Robert Kenneth Ressler

Born on 02/21/1937

Departed on 05/05/2013

Resided in Spotsylvania, Virginia

Robert Kenneth Ressler, 76, of Spotsylvania County died Sunday, May 5, 2013 at his home.

Robert was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and was the son of the late Joseph and Gertrude Ressler. He graduated from Schurz High School, Class of 1955, and Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in 1962 and 1968, respectively.

Robert enlisted in the US Army and served in Okinawa from 1957 – 1959. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Military Police Corps in 1962. He served in Europe, the US, and Southeast Asia as a Provost Marshal, Criminal Investigation Supervisor and Military Police Operations and Intelligence Officer. He was awarded two Meritorious Service Medals and two Army Commendation Medals w/oak leaf clusters, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the National Defense Medal, and other decorations and awards for outstanding service. He was discharged in 1970 at the rank of Major. He continued in the US Army Reserves with the US Amy Criminal Investigation Command in Washington DC, and returned to active duty during Operation Desert Storm. Finally, he served as Commander of the 1074th Theater Army Support Group, Richmond, Virginia. He retired from the US Army Reserves in 1992 with 35 years of service, at the rank of Colonel.

In 1970, he entered on duty with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent and served in Chicago, New Orleans, and Cleveland in the investigation of criminal matters including interstate thefts, forgeries and securities fraud, pornography and organized crime. He was a counselor for the 96th Session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, VA in 1974 and was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent and assigned to the Behavioral Science Unit as a Criminologist/Instructor. He taught and researched in the areas of criminology, abnormal criminal psychology, hostage negotiation, threat assessment, criminal personality profiling, crime scene assessment, and criminal investigative analysis. He served as a Hostage Negotiation Instruction Coordinator from 1977 through 1978, supervising hostage negotiation training for FBI agents and local police throughout the US and abroad. He also served as program manager of the Research and Development Program, researching serial murder, rapists, child abductors and other violent criminal offenders. This research was funded by the US Department of Justice in conjunction with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and several major universities. His research culminated in his publication of six books, as well as numerous articles in various professional journals. He also developed the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP) and served as its first program manager from 1984 to 1988. In addition, he was among several key personnel who developed the FBI’s Criminal Personality Profiling program and the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC). He retired from the FBI with twenty years of service on August 31, 1990.

Robert then became Director of Forensic Behavioral Services International (FBSI), a Virginia based organization dedicated to training, lecturing, consultation and expert witness testimony in the areas of violent criminal behavior, criminal personality profiling and crime scene assessment, sexual assaults, threat assessment, and hostage negotiation. FBSI has conducted business throughout the US and abroad with academic, corporate, legal, government, law enforcement and military organizations. He taught hundreds of courses to law enforcement agencies, universities, medical schools, and lectured to professional groups throughout the US and in many foreign countries, to include: Austria, England, Scotland, Germany, Liechtenstein, Poland, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Croix USVI, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

In addition to membership and active participation in dozens of professional organizations, Robert held visiting and adjunct faculty affiliations with many major academic institutions nationally and internationally, including:

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Georgetown University, Washington DC.
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Virginia, Department of Continuing Education, Charlottesville, VA.
  • Research Fellow/Consultant, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Instructor, US Army Criminal Investigation Command, Falls Church VA.
  • Visiting Faculty, Departments of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland.
  • Visiting Faculty, Bramshill British Police College, National Crime Faculty, Bramshill, Basingstoke, England
  • Visiting Faculty, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC.
  • Visiting Faculty, George Mason University, Prince William County, Virginia

Robert received numerous awards and commendations throughout his lifetime, including:

  • The Jefferson Award: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. 1st Award: 1985/86 for the Criminal Personality Research Project. 2nd Award: 1987/88 for publication of Sexual Homicide: Patterns & Motives.
  • Amicus Award: The American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 1991, “In recognition of devoted service and numerous contributions over many years.”
  • Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section Award: the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Section of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, 1995.
  • Carl Schurz High School: Chicago, Illinois, Hall of Fame Inductee, 2000.
  • Queen Sofia Center’s Silver Medal Award: Queen Sofia Center for the Study of Violence, Valencia, Spain, “for excellence in research and work in the area of serial homicide and sexual aggression,” 2003.
  • Michigan State University, School of Criminal Justice: East Lansing, Michigan, Wall of Fame Inductee, 2005.
  • The Vidocq Halbert E. Fillinger Lifetime Achievement Award: the Vidocq Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, “for a Lifetime of Distinguished Service in Homicide Investigation,” 2007.
  •  American Academy of Forensic Sciences John R. Hunt Award: In recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Forensic Science, 2009.

