Profiling and Serial Crime

Profiling and Serial Crime

Theoretical and Practical Issues

3rd Edition - December 2, 2012

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  • Author: Wayne Petherick
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124059016
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781455731749

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Profiling and Serial Crime examines the principles of behavioral profiling and then applies them to serial crime. This book is a completely revised and updated edition of an excellent text on behavioral profiling and serial crime. It provides a theoretical and practical foundation for understanding the motivation and dynamics in a range of serial offenses. Part I of the book deals with the history, crucial issues, methods, theory, and treatment in the mainstream media. Part II discusses serial crime in detail, including bullying, stalking, rape, murder, and arson. The title of this edition reflects the focus on profiling as well as serial crime and has been updated throughout with the latest research. New to this edition are five all-new chapters, including serial harassment and cyber-bullying and the motivations of victim and offender; two replacement chapters on serial rape and serial arson; enhanced pedagogy to keep students focused on what’s important; and new ancillary materials for both instructor and student. The book consists of ancillary online materials for instructors and students, including lecture slides, test bank and case studies. Numerous case examples are included to show the real world uses of behavioral profiling in investigations. This book will appeal to professionals and students in criminal justice and forensic psychology programs, as well as those taking courses in criminal profiling, especially courses on serial crime.

Key Features

  • Provides a theoretical and practical foundation for understanding the motivation and dynamics in a range of serial offenses
  • Ancillary online materials for instructors and students, including lecture slides, test bank and case studies
  • Numerous case examples show the real world uses of behavioral profiling in investigations

Readership

Criminal justice and forensic psychology programs. Courses in criminal profiling, especially courses on serial crime. Secondary: Graduate courses and professionals.

Table of Contents

  • Preface: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

    Digital Assets

    For the Instructor

    For the Student

    About the Authors

    Wayne Petherick, PhD

    Ross Brogan, MA (Fire Investigation)

    Nathan Brooks, GradDip Psych, MPsych (Forensic), BPsychSc

    Claire Ferguson, PhD

    Elizabeth Fry, MCrim

    David Field, LLB

    Robert Homant, PhD

    Yolande Huntingdon, BSocSci (Criminology)

    Alicia Jenkins BPsychSci (Hons), PhD Candidate

    Daniel B. Kennedy, PhD

    Andrew Lowe, BSocSci (Criminology)

    Michael McGrath, MD

    Gareth Norris, PhD

    Grant Sinnamon, BPsych (Hons), PhD (Candidate)

    Barry Woodhouse MPsych (Forensic)

    Part I: Profiling

    1. The Evolution of Criminal Profiling: From Whitechapel to Quantico and Beyond

    Introduction

    Early Beginnings

    Conclusion

    Questions

    References

    2. Induction and Deduction in Criminal Profiling

    Introduction

    Logic and Criminal Profiling

    Inductive Criminal Profiling

    Applied Inductive Profiling

    Deductive Criminal Profiling

    The Logic of Deductive Profiling

    Practical Application of Deductive Profiling

    Conclusion

    Questions

    References

    3. Behavioral Consistency, the Homology Assumption, and the Problems of Induction

    Introduction

    Behavioral Consistency

    The Homology Assumption

    The Problems of Induction

    The Relevance of Risk Assessment Research

    The Problem of Case Linkage

    Conclusion

    Questions

    References

    4. Criminal Profiling Methods

    Introduction

    Criminal Profiling: What Is It?

    Criminal Investigative Analysis

    Investigative Psychology

    Geographic Profiling (Geoprofiling)

    The Least Effort Principle

    Distance Decay

    The Circle Hypothesis

    Geographic Profiling Computer Systems

    Diagnostic Evaluations

    Behavioral Evidence Analysis

    Conclusion

    Questions

    References

    5. Geographical Profiling: From Pins in Maps to GIS

    Introduction

    Theories of Spatial Behavior

    The Center of Gravity

    Kim Rossmo and David Canter

    Application of Geographical Theories

    An Investigative Method in Its Own Right?

