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Profiling : The Psychology of Catching Killers
by David Owen


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The true stories of how professional profilers help catch serial killers.

"Profiling" reveals the confidential arsenal of tactics that real-life FBI investigators used to solve some of the most horrific murders in modern history. It begins with an overview of how profiling was first developed as a viable technique, followed by illustrated chapters that describe the specific parts of the profiling process: The FBI's crime scene analysis procedure Crime scene facts and evidence The organized and disorganized classifications of violent serial offenders Geographical profiling Types of rape and the clues they leave A serial killer's crime signature Identifying child abductors and abusers Profiling criminals through written documents How profilers work with other investigators and interrogators

"Profiling" focuses on 50 notorious true crimes to explain profiling, describing how crime scene evidence is processed and revealing the psychological clues and how the profilers helped to solve the case.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The true stories of how professional profilers help catch serial killers.

"Profiling" reveals the confidential arsenal of tactics that real-life FBI investigators used to solve some of the most horrific murders in modern history. It begins with an overview of how profiling was first developed as a viable technique, followed by illustrated chapters that describe the specific parts of the profiling process: The FBI's crime scene analysis procedure Crime scene facts and evidence The organized and disorganized classifications of violent serial offenders Geographical profiling Types of rape and the clues they leave A serial killer's crime signature Identifying child abductors and abusers Profiling criminals through written documents How profilers work with other investigators and interrogators

"Profiling" focuses on 50 notorious true crimes to explain profiling, describing how crime scene evidence is processed and revealing the psychological clues and how the profilers helped to solve the case. Some of these headline-grabbing cases are: The Black Dahlia murder investigation David Carpenter, the Trailside Killer Robert Hansen, a highly organized killer who abducted prostitutes and left them in the Alaska wilderness so he could hunt them with a rifle Ted Bundy Jeffrey Dahmer

"Profiling" is the gripping behind-the-scenes story of a topic that has had fans of "Criminal Minds" and the "CSI" series glued to their television screens for many years.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781554077250
  • ISBN-10: 1554077257
  • Publisher: Firefly Books
  • Publish Date: September 2010
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.95 pounds


Related Categories

Books > True Crime > Murder - Serial Killers
Books > Psychology > Forensic Psychology
Books > Law > Forensic Science

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-12-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

As law enforcement professionals seek to enter the minds of murderers in order to identify, anticipate, and ultimately incarcerate them, the process of profiling plays an increasingly notable and controversial role in modern fact—and fiction. Profiling is a fledgling study, often more art than science, and in this systematic review experienced true crime writer Owen guides readers through 50 case studies from around the world, offering detailed breakdowns of the disparate criminals that have been caught through the use of these techniques. He examines both organized and disorganized serial killers and a number of rapists and child molesters, and even touches on how profiling techniques are currently being used to anticipate terrorists and suicide bombers. For such a complex subject, however, Owen's commentary is surprisingly cursory, not unlike what could be gleaned from a careful reading of The Silence of the Lambs. But Owen brings his book alive with a surprisingly graphic (and borderline exploitative) collection of crime scene photos (both real and reconstructed), and his summarized studies of famous killers like Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy. Owen succeeds on a basic level in not only educating readers, but also disturbing them. (Sept. 30)

 
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