Focused on Behavioral Evidence Analysis (BEA), a method of criminal profiling developed and refined by the author over the past 15 years, the fourth edition of Criminal Profiling maintains the same core foundation that made previous editions best sellers in the professional and academic community worldwide. Written from practicing behavioral analysts and aspiring students alike, this work emphasizes an honest understanding of crime and criminals. Newly updated, mechanisms for the examination and classification of both victim and offender behavior have been improved. In addition to refined approaches towards victimology, crime scene analysis, motivation and case linkage, a chapter on sexual deviance has been added as well. 
With prior edition in wide use as a primary text in criminal justice, law, criminology, and behavioral science programs around the world, Criminal Profiling, Fourth Edition remains essential for students and professionals alike.

Key Features

  • Outlines the scientific principles and practice standards of BEA-oriented criminal profiling, with an emphasis on applying theory to real cases.
  • Contributing authors from law enforcement, academic, mental health and forensic science communities provide a balance perspective.
  • Complete glossary of key terms
    Companion Web site includes all appendices from previous volumes and figure collection at
  • Manual Web site provides an instructor’s manual for each chapter, powerpoint slideshows, and case reports from Brent Turvey’s work.


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

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 Acknowledgments 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


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2013 Textbook Excellence Awards (Texty), Text and Academic Authors Association


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 sc