Serial Crime

Serial Crime

Theoretical and Practical Issues in Behavioral Profiling

2nd Edition - June 13, 2009

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  • Editor: Wayne Petherick
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080961750

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Serial Crime, Second Edition, examines serial predatory behavior and is divided into two main parts. Part one deals with behavioral profiling, and covers a variety of critical issues from the history of profiling and the theoretical schools of thought to its treatment in the mainstream media. This updated edition includes new sections on the problems of induction, metacognition in criminal profiling, and investigative relevance. Part two deals more specifically with a number of types of serial crime including stalking, rape, murder, and arson. Chapters on each of these crimes provide definitions and thresholds, and discussions of the offenders, the crime, and its dynamics. Considerations for behavioral profiling and investigations and the development of new paradigms in each area are interwoven throughout. Topics are conceptually and practically related since profiling has typically seen most application in serial crimes and similar investigations. The unique presentation of the book successfully connects the concepts and creates links to criminal behavior across crimes—murder, sexual assault, and arson—something no other title does. The connection of serial behavior to profiling, the most useful tool in discovering behavior patterns, is also new to the body of literature available and serves to examine the ideal manner in which profiling can be used in conjunction with behavioral science to positively affect criminal investigations.

Key Features

  • Provides a theoretical and practical foundation for understanding the motivation and dynamics in a range of serial offenses
  • Illustrates the promise, purposes and pitfalls of behavioral profiling in the investigation of various serial crimes
  • Numerous case examples show the real world uses of behavioral profiling in investigations, as well as highlighting a variety of issues in understanding and investigating serial crime

Readership

Upper level undergraduate and graduate students. Academic researchers and professional practitioners

Table of Contents

  • 1. Criminal Profiling: A Continuing History
    Gareth Norris
    2. Induction and Deduction in Criminal Profiling
    Wayne Petherick
    3. Behavioral Consistency, the Homology Assumption and the Problems of Induction
    Wayne Petherick and Claire Ferguson
    4. Criminal Profiling Methods
    Wayne Petherick
    5. The Fallacy of Accuracy in Criminal Profiling
    Wayne Petherick
    6. Investigative Relevance
    Claire Ferguson
    7. Metacognition in Criminal Profiling
    Barry Woodhouse and Wayne Petherick
    8. Profiling as Expert Evidence
    Wayne Petherick, David Field, Andrew Lowe and Elizabeth Fry
    9. Where to from Here?
    Wayne Petherick
    10. Criminal Profilers and the Media: Profiling the Beltway Snipers
    Brent Turvey and Michael McGrath
    11. Serial Stalking: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places?
    Wayne Petherick
    12. Serial Rape: An Investigative Approach
    Terry Goldsworthy
    13. Understanding Serial Sexual Murder: A Biopsychosocial Approach
    Robert J. Homant and Daniel B. Kennedy
    14. Serial Arson
    Ross Brogan

Product details

  • No. of pages: 408
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2009
  • Published: June 13, 2009
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080961750

About the Editor

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

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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