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Criminal Profiling

An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis

Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis, Fourth Edition, provides an introduction to the behavioral evidence analysis (BEA) method of criminal profiling. The book begins with discussions regarding the method of criminal profiling; the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by criminal profilers; educational requirements; and the importance of cultivating experience through formal internships, mentoring, on-the-job training, and real life. The remainder of the book is organized into five sections. Section 1 presents an overview of criminal profiling, covering its history; the use of the scientific method, logic, and cognition; alternative methods of criminal profiling; forensic psychology and forensic psychiatry; and an introduction to BEA and crime scene analysis. Section 2 deals with the principles of forensic victimology and discusses the concepts of sexual deviance, sexual asphyxia, and false reports. Section 3 covers crime scene analysis, crime reconstruction, crime scene characteristics, interpreting motive, offender modus operandi and signature, and cybercrime. Section 4 deals with offender characteristics, including psychopathy, sadism, domestic homicide, mass murder, and serial cases. Section 5 considers professional issues, such as ethical guidelines for profilers and the admissibility of criminal profiling evidence.

Students in programs such as: forensic science, psychology, sociology, criminal profiling, or investigative strategy in serial crime; and as a supplement to courses involving criminology, arson, stalking, sex crimes or death investigation. Forensic consultants, forensic scientists, law enforcement.

Hardbound, 728 Pages

Published: May 2011

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-385243-4


  • Praise for the third edition:
    "In the third edition of this very popular textbook, Brent Turvey clearly demonstrates that criminal profiling has established itself as a scientific endeavor rather than an exercise in investigative intuition. This textbook pulls together an impressive amount of substantive knowledge from a variety of disciplines in order to provide the reader with a foundation upon which to develop a mastery of the criminal profiling process. As Turvey demonstrates throughout the text, however, there are various methodological approaches to the practice of criminal profiling. Paramount among these, he argues, is the method known as Behavioral Evidence Analysis, which is described and illustrated in great detail throughout this remarkable book."
    --Daniel B. Kennedy, PhD, Forensic Criminologist, University of Detroit Mercy

    "The third edition of Criminal Profiling is sterling!"
    --Stan Crowder, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Kennesaw State University, GA

    Praise for the previous editions:
    "This text documents the principles of proper criminal profiling and undertakes to establish definite criteria for professionalization...should be reviewed by anyone intent on becoming a professional criminal profiler."

    "...a thorough grounding in what is a relatively new field. This is more than a basic text and...should be required reading for all criminal investigators."

    " important contribution to the systematic study of the behavioural evidence linked to the perpetration of serious crimes...Brent Turvey's opus is a major and much needed step toward professionalism [of criminal profiling.]"

    "Decrying ‘faith-based thinking’ amongst some who call themselves criminal profilers, this work seeks to professionalize criminal profiling by insisting that it rest on a proper background in the behavioral sciences and criminal forensics; hence the secondary label found in the subtitle, "behavioral evidence analysis." The author (together with collaborators) describes the skills, techniques, and methods of this scientifically-oriented criminal profiling in 25 chapters organized into sections on introductory issues, forensic victimology, crime scene analysis, offender characteristics, and professional issues (i.e., ethics and trial testimony)."--4th Edition review in Reference and Research Book News


  • Foreword to the Third Edition

    Foreword to the Second Edition

    Foreword to the First Edition

    Preface to the Fourth Edition

    Criminal Profiling: The Imperatives of Scientific Methodology and a Behavioral Science Education

    Preface to the Third Edition

    The Persistence of Faith-Based Profiling


    About the Authors

    Section 1 An Introduction to Criminal Profiling

    Chapter 1 A History of Criminal Profiling

    Chapter 2 Criminal Profiling: Science, Logic, and Cognition

    Chapter 3 Alternative Methods of Criminal Profiling

    Chapter 4 Forensic Psychology, Forensic Psychiatry, and Criminal Profiling: The Mental Health Professional’s Contribution to Criminal Profiling

    Chapter 5 An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis

    Chapter 6 An Introduction to Crime Scene Analysis

    Section 2 Forensic Victimology

    Chapter 7 Forensic Victimology

    Chapter 8 Sexual Deviance

    Chapter 9 Sexual Asphyxia

    Chapter 10 False Reports

    Section 3 Crime Scene Analysis

    Chapter 11 An Introduction to Crime Reconstruction

    Chapter 12 Crime Scene Characteristics

    Chapter 13 Interpreting Motive

    Chapter 14 Case Linkage: Offender Modus Operandi and Signature

    Chapter 15 Cyberpatterns: Criminal Behavior on the Internet

    Chapter 16 Fire and Explosives: Behavioral Aspects

    Section 4 Offender Characteristics

    Chapter 17 Inferring Offender Characteristics

    Chapter 18 Psychopathy and Sadism: Interpreting Psychopathic and Sadistic Behavior in the Crime Scene

    Chapter 19 Sex Crimes

    Chapter 20 Domestic Homicide

    Chapter 21 Mass Murder

    Chapter 22 Serial Cases: Investigating Pattern Crimes

    Chapter 23 Introduction to Terrorism: Understanding and Interviewing Terrorists

    Appendix-Threshold Assessment: Homicide of Armida Wiltsey

    Section 5 Professional Issues

    Chapter 24 Ethics and the Criminal Profiler

    Chapter 25 Criminal Profiling on Trial: The Admissibility of Criminal Profiling Evidence




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