Investigative Psychology: Offender Profiling and the Analysis of Criminal Action

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 21, 2009 - Psychology - 470 pages
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This ground-breaking text is the first to provide a detailedoverview of Investigative Psychology, from the earliest workthrough to recent studies, including descriptions of previouslyunpublished internal reports. Crucially it provides a framework forstudents to explore this exciting terrain, combining NarrativeTheory and an Action Systems framework. It includes empiricallytested models for Offender Profiling and guidance forinvestigations, as well as an agenda for research in InvestigativePsychology.

Investigative Psychology features:

  • The full range of crimes from fraud to terrorism, includingburglary, serial killing, arson, rape, and organised crime
  • Important methodologies including multi-dimensional scalingand the Radex approach as well as Social NetworkAnalysis
  • Geographical Offender Profiling, supported by detailedanalysis of the underlying psychological processes that make thissuch a valuable investigative decision support tool
  • The full range of investigative activities, includingeffective information collection, detecting deception and thedevelopment of decision support systems.

In effect, this text introduces an exciting new paradigm for awide range of psychological contributions to all forms ofinvestigation within and outside of law enforcement. Each chapterhas actual cases and quotations from offenders and ends withquestions for discussion and research, making this a valuable textfor undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Applied and ForensicPsychology, Criminology, Socio-Legal Studies and relateddisciplines.

 

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Contents

Contents
The Road to Investigative Psychology 1
Description and Classification 27
The Coming of the Informed Detective 45
The Age of Profiling and the Road to Investigative Psychology 59
Fundamentals 79
Personal Narratives of Crime 119
Finding Action Patterns and Drawing Profiles 139
Investigative Information 199
Suspect Interviewing and Deception 231
Profiling Criminal Actions 251
Sexual Offences 287
Murder 317
Organised Crime 355
Terrorism 377
Investigative Psychology in Action 393

Criminal Psychogeography 167

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About the author (2009)

Professor David Canter is founding editor of the Wiley Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling.?He also founded and edited for a number of years Journal of Environmental Psychology for Academic Press.?He is a fellow of the BPS and APA. He has worked with police forces all over the world on 'profiling', which led to the emergence of Investigative Psychology. He is author of Criminal Shadows, Harper Collins, a popular book about the topic.

Donna Youngs is Lecturer in Investigative Psychology at the University of Liverpool. She has published journal articles and book chapters and her work has been presented at national and international conferences.

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