This is a copy of information once available on the RCMP official website. (picture caption added)  


Inspector Glenn Woods has been a police officer with the RCMP for over 30 years in a variety of duties including drug enforcement and major crime.  Inspector Woods is the Officer in Charge of the RCMP Behavioral Science and Special Services Branch responsible for Criminal Profiling.  Woods is a regular lecturer at the Canadian Police College for the Major Crime Investigators and Major Case Managers courses.  He is also a guest lecturer at numerous conferences and training courses across Canada in the United States on the subject of Criminal Profiling as it relates to sexual assault, homicide, arson and bombing investigations.





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The encoding on the original web page suggests that this page was created in Newfoundland. 

The email address of the person who built Woods' RCMP internet bio "was" listed as


As Shannon Murrin was also from Newfoundland, the past connections between these two are being questioned. Woods was Shannon Murrin's source of protection in the past before becoming the head of the RCMP Behavioral Profiling unit.  
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All of our profilers have been trained in the United States.


In Canada, the RCMP is responsible for all profiling. As in the US, police in Canada felt that the techniques of profiling would help their investigations. RCMP behavior experts have estimated that there are more then 20 serial killers and over 200 serial rapists at large in Canada. All RCMP agents who are profilers were trained by the FBI. Working with the knowledge and experience of their colleagues at the FBI, the RCMP began a profiling unit in Canada. It was altered from the American model to reflect the differences between the American and Canadian crime problems.


Inspector Woods has his connections to suspicious events involving other serial killers. See the Pig farm connections.

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Woods assists to bring in legislation on behalf of  the RCMP. He is an RCMP  political liason and spokesperson.

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Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Thursday, June 3, 1999  11:00 am  
Location:  Room 257, East Block
Clerk: Heather Lank (613) 990-5013

Agenda for the meeting - Senate




Consideration of Bill S-17, An Act to amend the Criminal Code respecting criminal harassment and other related matters

From the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

  Inspector Glenn Woods, Officer in Charge, Behavioural Sciences & Special Services Branch, Technical Operations Directorate



Future business of the Committee  (In Camera)



NOTE: Please contact the Family, Children and Youth Section for e-mail contact information.

D.1 Behavioural Analysts and Specialists in Criminal Harassment

Police agencies with expert personnel who might provide guidance for criminal harassment cases in their jurisdictions include the following.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Insp. Glenn Woods
OIC Behavioural Sciences Branch
1426 St. Joseph Boulevard
Gloucester, Ontario K1A 0R2
Phone: (613) 993-4162
Fax: (613) 990-6037


The sex offender registry was criticized because it would only register new offenders, rendering the program virtually useless for years to come. It also protects the former offenders from being included in the registry and thus from any new computer crime linkage data bases. Woods was instrumental in bringing in this program.


After ten years of political lobbying by provincial governments, police, and child-protection advocates, Canada finally has a national sex-offender registration system. But it could take a while before anyone is put on the list.

The registry was officially launched in mid-December. "The registry is not the be all and end all, but it certainly adds to our arsenal of investigative tools in relation to sexual offences," RCMP Superintendent Glenn Woods, who oversees the force's behavioural sciences branch, told the Ottawa Sun.

Within 15 days of their release from prison, sex offenders will be required to register their addresses, telephone numbers, fingerprints, photographs, and information on identifying body marks with local police. They must update their information annually, possibly for the rest of their lives. "What a registry does is let us know where offenders live in relation to where crimes are committed. So it really helps us expedite our investigations," said Woods. Only police will have access to the database.

But it will be up to the provinces to determine whose names should go on the list, and ultimately it may be up to the courts to resolve individual cases. As well, the registry will not include sex offenders who completed their sentences prior to the registry coming into effect, for fear of violating the privacy of people who have paid their debt to society. They would have to commit another sex crime before being placed on the list.

Conservative MP Randy White worries that these restrictions will render the registry less effective than it could be at tracking the whereabouts of sex offenders. "You've got these filters that guarantee few people will be on it," White told the Ottawa Citizen. "It should be if you're guilty, you're on it, end of story."

On the other hand, people who work with ex-offenders say the registry could give Canadians a false sense of security. "It would be more effective to direct necessary resources into effective programming and treatment in the community, to provide more support and supervision," Terry Carlson, executive director of the John Howard Society in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, told The Telegram.

National Post columnist Susan Martinuk says what is perhaps most troubling "is that the government may have created this registry while under the delusion that sex offenders only re-offend some of the time." She notes that a University of Toronto study published last October in the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice paints a very different picture. It examined the police and hospital records of offenders over a 30-year period and concluded that 88.3% of sex offenders in fact did re-offend - but were neither caught nor convicted. According to Martinuk, "The study blames the miscalculations on incomplete data that considers only re-conviction rates, not re-offending rates."

Martinuk adds: "The current sex offender registry is a start. But it's limited in its protective values and won't be at all helpful if its creation allows the government to rest easy in the errant belief that it has done all it can to assure the public's safety."


