Geographic profiling by D. Kim Rossmo

By D. Kim Rossmo

As any police officer who has ever walked a beat or labored against the law scene understands, the road has its sizzling spots, styles, and rhythms: drug purchasers paintings their markets, prostitutes walk their favourite corners, and burglars hit their favourite neighborhoods. yet placing all of the geographic info jointly in situations of serial violent crime (murder, rape, arson, bombing, and theft) is very demanding. simply ask the murder detectives of the la Police division who hunted the Hillside Stranglers, or legislations enforcement officials in Louisiana who tracked the brutal South part rapist.

Geographic Profiling introduces and explains this state of the art investigative technique in-depth. Used to investigate the destinations of a hooked up sequence of crimes to figure out the main most likely sector of criminal place of dwelling, geographic profiling permits investigators and legislations enforcement officials to extra successfully deal with details and concentration their investigations.

This wide and exhaustive paintings explains geographic profiling theories and ideas, and comprises an in depth overview of the literature and study within the parts of legal profiling, forensic behavioral technology, serial violent crime, environmental criminology, and the geography of crime. For investigators and law enforcement officials deployed within the box, in addition to legal analysts, Geographic Profiling is a "must have" reference.

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Our culture, and therefore we as individuals, can then avoid all responsibility for these savage crimes. But on the other hand, serial murder is a rare phenomenon and individual-level explanations undoubtedly play a part. , 1988). On their own they lack the ability to explain historical and geographic differences in criminal activity. In summarizing the evidence connecting neurochemical dysfunctions with impulsivity, negative affect, sensation-seeking, and other cognitive correlates of antisocial behaviour, Fishbein (1998) notes that any biological predisposition will be influenced by triggering socio-environmental factors.

Rather than learning positive critical personal traits, the interviewed murderers in this study developed fetishes, preferences for autoerotic activities, feelings of entitlement, and characteristics of social isolation, rebelliousness, aggression, and deceit. The resultant cognitive mapping and processing is structured through daydreams, fantasies, visual thoughts, and nightmares. Their internal dialogues involve absolutes, generalizations, and strong, limiting presuppositions. Their fantasy themes include dominance, power, control, violence, sadism, masochism, revenge, torture, mutilation, rape, and death (see Dietz, Hazelwood, & Warren, 1990).

Misogyny may play an important role in understanding certain types of serial and mass murder, and probably influences victim selection, 10 but it is not in itself a sufficient explanation. 10 The victims of serial killers are more likely to be female than male. Hickey (1997) found 35% of serial murderers targeted only females, 22% only males, and 42% both sexes. By comparison, only about one-quarter of all murder victims in the United States are female (Holmes & De Burger, 1988). © 2000 by CRC Press LLC Leyton (1986) characterizes serial murder from an historical sociological perspective, describing it as a form of “sub-political and conservative protest which nets the killer a substantial social profit of revenge, celebrity, identity, and sexual relief ....

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