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Criminal Profiling

International Theory, Research, and Practice
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Richard N. Kocsis
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International Perspectives into the Practice and Research of Criminal Profiling Today criminal profiling is no longer viewed as some secretive, mysterious technique that police from the United States of America exc- sively indulge in when seeking to solve high-profile aberrant forms of crime. Although popular culture representations of criminal profiling still mostly favor such depictions by emphasizing this context, the reality is that individuals from a range of occupational and disciplinary backgrounds from around the world are involved in the practice loosely referred to as “criminal profiling. ” Different nomenclature is adopted from time to time to describe essentially the same practice such as “offender profiling,” “psychological profiling,” “pers- ality profiling,” and “crime analysis,” and indeed different techniques are often employed, but nonetheless as an endeavor profiling has expanded both in app- cation and in popularity across the world. Criminal profiling has evolved chiefly because researchers and comm- tators from around the globe have spent many years examining the perpetrators of serious crimes such as murder, rape, and arson. In particular, they have concentrated their efforts on studying the motivations and actions of violent offenders while seeking to document the experiences of both the victims and the perpetrators of crime. Many have also sought to assess the input of inv- tigative experience employed in criminal investigations and the influence of expert witnesses on jury decisions and examined at length the assessment and treatment of the protagonists of crime.

In this book, renowned profiler Dr. Richard Kocsis presents a distinct approach to profiling called Crime Action Profiling or CAP. The volume explains the scope and methodology employed in the studies that the author has undertaken over the past decade and a half. CAP adopts the view that profiling essentially represents a psychological technique that has its foundations in the disciplinary knowledge of forensic psychology.

Dedication Preface List of Contributors Table of Contents Section (I) Profiling crimes of violence 1/ Homicidal syndromes: A clinical psychiatric perspective. George B. Palermo 2/ Offender profiles and crime scene patterns in Belgian sexual murders. Fanny Gerard, Christian Mormont and Richard N. Kocsis 3/ Profiling sexual fantasy: Fantasy in sexual offending and the implications for criminal profiling. Dion Gee and Aleksandra Belofastov 4/ Murder by manual and ligature strangulation: Profiling crime scene behaviors and offender characteristics. HelinŠ HŠkkŠnen 5/ Criminal propensity and criminal opportunity: An investigation of crime scene behavior of sexual aggressors of women. Eric Beauregard, Patrick Lussier and Jean Proulx Section (II) New techniques and applications 6/ Case linkage: Identifying crimes committed by the same offender. Jessica Woodhams, Ray Bull and Clive R. Hollin 7/ Predicting offender profiles from offense and victim characteristics. David P. Farrington and Sandra Lambert 8/ Criminal profiling in a terrorism context. Geoff Dean 9/ Geographic profiling of terrorist attacks. Craig Bennell and Shevaun Corey Section (III) Legal and policy considerations to criminal profiling 10/ Criminal profiling as expert evidence: An international case law perspective. Caroline B. Meyer 11/ Criminal profiling: Impact on mock juror decision making and implications for admissibility. Anne Marie R. Paclebar, Bryan Myers and Jocelyn Brineman 12/ The phenomenon of serial murder and the judicial admission of criminal profiling in Italy. Anglo Zappalá and Dario Bosco 13/ Criminal profiling and public policy. Jeffrey B. Bumgarner 14/ The observations of the French judiciary: A critique of the French Ministry of Justice policy report into criminal analysis. LaurentMontet 15/ The image of profiling: Media treatment and general impressions. James S. Herndon Section (IV) Critiques and conceptual dimensions to criminal profiling 16/ Contemporary problems facing criminal profiling. Richard N. Kocsis and George B. Palermo 17/ Fine-Tuning geographical profiling. Jasper J. van der Kemp and Peter J. van Koppen 18/ Skills and accuracy in criminal profiling. Richard N. Kocsis 19/ Investigative experience and profile accuracy: A replication study. David Gogan 20/ Ideological schools of thought to criminal profiling. Richard N. Kocsis