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Mapping Murder: The Secrets of Geographical Profiling

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David Canter believes the roots of murder can be better understood by careful consideration of the parallels between the criminal's psychological journey and the actual paths he follows. He conducts a meticulous and fascinating exploration of a number of notorious crimes, taking us on the murderers' journeys in both the psychological and geographical sense. His work has enabled police departments across the world to solve a number of high-profile cases, since his groundbreaking contribution to the capture of the ...

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Overview

David Canter believes the roots of murder can be better understood by careful consideration of the parallels between the criminal's psychological journey and the actual paths he follows. He conducts a meticulous and fascinating exploration of a number of notorious crimes, taking us on the murderers' journeys in both the psychological and geographical sense. His work has enabled police departments across the world to solve a number of high-profile cases, since his groundbreaking contribution to the capture of the vicious 'railway murderer', John Duffy. He describes how the uptake of this innovative approach is enriching detectives' mental maps of the how and why of murder, throwing light on previously unsolved crimes as far afield as Newfoundland, Las Vegas and New Zealand. With first-hand experience of applying his techniques, Canter expands on his theories of what distinguishes criminals from each other, probing deep into the twisted logic of men whose crimes have shocked the world. For the first time in print he gives a detailed profile of his 'marauders and commuters' theory -- looking at killers whose confused and devious attempts to satisfy their brutal desires led to their capture. An in-depth study is made of murderers like Fred West, and the Belgian, Marc Dutroux -- who constructed 'spiders' webs' to lure and then destroy their victims. He shows how these webs operated like black holes, due to the absence of information related to the disappearance of the victims.

Details are also given of criminal 'marauders' who venture out to find their victims, as well as the 'travelling killers', like Robert Black, Peter Sutcliffe and Peter Moore. Most chillingly, the role of thevictims is examined: how someone can unwittingly become etched on a murderer's map without realising the journey they are taking could be their last. Based on the highly acclaimed TV series of the same name.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781852270780
  • Publisher: Virgin Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps ix
1. Hunting Killers 1
Criminal Focus 13
2. The Distractions of Celebrity 14
3. The Significance of Place 24
4. Crime in its Place 32
5. Memoir of a Killer 39
6. The Sustaining Web 50
7. Darkness Visible 59
The Circle of Crime 67
8. A Fraught Investigation 67
9. Profiling the Diarist 77
10. Mapping the Murders 86
11. Las Vegas Survivors 99
Marauding Criminals 111
12. Criminal Gravity 112
13. Mental Maps of Crime 124
14. Stealing Sex 134
15. 'I've Been Waiting for You Guys' 142
16. A Path of Violence and Terror 154
17. Travelling Offender 162
Moving Targets 173
18. Victimes de Pedophilie 174
19. A Destructive Geography 182
20. Finding a Travelling Killer 189
21. Bodily Violations 201
22. Invisible Criminals 213
Notes 225
Selected Bibliography 232
Acknowledgements 235
Index 236
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