Survivors include his wife Helen Grazer Ressler; son, Lt. Col. Aaron R. Ressler and wife Lori of Colorado Spings, Co.; two daughters, Allison R. Tsiumis and husband Joel of Ashburn and Betsy S. Hamlin and husband Jeff of Stafford County; sister, Lynn D. Stephenson and husband Carden of WI; grandchildren Robert Michael Dunham, Sophia Alena Ressler, Erica Lynn Thomas, and step-grandchildren Joseph Alan Hamlin and Steven Paul Hamlin.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, at the funeral home with the Rev. Terrance A. Naumann officiating. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Parkinson’s disease Foundation of the National Capitol Area,7700 Leesburg Pike, Ste. 208, Falls Church, VA 22043.

94 thoughts on Robert Kenneth Ressler

  1. William L. Fleisher, VSM on said:

    Dear Ressler Family: On behalf of the Board of Directors and Bob’s fellow members of the Vidocq Society, I would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to you on Bob’s passing. I do not have to tell that Bob was a great man. He was a pathfinder in the science and art of forensic profiling. He was a perfect gentleman and a good friend. I hope these brief words will provide some comfort for you at this very sad time. I wish you all peace. Sincerely, Bill Fleisher

  2. Richard Walter on said:

    If there is a heaven, several people down here better say their prayers.

  3. Mac Mcilwaine on said:

    Dear Helen and Family

    Please accept my heartfelt sorrow at the passing of Bob. I will always remember him as a friend and outstanding colleague

  4. Joseph V. Cavallo on said:

    Helen and Family:
    Please accept my heartfelt condolences for you and your family. He was one of a kind and he fought a long hard battle for many years. I will always remember the wonderful times we spent together. He told me once upon a time, that he would continue to fight the monsters in the North and he would rely on me fight the monsters in the South. He will always be in my prayers.

  5. Joe and Joanne Hamlin on said:

    Helen, Betsy and family….We are sorry for your loss, but knowing Betsy as a dear daughter in law, we know you did everything possible for Bob during his life time and most recently during his long illness. Take comfort that your were lucky to have such a great person in your life….not everyone is so lucky….Treasure your memories…..Our thoughts will be with you all this week, Love, Mom and Dad Hamlin

  6. SFSAFBI - Atlanta on said:

    On behalf of the members of the Atlanta Chapter of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, please accept our condolences for the loss of our friend and colleague. he will always be remembered.

  7. William Weightman on said:

    Words cannot console at a time like this. We all have lost a great person in Robert.
    Bill Weightman and Family

  8. Byron A. Sage FBI, Retired ('70-'98) on said:

    During my career in the FBI, I had the distinct privilege of working with a number of true professionals and individuals dedicated to a level of excellence that set the bar for the rest of us. Bob was definitely one of those individuals and he will be missed. He was a friend and mentor throughout my career and I appreciated his wisdom and guidance during several stressful situations. He was one of my primary instructors when I became an FBI Hostage Negotiator and I learned a great deal from him for which I will be eternally grateful. I will always appreciate the man he was and the essence of professionalism that he brought to the job. God bless and keep you.

  9. Les Davis on said:

    To Bob’s family: He was always the most professional and dedicated person in his field that I have known. His knowledge, experience, and expertise will be missed but he as a friend and colleague will be missed the most.

  10. Park Dietz on said:

    Helen and family: My heartfelt condolences for your loss, which also weighs on all of us who had the privilege of knowing Bob. Helen, your years of devotion in nurturing and caring for Bob during his struggle set a high standard for spouses everywhere. It was Bob who first brought me to the Academy and sparked decades of collaboration and friendship, and I will miss him dearly, as will so many others whose lives and careers he touched and inspired.

  11. Jim Horn on said:

    Dear Helen and Family,

    I was truly honored to know and work with Bob in the BSU. Bob never hesitated to offer help or suggestions. Nancy and I valued our friendship with you and Bob and as you know, Nancy was there to greet Bob at the Pearly Gates with a hug and with a great big smile on her face. It is sad for us, but we know they are both better off now as they faced very difficult challenges the last few years of their lives here on earth.

