Criminal Profiling

Criminal Profiling

An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis

3rd Edition - April 16, 2008

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  • Editor: Brent Turvey
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080569352

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Now in its third edition, Criminal Profiling is established as an industry standard text. It moves evidence-based criminal profiling into a full embrace of the scientific method with respect to examining and interpreting behavioral evidence. If focuses on criminal profiling as an investigative and forensic process, helping to solve crime through an honest understanding of the nature and behavior of the most violent criminals. Throughout the text, the author outlines specific principles and practice standards for Behavioral Evidence Analysis, focusing on the application of theory and method to real cases. Criminal Profiling, Third Edition, is an ideal companion for students and professionals alike, including investigators, forensic scientists, criminologists, mental health professionals, and attorneys. With contributing authors representing law enforcement, academic, mental health, and forensic science communities, it offers a balanced perspective not found in other books on this subject. Readers will use it as a comprehensive reference text, a handbook for evaluating physical evidence, a tool to bring new perspectives to cold cases, and as an aid in preparing for criminal trials.

Key Features

  • Best-selling author Brent Turvey defines the deductive profiling method, which focuses on examining the nature and behavior of criminals in order to solve crimes
  • Contributing authors represent law enforcement, academic, mental health, and forensic science communities for a balanced perspective
  • Completely revised with 35% new material including updates on the latest advances in evidence-based profiling

    New to this edition
  • New cases in every chapter
  • New chapters in logic and reasoning
  • New chapter reviewing non-evidence based profiling methods
  • New chapter on mass homicide
  • New chapter on terrorist profiling and interviewing


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.

Table of Contents

  • A History of Criminal Profiling
    Criminal Profiling, The Scientific Method and Logic
    Nomothetic Methods of Criminal Profiling
    Forensic Psychology, Forensic Psychiatry, and Criminal Profiling
    Behavioral Evidence Analysis: An Ideo-Deductive Method of Criminal Profiling
    An Introduction to Crime Reconstruction
    Crime Scene Analysis
    Wound Pattern Analysis
    Staged Crime Scenes
    Criminal Motivation
    Case Linkage: Offender Modus Operandi & Signature
    False Reports
    The Psychological Autopsy
    Fire and Explosives: Behavioral Aspects
    Domestic Homicide
    Mass Homicide
    Introduction to Terrorism: Understanding and Interviewing Terrorists
    Offender Characteristics: Rendering the Profile
    Psychopathy and Sadism: Interpreting Psychopathic & Sadistic Behavior in the Crime Scene
    Sexual Asphyxia
    Serial Crime
    Cyberpatterns: Criminal Behavior on the Internet
    Criminal Profiling on Trial: The Admissibility of Criminal Profiling Evidence
    Ethics and the Criminal Profiler

Product details

  • No. of pages: 824
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2008
  • Published: April 16, 2008
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080569352

About the Editor

Brent Turvey

Brent Turvey
Brent Turvey, PhD is the author of Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Editions (1999, 2002, 2008, 2011); co- author of the Rape Investigation Handbook, 1st and 2nd Editions (2004, 2011), Crime Reconstruction 1st and 2nd Editions (2006, 2011), Forensic Victimology (2008) and Forensic Fraud (2013) - all with Elsevier Science. He hold an MS in Forensic Science and a PhD in Criminology. He is a full partner, Forensic Scientist, Criminal Profiler, and Instructor with Forensic Solutions, LLC, and The Forensic Criminology Institute. Dr. Turvey also maintains a caseload of femicides (e.g., sexual homicides, gender motivated homicides), pre-femicidal violence, trafficking, and human rights cases in Latin America. Many of these are related to drug trafficking and human trafficking. This involves the implementation of the UN Model Protocol for Femicide Investigation in Latin America, with The Forensic Criminology Institute’s Behavioral Science Lab (BSL). In operation since 2019, the BSL collaborates with USAID, The United Nations, and The Attorney Generals Office in Bogota DC, providing international support and training to attorneys , investigators and forensic professionals.

Affiliations and Expertise

MS in Forensic Science and a PhD in Criminology. He is a full partner, Forensic Scientist, Criminal Profiler, and Instructor with Forensic Solutions, LLC, and The Forensic Criminology Institute.

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