CHOICES: CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIVE ANALYSIS
Senior Special Agent-Retired Kenneth R. Morris is a certified Criminal Profiler. He retired after 27 years with the Virginia State Police in September 2014. Agent Morris specializes in the art of criminal investigative analysis, an umbrella of various investigative specialties that include criminal profiling, statement analysis, and threat assessment. Criminal Profiling is a technique in which behaviors in a crime scene are examined to identify characteristics and traits of an unknown offender. As one of only about 75 active criminal profilers in the world, SSA Morris provided assistance to local, state, federal, and international agencies for over 14 years.
Agent Morris is also a certified bloodstain pattern analyst and crisis negotiator. He is a graduate of the Virginia Department of Forensic Science Academy, the Basic Fire Investigation School at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD, and the Basic Hazardous Devices School at Redstone Arsenal, AL and is Vice President of the Virginia Homicide Investigators’ Association. He is a 1981 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and served his country as an officer in the US Army.
In 24 years as police chief of tiny Kilmarnock, VA., Michael Bedell never had to investigate a rape. So when two were reported within a span of four days, it sent shock waves through the community. "When the sun went down, our town lit up, from porch lights, streetlights, everything," said Bedell.
Meanwhile, Bedell consulted with a state police profiler. The profiler believed the attacker was likely new in town, with a record of break-ins, and might repeat his pattern. The next morning, Bedell said officers encountered 19-year old Donald Vaughan walking around the neighborhood. They discovered he was a Baltimore teen on juvenile probation for four prior offenses, including burglaries, who had recently moved there to live with his mother…”
Washington Post 2009
“Agent Morris has been instrumental in helping me in a case and his assessment of the homicide was spot on and lent credance to a new avenue of attack. Ken's profile has truely allowed us to breath new life into this case and hopefully with the assistance he gave and has made available to us, we will solve this case."
J.D. Cold Case Investigator
"I am very thankful for your friendship as well as your help. You are definitely one of those police officers who go an extra mile to bring closure to any case you work."
P.T., Cold Case Investigator
"It was actually kind of creepy the way some of the things you said we would find jumped out when we started digging into this guy's background."
T.C., Sex Crimes Investigator
"This is just the tip of the iceberg right now regarding our arrestee. We have not yet been able to contact co-workers and friends. I just thought you might want to know how your profile compared, which I thought was pretty extraordinary."
Sgt. M.S., Investigations
Agent Morris is one of the best criminal profilers that I have had the pleasure of working with. He recently assisted me on a homicide investigation and his criminal investigative analysis was very helpful in the case."
"...police enlisted the help of a State Police profiler in the investigation. Special Agent Kenneth Morris, a behavioral science specialist, thought the suspect was probably a loner who didn't get along with women and lived within a mile of where the victim's body was found. Morris also said the suspect likely had an alcohol or drug abuse problem, got around on foot, was unemployed or worked menial jobs, and lived with and was supported by family members.
The description turned out to be dead on.
Morris felt the victim was killed in a crime of opportunity, not singled out or stalked - and given the opportunity, the man would probably strike again...
The Daily Press 2006