It appears profiling saved another life.
Last week, James Lee DiMaggio murdered Christina Anderson and her eight year old son, Ethan, and then kidnapped sixteen year old Hannah Anderson. DiMaggio apparently developed an emotional infatuation for the teen.
After burning the bodies of Christina and Ethan Anderson in their home, DiMaggio took off with Hannah for the back country of Idaho. At one of their camp sites, they encountered a group of hikers on horseback. FOX news has their story here.
The heroes of the day
The hikers immediately noticed that things did not quite look right. Hannah still wore pajamas.
"I've spent a lot of time in the back country," explained Mike Young, "and usually you don't run into someone wearing pajamas."
In addition, all their camping gear was new and they appeared to be heading in the wrong direction of their intended destination.
"They didn't fit," added Mike John. "He may have been an outdoorsman in California but he was not an outdoorsman in Idaho."
Because DiMaggio and Anderson failed to fit the profile of the typical Idaho camper, Young and John remembered them. After the hikers returned home, they saw news reports of the kidnapping and called police. The FBI subsequently spotted DiMaggio's campsite from the air and dropped in a team of agents. They confronted and killed DiMaggio.
Profiling, again, saves the day.