    God bless and comfort you and the family.
    With love,
    Jim Horn

  12. Drs. Christie & David Parrish on said:

    To Robert’s (Bob’s) entire family, I thank you for the gift of him. He was my dear friend, my mentor, & a wise voice in an often noicy and unkind world. He was a gentleman and a fierce advocate of those he loved. The world has been made a better, wiser, and more astute place because of him. His many and varied contributions to the world and those he loved and supported cannot be denied, and will never be forgotten. The world has lost a true gentleman, loving father and husband, as well as mentor to Us all, but Heaven (wherever that realm resides), has gained a force that fought monsters on Earth and enlightened Us all. Thank you Bob & the family that has supported him. I wish you peace.

  13. Anita Bishop on said:

    Dear Helen and Family – So terribly saddened and sorry for your loss. Having known you and Bob for so many years was such a pleasure and enjoyed your company.
    Bless you and your family. I know Bob will be missed.

  14. Les Hazen on said:

    A visionary and inspiration for generations of FBI agents who follow his footsteps, Bob’s impact on law enforcement is indelible. Those of us who know his legacy honor the man while we grieve at his passing. My sincerest condolences go to Bob’s entire family with a prayer that a merciful God eases your sorrow at this difficult time.

  15. Dawna Kaufmann on said:

    Helen and family, thank you for sharing Bob with the world. He made a profound impact on law enforcement with his crisp analysis and progressive work. He was the real deal. I’ll always remember his stories and humor.

  16. larry sullivan on said:

    allison i am so sorry for your loss. i know he meant so much to you.

  17. Holly L. Fabian on said:

    I had the honors of working with Bob in 1991 when I was in the middle of a brutal stalking. He helped keep me alive and eventually we helped in the passing of the Michigan Stalking Law. He was eager to help and never asked for anything in return. I was no one important, but it didn’t matter, he was there to help and do what he could. His intelligence was amazing. The world has lost an extremely great person. He has contributed so much to all of us everywhere. Helen, he will be greatly missed and my family will always remember what he did for me and others. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. He will be greatly missed.

  18. Fr. Thomas Nangle, Chaplain, Chicago Division on said:

    The name Robert Ressler is iconic in the history and development of trying to understand the mind and motive of human behavior which attracts the attention of law enforcement. He carries his accomplishments into the presence of the only One who loves him more than we do, and he leaves behind a history of adding richly to the noble mission of the FBI. All I can offer family and friends is a remembrance in my prayers as you adjust to life without him now. May he know God’s peace and God’s presence now, forever.

  19. Velda Wheatley and Phillip Wheatley on said:

    A courageous man with discerning ideas, what more could the FBI want. It was our absolute pleasure to have made his acquaintance. Mr. Ressler’s passing is a very sad loss indeed. Our sincere condolences go to his wife and family. Velda Wheatley and Phillip Wheatley

  20. Craig Bowley on said:

    My thoughts are with you.

  21. Marian Allen on said:

    Bob was always a SPECIAL, Special Agent

  22. Roy and Peggy Hazelwood on said:

    Helen and Family:

    God be with you at this time of mourning. Bob was a wonderful friend and colleague who will be gratly missed. He was a source of inspiration to more people than we will ever know. We had some great trips and wonderful times together.

    Roy and Peggy Hazelwood

  23. Roy and Peggy Hazelwood on said:

    Helen and family: May God be with ou all during this time of mourning. Bob was a wonderful friend, colleague and source of inspiration to thousands of people from so many different disciplines. He will be sorely missed.

  24. Alice Green on said:

    To the Ressler Family,

    Please accept my family’s heartfelt sorrow for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  25. Lt. Col. Norman Fabian (Holly's brother) on said:

    My thoughts and prayers to the Ressler family. You have meant more than you will know to my family for helping my sister and the others throughout your life. You have touched many lives and many families and no one can fill those shoes. May you find peace in knowing how loved he was in his life by many. HOOAH! Sir!

  26. Joyce Fabian on said:

    To the Ressler family, words cannot describe the joys you felt with him, the pain you suffer now, the friend and husband you so dearly miss. He fought for the principles of mankind, a true hero to one and everyone. He may not be here anymore, but his spirit will continue to give strength and courage to the people he fought for, forever. Heroes are not born by magic but by the selfless, courageous and righteous work they do for the benefit of others without expecting anything in return. May his soul rest in peace.

