Criminal Profiling

An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis


  • Brent Turvey, Forensic Solutions LLC, Sitka, AK, USA

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.
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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.


Book information

  • Published: May 2011
  • 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 ā€˜faith-based thinkingā€™ 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

Table of Contents

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 Professionalā€™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