From- story

Why not for Mindy Tran?
Compare the official RCMP profile of Mindy's killer!

Strangely the case Woods chose to comment on marked one of the at least six times in Canada where an abduction and murder occurred in the vicinity of a Royal visit in recent years. What are the odds of probability for that? Maybe this is not included in the FBI profilers training manual?
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The predators in our midst


Leanne Dohy

Calgary Herald

March 27, 2005


CREDIT: Herald Archive, Canadian Press

Nine-year-old Cecilia Zhang was taken from her bedroom in Toronto.

He haunts parents' nightmares -- a stranger behind tinted windows, parked beyond the playground fence.

The waking nightmare often takes a different form: he's in your living room all week, the hired painter who offers your daughter a sucker with the flourish of a magician.

Or he's the neighbour with the puppy that is so much fun to play with. He's not a stranger.

He is one of . . .

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Dolly still has nightmares. In the most recent, someone killed her mom.

The 10-year-old is transfixed by the evening news, keeping track of attempted abductions and investigations, and recounting them all to her parents.

"She feels bad for the other kids, because she knows how it feels," says her mother, Melodie, whose last name is witRating 2eld to protect the child.

Dolly's sympathy was hard-won three weeks ago when she was walking home from school. A stranger, possibly female, pulled a vehicle onto the sidewalk near the child, and said Dolly should get in, she'd been sent by Dolly's mom.

"I had gone over different scenarios with my children," says Melodie. "I told them, no matter what anybody says, you don't stop."

Dolly ran back to school and told a teacher what happened. Melodie says she felt sick when she got the call, even knowing her daughter was safe.

"I couldn't drive fast enough," she remembers. "It was like one of those dreams where you're running but you're not getting anywhere. When I saw her, all I wanted to do was cry."

That night, Melodie couldn't stop looking at Dolly, thinking, "She's still here. She could have been gone, but she's still here.

"Who does something like this? What kind of weirdos are out there?" she asks angrily.

Statistics matter little if yours is one of the children affected -- even when an abduction is thwarted.

"I don't feel safe anymore," Melodie says. "She was so close to home. That's the part that kills me -- that it happened on our own street. I can't let her go two blocks by herself without the fear of someone grabbing her."

High profile cases drive the terror home.

Holly Jones, 10, was grabbed off a Toronto sidewalk May 12, 2003, sexually assaulted and strangled. Her dismembered body dumped in three different locations. The man convicted of killing Holly admitted later he long fantasized about having sexual relations with a little girl -- an urge he fuelled with child pornography readily available on the Internet. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder last June.

Also in Toronto that same year, nine-year-old Cecilia Zhang was taken from her bedroom, while her parents slept in the next room. Five months later her body was found on a riverbank. An acquaintance of the family, Min Chen, has been charged with first-degree murder in Zhang's death.

Earlier this month, the Victoria Police Department announced it will bring in retired RCMP Sgt. John Farrell to take a fresh look at a number of unsolved murders and disappearances, including the March 1991 abduction of four-year-old Michael Dunahee. He disappeared without a trace from a Victoria playground while his mom played touch football in an adjacent field.

"Child abductions are really, really tough cases," said Supt. Glenn Woods, director of the RCMP Behavioural Sciences, an investigative support body that works with major crime units across the country.

"There are so many typologies of offenders. What we try and do is provide insight into the types of people who might abduct a child -- particularly those who do so for a sexual purpose."

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation has four categories of abductors: pedophiles, profiteers (who sell children to pornographers or adoption rings), serial killers and childless psychotics (who tend to be individuals who can't have children of their own, or whose own have died).

When a child is abducted and killed, studies show the average perpetrator is likely to be a "socially inept young, white adult male." Victims are most often taken from close to home and are only kept alive for a short time after they have been abducted, making quick response critical.

Few abductors are homicidal, Woods points out.

"Most of the time, someone who engages in picking up children will most likely do so because they want to have sexual contact with them, but it's not their intent to kill the child."

It's important to distinguish between pedophiles and molesters, Woods adds. Pedophilia is an "orientation," in which an adult is attracted to children -- the way heterosexuals are attracted to adults of the opposite sex.

"There is an emotional engagement, a sexual engagement, a social engagement.

"If you sat down and had an intellectual discussion on sexuality with one, he would know that it is illegal, that it is judged wrong by society," he says. "A pedophile feels that judgment is wrong, and that he should be able to engage in sexual and emotional relations with children."

Usually highly intelligent, usually fantasy-oriented, pedophiles will build a lifestyle that offers easy access to children in a preferred age group -- and they'll spend years getting everything in place, says Woods. It's a con, and it works. Such pedophiles aren't likely to grab a child off of the street, because they've already got easy access to their victims.

Woods cites an Ontario case involving a former minor hockey coach who was always quick to offer post-game massages. When friends came to his home, he was more likely to hang out with the kids, even preferring to camp out in the basement with them rather than sleep in his own bed. He was often able to contain his urges, gratifying himself just by lying close to the children. Eventually, though, the parents of his players contacted authorities about the too-frequent, too-intense massages and an investigation into his past found numerous offences.