  27. James & Margaret Bailey on said:

    We were saddened to learn of Mr. Ressler’s passing. He presented an excellent lecture on profiling which was open to the law enforcement community in Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina and the surrounding area in the early 1980s. He was a colleague that I admired and he was always available to me and other forensic colleagues. He will be greatly missed. Please know we extend our sincere sympathy to the family for your loss. May you find comfort in your memories of him. James & Margaret Bailey, Wilmington, NC

  28. John Brandon on said:

    I was a classmate of Bob’s in New Agents Class 13 entering on duty on 2/2/1970. Many of our classmates referred to him as “The Major”. I was never assigned with him after that, but kept up with him through his many accomplishments in the FBI. My sincere condolences go to his family and friends, who I know, will miss Bob greatly.

  29. Bill Doran on said:

    Bob was one of the most interesting men I ever knew. Never did I experience more thought provoking conversations than with him on my many visits to Quantico. May the good lord grant him eternal rest.

  30. Jane Turner on said:

    Bob Ressler was wonderful in his teaching, and his support of FBI profilers in the field. May he rest in peace.

  31. Dave Malarney on said:

    I met this very fine man when we were classmates in NAC 13 EOD 2/2/70. I immediately liked him as did all the other new agents and we fondly referred to him as Major then and throughout the rest of his life. I was very pleased when I found we were both graduates of Michigan State University School of Police Administration though diffirent years. It was always a treat to run into him on occasion as our careers went along. He was the main catalist for raising the bar in many areas of the FBI’s growth in the behavioral science area which are now practiced by law enforcement throughout the world. He was a good man and I extend my sympathy to his entire family.

  32. Chief (R) Arthur Jb Sanders on said:

    To Helen and the Ressler Family:
    I was fortunate enough to come under Bob’s tuteledge while attending the FBI National Academy, 100th Session. After we both retired from our respective agencies, we again were furtunate to have Bob bless us with his knowledge and humor by presenting law enforcement workshops for numerous agencies at George Mason University. I best remember his hearty laughter when at the close of one of his workshops, we presented him with a Wheaties cereal box with a rubber dagger through the middle to recognize his work and to commerate his coinage of the term “Serial Killer”. It cracked him up and I can still see his smiling face and hear his hoots. He can never be replaced. May God bless you all.

  33. Jennifer (Decatur) Rainey (Betsy's Meadows Subdivision Friend) on said:

    Betsy & Family….
    I was saddened to read of the passing of your father. He was a terrific person. I remember him as being a dedicated family man.
    Bless you and your family. Bob will be missed.

  34. Terri Monroe Phelix on said:

    Allison & Family….
    My thoughts & prayers are with you and may God give you strength & comfort during this difficult time.
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    Terri Monroe Phelix
    Courtland High School/Class of 1982

  35. Reggie Smith on said:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God watch over you.

  36. Reggie Smith on said:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. May God watch over you.

  37. Kathy & Ken Lanning on said:

    Helen and Family

    We are sorry to hear the sad news of Bob’s passing. His struggle and suffering are now over. Bob was always helpful in my BSU career. I did my first road school and research interviews under his guidance. Working with Bob was always inspiring, productive, and fun. He will be missed but not forgotten.

  38. Helen Mittelbrun and Family on said:

    Dear Helen and Family,
    I would like to express our sympathy on Bob’s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  39. Bob Seale on said:

    All you need to know , Bob was a friend of mine. I worked with him when he first came to Chicago and stayed friends till the end

  40. Ann Rule on said:

    Bob had so many friends and he shared his compassion, knowledge, and experience with all of us. I will always remember him as a man who taught me a great deal about the criminal mind. Whenever he was in Seattle, we tried to have lunch or dinner. Inevitably, we talked “shop” and soon realized that our discussion of serial murder and infamous killers tended to have other diners near us move to other tables. He knew people, their motivations, and he had the kindest heart. I will surely miss him in the coming years. I send my sympathy to you, but you must take great pride, Helen,in what an exceptional man he was–and how many people he helped.

  41. Peter Vronsky on said:

    I note with sorrow the passing of a great FBI investigator and a scientist-scholar who coined into popular usage the term “serial killer” giving us a deeper understanding of this social malaise. I did not get the opportunity to meet Robert Ressler in person, but I have read so much written by him and about him, and have myself written so much about the work he pioneered, that I count him among those who had a tremendous influence on my own work. Robert Ressler’s pioneering work will live forever.

  42. Michelle Arias on said:

    My deepest condolences to the Ressler family. Mr Ressler was an incredible man, deeply committed to serving. His numerous books will live on to teach law enforcement for eons to come. He is a loss not only to his family but the world.

