Criminal Profiling

4th Edition

An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis

Authors: Brent Turvey
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123852434
eBook ISBN: 9780123852441
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 10th May 2011
Page Count: 728
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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

  • Dedication
  • Foreword to the Third Edition
  • Preface to the Fourth Edition Criminal Profiling: The Imperatives of Scientific Methodology and a Behavioral Science Education

    • Methodology
    • Skill identification and development
    • Education
    • Experience
    • Bea
    • References
  • Preface to the Third Edition The Persistence of Faith-Based Profiling

    • Working for god
    • A world of magical thinking
    • The power of media
    • Belief in psychic phenomena
    • Profilers and psychics: special powers?
    • The problem
    • The solution
    • References
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Authors

    • Jansen Ang
    • Eoghan Casey, M.A.
    • Jeffery Chin
    • W. Jerry Chisum, B.S.
    • Craig M. Cooley, J.D.
    • Jodi Freeman, M.Crim.
    • Majeed Khader
    • Michael Mcgrath, M.D.
    • Eunice Tan
    • Angela N. Torres, Ph.D.
    • Brent E. Turvey, M.S.
  • Section 1: An Introduction to Criminal Profiling

    • Chapter 1. A History of Criminal Profiling

      • Publisher Summary
      • Key terms
      • Blood libel
      • Witches and the medieval inquisitions
      • Witches and puritans (1688–1692): goodwife ann glover and the salem witch trials
      • Modern profilers: a multidisciplinary historical perspective
      • Summary
      • Questions
      • References
    • Chapter 2. Criminal Profiling: Science, Logic, and Cognition

      • Publisher Summary
      • Key terms
      • Bias
      • Science and the scientific method
      • Metacognition
      • Summary
      • Questions
      • References
    • Chapter 3. Alternative Methods of Criminal Profiling

      • Publisher Summary
      • Key terms
      • Idiographic versus nomothetic study
      • Nomothetic profiling and nomothetic profilers
      • Crimin


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About the Author

Brent Turvey

Brent E. Turvey spent his first years in college on a pre-med track only to change his course of study once his true interests took hold. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University in Psychology, with an emphasis on Forensic Psychology, and an additional Bachelor of Science degree in History. He went on to receive his Masters of Science in Forensic Science after studying at the University of New Haven, in West Haven, Connecticut. Since graduating in 1996, Brent has consulted with many agencies, attorneys, and police departments in the United States, Australia, China, Canada, Barbados and Korea on a range of rapes, homicides, and serial/ multiple rape/ death cases, as a forensic scientist and criminal profiler. He has also been court qualified as an expert in the areas of criminal profiling, forensic science, victimology, and crime reconstruction. In August of 2002, he was invited by the Chinese People's Police Security University (CPPSU) in Beijing to lecture before groups of detectives at the Beijing, Wuhan, Hanzou, and Shanghai police bureaus. In 2005, he was invited back to China again, to lecture at the CPPSU, and to the police in Beijing and Xian - after the translation of the 2nd edition of his text into Chinese for the University. In 2007, he was invited to lecture at the 1st Behavioral Sciences Conference at the Home Team (Police) Academy in Singapore, where he also provided training to their Behavioral Science Unit. In 2012 Brent completed his PhD in Criminology from Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia. He 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 is currently a full partner, Forensic Scientist, C

Affiliations and Expertise

Forensic Solutions LLC, Sitka, AK; USA Director, The Institute of Forensic Investigation & Criminal Profiling, Aguascalientes, MX


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