1st Edition

Criminal Psychology and Forensic Technology
A Collaborative Approach to Effective Profiling

ISBN 9780849323584
Published November 29, 2000 by CRC Press
376 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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

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"…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