  43. Anne Pelekasis on said:

    Dear Allison, our deepest condolences for the loss of your father. Know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. With love, the Pelekasis Family

  44. Ferne Knight on said:

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr Ressler’s passing. I never knew him personally but I know of his writings and publishings, of which I own a few, and it is with thanks to him that i have such a passionate intrest in the field of profiling. I will continue to be a follower of his works as im sure there is much I haven’t read as yet. I would like to offer my condolences to his family and friends and to say that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. With much love from across the Atlantic, Ferne Knight xx

  45. Jose A. Brown on said:

    To Ms. Ressler (Helen) and Family,
    During your bereavement I wish to express my deepest sympathy and extend condolences to you and your family.
    As a retired member of the law enforcement community, I want to thank Mr. Ressler (Bob) for his dedication and service to this great country and our communities.
    During my Psychology of Crime studies at George Washington University College of Professional Studies, I gained a lot of valuable knowledge and information about the criminal mind from his lectures. In my opinion he was the best and a Psychology of Crime “Master” because he had full knowledge of how the mind of a criminal functioned as well as their MO.
    May God bless and keep each of you during this difficult time. He will be missed,
    Jose A. Brown

  46. Harlan and Sharon Lenius on said:

    Helen, Allison, Betsy, and Aaron
    So many years of friendship….from ROTC Summer Camp at Ft Riley, KS, through various Army assignments. Keeping in touch as families grew, fun outings, great chicken cookouts, travel/visiting in Europe, to conferences ….. so many wonderful rememberances. And let’s not forget the stories that kept us laughing. The good work Bob did in law enforcement will live on and benefit us for many years. We remember the happy times and offer our condolences at Bob’s passing. May Bob rest in peace and may God comfort you in your time of sorrow.
    Harlan and Sharon Lenius

  47. John McElhatton on said:

    Bob was one of the most interesting and entertaining guys I ever met. I wish Tina and I could have spent more time with you guys over the last few years. I will miss Bob very much.

  48. RJ Parker on said:

    Dear Ressler Family. My thoughts and prayer’s are with you during your time of sorrow. Mr. Ressler has accomplished and contributed so much to fighting crime, helping victims and teaching us about the criminal mind. I have never had the pleasure of meeting him, but he and John Douglas inspired me to write true crime books. He’s a pioneer, hero and will truly be missed. God bless your family.

  49. Robert kusterer Taubert on said:

    Dear Helen and family,
    Bob was a giant in the FBI and a true friend. We shared many interesting and exciting experiences together while contributing to national security. Even though we were in different fields, we thought alike and were both in love with America.
    I regret that I didn’t spend more time with Bob and even though he was bearing a very heavy cross and needed relief and respite, I dreaded the day of his passing.
    Bob, you and the family had been in my prayers ever since he became sick. Both I and many, many of those that got to know and work with Bob are going to miss him. This is a sad day, but Bob is free from his pain at last.
    With deepest sympathy,

  50. Kris Casarona on said:

    Dear Ressler family,

    I am so sorry for your loss – you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Robert Ressler was a great man with a great vision. He had the initiative and insight to make that vision a reality and has helped so many people because of it. May God comfort you at this time of loss, with sympathy!

  51. Jim Clemente on said:

    Bob was a kind and brilliant man and we morn his loss. Thankfully, he left a body of work that has made this world a safer place.

  52. Allen and Diane Elder on said:

    Helen, Lynn, Allison, Betsy, Arron and grandchildren: you are in our thoughts and in our hearts today. Bob wil be missed by all the family.
    Allen & Diane Elder

  53. Dino Koutsoukos on said:

    Aaron, I’m very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, Dino Koutsoukos

  54. Joe Kozenczak, Chief Des Plaines,IL PD RET. on said:

    Dear Helen and family,

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

    Bob came into my life during the John Wayne Gacy Serial Murder Case. We were a medium size PD confronted with one of the country’s biggest serial murder cases at the time. Bob guided me through the start of the case and subsequently gave our agency insights regarding investigative techniques we had no experience in. He was a true professional and never expected anything in return. With no hesitation Bob wrote the forward to our book which reflected his true professional spirit. He was a close friend and always gave his best He will be missed. God’s Speed to you Bob!

