Mapping Murder: The Secrets of Geographical Profiling

Mapping Murder: The Secrets of Geographical Profiling

by David Canter

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Mapping Murder: The Secrets of Geographical Profiling by David Canter

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780753509265
Publisher: Virgin Books
Publication date: 11/28/2004
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Mapsix
1.Hunting Killers1
Criminal Focus13
2.The Distractions of Celebrity14
3.The Significance of Place24
4.Crime in its Place32
5.Memoir of a Killer39
6.The Sustaining Web50
7.Darkness Visible59
The Circle of Crime67
8.A Fraught Investigation67
9.Profiling the Diarist77
10.Mapping the Murders86
11.Las Vegas Survivors99
Marauding Criminals111
12.Criminal Gravity112
13.Mental Maps of Crime124
14.Stealing Sex134
15.'I've Been Waiting for You Guys'142
16.A Path of Violence and Terror154
17.Travelling Offender162
Moving Targets173
18.Victimes de Pedophilie174
19.A Destructive Geography182
20.Finding a Travelling Killer189
21.Bodily Violations201
22.Invisible Criminals213
Notes225
Selected Bibliography232
Acknowledgements235
Index236

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