Criminal Profiling: Developing an Effective Science And by Scotia J. Hicks

By Scotia J. Hicks

This ebook goals to rework legal profiling right into a credible technology and perform that would reliably reduction legislations enforcement research. Builds on current perform and learn and demands empirical details which could bring about a valid new technology of legal profiling.

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However, there will not typically be any mutilation of the body. If the victim is killed at home, the body will be left undisturbed. If the victim has been abducted and killed, the body is likely to be dumped. In either case, the perpetrator will attempt to conceal his identity by leaving an organized crime scene, although he will not be satisfied unless he can take credit for the killing by bragging to someone. Suspect Profile This offender is described as being an emotionally primitive male in his early 20s.

Sexual experimentation continues postmortem, as evidenced by localized battery, skin tears, and objects inserted into the body. The condition of the body at the crime scene varies, from being left in a state of undress, to the absence of body parts that the offender has taken as souvenirs. The body may be moved to a second location or buried, and care is taken to avoid leaving evidence that could lead to the offender's detection. This type of offender is organized and commits his crimes away from home.

Torture Turvey (1999) defined torture as "the infliction of severe physical pain as a means of punishment, coercion or offender gratification" (p. 232). The contribution that can be made by criminal profilers is that of establishing the presence of torture during a particular offense. Profiling Process In addition to the key elements described previously, Turvey (1999) offered some general sentiments about the practice of profiling. He advocated for both a scientific basis for profiling, in terms of reliance on physical and behavioral evidence, and an artful process for translating the evidence into information about an offender.

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