    The Kozenczak Family ,Des Plaines,IL

  55. Ken Welty on said:

    In 1982 I took Bob’s criminal profiling class at the FBI National Academy’s 129th Session. I was told by prior attendees to take his class if at all possible, and I was able to get it. By far Bob’s class was one of the best classes I have ever taken; anywhere, anytime. During my 11 weeks at the NA, I was able to meet with Bob and talk to him many times. He truely was an inspiration to us all. Bob was a true gentleman and was just a nice guy. I learned a great deal from Bob and valued his leadership, professionalism, and his friendship. To his family: Bob was the type of person/instructor that really did leave a lasting, positive impression on me and thousands of other law enforcement professionals (think Good Bye Mr. Chips). I am very saddened by Bob’s passing.

  56. Dennis J. Hogan on said:

    The Robert Ressler I knew was before his wonderful career. For 12 years he was just Bob during 8 years at the Belding Elementary School followed by 4 years at Carl Schurz High School. Bob and I became close friends in grade school and enjoyed many afternoons after school as buddies making model WWII airplanes. I lost track of Bob after high school but was never suprised when hearing about his fame. Those were the days, when the worst thing was running out of model airplane glue.

  57. Carol Peterson Kaspar on said:

    Dear Helen and family,
    I graduated with Bob, from Schurz High School. We did not know each other that well at that time, but did connect later at one of our class reunions. Bob was an intelligent, kind, and thoughtful person to exchange ideas with. I also had the honor of attending the Schurz ceremony when he was installed on the Schurz Wall of Fame. Bob was unable to attend that ceremony, but another of his friends, Gerry Groh Troccoli, accepted the honor for him. Anyone walking the halls of Schurz will see his picture and know how far he went after Schurz. Bob was an exceptional person; one that will be missed by many. Our hearts and prayers go out to all in the family.

  58. Bruce Harry on said:

    Dear Helen and Family, Though I did not see him in recent years, Bob always has a special place in my heart, as does Helen. Each was exceptionally kind to me. I only deeply regret that I was not able to do something to relieve his and their suffering, but am relieved to learn his lengthy, painful battle has come to a close.

    In addition to his groundbreaking and visionary work in law enforcement, Bob simply was a delightful, warm and wonderful guy who I will always carry in memory and be honored to call a colleague and friend.

    Please accept my most sincere condolences upon the loss of your husband and father. Truly, he is one of the very few who left the World a better and safer place for all.

    Bruce Harry

  59. Ron and Rita Angelone on said:

    Dear Helen and Family, Rita and I are very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a great friend and mentor. Bob was very important in my life and career. He is friend whom I will miss dearly. The last time we had the pleasure to see you and Bob in your beautiful home, we had the opportunity to share special moments and memories with Bob. It was a wonderful time we will always remember. Bob was a true American hero in uniform, in the bureau and in his private life. God Bless you Bob we miss you. Ron and Rita Angelone

  60. Pablo Vázquez on said:

    Un héroe nos ha dejado, pero criminólogos del mundo entero continuaremos con su ejemplo, luchando con monstruos, IN MEMORIAN, we never forgot him.

  61. Jorge Jiménez on said:

    Thank you


    Since Spain and México – CRIMINOLOGÍA AND CRIMINALÍSTICA, thank´s for all!!! We´ll never forget you Robert.

  63. Israel Padua on said:

    mIS MÁS SENTIDO PÉSAME PARA LA FAMILIA POR el fallecimiento del maestro que inspiró mi vida,y que me hizo ser quién soy ahora.
    Que en paz descanses Robert K.Ressler,seguirás luchando contra los mosntruos en el cielo y nosotros aquí en la tierra te honraremos.

  64. Laura Quiñones Urquiza on said:

    Thank You MAESTRO for inspiring to all of us.

  65. Lic Adrian Lopez Hernandez on said:

    me entristece el saber que un gran hombre, un gran maestro a partido de manera física de este mundo, fue para mi un impulsor y motor que alento mas mi deseo por las ciencias forenses y la perfilacion criminal, tuve la gran fortuna de ser su alumno en varios de sus seminarios y cursos, lo que si es verdad es que su gran aporte y sus grandes conocimientos lo seguiran manteniendo vivo en este mundo, le rindo un minuto de silencio y una hora de aplausos a este gran maestro, el maestro Robert K Ressler..

    it saddens me to know that a great man, a great teacher to physically match of this world was for me a driver and engine which encouraged more my desire for forensic science and criminal profiling, I had the great fortune of being his student in several of his seminars and courses, what is true is that his great contribution and his great knowledge I will continue to keep alive in this world, I pay a minute of silence and applause when this great teacher, the teacher Robert K Ressler ..

