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Geographic Profiling

1st Edition

By D. Kim Rossmo

CRC Press

378 pages

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Hardback: 9780849381294
pub: 1999-12-28
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As any police officer who has ever walked a beat or worked a crime scene knows, the street has its hot spots, patterns, and rhythms: drug dealers work their markets, prostitutes stroll their favorite corners, and burglars hit their favorite neighborhoods. But putting all the geographic information together in cases of serial violent crime (murder, rape, arson, bombing, and robbery) is highly challenging. Just ask the homicide detectives of the Los Angeles Police Department who hunted the Hillside Stranglers, or law enforcement officers in Louisiana who tracked the brutal South Side rapist.

Geographic Profiling introduces and explains this cutting-edge investigative methodology in-depth. Used to analyze the locations of a connected series of crimes to determine the most likely area of offender residence, geographic profiling allows investigators and law enforcement officers to more effectively manage information and focus their investigations.

This extensive and exhaustive work explains geographic profiling theories and principles, and includes an extensive review of the literature and research in the areas of criminal profiling, forensic behavioral science, serial violent crime, environmental criminology, and the geography of crime. For investigators and police officers deployed in the field, as well as criminal analysts, Geographic Profiling is a "must have" reference.


"…a gift of genius with immense potential for both 'front-line' criminal investigators and academic criminologists … an illuminating foundation for future research."

-Gregg McCrary, FBI Behavioral Science Unit(retired)

"D. Kim Rossmo, has concisely put his numerous years of experience as a law enforcement officer and criminologist into a very important and readable book for fellow practitioners…a leader in the field of geographical profiling for many years…a must read for law enforcement and criminal justice professionals alike."

Crime & Justice International

"This is a thoroughly researched and carefully documented book with a bibliography exceeding 65 pages. The bibliography may well be the most extensive in the field, certainly so to this reviewer. For the serious researcher, the book is a 'must have' for the bibliography alone…This book explains the solid foundation on which geographic profiling has helped solve crimes, and includes contact information for qualified geographic profilers the author has trained. An entire chapter is devoted to practical applications of this new technique that address the information management problems presented by many major investigations."

--R. E. (Ron) MacKay, Insp., RCM Police (retired), Canadian Society of Forensic Science, 47th Annual Meeting, 2000

Table of Contents


Serial Murder

Serial Rape and Arson

Forensic Behavioral Science

Criminal Profiling

Behavioral Geography

Geography of Crime

Target and Hunt

Predator Patterns

Geographic Profiling

Investigative Applications







D. Kim Rossmo is the Detective Inspector in charge of the Vancouver Police Department's Geographic Profiling Section. Over the course of his 20-year policing career, he has worked assignments in organized crime intelligence, emergency response, patrol, crime prevention, and community liaison. He has appeared on NBC's "Dateline," the BBC, and CBC, and is featured by name as the investigator in Burnt Bones, the latest novel in the bestselling Michael Slade series.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology