Serial Crime

Serial Crime : Theoretical and Practical Issues in Behavioral Profiling

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Serial Crime, Second Edition, examines serial predatory behavior and is divided into two main parts.

Part one deals with behavioral profiling, and covers a variety of critical issues from the history of profiling and the theoretical schools of thought to its treatment in the mainstream media. This updated edition includes new sections on the problems of induction, metacognition in criminal profiling, and investigative relevance. Part two deals more specifically with a number of types of serial crime including stalking, rape, murder, and arson. Chapters on each of these crimes provide definitions and thresholds, and discussions of the offenders, the crime, and its dynamics. Considerations for behavioral profiling and investigations and the development of new paradigms in each area are interwoven throughout. Topics are conceptually and practically related since profiling has typically seen most application in serial crimes and similar investigations.

The unique presentation of the book successfully connects the concepts and creates links to criminal behavior across crimes-murder, sexual assault, and arson-something no other title does. The connection of serial behavior to profiling, the most useful tool in discovering behavior patterns, is also new to the body of literature available and serves to examine the ideal manner in which profiling can be used in conjunction with behavioral science to positively affect criminal investigations.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 408 pages
  • 190.5 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 861.82g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0123749980
  • 9780123749987
  • 2,135,728

About Wayne Petherick

Wayne Petherick, PhD, is Associate Professor of Criminology at Bond University on Australia's Gold Coast. Here Wayne teaches Criminal Profiling, Behavioral Evidence Analysis, Criminal Motivations, Forensic Criminology and Crime and Deviance, among other subjects. He also consults to private clients on matters of risk and threat, stalking, miscarriages of justice and crime prevention. Wayne is the author of Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues in Behavioral Profiling, 2nd Edition (2009), and co-author of Forensic Victimology (2008), both with Elsevier Science. He has also published numerous articles on profiling and stalking. Wayne is a board member of the Academy of Behavioral Profiling and Assistant Editor of the Journal of Behavioral Profiling. He can be reached via email on or
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Table of contents

Chapter 1: Criminal Profiling: A Continuing History Gareth Norris Chapter 2: Induction and Deduction in Criminal Profiling Wayne Petherick Chapter 3: Behavioral Consistency, the Homology Assumption and the Problems of Induction Wayne Petherick and Claire Ferguson Chapter 4: Criminal Profiling Methods Wayne Petherick Chapter 5: The Fallacy of Accuracy in Criminal Profiling Wayne Petherick Chapter 6: Investigative Relevance Claire Ferguson Chapter 7: Metacognition in Criminal Profiling Barry Woodhouse and Wayne Petherick Chapter 8: Profiling as Expert Evidence Wayne Petherick, David Field, Andrew Lowe and Elizabeth Fry Chapter 9: Where to from Here? Wayne Petherick Chapter 10: Criminal Profilers and the Media: Profiling the Beltway Snipers Brent Turvey and Michael McGrath Chapter 11: Serial Stalking: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places? Wayne Petherick Chapter 12: Serial Rape: An Investigative Approach Terry Goldsworthy Chapter 13: Understanding Serial Sexual Murder: A Biopsychosocial Approach Robert J. Homant and Daniel B. Kennedy Chapter 14: Serial Arson Ross Brogan
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