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By Grover Maurice Godwin

Godwin merits an A+ for giving a systematic examine the so-called "science" of felony profiling. legal profiling, as practiced via the FBI, -- and as I had lengthy suspected -- has gotten even more Hollywood hype than it merits. This publication isn't written within the exciting movie noir narratives of John Douglas et al., neither is it a compilation of juicy homicide instances. particularly, it's a clinical research of the profiling equipment as they should be hired. Godwin exposes the statistical pitfalls and the incorrect turns made via the present FBI profiling tools, and he indicates ways that the profiling tools can be more desirable. whether you are not a statistician (with wisdom of cluster research and correlation coefficients), Godwin supplies lots of sturdy and readable introductory fabric and conclusions that may simply be understood by means of the layman. it is a needs to learn for someone contemplating a profession in legislation enforcement and criminology.

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The offender is most likely to bring a weapon to the crime scene and take it with him when he leaves. The organized serial murderer is also forensically aware and rarely leaves incriminating evidence behind. The FBI suggests that the organized serial murderer is more likely to rape and torture victims prior to death, while the disorganized types are more likely to mutilate and to perform post-mortem sexual acts. 20,60 The organized typology has several shortcomings. 17,61 © 2000 by CRC Press LLC Hunting Serial Predators 14 In other words, the FBI claims that serial murderers who kill in an emotional rage have control of their behavior at the crime scene.

2 Discrepancies in the Organized and Disorganized Dichotomy If we look closely at the FBI’s description of organized and disorganized types, there appear to be some discrepancies in their text descriptions when com© 2000 by CRC Press LLC Hunting Serial Predators 16 pared to the respective crime scene check-list. For example, the text version of the disorganized type actually seems to contain a number of organized types of behaviors that require extensive planning and forethought. For instance, behavior such as postmortem sexual activity, revisiting the crime scene, and the use of gloves would appear to indicate cognitive planning and an instrumental focus.

The final criminal type describes members of the dominant culture; they have internalized nonviolent norms and values. They are similar to the psychopathological criminal, except they neither suffer from severe mental disorder nor engage in violent actions under any circumstances not authorized by their governments. The members of the dominant culture are presumably spread across all the classes. However, the Wolfgang and Ferracuti theory has several inherent weaknesses. 29 Furthermore, the study did not examine offenders who repeatedly murdered.

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