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Profiling Violent Crimes

An Investigative Tool



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Profiling Violent Crimes: An Investigative Tool by Ronald M. Holmes
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The third edition of Profiling Violent Crimes continues to combine social and behavioral theory with practical criminology research to acquaint professionals and students with the general principles of profiling. The author provides a practical approach to assessing violent crimes and outlines crime scene elements which offer insight not only to the type of crime involved but also the person who may have been involved in the commission of such a crime. He argues that profiling should be used as "yet another forensic tool to complement a thorough investigation".

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements 1. Psychological Profiling: An Introduction Introduction Inductive vs. Deductive Profiling Goals in Profiling Profiling: An Art, Not a Science Conclusion 2. Profiling in Fantasy and Fact Sherlock Holmes: The Master Detective Will Graham and Red Dragon Clarice Starling and The Silence of the Lambs Zoe Koehler: A Female Serial Murderer Dr. Laszlo Kreizler: The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness Other Works of Fiction and Psychological Profiling Profiling in Fact Profile of a Rape Case An Actual Profile: Mrs. Charlene L. Miller Conclusion 3. The Rationale for Psychological Profiling Personality and Crime New Ways of Viewing the Personality Assumptions of the Profiling Process Conclusion 4. Criminal Theories and Psychological Profiling Theories of Crime and Criminality Individual Theories of Crime Social and Ecological Theories of Crime Combining the Disciplines Key Terms 5. Analyzing the Crime Scene Beyond the Physical Evidence Psychological Profiling Typology Crime Scene Differences Conclusion 6. ARSON AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILING What Is Arson? Statistics on Arson A View of the Firesetter Typologies of Firesetters The Pyromaniac's Firesetting Experience Types of Arsonists Organized Versus Disorganized Personality Conclusion 7. Profiling Serial Murderers Typology of Serial Murderers Spatial Mobility of Serial Killers Serial Murderers: General Characteristics Profiling a Serial Murder Case Conclusion 8. Psychological Profiling and Rape Definitions of Rape Statistics on Rape Selected Characteristics of Rapists Typology of Rapists Conclusion 9. Pedophilia and Psychological Profiling Child Molester or Pedophile Types of Pedophiles Profiling Child Molester Types Conclusion 10. Autoeroticism What Is Autoerotic Sex Behavior? Traits and Characteristics of Autoerotic Practioners Autoerotic Scene Indicators Evidence of Past Autoerotic Behaviors Conclusion 11. Profiling Satanic and Cult-Related Murders Roots of Satanism Satanism in the United States The Satanic Bible Types of Personal Involvement in Satanism General Beliefs in Satanism Satanic Masses Satanic Ceremonies Crime Scene Elements Conclusion 12. Geography, Profiling, and Predatory Criminals The Role of Geography The Nature of Geographic Profiling Computerized Geopgraphical Analyses Conclusion 13. Jack the Ripper: A Case for Psychological Profiling Victim: Mary Ann "Polly" Nichols Victim: Annie Chapman Victim: Elizabeth Stride Victim: Catharine Eddowes Victim: Mary Kelly Who Was Jack the Ripper? Conclusion 14. JonBenet Ramsey: The Murder of a Beauty Queen The Principal Players in the Ramsey Murder Case The Morning of the Murder, December 26, 1996 Aftermath of the Investigation The Autopsy Report Conclusion 15. The Victim in Psychological Profiling Elements in the Victim Profiling Process Conclusion 16. Profiling and the Future Additional Uses for Profiling Education and Training for Profiling Computerized Monitoring Computerized Profiling Conclusion References Index About the Authors

Author Biography

Stephen T. Holmes is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida. Prior to this position, he was a social science analyst for the National Institute of Justice in Washington, D.C. He has authored 6 books and more than 15 articles dealing with policing, drug testing, probation and parole issues, and violent crime. He received his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. Ronald M. Holmes is Coroner, in the Jefferson County Coroner's office and Professor Emeritus of Justice Administration at the University of Louisville. He is the author of several books, among them Profiling Violent Crimes, Sex Crimes, and Serial Murder. He is also the author of more than 50 articles appearing in scholarly publications. He is Vice President of the National Center for the Study of Unresolved Homicides and has completed more than 500 psychological profiles for police departments across the United States. He received his doctorate from Indiana University.
Release date NZ
May 7th, 2002
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
3rd Revised edition
SAGE Publications Ltd
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