Psychological profiling: Investigative implications from crime scene analysis

April 2009
Journal of Psychiatry & Law;Spring2009, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p73
Academic Journal
Psychological profiling--often referred to as behavioral, criminal or investigative profiling--began informally in the late 1940s when members of law enforcement were unable to make an arrest involving serial crime. This presentation describes the six stages of profiling, as well as other important aspects such as victim and offender characteristics, escalation, time and location factors, modus operandi and signature, and staging. The organized vs. disorganized dichotomy is discussed as well as how personality is an intervening variable and how crime scene analysis reveals aspects of personality. But for profiling to gain general scientific acceptability, a higher level of empirical validation and general scientific acceptance of this technique will be necessary.


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