach, assessing a crime scene’s typical characteristics so as to characterise an offender accordingly.

4. The clinical approach, employing psychiatry and clinical psychology to establish whether an offender is mentally agitated or otherwise compromised.

Profile analyses follow several steps in an attempt to generate a meaningful profile. Such steps seek primarily to establish a relationship between the criminal act itself and the types of people who have committed similar crimes in the past. In addition, the crime scene and the victim’s activities and personal background are analysed while looking into the possible motive(s) for the criminal offense. Finally, a potential offender profile is developed based on comparisons found in previous cases.

Considering the above-referenced scientific approaches, I propose three approaches to take that might help with the discovery and arrest of the murderers who killed Senzo Meyiwa, captain of the South African national football team and the Orlando Pirates Football Club. In my view, educating the public about the value and purpose of profiling is very meaningful because it encourages collaboration between community members and law enforcement agencies.

To find Senzo Meyiwa’s killers, one must think as killers think, rather than as police officers think. Wherever his murderers are right now, they have already replaced their “criminal thinking” caps with “police officer thinking” caps; they are probably one or more steps ahead of law enforcement agencies. It makes sense to me to for police officers to consult with other offenders with similar profiles; after all, they are knowledgeable, experienced, and better positioned to help police officers with their capture.

I propose three different scenarios of what might have transpired with Senzo Meyiwa’s killing with options for discovering the perpetrators‘ whereabouts.

First Option

In the event that this was an opportunistic robbery, the perpetrators saw Meyiwa arriving at the location where he was killed; they had an opportunity to get quick cash. Alternatively, if they did not see him driving in, but saw his car outside the house, they might have presumed that people inside the house had valuables they needed or desired.

Assuming that this first scenario is valid, I suggest this possible profile. The perpetrators: live in the neighbourhood; are unemployed; generally hang out on street corners or in a house with drug accessibility; are very familiar with the community. I propose this profile because the perpetrators disappeared quickly on foot. The community — especially the many boys in the hood, housemothers, grandmothers, and young children — likely know each of them and should be interrogated about the facts of the crime and if they know the names of the potential perpetrators.

Second Option

If this robbery was not committed opportunistically, it was planned, probably based on having observed the decease in routine visits to Kelly’s place. Accordingly, the perpetrators have some familiarity with the local community even if they are not close neighbours. There are known criminals in the community who specialise in this “house and street” type of robbery. I propose that investigators interview prison inmates from the area, particularly those incarcerated for similar crimes.

Third Option

Talk with people closest to Senzo, his wife, girlfriend, closest teammates, and friends of Senzo, his wife, and his girlfriend. Delve into the nature of their interactions with him during the few days before and on the day of the incident. From this assessment you would possibly be able to establish if this murder was opportunistic or contracted.

The three scenarios are not meant to be exhaustive; but one or more of them appear helpful in discovering what might have happened during this crime. Please do not rule out the alleged altercation between Kelly’s sister and her boyfriend, which some of the media suggest.

Lastly, I appeal to all of you who are community members. Please describe to the police what you know and what you’ve seen and heard.

South Africans: Crime is not a phenomenon that exists in a vacuum; it is an occurrence that gets incubated by the prevailing social conditions; it is within our collaborative power to transform these conditions for the betterment of our nation.

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