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NCJ Number: 72190 Find in a Library
Title: Offender Profiles - A Multidisciplinary Approach
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:49  Issue:9  Dated:(September 1980)  Pages:16-20
Author(s): R K Ressler; J E Douglas; A N Groth; A W Burgess
Corporate Author: Federal Bureau of Investigation
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, DC 20535-0001
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
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Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the FBI Criminal Personality Interview Program, a program designed to identify the salient characteristics, motivations, attitudes, and behavior of offenders involved in specific types of crime.
Abstract: A multidisciplinary team which included two experts in the field of sexual assault developed a data schedule for investigative inquiry and offender assessment. This instrument provided not only guidelines for interviewing subjects but also a system of recording and coding relevant data to permit computer analysis and retrieval. The protocol is divided into five sections: (1) physical characteristics of the offender; (2) background development, (3) offense data, (4) victim data, and (5) crime scene data. The schedule was then administered to 3 groups of sexual offenders: 26 sex murderers, 125 rapists and child molesters, and 100 sex offenders confined to a mental health facility. The reliability and validity of the data will ultimately be tested by the accuracy with which predoctrines (offender profiles) derived from this data pool are fulfilled. The criminal personality research program is designed to contribute to advances in the study of sexual homicide by establishing a national data bank from which reliable information can be retrieved. Current research emphasizes the rape-murderer but may expand to include a broader variety of felony crimes such as hostage taking and techniques to improve hostage negotiation. Photographs and one footnote are given.
Index Term(s): Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Murder; Sex offenders
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