  66. Lic Adrian Lopez Hernandez on said:

    me entristece saber que un gran hombre, un gran maestro para que coincida físicamente de este mundo fue para mí un conductor y el motor que anima más mi deseo de la ciencia forense y perfiles criminales, tuve la gran suerte de ser su alumno en varios de sus seminarios y cursos, lo que es cierto es que su gran contribución y su gran conocimiento que seguirá manteniendo con vida en este mundo, que pagan un minuto de silencio y aplausos cuando este gran maestro, el profesor Robert K. Ressler ..

  67. Solangel L. Gluyas on said:

    Sin duda una gran inspiración de la Psicología criminal, Maestro de Maestros, me hubiese encantado presenciar una conferencia suya, no alcance a tener ese honor pero estoy inmensamente agradecida por los conocimientos que aporto a la humanidad. Aqui en la tierra dejo a muchos representantes de la perfilación criminal.
    Maestro desde aqui seguiremos luchando contra los Mounstruos en su honor.
    El crimen hace homenaje en su honoris causa.

  68. Alba Martínez Bueno on said:

    Este año comence a estudiar Criminología en España teniendo como referencia a muchos de los grandes, uno de ellos era este magnífico hombre; es muy triste saber que nos ha dejado, pero el legado que nos deja a todos los que amamos esto es casi tan grande como él. Muchas gracias por todo.

  69. Dr. Rufino Rodolfo Ruiz Rojas on said:

    I feel great sadness because of my wrongful desire to want so much more from his knowledge and work.

  70. MANUEL ESPARZA on said:

    I had the opportunity to call Col. Ressler my friend, he came to Juárez to train us and to share his vast experience with a great number of People. Rest in peace Col. Robert Ressler, and may god bring confort to Helen and your children. You will always help us fight monsters.

  71. Edwin Olaya on said:

    Su legado es incalculable, así como la gratitud y la admiración que muchos sentimos por él. No fue sólo un hombre, fue un pionero, y hoy ejemplo

  72. Luis A. Forero on said:

    Professor, you are inspiration to many of us, took a trip to another world and left a legacy for those who have to continue fighting with monsters.

  73. SONORA COMBAT on said:

    Gracias por todos sus libros, un ejemplo para todos los profesionales.

  74. José Manuel Pozueco Romero on said:

    Robert, your loss is a very great loss for all those lovers of the field of Criminology. A few years ago I had the honour of knowing you in Valencia (Spain), when you signed to me one of your books in a conference on the topic of serial killers and sexual offenders.

    Para mí siempre serás el padre de la moderna Criminología en su vertiente de Ciencias de la Conducta, pionero en perfiles criminales.

    None of your pupils will never forget!
    ¡Ninguno de tus alumnos te olvidaremos jamás!

  75. Dr. Steven and Kim Egger on said:

    Helen, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so grateful to have met Bob and spent time with you Spain.

  76. SA Jesus R. Rodriguez, US Army CID on said:

    My sincerest condolences. Not only has a family lost a husband and a father, but the law enforcement world also, has lost a great mentor and teacher. “Do what has to be done” “Seek the truth, detured by neither fear or prejudice”

  77. Audrey Jacob on said:

    I was a 15-year-old girl when I first read a book about criminology speaking about profiling, more particularly about Robert K Ressler techniques and case investigations.
    I’d like to make a tribute to his work he left us as a huge legacy and we must be thankful for what he discovered and shared with us through theses years.
    Courageous, open-minded and meticulous investigator, people who had the chance to know him will feel empty at this time and never forget him.
    Rest in Peace.

  78. Miguel Ángel Sedeño rivero on said:

    Dear Helen and family,
    I send my sincere condolences .A big hug!
    you are inspiration for me,thank you for all, I´ll never forget you Robert K Ressler.

  79. Carmen Rivero Fernández on said:

    Querida Helen y familia,
    Mi más sentida condolencia por la pérdida de un gran hombre. Una vez una persona me dijo que mientras alguien recordara y mantuviera viva su presencia en el corazón, siempre seguiría entre nosotros. Robert K. Ressler ha dejado un inmenso legado para la posteridad, haciendo que su presencia siempre siga viva entre nosotros.
    Supo luchar contra los monstruos y sus seguidores continuarán su obra.
    Siempre te recordaré y…GRACIAS R.K.R.!

