Investigative Psychology: Offender Profiling and the Analysis of Criminal Action / Edition 1

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This ground-breaking text is the first to provide a detailed overview of Investigative Psychology, from the earliest work through to recent studies, including descriptions of previously unpublished internal reports. Crucially it provides a framework for students to explore this exciting terrain, combining Narrative Theory and an Action Systems framework. It includes empirically tested models for Offender Profiling and guidance for investigations, as well as an agenda for research in Investigative Psychology.

Investigative Psychology features:

  • The full range of crimes from fraud to terrorism, including burglary, serial killing, arson, rape, and organised crime
  • Important methodologies including multi-dimensional scaling and the Radex approach as well as Social Network Analysis
  • Geographical Offender Profiling, supported by detailed analysis of the underlying psychological processes that make this such a valuable investigative decision support tool
  • The full range of investigative activities, including effective information collection, detecting deception and the development of decision support systems.

In effect, this text introduces an exciting new paradigm for a wide range of psychological contributions to all forms of investigation within and outside of law enforcement. Each chapter has actual cases and quotations from offenders and ends with questions for discussion and research, making this a valuable text for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Applied and Forensic Psychology, Criminology, Socio-Legal Studies and related disciplines.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470023976
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/23/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 486
  • Sales rank: 817,569
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents



PART I The Road to Investigative Psychology.

The Emergence of Investigative Psychology from OffenderProfiling.

1 Introducing Investigative Psychology.

Psychology and Investigations.

The Emergence of IP.

Origins in 'Offender Profiling'.

The Investigative Cycle.

Disciplines Drawn On by IP.

Mind the Gap – Bridging Policing and Psychology.

System Integration versus Expert Opinion.

Questions that Investigative Psychologists Ask.

Beyond Crime and Criminals.

Linking Theory and Practice – The Book Ahead.


Further Reading.

Questions for Discussion and Research.

2 Foundations: Description and Classification.

Psychology and Investigations.

Historical Background.

‘Profiling’ Emerges.

The Significance of Inference.

Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling.

3 The Coming of the Informed Detective.

Medical Contributions.

From Fact to Fiction to Fact.

Distinguishing Deduction and Induction.

Reverse Diagnosis.

Serial Killers.

Jack the Ripper.

Beyond Speculation.

4 The Age of Profiling and the Road to InvestigativePsychology.

Understanding Criminal Actions.

The Emergence of Investigative Advice.

The FBI Behavioral Science Unit.

The Emergence of Investigative Psychology.

PART II Fundamentals.

A Framework for Studying Criminal Actions and Inferencesabout Offenders.

5 The Radex of Criminality.

The A - > C Equations.

The Hierarchy of Criminal Variation.

A Model of Criminal Variation.

The Radex of Criminality.

Development and Change.

6 Personal Narratives of Crime.

The Narratives of Criminality.

Empirical Study of Criminal Narratives.

Scripts and Narratives.

7 Finding Action Patterns and Drawing Profiles.

Criminal Actions.


The Basis for Inferences.

An Action System of Crime Differentiation.

The Example of Arson.

Narratives as Action Systems.

Forms of Inference: Towards a Narrative Action System Model ofInference.

8 Criminal Psychogeography.

Modelling Criminals' Use of Space.

The Behavioural Approach and Propinquity.

The Cognitive Approach and Morphology of Crime Locations.

Settings for Personal Narratives.

The Value of Imaginary Maps.

Temporal Changes.

Emotionality, Crime Type and Distance.

Challenges to the Study of Criminal Geography.

Research Agenda.

9 Investigative Information.

The Challenges of Investigative Information.

Weaknesses in Identification and Eyewitness Testimony.

Investigative Interviewing.

Interview Procedures.

The Cognitive Interview.


Research Approach to Investigative Information.

10 Suspect Interviewing and Deception.

The People of the Drama: Explanatory Roles in the Investigationof Crime.

Strengths and Constraints of Investigative Information.


Ekman's IEE Approach.

Psychophysiological Lie Detectors.

The Reid Approach to Interrogation.

False Confessions.

False Allegations.

Written Accounts.

PART III Profiling Criminal Actions.

Models of Offending Behaviour and Applications ofInvestigative Psychology.

11 Acquisitive Crime.

Differentiating Acquisitive Crime.

Problems with Typologies.


Modelling Burglary.

Offending Styles: A Narrative Action System for Burglary.


Modelling Robbery.

Modelling Fraud.

Differentiating Fraud and Fraudsters.

Narratives of Fraud.

12 Sexual Offences.

The Role of the Victim in Violent Crime.

Strategies for Destruction of the Person.

Differentiating Rape.

Identifying Different Styles of Rape Action.

Characteristics of Rapists.

Sexual Assaults on Males.


13 Murder.


Offending Style in Murder: Understanding the Context of theEncounter.

Contract Murder.

Serial Murder.

Sexual Murder.

Offender Characteristics.

14 Organised Crime.

The Social Nature of Crime.

What is Organised Crime?

Cultural Ideologies and Criminal Networks.

Criminal 'Careers' within Criminal 'Organisations'.

Social Network Analysis.

Destructive Organisational Psychology.

15 Terrorism.

The Great Variety of Terrorism.

Difficulties in Studying Terrorists.

Modes of Terrorism.

Explanations for Terrorism.

Terrorism as Process.

16 Investigative Psychology in Action.

Helping the Police with their Enquiries.

Assessment and Improvement of Investigative Information.

Decision Support Systems.

Dragnet and Other Geographical Profiling Systems.

Linking Cases (Comparative Case Analysis).

Emerging Areas of IP.

Six Fundamentals of IP.

The Wider Reaches of an Investigative Psychology.


Further Reading.

Questions for Discussion and Research.




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