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Criminal profiling : an introduction to behavioral evidence analysis
Turvey, Brent E.
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Second edition.
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San Diego, Calif. : Academic Press, [2002]

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xxviii, 717 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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Criminal Profiling is a unique work centered on the deductive profiling method developed by the author and motivated by the limited knowledge available regarding the criminal profiling process. Deductive profiling is different from other forms of profiling in that it focuses on criminal profiling as an investigative process, solving real crime through an honest understanding of the nature and behavior of criminals. It approaches each criminal incident as its own universe of behaviors and relationships. Throughout the text, the author illustrates and emphasizes the most crucial tenet that any good criminal profiler should adhere to: the enthusiastic desire to investigate and examine the facts.

This Second Edition contains the same core knowledge that made the first edition a best-seller while introducing a wealth of new material. This expanded and thoroughly revised edition includes a completely new set of case studies including the Sam Sheppard trial. New chapters include expanded coverage on false reports, psychological autopsies, criminal profiling in court, stalking, domestic homicide, sexual asphyxia, and staged crime scenes.

Contributors include: John J. Baeza, Eoghan Casey, W. Jerry Chisum, Dana S. La Fon, Michael McGrath, Wayne Petherick.

Author Notes

Brent E. Turvey spent his first years in college on a pre-med track only to change his course of study once his true interests took hold. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University in Psychology, with an emphasis on Forensic Psychology, and an additional Bachelor of Science degree in History. He went on to receive his Masters of Science in Forensic Science after studying at the University of New Haven, in West Haven, Connecticut.

Since graduating in 1996, Brent has consulted with many agencies, attorneys, and police departments in the United States, Australia, China, Canada, Barbados and Korea on a range of rapes, homicides, and serial/ multiple rape/ death cases, as a forensic scientist and criminal profiler. He has also been court qualified as an expert in the areas of criminal profiling, forensic science, victimology, and crime reconstruction. In August of 2002, he was invited by the Chinese People's Police Security University (CPPSU) in Beijing to lecture before groups of detectives at the Beijing, Wuhan, Hanzou, and Shanghai police bureaus. In 2005, he was invited back to China again, to lecture at the CPPSU, and to the police in Beijing and Xian - after the translation of the 2nd edition of his text into Chinese for the University. In 2007, he was invited to lecture at the 1st Behavioral Sciences Conference at the Home Team (Police) Academy in Singapore, where he also provided training to their Behavioral Science Unit. In 2012 Brent completed his PhD in Criminology from Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia.

He is the author of Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Editions (1999, 2002, 2008, 2011); co- author of the Rape Investigation Handbook, 1st and 2nd Editions (2004, 2011), Crime Reconstruction 1st and 2nd Editions (2006, 2011), Forensic Victimology (2008) and Forensic Fraud (2013) - all with Elsevier Science. He is currently a full partner, Forensic Scientist, Criminal Profiler, and Instructor with Forensic Solutions, LLC, and an Adjunct Professor of Justice Studies at Oklahoma City University. He can be contacted via email at:

Table of Contents

1 A History of Criminal Profiling
2 Inductive Criminal Profiling
3 Deductive Criminal Profiling
4 Case Assessment
5 An Introduction to Crime Reconstruction
6 Evidence Dynamics
7 Wound Pattern Analysis
8 Victimology
9 The Psychological Autopsy
10 False Reports
11 Crime Scene Characteristics
12 Organized vs. Disorganized - A False Dichotomy
13 Understanding Modus Operandi
14 Staged Crime Scenes
15 Understanding Offender Signature
16 Criminal Motivation
17 Offender Characteristics
18 Criminal Profiling in Court
19 Fire and Explosives: Behavioral Aspects
20 Psychopathic Behavior
21 Sadistic Behavior
22 Domestic Homicides
23 Sexual Asphyxia
24 Stalking
25 Serial Homicide
26 Sadistic Rape
27 Cyberpatterns: Criminal Behavior on the Internet
28 Ethics and the Criminal Profiler
Appendix I The Academy of Behavioral Profiling: Criminal Profiling Guidelines
Appendix II The Estate of Samuel H. Sheppard v. Ohio
Criminal Profiling in the Death of Marilyn Reese Sheppard
Appendix III Threshold Assessment: Wisconsin v. John Maloney
Post Conviction Review of an Alleged Arson-Murder
Appendix IV Threshold Assessment: Leanne S. Holland, Homicide
Post Conviction Review of Child Sexual Homicide in Australia
Appendix V Threshold Assessment: Illinois v. Gerald Simonson
Post Conviction Review of a Sexual Homicide
Appendix VI Linkage Analysis: California v. Wayne Adam Ford
Post Conviction Review of an Alleged Arson-Murder