    Conclusion

    Questions

    References

    6. The Fallacy of Accuracy

    Introduction

    The Fallacy of Accuracy

    The Measure of Success

    Accuracy Rates

    Problems

    Suggestions

    Conclusion

    Questions

    References

    7. Offender Signature and Case Linkage

    Introduction

    Identification vs Individualization

    Investigative Profiles vs Probative Profiles

    Contextuality

    Signature

    New Jersey v. Fortin

    Conclusion

    Questions

    References

    8. Staged Crime Scenes–Literature and Types

    Introduction

    Definitions

    Staging as Deception

    Definition of Deception

    Detecting Deception

    Staged Crime Scenes: The Literature

    The Defects of the Situation

    Conclusion

    Questions

    References

    9. Investigative Relevance

    Introduction

    Goals of Profiling and Inputs and Outputs

    Inputs and Outputs

    Accuracy, Utility, and Investigative Relevance

    An Analysis of Investigative Relevance

    Results

    Discussion

    Interpretation of Results

    Conclusion

    Questions

    References

    10. Metacognition in Criminal Profiling

    Introduction

    Metacognition

    The Woodhouse Study

    Results

    Discussion

    Methodological Considerations

    Conclusion

    Questions

    References

    Appendix A: Metacognition in Criminal Profiling Questionnaire

    11. Criminal Profiling as Expert Evidence

    Introduction

    Criminal Profiling as Expert Evidence

    State of Mind and Intent

    Similar Fact Evidence

    Staging

    Rules of Expert Evidence

    Australian Rules of Evidence

    The Latest Indications on the Status of Profiling

    Recommendations

    Conclusion

    Questions

    References

    12. Where to From Here?

    Introduction

    Professionalization

    The Scientific Method

    Research

    Ethics

    Accountability

    Education and Training

    Conclusion

    Questions

    References

    Part II: Serial Crime

    13. Serial Bullying and Harassment

    Introduction

    Bullying in Schools

    Studies on Best Practice Interventions

    Bully–Victim Mediation: A Caution

    Workplace Bullying

    Cyberbullying

    Harassment

    Bullying, Harassment, and Criminological Theory

    Conclusion

    Questions

    References

    14. Serial Stalking: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places?

    Introduction

    What Is Stalking?

    What Makes Something Serial?

    Incidence and Prevalence

    What Can Be Done about It?

    Case Studies

    Conclusion

    Questions

    References

    15. Serial Rape

    Introduction

    Rape and Sexual Assault

    Serial Rape and Rapists

    Date Rape

    Characteristics

    Prevalence and Reporting

    Evolutionary Perspectives

    Evolutionary Perspective: A Contribution

    Psychopathology

    Theories of Rape

    The Investigation

    Conclusion

    Questions

    References

    16. Understanding Serial Sexual Murder: A Biopsychosocial Approach

    Introduction

    Defining Serial Killing

    Types of Serial Killers

    Organized vs. Disorganized Serial Killers

    Incidence of Serial Killing

    Serial Sexual Sadistic Killing

    Theories of Serial Sexual Sadistic Killing

    Arrigo and Purcell: Lust Murder as a Paraphilia

    Sociological Factors

    Future Directions

    Conclusion: Understanding the Serial Sexual Killer

    Questions

    References

    17. Serial Arson

    Introduction

    Methodology of Fire Investigation

    The Arsonist

    Case Studies

    Conclusion

    Acknowledgements

    Questions

    References

    18. Motivations: Offender and Victim Perspectives

    Introduction

    Motive: A Pathways Perspective

    The Motivational Typologies

    The Victim’s Perspective

    Theoretical Background

    Victim Precipitation

    Victim Motivation Typology

    Typologies and Disordered Personality

    Personality Disorders

    Personality Disorders and the Victim and Perpetrator Motivation Typology

    Conclusion

    Questions

    References

    Glossary

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 480
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: December 2, 2012
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124059016
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781455731749

About the Author

Wayne Petherick

Wayne Petherick is Associate Professor of Criminology at Bond University in Australia. Wayne’s areas of interest include forensic criminology, forensic victimology, criminal motivations, criminal profiling, and applied crime analysis. He has worked on risk and threat cases, a mass homicide, stalking, rape, and a variety of civil suits involving premises liability and crime prevention. He has presented to audiences in Australia and abroad, and has published in a variety of areas including social science and legal works in the areas of criminal profiling, expert evidence, stalking, serial crimes, criminal motivations, and victimology. Wayne is co-editor of Forensic Criminology, and editor of Profiling and Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues, now in its third edition.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Criminology, Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

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  • Ivan Sun Aug 07 2022

    A great textbook on Criminal Profiling

    An excellent textbook to learn and teach what criminal profiling is and how to use it scientifically. Hope to see sooner a 4th Edition.

  • Dr. S. Mon May 14 2018

    Profiling and Serial Crime

    Profiling is a serious subject matter and Petherick is artful in his ability to examine serial crime through the use of behavioral profiling. Which demonstrates the utility of profiling as an investigative and forensic process. I would recommend this text for anyone who is interested in learning about the process of profiling and serial crime. It is ideal for students and professional alike, including investigators, forensic examiners, criminologists, attorneys, and other criminal justice professionals. Instructors within these professions will find it invaluable as a required text for their graduate level courses.

  • Dr. S. Wed Jan 24 2018

    Profiling and Serial Crime

    After reviewing the book I have to say this is one of Dr. Petherick's best texts' to date. I am looking forward to using it in my graduate course.