Many people would react with disbelief if told that criminal profilers could predict the car the killer drove, where the rapist worked, and the clothes the bomber would be wearing when captured. Yet, amazingly enough, this has been the case in a large number of investigations. From tracking down serial killers and rapists to kidnappers and bombers, Criminal Minds reveals how behavioural psychology and crime scene analysis – and, in some cases, a small amount of luck – have helped to cut short some of the deadliest criminal careers of all time.
Follow police procedures from the very beginning – from the collection and assessment of all case materials, including crime scene photographs, witness statements, victim information and autopsy reports. Learn how the FBI and other law enforcement agencies around the world construct a criminal profile: the likely background and physical and behavioural characteristics of an unknown perpetrator. Read how a profile is used to provide guidelines on the best way to approach, apprehend and interview suspects. Discover how investigatiors use forensic examinations and any other relevant information to reconstruct and explain a crime.
Publisher: Quantum Books
Publication date: 2007
This book is about criminal profilers and how they and the history behind how they came to be. Each chapter starts with some information pertaining to the subject of the chapter and then at the end of each chapter there is a case study of a murderer. In the case study there is information about the crime, what the profilers had to work with, or not work with as the case may be, and what triggered the killing.
This is a great book for those who would like to know more information about the work and process of profilers as well as those who would like to know about the different criminals out there and how they tick. The way this book is organised allows readers to choose whether they want to read the information at the beginning of each chapter or just read the case studies at the end of the chapter.
It’s an easy read in that the wording is not difficult to understand but the content (especially of the case studies) isn’t always easy to read due to what is being described. This is a good, quick reference book which can be utilised for the pleasure of reading and/or as a reference for school studies (high school and university). The reader doesn’t need to read this book from cover to cover to make sense of it so it makes it conducive to being put down and picked up at will – something that some people in today’s time poor living is pretty attractive. I really enjoyed this book and have looked at it over and over again. I would be happy to read more of this author’s work in the future.
Recommend for: High school students 17+ years and adults