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Criminal Psychology and Forensic Technology

A Collaborative Approach to Effective Profiling, 1st Edition

Edited by Grover Maurice Godwin

CRC Press

376 pages

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Offender profiling has been developing slowly as a possible investigative tool since 1841 and the publication of Edgar Allen Poe's The Murder in the Rue Morgue. In this book, detective C. Auguste Dupin demonstrates the ability to follow the thought patterns of a companion while they stroll through Paris for 15 minutes without speaking a word. Today profiling is an important investigative tool. Nevertheless, it often represents a less than educated attempt to provide law enforcement agencies with detailed information about the behavior of an unknown individual who has committed a crime.

Criminal Psychology and Forensic Technology: A Collaborative Approach to Effective Profiling introduces alternative approaches to improving the way crimes are investigated and offender profiles are generated. It shows forensic evidence experts how to work with profilers to combine discrete data into a more meaningful picture. The contributors address both their own specialty, such as anthropology, and then demonstrate how working in conjunction with criminal psychologists can provide more effective offender profiles.

This book is unique in that it provides you with an array of articles that fuse aspects of criminal psychology and several forensic science methods in a collaborative effort to improve profiling. Written in a format that is simple and straightforward, it utilizes actual case studies to show how specific procedures relate to police investigations.

The only book on the market that shows a team approach to criminal profiling, Criminal Psychology and Forensic Technology: A Collaborative Approach to Effective Profiling is a reference perfect for students interested in learning criminal profiling techniques and professionals wishing to sharpen their skills. Whatever your reason for choosing this book, it will enlighten you about alternative investigative tools.


"…gives the reader a good grasp of the truly controversial nature of profiling."

- Crime and Justice International, September 2002

"…an excellent reference text for anyone with an academic interest in criminal profiling."

- Angus F. Dalley, Ph.D., in Canadian Society of Forensic Science, Vol. 35, No. 2

Table of Contents

Forensic Science and Criminal Investigations

Forensics Archeology: a United Kingdom Perspective,

Margaret Cox

Palynology: a New Tool for the Forensic Investigator, Terry

J. Hunter

Forensic Entomology: a Valuable Resource for Death

Investigation, Thomas W. Adair

Criminal Profiling: From Art to Science

Criminal Intelligence -- The Vital Resource: An Overview,

Charles Frost

Construction of Offender Profiles Using Fuzzy Logic, Arvind


Reliability, Validity and Utility of Extant Serial Murderer

Classification, Maurice Godwin

Criminal Psychology Profiling in Violent Crime

Investigations: A Comparative Assessment of Accuracy,

Richard N. Kocsis, Harvey Irwin, Andrew F. Hayes,

Ronald Nunn

Classifying Crime Scene Behavior: New Directions

Exploring the Social Context of Instrumental and

Expressive Homicides: An Application of Qualitative

Comparative Analysis, Terance D. Miethe, Kriss A. Drass

Death by Detail: A Multivariate Model of U.S. Serial

Murderers' Crime Scene Actions, Maurice Godwin

Cluster Analysis of Burglars' Modus Operandi (M/O's).

Edward J. Green, Carl E. Booth, Michael D. Biderman

Profiling and Linking Crimes

One Offender -- Five Victims: Linking the Offenses of the

Serial Killer John Williams, Jr., Maurice Godwin

Nurses Who Kill: Serial Murder in Health Care Institutions,

Cameron Stark, Brodie Pasterson, Tom Henderson, Brian

Kidd, Maurice Godwin

Weaknesses in Computerized Linking Data Bases, Maurice



Hackers, Phreakers, and Pirates: The Semantics of the

Computer Underground, Gordon Meyer

Sociology of Hackers, Tim Jordan, Paul Taylor

Psych-Geographical Profiling

The Serial Rapist's Pattern of Target Selection, Jonathan

D. Alston

Victim Target Networks as Solvability Factors in Serial

Murder, Maurice Godwin

Encounter and Death: The Spatial Behavior of U.S. Serial

Killers, Maurice Godwin, David Canter

Geographical Profiling, Maurice Godwin

A Psycho-Geographical Profile of a Series of Unsolved

Murders in Raleigh, North Carolina, Maurice

Ethics in Profiling

The Role of Ethics in Criminal Profiling, Lynn Barkley


Ethics and Forensic Psychology, Andrew Day, Paul


The Unexplored Ethics of Criminal Psychological Profiling,

Richard N. Kocsis, Stephen Coleman

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism