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Overview

The popularity of television shows and movies like Profiler, CSI, and The Silence of the Lambs has made the concept of criminal profiling familiar to most Americans. Though such dramas follow the general approach of real-life criminal investigative analysis, artistic license often results in a simplistic and sensationalistic image of the complex work of profilers. In this compilation of expert articles internationally recognized homicide investigators, most of them pioneers in developing the science and the art of profiling, share their insights gained from years of experience tracking the perpetrators of some of the most notorious crimes.
Among the subjects discussed are:
dealing with hostage situations child abduction and murder in the David Meirhofer case interviewing Jeffrey Dahmer autoerotic murder the challenges of creating psychological profiles the use of forensic linguistics to track the Unabomber assaultative eye injury ("enucleation")
geographic profiling
A must for readers of true crime, forensic investigations, and murder mysteries, this unique collection of revealing articles offers a chilling and unparalleled glimpse into the workings of the criminal mind.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A bone-chilling conversation with Jeffrey Dahmer is just one highlight from this anthology of seasoned examinations of one of law enforcement's grimmest challenges. Campbell and DeNevi's second collaboration (after Into the Minds of Madmen) casts a wide net; although famous profilers like John Douglas contribute several of the 28 essays here, most are written by accomplished but little-known specialists. The result is a no-nonsense, technically oriented but readable look at how cops grapple with the worst felonies, including hostage taking, serial rape and murder, and child abduction/murder. The contributors take a measured tone toward the lethal predators they examine, as in Robert Ressler's discussion of his Dahmer interviews: "We must never forget that... there are many Jeffrey Dahmers walking among us." James Fitzgerald gives an account of using forensic linguistics to decode more than 200 of the Unabomber's writings, such as elusive marks like "indented writing," marks left by writing on another piece of paper over the examined one. FBI Special Agent Mary Ellen O'Toole offers a useful overview of the often misunderstood science of profiling ("Contrary to the current television and movie depictions..., a successful profiler is not psychic"). Other chapters offer updates on multidisciplinary approaches to cold cases and geographic profiling innovations. This is a rigorous and disturbing collection, accessible but compiled with law enforcement professionals in mind. Illus. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591022664
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 10/25/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 455,105
  • Product dimensions: 5.65 (w) x 8.41 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

John H. Campbell, Ph.D. (St. Cloud, MN), is a professor in the criminal justice department at St. Cloud State University, the former Unit Chief of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, and the coauthor (with Don DeNevi) of Into the Minds of Madmen.
Don DeNevi (Menlo Park, CA) is the author, or coauthor, of thirty-five books, including Into the Minds of Madmen (with John H. Campbell) and Mob Nemesis: How the FBI Crippled Organized Crime (with FBI Special Agent in Charge Joe Griffin). Having previously taught in the criminal justice department at San Francisco State University, he now teaches and counsels the condemned on San Quentin’s death row.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Criminal profiling from crime scene analysis 13
Ch. 2 Offender profiles : a multidisciplinary approach 35
Ch. 3 Sexual homicide : a motivational model 41
Ch. 4 Murderers who rape and mutilate 61
Ch. 5 The men who murdered 73
Ch. 6 The split reality of murder 83
Ch. 7 Classifying sexual homicide crime scenes : interrater reliability 91
Ch. 8 Crime scene and profile characteristics of organized and disorganized murderers 99
Ch. 9 Interviewing techniques for homicide investigations 109
Ch. 10 Crime problems : the lust murderer 115
Ch. 11 Rape and rape-murder : one offender and twelve victims 123
Ch. 12 How to interview a cannibal 135
Ch. 13 Sexual fatalities 179
Ch. 14 Using a forensic linguistic approach to track the Unabomber 193
Ch. 15 Criminal profiling : the FBI uses criminal investigative analysis to solve crimes 223
Ch. 16 Assaultive eye injury and enucleation 229
Ch. 17 A multidisciplinary approach to solving cold cases 243
Ch. 18 Sexual homicide of elderly women 267
Ch. 19 Geographic profiling update 291
Ch. 20 Nonfamily child abductors who murder their victims : offender demographics from interviews with incarcerated offenders 313
Ch. 21 Lethal predators : psychopathic, sadistic, and sane 335
Ch. 22 Fire, filicide, and finding felons 363
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