Offender profiling has been well known for the general public because of how it is portrayed and represented in media, movies, TV shows and in the news. However, the reality is sometimes far behind the myths and that is one of the reasons why it is often misinterpreted and misunderstood. Moreover, even though it has been well developed, researched and successful in some cases, profiling still has its limits and has been criticized a lot, mostly because of its lack of evidence and accuracy, as well as the lack of empirical research (but the other reasons will be developed in the last part of the literature review). As there is so much to say about profiling, this dissertation will look at three different linked topics in order to come up with three research questions to be analyzed and answered. Thus, the purpose of this study is to take a closer and deeper look at general profiling, especially in the United States, the United Kingdom and France, and extend the research on the matter, as well as analyze how it affected (both in a good way and also how it was criticized) the criminal justice system and the psychology fields. The second purpose is to rely on how the media portrayed criminals and how it created such fascination and myths behind what it is actually in reality; why is criminal profiling and investigative techniques such a big deal for the general population and why is it a fear but yet a fascination for them? Fueled by media, shows and movies, crime is an interesting and intriguing topic for a lot of people, and especially how to get inside the criminal mind. Where is profiling going to? Why and how is profiling not standing still? Finally, the study will try to propose alternatives and solutions to improve its use internationally and in different fields. To this end, the research questions are as follow: • Is offender profiling still a credible method of investigation? • To what extent does the media oversell the ability of profiling? • What can be done in the future to improve and enhance the use of profiling methods? Forensic psychology is such a broad and diverse field, as well as the offender profiling topic. The three research questions that I have chosen would help me define the outline of my dissertation, as well as divide the different chapters. The research questions will be answered through the use of secondary and qualitative research, more specifically with documentary analysis primarily. That is to say, the review and analysis of documents (physical evidence with handbooks and training materials, personal documents such as newspapers, posts, reports, previous classes, and public records). After analyzing all the data and information collected through secondary research, there are a lot of common opinions on the subject, and the will to improve the methods, as well as informing the general population more on both the criminal justice system combined with the role that psychology plays in finding perpetrators of crimes and prevent them from happening in the near future. Critiques on profiling usually agree on the same issues and flaws, such as how the methods are conducted, how the topic is portrayed and influential, and most of the time, far from the reality.