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Profiling Violent Crimes
An Investigative Tool

Fourth Edition


January 2009 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
As in previous editions, this book is appropriate for criminal investigation, forensic psychology, criminal behavior and interpersonal violence courses, generally as a supplement to a core text or as one of several paperbacks. The authors continuing research and involvement in field investigation are a source of relevant and often high profile case studies to illustrate theory and application of methods shown. Chapters include Arson, Pedophilia and Psychological Profiling and Rape. This edition features a new chapter on Lizzie Borden, analyzing this historic murder case with fresh insight and a unique analysis. The text is particularly readable and engaging, making frequent use of illustrative tables, figures and occasional photos.
 
Preface
 
1. Psychological Profiling: An Introduction
Inductive Versus Deductive Profiling

 
Goals in Profiling

 
Profiling: An Art, Not a Science

 
Conclusion

 
 
2. Profiling in Fantasy and Fact
Introduction

 
Sherlock Holmes: The Master Detective

 
Will Graham and The Red Dragon

 
Clarice Starling and The Silence of the Lambs

 
Zoe Koehler: A Female Serial Murderess

 
Alex Cross

 
Dr. Laszlo Kreizler: The Alienist and Angel of Darkness

 
Other Works of Fiction and Psychological Profiling

 
Profililng in Fact

 
Profile of a Rape Case

 
Case Profile: Mrs. Charlene L. Miller

 
Conclusion

 
 
3. The Rationale for Psychological Profiling
Personality and Crime

 
Biology

 
Culture

 
Environment

 
Common Experiences

 
Unique Experiences

 
New Ways of Viewing the Personality

 
Assumptions of the Profiling Process

 
Conclusion

 
 
4. Criminal Theories and Psychological Profiling
Theories of Crime and Criminality

 
Inidividual Theories of Crime

 
Social/Ecological Theories of Crime

 
Combining the Disciplines

 
 
5. The Analysis of the Crime Scene
Beyond the Physical Evidence

 
Psychological Profiling Typology

 
Crime Scene Differences

 
Conclusion

 
 
6. Arson and Psychological Profiling
What Is Arson?

 
Statistics on Arson

 
A View of the Firesetter

 
Typologies of Firesetters

 
Firesetting Experience

 
Organized Versus Disorganized Personality

 
Conclusion

 
 
7. Profiling Serial Murderers
Typology of Serial Murderers

 
Spatial Mobility of Serial Killers

 
Serial Murderers: General Characteristics

 
Profiling A Serial Murder Case

 
Conclusion

 
 
8. Psychological Profiling and Rape
Definitions of Rape

 
Statistics on Rape

 
Selected Characteristics of Rapists

 
Psychology and Rape

 
Typology of Rapists

 
Conclusion

 
 
9. Pedophilia and Psychological Profiling
Definition of Terms: Child Molester or Pedophile

 
Types of Pedophiles

 
Profiling Child Molester Types

 
Common Threads Among Child Molesters

 
Conclusion

 
 
10. Autoeroticism
What Is Autoerotic Sexual Behavior?

 
Traits and Characteristics fo Autoeroticism Practitioners

 
Autoerotic Scene Indicators

 
Conclusion

 
 
11. Profiling Satanic and Cult-Related Murders
Roots of Satanism

 
Satanism in the United States

 
The Satanic Bible

 
Types of Personal Involvement in Satanism

 
General Beliefs in Satansim

 
Satanic Masses

 
Satanic Ceremonies

 
Crime Scene Elements

 
Santeria and Occult Crimes

 
Conclusion

 
 
12. Geography, Profiling and Predatory Criminals
The Elements of Geographic Profiling

 
The Nature of Geographic Profiling

 
Computerized Geographic Analysis

 
Conclusion

 
 
13. Jack the Ripper
Introduction

 
Victim: Mary Ann "Polly" Nichols

 
Victim: Annie Chapman

 
Victim: Elizabeth Stride

 
Victim: Catharine Eddowes

 
Victim: Mary Kelly

 
Who Was Jack the Ripper?

 
Conclusion

 
 
14. Lizzie Borden
Key People in the Lizzie Borden Case

 
The Murders

 
The Crime Scene

 
Additional Thoughts

 
Conclusion

 
 
15. The Victim in Criminal Profiling
Elements in the Victim Profiling Process

 
Conclusion

 
 
16. The Future of Criminal Profiling
Additional Uses for Profiling

 
Education and Training for Profiling

 
Computerized Monitoring

 
Computerized Profiling

 
Online Graduate Programs, Seminars, and Degrees

 
Conclusion

 

This text will be particuarly useful for analysts working in or hoping to go into the criminal field. It provides an understanding of profiling for a number of crime types that will be useful to analysts.

Ms Helen Poole
Social Science , Coventry University
July 15, 2010

Provides excellent information on categories of behaviors.

Dr Gerald Fisher
Government Sociology Dept, Georgia College / State University
April 2, 2010

This book is an excellent suggested reading book for my criminology course.

Dr Pat Nation
Sociology Dept, Park University
February 25, 2010

One of the best texts that I've read. Still trying to encourage adoption, but may be unsuccessful.

Mr ROGER HUMBER
CRIMINAL JUSTICE, South University - Montgomery
September 29, 2009
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