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Profiling Violent Crimes

Profiling Violent Crimes
An Investigative Tool

Fourth Edition

December 2008 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"Excellent book, I have used this for my Criminal Behavior course for a number of years. Very authoritative."
—Harry Cramer, Quincy University

The Fourth Edition of this best-selling text provides students with the most up-to-date information on the increasingly popular field of psychological profiling. Well-known authors Ronald M. Holmes and Stephen T. Holmes build upon their continued research and involvement in field investigation as a source of relevant and often high-profile case studies to illustrate theory and application of the methods discussed. The text is particularly readable and engaging, making frequent use of illustrative tables and figures and presenting occasional photos.

New to the Fourth Edition

  • Offers a new chapter on Lizzie Borden (Chapter 14), analyzing this historic murder case with fresh insight and a unique analysis while retaining the chapter on Jack the Ripper, a classic unresolved serial murderer
  • Covers more recent events such as the killings at Northern Illinois University and Virginia Tech
  • Provides a new section on Santeria and the occult to understand the dogma and icons of these teachings and investigates reasons behind crimes committed by some followers
  • Offers guidance to students for online graduate programs, seminars, and degrees in criminal profiling
  • Includes updated tables and crime statistics throughout the text
  • Presents new photos to offer authentic representations of violent crimes and offenders

Intended Audience
This best-seller has long been a successful supplemental text for undergraduate criminology and criminal justice courses, including Criminal Investigation, Criminal Profiling, Violent Crimes, Criminal Behavior, Field Investigation, and Forensic Psychology.

1. Psychological Profiling: An Introduction
Inductive Versus Deductive Profiling  
Goals in Profiling  
Profiling: An Art, Not a Science  
2. Profiling in Fantasy and Fact
Sherlock Holmes: The Master Detective  
Will Graham and The Red Dragon  
Clarice Starling and The Silence of the Lambs  
Zoe Koehler: A Female Serial Murderess  
Alex Cross  
Dr. Laszlo Kreizler: The Alienist and Angel of Darkness  
Other Works of Fiction and Psychological Profiling  
Profililng in Fact  
Profile of a Rape Case  
Case Profile: Mrs. Charlene L. Miller  
3. The Rationale for Psychological Profiling
Personality and Crime  
Common Experiences  
Unique Experiences  
New Ways of Viewing the Personality  
Assumptions of the Profiling Process  
4. Criminal Theories and Psychological Profiling
Theories of Crime and Criminality  
Inidividual Theories of Crime  
Social/Ecological Theories of Crime  
Combining the Disciplines  
5. The Analysis of the Crime Scene
Beyond the Physical Evidence  
Psychological Profiling Typology  
Crime Scene Differences  
6. Arson and Psychological Profiling
What Is Arson?  
Statistics on Arson  
A View of the Firesetter  
Typologies of Firesetters  
Firesetting Experience  
Organized Versus Disorganized Personality  
7. Profiling Serial Murderers
Typology of Serial Murderers  
Spatial Mobility of Serial Killers  
Serial Murderers: General Characteristics  
Profiling A Serial Murder Case  
8. Psychological Profiling and Rape
Definitions of Rape  
Statistics on Rape  
Selected Characteristics of Rapists  
Psychology and Rape  
Typology of Rapists  
9. Pedophilia and Psychological Profiling
Definition of Terms: Child Molester or Pedophile  
Types of Pedophiles  
Profiling Child Molester Types  
Common Threads Among Child Molesters  
10. Autoeroticism
What Is Autoerotic Sexual Behavior?  
Traits and Characteristics fo Autoeroticism Practitioners  
Autoerotic Scene Indicators  
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 Satansim  
Satanic Masses  
Satanic Ceremonies  
Crime Scene Elements  
Santeria and Occult Crimes  
12. Geography, Profiling and Predatory Criminals
The Elements of Geographic Profiling  
The Nature of Geographic Profiling  
Computerized Geographic Analysis  
13. Jack the Ripper
Victim: Mary Ann "Polly" Nichols  
Victim: Annie Chapman  
Victim: Elizabeth Stride  
Victim: Catharine Eddowes  
Victim: Mary Kelly  
Who Was Jack the Ripper?  
14. Lizzie Borden
Key People in the Lizzie Borden Case  
The Murders  
The Crime Scene  
Additional Thoughts  
15. The Victim in Criminal Profiling
Elements in the Victim Profiling Process  
16. The Future of Criminal Profiling
Additional Uses for Profiling  
Education and Training for Profiling  
Computerized Monitoring  
Computerized Profiling  
Online Graduate Programs, Seminars, and Degrees  

This text will be particuarly useful for analysts working in or hoping to go into the criminal field. It provides an understanding of profiling for a number of crime types that will be useful to analysts.

Ms Helen Poole
Social Science , Coventry University
July 15, 2010

Provides excellent information on categories of behaviors.

Dr Gerald Fisher
Government Sociology Dept, Georgia College / State University
April 2, 2010

This book is an excellent suggested reading book for my criminology course.

Dr Pat Nation
Sociology Dept, Park University
February 25, 2010

One of the best texts that I've read. Still trying to encourage adoption, but may be unsuccessful.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE, South University - Montgomery
September 29, 2009

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