Behavioral Evidence Analysis: International Forensic Practice and Protocols

Behavioral Evidence Analysis: International Forensic Practice and Protocols

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The criminal profiling community can easily be split into two separate groups: those that have written criminal profiles and those that have not. It is an important distinction, because report writing is one of the most important requirements of good scientific practice. The process of writing up findings helps to reveal flaws in an examiner’s logic so that they can be amended or revisited; the final report memorializes findings and their underlying basis at a fixed point in time; and as a document a forensic report provides the best mechanism for transparency and peer review. The problem is that many criminal profilers have not written criminal profiles, and still more prefer that this remain the case, often to conceal their lack of methodology.

The contributors to this volume have travelled the world for more than a decade to lecture on the subjects of crime scene analysis and criminal profiling. The result has been a steady stream of requests from educational institutions and government agencies alike to teach the application of criminal profiling theory. Everyone has read the books, everyone has attended the lecture; but few have experience with hands on practice and application. In other words, there is a growing number of serious professionals who want to know how to put theory into practice and then learn what it means to put their findings into written form.

Behavioral Evidence Analysis: International Forensic Practice and Protocols has been written as a companion text to Turvey’s Criminal Profiling, now in its fourth edition. It is meant to provide the legion of instructors that are teaching criminal profiling as a subject with real world examples of case reports. It is also meant to serve as a desk reference for professionals that are writing crime scene analysis and criminal profiling reports, to enable sampling of structure, terminology, and references.

  • One of a kind desk reference containing actual criminal profiles for student and examiner reference
  • Contributions prepared by an international group of board-certified criminal profilers
  • Reports are prepared in relation to both investigative and forensic contexts
  • Demonstrates the utility of criminal profiling in both teaching and casework
  • Compliant with practice standards and ethical guidelines published by the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, the Academy of Behavioral Profiling, and the Global Forensic Alliance

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780128006078
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 06/01/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 382
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Brent E. Turvey spent his first years in college on a pre-med track only to change his course of study once his true interests took hold. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University in Psychology, with an emphasis on Forensic Psychology, and an additional Bachelor of Science degree in History. He went on to receive his Masters of Science in Forensic Science after studying at the University of New Haven, in West Haven, Connecticut.

Since graduating in 1996, Brent has consulted with many agencies, attorneys, and police departments in the United States, Australia, China, Canada, Barbados and Korea on a range of rapes, homicides, and serial/ multiple rape/ death cases, as a forensic scientist and criminal profiler. He has also been court qualified as an expert in the areas of criminal profiling, forensic science, victimology, and crime reconstruction. In August of 2002, he was invited by the Chinese People's Police Security University (CPPSU) in Beijing to lecture before groups of detectives at the Beijing, Wuhan, Hanzou, and Shanghai police bureaus. In 2005, he was invited back to China again, to lecture at the CPPSU, and to the police in Beijing and Xian - after the translation of the 2nd edition of his text into Chinese for the University. In 2007, he was invited to lecture at the 1st Behavioral Sciences Conference at the Home Team (Police) Academy in Singapore, where he also provided training to their Behavioral Science Unit. In 2012 Brent completed his PhD in Criminology from Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia.

He is the author of Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Editions (1999, 2002, 2008, 2011); co- author of the Rape Investigation Handbook, 1st and 2nd Editions (2004, 2011), Crime Reconstruction 1st and 2nd Editions (2006, 2011), Forensic Victimology (2008) and Forensic Fraud (2013) - all with Elsevier Science. He is currently a full partner, Forensic Scientist, Criminal Profiler, and Instructor with Forensic Solutions, LLC, and an Adjunct Professor of Justice Studies at Oklahoma City University. He can be contacted via email at:

Lic. Manuel Adolfo Esparza, D-ABP Manuel Esparza was a prosecutor and investigator at the Chihuahua Attorney General’s Office from November 1992 to November 2004 and is a director at The Institute of Forensic Investigation and Criminal Profiling in accusation with the Instituto Superior De Ciencias De Ciudad Juárez, in Juarez, Mexico. He also headed the Organized Crime Homicide and Women’s Homicide Investigation Units between 1998 and 2004 in Juarez, Mexico. He was assigned to Special Investigations by the Attorney General, focusing on sexual homicide, domestic homicide, multiple homicide, serial rape, and homicide where case linkage and crime analysis was required. He also handled missing persons cases and headed the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program Initiative in coordination

with the FBI.

He worked as a private defense attorney from 2006 to 2010, both in the Inquisitorial and Adversarial Judicial Systems. He handles cases in State, Federal, and Juvenile Court. He also worked on appeals and in the habeas corpus process when required. He is a diplomate of The IAFC/ABP; the President of the Academia Internacional de Investigadores Forenses; and is currently a junior partner in Forensic Solutions, LLC involved in research, instruction, and casework.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Applied Criminal Profiling: Investigative and Forensic Relevance
Chapter 2: Statistical Methods of Criminal Profiling
Chapter 3: Criminal Profiling: Frauds and Failures
Chapter 4: Behavioral Evidence Analysis: Investigative and Forensic Applications
Chapter 5: The IAFC - Criminal Profiler Professional Certification Act of 2013
Chapter 6: The U.S.: Threshold Assessments as a Teaching Tool
Chapter 7: Mexico: Criminal Profiling and Forensic Investigators
Chapter 8: Portugal: Applications of BEA and Forensic Criminology
Chapter 9: South Korea: Criminal Profiling Applications
Chapter 10: Threshold Assessments
Chapter 11: Equivocal Death Analysis
Chapter 12: Investigating Staged Crime

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