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An Investigator's Guide to Profiling

Kidnapping: An Investigator's Guide to Profiling is based on a three-part analysis of 100 randomly selected kidnapping cases prosecuted in the United States that have survived Supreme Court appeal. The results of the analysis are incorporated into each chapter as part of the exploration of the inductive profile of each subtype, thereby offering a statistically based tool that can inform investigative strategies and the allocation of limited resources. The analysis includes standardized input from four levels of professional law enforcement including a forensic psychologist, a crime analyst, a detective, and a city prosecutor. Kidnapping: An Investigator's Guide to Profiling is an excellent resource for law enforcement and mental health professionals who are investigating and analyzing specific incidents of kidnapping, and will also appeal to the 6,000+ members of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).

Law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys, mental health professionals, ASIS, and undergraduate students in criminal justice

Hardbound, 240 Pages

Published: March 2008

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-374031-1


  • Chapter One: IntroductionChapter Two: The History of U.S. Kidnapping Laws Chapter Three: Domestic KidnappingChapter Four: Predatory Kidnapping-Adult VictimChapter Five: Predatory Kidnapping-Child VictimChapter Six: Profit KidnappingChapter Seven: Revenge KidnappingChapter Eight: Staged KidnappingChapter Nine: Political KidnappingAppendix A: Summary of Subtype Characteristics by PercentageAppendix B: Summary of Subtype Characteristics by ElementAppendix C: Mental Health Response to KidnappingAppendix D: Drill Exercises


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