The Power of Profiling

S.T.A.L.K., INC. (System To Apprehend Lethal Killers) is a profiling team of professionals whose mission is to aid law enforcement in the apprehension of serial killers through a comprehensive profiling process. The team includes an MD—Dr. John Kelly; Dr. Edward Merski, the team’s head psychologist; John Lewkowicz, a sex addiction specialist; Ruth Moore, a psychiatric nurse specialist; and homicide detective Frank Adamson, who worked on the Green River Killer case in the Pacific Northwest. Together, they have developed a pro bono profile for a Worcester, MA, serial killer (see below) as well as one for an Atlantic City serial killer.

The “Woodsman” profile, detailed in the newspaper article below, is particularly chilling—mostly because it resembles one that I’ve had floating around in my mind for quite some time now in connection with Theresa’s case. (FYI…The Woodsman is NOT Theresa’s killer. He wouldn’t be old enough. Police have named 38-year-old Alex F. Scesny as a suspect in the Massachusetts murders.)

STALK’s website,, invites people to contact them to discuss a case. They promise to reply in five days.


Sunday, October 22, 2000
By Chris Echegaray
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

A team of profilers from New Jersey has also shown interest in the disappearance of Molly (Bish). John J. Kelly, 50, an M.D. and president of New Jersey-based STALK, which stands for System To Apprehend Lethal Killers, has kept abreast of the case.

Dr. Kelly, who has profiled several serial killers, including a serial murderer in Columbus, Miss., said once he read of Molly’s disappearance he knew that it was an abduction. “When women run away, they usually take a purse,” he said. “When I read that her purse was left behind, I knew this girl did not run off.”

Dr. Kelly, who is part of a six-member profiling team, said that in all likelihood Molly was being watched. “He did not stumble upon her. He knew his stuff. He was watching her,” Dr. Kelly said. “This person is visually oriented. He enjoys the outdoors, more of a fisherman, and probably does not work. He’ll probably have a background of female abuse, lewd behavior, has exposed himself when he was younger and he may be known as a Peeping Tom.”

Dr. Kelly said there has been a bizarre pattern of attempted abductions and attacks on women near ponds and waterways throughout the state. He said women from Wales, Walpole, Westwood, and Weymouth have been attacked or killed in the past several years.

“Most recently a woman was assaulted in Wales. She fended him off with a hammer and her dog,” Dr. Kelly said of a recent assault on a 34-year-old woman.

“All these incidents were out by the woods near a pond in a secluded section,” he said. “All of them start with W’s. Too many coincidences. Police may be dealing with some kind of outdoors, schizophrenic type of person.”


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