Roy, on the other hand, was like a pit bull, doggedly determined, patient, methodical and thorough, almost to a fault. They were two of the best ever, yet completely different personalities. The one thing I saw as being common to both Bob and Roy was ‘common sense.’ John Douglas completed the triangle of what I still call the ‘Top Three.’ Douglas was probably the best ever, but was not someone who was personable, perhaps even a little aloof, not an instructor as I recall.
John, however, possessed an ability to see things very few could see, and using great common sense, could determine the ‘why’ of a crime better than anyone. He’s still called the “Modern Sherlock Holmes.” Deservedly so. The character Jack Crawford in “Silence of the Lambs,” was based on John, who himself has authored quite an impressive number of books.
Suddenly, Roy noticed that all activity stopped and people were looking at the four of them. He asked a detective what that was about, and the reply was “There’s a white guy (Roy) in the area.” From that, Roy concluded the killer had to be black, a person who could move around freely without being noticed. This was not a popular opinion, but it turned out to be correct when one Wayne Williams was arrested and ultimately convicted for the murders.
With no further evidence to go on, the officer took the driver’s information and description of the car. A day or so later, the body of Nathaniel Cater was pulled from the river. Sure enough, the person who threw the body over the side of the bridge was Wayne Williams. This was the critical link in breaking the case, and all because of a criminal profiler’s experience, knowledge, and the common sense involved in his assessment of the overall situation.