Criminal Profiling From Crime Scene Analysis


The aim of Inside the Criminal Mind: A Forensic Psychology eBook Collection Special is to showcase all the major articles written by members of the Behavioral Science Units, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, at the FBI Academy.

Criminal Profiling From Crime Scene Analysis by John E. Douglas, Robert K Ressler, Ann W Burgess & Carol R Hartman is the third article in this collection.

Details

A seminal publication in the history of FBI profiling. Topics addressed include.

  • The history of criminal profiling
  • The profiling of murderers
  • The criminal-profile-generating process
  • Homicide type and style
  • Abstract

    Since the 1970s, investigative profilers at the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit (now part of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime) have been assisting local, state, and federal agencies in narrowing investigations by providing criminal personality profiles. An attempt is now being made to describe this criminal-profile-generating process. A series of five overlapping stages lead to the sixth stage, or the goal of apprehension of the offender: (1) profiling inputs, (2) decision-process models, (3) crime assessment, (4) the criminal profile, (5) investigation, and (6) apprehension. Two key feedback filters in the process are: (a) achieving congruence with the evidence, with decision models, and with investigation recommendations, and (6) the addition of new evidence.

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