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This particular Kindle collection consists primarily of the landmark articles written by members of the Behavioral Science Units, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, at the FBI Academy. These seminal publications in the history of FBI profiling were released by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of the information on serial killers provided by the FBI's Training Division.
The Serial Killer & FBI Profiling Collection
Criminal Profiling from Crime Scene Analysis by John Douglas, Robert Ressler, Ann Burgess & Carol Hartman
This seminal publication in the history of FBI profiling was released by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of the information on serial killers provided by the FBI's Training Division and Behavioral Science Unit at Quantico, Virginia. Topics addressed include:
A Criminal Investigative Analysis of Jack The Ripper by John Douglas
Originally published in 1988, this previously classified FBI dossier documents the criminal investigative analysis prepared by criminal profiling pioneer John Douglas; who at the time of writing was a special agent at the FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC).
In presenting his analysis of the infamous Jack The Ripper serial murder case, Douglas addressed a number of key areas, these included:
CRIME SCENE ANALYSIS
OFFENDER TRAITS & CHARACTERISTICS
PRE-AND POST-OFFENSE BEHAVIORAL PATTERNS
Note From The Editor
As well as been able to read this classic publication in full, links to a series of information resources have also been included for anybody who would like to learn more about criminal profiling.
Articles From Interviews With 36 Sexual Murderers: FBI Behavioral Science Unit Publication
Presenting two landmark articles written by members of the Behavioral Science Units, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, at the FBI Academy which were released by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of the information on serial killers provided by the FBI's Training Division.
The articles arose from the interviews conducted by FBI Special Agents with incarcerated sexual murderers; a sub-sample of 36 sexual murderers was selected for analysis with the aim of fostering an understanding of some of the dynamics behind sexually deviant behavior and to develop further information for profiling such murders.
The Men Who Murdered:
The first article presents a series of general statements regarding what the FBI Special Agents learned about the 36 sexual murderers in relation to such things as; background characteristics, family background, attitudes and beliefs.
The Split Reality of Homicide:
The second article presents the thoughts and beliefs articulated by the murderers themselves. The structure of conscious motives for murder is discussed, as is what happens when the fantasy of murder is played out through its various phases. By presenting an interpretation of the fantasy's importance to the serial killer, the article seeks to suggest perspectives for law enforcement on the investigation of sexual homicide.
Serial Murder: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives For Investigators by The U.S Department of Justice
In 2005 the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, Behavioral Analysis Unit hosted a 5 day symposium on serial murder. The goal of the Symposium was to bring together a group of respected experts on serial murder from a variety of fields and specialties, to identify the commonalities of knowledge regarding serial murder.
A total of 135 subject matter experts attended the five-day event. These individuals included law enforcement officials who have successfully investigated and apprehended serial killers; mental health, academic, and other experts who have studied serial killers and shared their expertise through education and publication; officers of the court, who have judged, prosecuted, and defended serial killers; and members of the media, who inform and educate the public when serial killers strike.
The agenda encompassed a variety of topics related to serial murder including common myths, definitions, typologies, pathology and causality, forensics, the role of the media, prosecution issues, investigative task force organization, and major case management issues.
This invaluable publication is based on the input and discussion of the attendees on the major issues related to serial murder. The contents are based upon the notes taken during the presentations, panel discussions, and break-out group sessions. These were:
A Psychological Assessment of Crime Profiling by Richard Ault & James Reese
A Psychological Assessment of Crime Profiling is one of a series of landmark articles written by members of the Behavioral Science Units, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, at the FBI Academy.
This particular Kindle collection consists of classic articles and book chapters about psychotherapy from such luminaries as Carl Rogers, Albert Bandura, Albert Ellis and Thomas Szasz. See following link for full details.