  80. J. Lawrence on said:

    Thoughts and prayers to the family. He gave so much while he was on earth. Heaven is celebrating his return home. RIP

  81. Thomas Doyle on said:

    I had the good fortune of being in Bob’s class while in attendance during the 138th session of the NA. By far, this was the best class of the best. I have all of his books and the problem of serial killers still is a topic of interest that intrigues me. Bob was the best.

  82. Gary L. Broden on said:

    Dear Ressler Family,

    I just learned of Robert’s passing, what a loss to the criminal justice family and the world. I had the privilege of being one of his students during the 139th Session of the FBINA. Little did I realize at the time that I was in the presence of such a great teacher. I am still policing and still telling young officers about a great man named Robert Ressler and what he gave our profession. May you find peace in happy memories and in the accomplishments of a great man.

  83. Michael Agostinis on said:

    Mr. Ressler inspired my passion to look into the criminal mind. Gave me direction to seek a degree in the discipline of psychology. And have used his research in my 22 years in law enforcement to manipulate a criminal and use deductive and inductive alanylasis in my investigations.
    I had the honor of meeting him and Hazelwood at conference I flew up to a GWU put on a decayed ago. And had a the pleasant surprise of dinning with them after the class. There I sat with two mentors and pioneers of a technique of outside the box thinking. A moment in my life I will not forget. The only equivalent to me is sitting and listening to the founders of country sitting down for meal.

    Bless Resller in his after life be peace fill for he had dealt with Evil in his life on earth. Rest In Peace

  84. Chris Legrand on said:

    Robert Ressler opened my Eyes for the Reality behind the Hollywood Movies and i am glad for that.Without this informations maybe,i would be one of the fools,who think serial Killers are cool Guy´s.Thank you Mr.Ressler.

  85. Brandon Hales on said:

    Mr. Ressler will be missed. Rest In Peace.

  86. Luis Alberto Disanto on said:

    Conoci al Sr. Ressler en un Congreso en Valencia, España en 1999. Tuve el gusto de intercambiar palabras con el que fue un pionero en el análisis de la investigación criminal y uno de sus máximos exponentes. Hoy 29 de octubre, me entere de su fallecimiento. Mis saludos a la familia y mi respeto para Robert Ressler.

  87. Cristina Ortega on said:

    Gracias a Robert Ressler descubrí esta maravillosa ciencia, la
    Criminología. He disfrutado sus libros, las entrevistas y las charlas sobre el asesinato serial; fue una inspiración para muchos. Gracias por compartir tu experiencia y conocimientos con todos nosotros. Rest in peace Mr. Ressler.

  88. Matthew Lankins on said:

    My deepest condolences for the loss of Mr. Ressler. His work and books inspired me when I was young and contributed greatly to my pursuit of education in several different disciplines of analysis. RIP Mr. Ressler and thank you for all of your hard work and tolerance for dealing with hardships of your work.

  89. KRISTEN BREITWEG on said:

    i just finished re-reading whoever fights monsters not realizings you were gone. know i sent this to my son in law a few years back and he became a nypd in s. jamaca N.Y. he loves his job. so know youve inspired and driven many . Im actually crying and praying for you and your family. bless you all.

  90. Tyrone L. Peters on said:

    My thoughts & prayers are with you and may God give you strength & comfort during this difficult time.
    I had the honor to serve with and under his supervision, reporting directly to him (First captain, then Major Ressler) as a Military Police Investigator, Ft Sheridan, Ill, 1969. Although he was a field grade officer and I a Sergeant, he was not the typical over bearing Officer. I am very proud to have known and served with him in the Military Police

  91. Dr.Cantral James Anderson,M.D. Forensic Psychitrist on said:

    Mail me some cost info,send to 5363 Knight Arnold RD,Memphis,TN 38115 Office Number 901-235-0741 Home 901-300-6154

  92. Robert Kenneth Langley on said:

    Having just learned of Bob’s death I am still in shock. He was a friend and mentor to me. It was my honor to know him and work with him. I know this is late but to the family, my heartfelt sympathy.

  93. Bill Jacocks, Former NBC and ABC News reporter on said:

    Just learned of Bob’s passing today when I googled his name to check on him. While this is late I want his family to know they have my deepest and heartfelt sympathies: And my forever gratefulness for his help and instruction to me in quelling a dangerous 1977 hostage situation. In 1978 Bob invited me to speak at the FBI Academy Hostage Negotiator Seminar where I got to know and appreciate him better. …Rest in peace, agent Ressler, it was, indeed, an honor to know you. You will not be forgotten.

  94. Heiko Zacharias & Family on said:

    Time goes by – but memories remain forever.

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