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The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds

The Forensic Psychology of Criminal Minds

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by Katherine Ramsland
     
 

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The bestselling author of The Forensic Science of C.S.I. examines the real-life cases behind the hit television series Criminal Minds

Week after week, the hit TV show Criminal Minds gives viewers a look inside the psyches of the fictional serial killers tracked by the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit). This elite team of FBI agents

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The bestselling author of The Forensic Science of C.S.I. examines the real-life cases behind the hit television series Criminal Minds

Week after week, the hit TV show Criminal Minds gives viewers a look inside the psyches of the fictional serial killers tracked by the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit). This elite team of FBI agents travels the country assisting law enforcement officials by examining the crime scene, "profiling" the perpetrator, and aiding in arrest and interrogation. In this book Katherine Ramsland reveals how reality differs from fiction and how forensic psychologists actually use their knowledge of human behavior and motivations as consultants in criminal investigations-as well as detailing the real cases that influenced some of Criminal Minds's most memorable episodes.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Diane Colson
Using the popular television show Criminal Minds as a springboard into the subject, Ramsland tackles the fascinating stories behind the evolution of criminal behavioral profiling. Readers hoping for insight into the television show characters may find it disappointing that the stars of the book are real FBI agents who fought for the credence of psychological profiling in a world of hard facts and visible evidence. Ramsland, who has published numerous books on aberrant criminal behavior, pulls the reader from one grisly crime scene to another, deftly weaving together the elements of behavioral profiling as it has evolved over the past several decades. For example, FBI agents had to learn not to rely solely on the information a killer gives in a confession or interview, since these details are just as likely to be fabricated as real. Although the pages are packed with descriptions of the gruesome acts of depraved serial killers, Ramsland manages an analytical rather than sensational tone. If anything, the narrative could use a bit more punch to engage the wandering attention of teen readers. There are no photographs at all. Nevertheless, aficionados of true crime should be delighted by the extensive knowledge that Ramsland brings to the topic. Also helpful are the glossary, source notes, and index, which make the book useful for research on specific crimes and related topics. Reviewer: Diane Colson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425232262
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/02/2010
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
145,191
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D. numbers among her degrees a master's in forensic psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has published thirty-six books and is an internationally recognized expert on serial murder.

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