In other words, what was going through the criminals mind when he or she was committing the crime? Victimology is the examination of victims and its psychological effects (Dictionary.com, n.d). Often times, criminals where once victims of the crimes they are currently committing. Piecing behavioral science, criminology, and victimology will allow the analyst’s to create a criminal profile. Profiling is a tool that helps analysis or investigate behavioral complexion to forebode and profile the unknown offender (Dictionary.com, n.d).
Forensic science includes blood spatter analysis, crime scene reconstruction, and autopsy evidence. Empirical behavioral research identifies offender typologies, relates crime behaviors to suspect identifiers, and determines base rates” (Cook & Hinman, 1999, p. 239). Criminal profiling is the main subject of many books, television shows, and movies for entertainment purposes, which is why it is typically more fiction than fact. I think that this could be a logical reason as to why criminal profiling is so widely used and why it is largely misunderstood and misinterpreted. Movies and television shows portray criminal profiling as 100% accurate and widely accepted.
This paper will explore some of the most resent research in the areas being discussed and the information will be gathered from a variety of sources. Difficulties arise when trying to explain the concept of serial killing, as high profile cases have proven to be so diverse, however it is not a new one. Nowadays, there are claims that serial killing is a practice that is ‘at least as old as the human species’ (Schechter... ... middle of paper ... ...enry, S. (1998). Essential Criminology. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
The profilers ask themselves questions such as, “Why this person?” and “Was the victim related to their killer or attacker?” Wound pattern analysis is the study of the way the wounds on the victim were made. Crime scene characteristics help to the making of a profile by showing profilers what exactly went on during the crime. Criminology is the study of the crime, criminals and criminal behaviors. Strupe 2 Although these elements are extremely important there are other elements to criminal profiling that help build the profile. Victimology requires the investigator to create a profile of the victim, which in turn can give clues as to the identity of the cri... ... middle of paper ... ...ems that could be wrong with the criminal.
Some of the most interesting and unusual killers will be identified by profiling. Senior Experience Capstone will allow the students to see the connection between the learning and the future steps to the goal. Criminal profiling is the system known by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as an investigative analysis. FBI agents are highly disciplined in law enforcement. Criminal profilers study every behavioral aspect and the details of unsolved crimes in which certain evidence has been left at the scene.
Self-reported psychopathology in a convicted serial killer. Journal Of Investigative Psychology & Offender Profiling, 8(1), 1-21. doi:10.1002/jip.129 National Forensic Science Technology Center, (2008). Blood Spatter Animations. Retrieved May1, 2014 http://www.nfstc.org/link /animations/images/blood%20spatters.swf Pakhomou, S. (2004). Serial killers: offender's relationship to the victim and selected demographics.
This aspect of serial killing is the key to Canter’s approach to what he terms investigative psychology (Webber 2009 p36). The British approach Webber (2009) puts forward that the British approach to offender profiling is based on a method that seeks to understand the actions of the criminal through the actions of ‘quantitative scientific methodologies’. This is presented ... ... middle of paper ... ...s. New York. Copson, G.(1995) Coals To Newcastle? Part 1: A Study Of Offender Profiling.
Psychology and Criminal Profiling. Retrieved from http://www.bxscience.edu/publications/forensics/articles/psychologicalprofiles/r-psyc04.htm Young, T.M. (2006). Profiling Pros and Cons: An Evaluation of Contemporary Criminal Profiling Methods. Retrieved from http://iris.lib.neu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1006&context=honors_projects
It examines methodological issues such as problems with the FBI's so called serial murder profiling system: the fact that the serial killer stereotypes does not necessarily stand true. This paper argues that the killer is not the only one to blame for his/her actions. Together we will probe the minds of killers such as Charles Manson and John Wayne Gacy. I ask you, 'Are they Murderers or Victims? '; I personally have come to the conclusion that they are both murderers and victims.
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