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NCJ Number: 184490 Find in a Library
Title: Homicide Studies, Special Issue: Analyzing Violent Serial Offending
Journal: Homicide Studies  Volume:4  Issue:3  Dated:August 2000  Pages:209-308
Editor(s): Thomas A. Petee; John Jarvis
Date Published: August 2000
Page Count: 100
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This Special Issue of the journal Homicide Studies focuses on analyzing violent serial offending.
Abstract: The document focuses on the analysis of violent serial crime, in particular on the efficacy of profiling in the investigation of those crimes. The articles represent contributions to the analysis of serial offending from around the world, reflecting the fact that much of the recent research on profiling originates outside the United States. One of the central assumptions of profiling is that certain offender characteristics can be ascertained from the crime scene. The volume stresses the importance of considering the nature and context of the offense in understanding offender behavior and outlines nine key questions that should be part of the assessment process in understanding offender behavior. It also questions whether criminal investigative analysis and psychology have the capacity to meet the criteria to be considered scientific. The volume proposes a model of homicide behavior that emphasizes the expressive or instrumental nature of the relationship between offender and victim, and evaluates criminal investigative analysis techniques using data on serial sexual homicide cases involving elderly women. Notes, references, figures, tables
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Behavior patterns; Behavior typologies; Behavioral science research; Crime patterns; Crime Scene Investigation; Homicide; Investigative techniques; Victim-offender relationships; Violence; Violent offenders
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