Profiling: The Psychology of Catching Killers

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The true stories of how professional profilers help catch serial killers.

Profiling reveals the confidential arsenal of tactics that real-life FBI investigators used to solve some of the most horrific murders in modern history. It begins with an overview of how profiling was first developed as a viable technique, followed by illustrated chapters that describe the specific parts of the profiling process:

  • The FBI's crime scene analysis procedure
  • Crime scene facts and evidence
  • The organized and disorganized classifications of violent serial offenders
  • Geographical profiling
  • Types of rape and the clues they leave
  • A serial killer's crime signature
  • Identifying child abductors and abusers
  • Profiling criminals through written documents
  • How profilers work with other investigators and interrogators

Profiling focuses on 50 notorious true crimes to explain profiling, describing how crime scene evidence is processed and revealing the psychological clues and how the profilers helped to solve the case. Some of these headline-grabbing cases are:

  • The Black Dahlia murder investigation
  • David Carpenter, the Trailside Killer
  • Robert Hansen, a highly organized killer who abducted prostitutes and left them in the Alaska wilderness so he could hunt them with a rifle
  • Ted Bundy
  • Jeffrey Dahmer

Profiling is the gripping behind-the-scenes story of a topic that has had fans of Criminal Minds and the CSI series glued to their television screens for many years.

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David Owen has written about military deception, air accident investigations, electric intelligence and computer crime. He is the author of Hidden Evidence, Hidden Secrets, Police Lab and Spies, all published by Firefly Books.

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In the Beginning

The twenty-first century is an increasingly difficult time for the worst of violent criminals. At one time, thieves, murderers, and rapists could have a reasonable hope of getting away with the outrages they committed, provided they managed to escape the scenes of their crimes ahead of police searching for them. Equally, if they could break free of their own backgrounds, family relationships, or the wider communities they lived in, there might be no definite link with the evidence left with their victims to reveal their identities and lead justice to their doors. Blown safes, broken bodies, and terrified victims could in many cases show how a crime was carried out, but not by whom. Unless the witness knew the criminal by name, even an eyewitness description might not prove enough to identify the perpetrator. And if the criminal was new to crime, or seizing a random opportunity to do wrong, then even fingerprints could offer no direct route to their identity, except as a link to further crimes at the same hands.

In time, the development of powerful weapons of forensic science would change the odds facing the potential criminal. Fingerprinting and blood-group analysis, ballistics and tire-print comparisons, toxicology and trace elements, and the ultimate weapon of DNA identification have made almost any crime much more risky. In a world where even a few cells of genetic material can offer a precise match to a single individual, the chances of avoiding retribution are lessening year by year. Even improvements in the infrastructure of law and order, from intercepting cell phone signals to recording images on CCTV cameras, and number-plate recognition software in vehicle monitoring systems for highway junctions and busy city centers, help to tie a criminal to a particular location at a particular time, and in many cases to the commission of the Crime itself.

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