An Investigator’s Guide


  • Diana Concannon, Psy.D., PCI, California School of Forensic Studies, Alliant International University

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 kidnapping 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.

In addition to chapters pertaining to the kidnapping subtypes - Domestic Kidnapping, Predatory Kidnapping-Adult Victim, Predatory Kidnapping-Child Victim, Profit Kidnapping, Revenge Kidnapping, Staged Kidnapping, and Political Kidnapping - an introductory chapter is dedicated to the evolution of U.S. kidnapping law and intervention strategies, including a review of relevant case law (Megan's Law, Amber Alert). Appendices include a concise summary of all the subtypes and Tabletop Drills that law enforcement can use to support potential kidnapping victims prepare and better respond to a kidnapping threat.  The second edition also includes a discussion of the relationship between kidnapping and human trafficking, as well as a new Appendix focused upon effective interview strategies with the victim-witness.

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


Book information

  • Published: July 2013
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-408065-2

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: The History of U.S. Kidnapping Laws
Chapter Three: Domestic Kidnapping
Chapter Four: Predatory Kidnapping-Adult Victim
Chapter Five: Predatory Kidnapping-Child Victim
Chapter Six: Profit Kidnapping
Chapter Seven: Revenge Kidnapping
Chapter Eight: Staged Kidnapping
Chapter Nine: Political Kidnapping
Chapter Ten: Science and Civil Liberty
Appendix A: Summary of Subtype Characteristics by Percentage
Appendix B: Summary of Subtype Characteristics by Element
Appendix C: Mental Health Response to Kidnapping
Appendix D: Drill Exercises
Appendix E:  The Victim-Witness