Other pedophiles who lack the social skills to entice a child, or lack the ability to postpone gratification, may be the type who grab a child off the street. Woods says such individuals are more likely to be more physically aggressive, and more likely to hurt the child.

Few pedophiles can be rehabilitated. Rehabilitation is even less likely with violent pedophiles. A violent offender who has already been imprisoned for previous assaults would be more inclined to kill his victim, so that the child cannot identify him and send him back to jail.

Pedophiles, because they are so fantasy-driven, will usually have a collection of erotica featuring children and literature about pedophilia -- which can help investigators build a more compelling case for conviction.

Molesters, on the other hand, are not necessarily pedophiles, but mere opportunists.

"Some will molest children because they haven't got the capacity to interact with adults," says Woods. "They'll take children and have sex with them, but will fantasize that they are having sex with an adult."

Their sexual orientation is not towards children -- it's towards whoever is accessible.

"They're looking for anyone who is vulnerable . . . They'll have sex with a child this week, and if they can find a vulnerable elderly person next week, that will be their victim. And they could engage in bestiality the next week."

Molesters are less likely than a pedophile to take the risk of grabbing a child off a sidewalk.

"The person who goes to the extent of abduction has most likely got a sexual attraction," according to Woods.

There's no easy sketch of an abductor, he adds, making investigations difficult, and public help a necessity. Stereotypes hinder searches.

"It's a mistake often made when a child is taken: police will go into a neighbourhood to canvas, and they'll ask, 'Did you see anything strange?' " adds Woods. "The reality is that the people who do this are not 'strange.' Often they live very close by."

Alert community members will note everything that they saw, not just things that they found unusual. A neighbour out watering his grass, the letter carrier, a delivery person -- any element of a scene could be a crucial factor.

In terms of advice to parents, he says: know who your kids are spending time with.

"I went through the Beavers and Cubs thing," adds Woods. "You'd have parents who were there with their children, and other parents who would just drop their kids off and pick them up later, leaving their kids in the custody of people they don't know very well.

"If you're someone who is into children, that's there for life, and you're going to put yourself in places where you have easy, quick access to children."

Darrell Wilson, an investigator for the Missing Children Society of Canada says that fact requires parents to rethink the way they educate their kids.

"It isn't just 'strangers' that children need to be aware of," says the former homicide detective. "They need to be concerned if any person wants to take them anywhere, or wants them to do something that feels wrong."

Children have to be taught they're allowed to say no to a grown-up and they should ask their parents permission before they go anywhere with anyone. Predators often approach kids so subtly that no defences are raised, such as the abduction and murder of nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford earlier this month in Florida. Her killer, John Evander Couey, a registered sex offender, was staying with relatives at a home near the Lunsford home. He was able to take Jessica from her house without a sound.

"A nine-year-old would certainly be old enough to scream and holler and kick if someone was taking her out of the house, but she willingly went along with him," says Wilson.

Arming children with scripts or rehearsed responses can give them greater confidence, according to Const. Kathy Macdonald of the Calgary Police Service crime prevention unit.

"You give them excuses so that they know what to say," explains Macdonald. "Then they know they have a line to say when they need to get out of a situation."

Children need to know how to use a public phone, where in their neighbourhood to go for help and what kinds of approaches an adult might try -- such as offering candy or asking for help finding a lost dog.

Melodie told her children to keep their distance from any approaching adult, and that if they want candy, they should come home and get it.

"I told them, 'We'll give you candy and you'll be safe,' " says Melodie. "'If you go with someone, you'll never see your mom and dad again, ever.'"

She doesn't worry that she might be frightening the children.

"I'm not worried about that fear. The greater fear is that something might happen to them. I want them to be scared of what I'm telling them. I want them to know there is danger out there. I don't go out of my way to tell them in a frightening way, but they need to know."

Macdonald says incidents of attempted abduction such as those seen recently should be prompting discussions in every family.

"It just re-emphasizes that we have to talk about these things once in a while," she adds. "When you equip children with strategies, they're going to feel empowered, more confident. The more confident they look, the less likely they are to be a victim."

Anyone's victim.

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Streetproofing your child

What your child should know:

- Responsible adults do not ask for directions from children. Responsible adults can go to a nearby gas station or any other place.

- Children should run from a dangerous situation to a place where a responsible adult can assist them.

- Anyone who thinks he or she is being followed by a car should run in the opposite direction from the car. It's more difficult to turn a car around than to drive straight.

- There is safety in numbers: always travel in groups.

- Let an adult, such as a parent or teacher, know about suspicious people and events.

- Create a password that only the child and parents know. If any other adult cannot give the child the password, he or she should flee.

- Look for Block Parent or Block Watch signs in windows and run to those houses for safety.

Courtesy, Calgary Police Service

This story features a factbox "Streetproofing your child".

© The Calgary Herald 2005