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Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis
 
 

Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis [Kindle Edition]

Brent E. Turvey
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Praise for the third edition:
"In the third edition of this very popular textbook, Brent Turvey clearly demonstrates that criminal profiling has established itself as a scientific endeavor rather than an exercise in investigative intuition. This textbook pulls together an impressive amount of substantive knowledge from a variety of disciplines in order to provide the reader with a foundation upon which to develop a mastery of the criminal profiling process. As Turvey demonstrates throughout the text, however, there are various methodological approaches to the practice of criminal profiling. Paramount among these, he argues, is the method known as Behavioral Evidence Analysis, which is described and illustrated in great detail throughout this remarkable book."
--Daniel B. Kennedy, PhD, Forensic Criminologist, University of Detroit Mercy

"The third edition of Criminal Profiling is sterling!"
--Stan Crowder, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Kennesaw State University, GA

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Now in its fourth edition, Criminal Profiling - winner of a 2013 Texty Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association - is an established resource centered on the deductive profiling method developed by the author. With 35% new content, this edition contains cases in each chapter, along with the latest advances in evidence-based profiling. Additional information has been added covering topics such as mass homicide, as well as the timely inclusion of a chapter on terrorist profiling and interviewing.

Deductive profiling is different from other forms of profiling in that it does not involve averaged, statistical profiles. Instead it focuses on criminal profiling as an investigative process, solving real crime through an honest understanding of the nature and behavior of criminals. It approaches each criminal incident as its own universe of behaviors and relationships. Throughout the text, the author illustrates the most crucial tenet that any good criminal profiler should adhere to: the enthusiastic desire to investigate and examine the facts.

Criminal Profiling, Fourth Edition, is an ideal companion for students and professionals alike, including investigators, forensic scientists, criminologists, mental health professionals, and attorneys. Readers will use it as a comprehensive reference text, a handbook for evaluating physical evidence, a tool to bring new perspectives to cold cases, and as an aid in preparing for criminal trials.



  • Best-selling author Brent Turvey defines the deductive profiling method, which focuses on examining the nature and behavior of criminals in order to solve crimes
  • Contributing authors represent law enforcement, academic, mental health, and forensic science communities for a balanced perspective
  • Completely revised with 35% new material including updates on the latest advances in evidence-based profiling

New to this edition

  • New cases in every chapter
  • New chapters in logic and reasoning
  • New chapter reviewing non-evidence based profiling methods
  • New chapter on mass homicide
  • New chapter on terrorist profiling and interviewing

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3054 KB
  • Print Length: 728 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 4 edition (9 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057X0JYW
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book ! 22 Mar 2013
By Rua
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you are into Criminal Profiling and Crime Investigation than this is the book you are looking for. It also have a interesting and unique perspective on crime itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than 3rd Edition 3 Aug 2011
By Jimmy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Criminal Profiling 4th Edition is even better than the famous 3rd edition!

I got my copy not all that long ago and so far I am pleased to see new content, everything is a lot more organized and easy to follow.

There are 25 chapters split in to 5 sections which are:

Section 1 - Introduction To Criminal Profiling
Section 2 - Forensic Victimology
Section 3 - Crime Scene Analysis
Section 4 - Offender Characteristics
Section 5 - Professional Issues

The terrorism chapter is much more expanded on the previous editions also.

As for the review left by "tactical tradecraft" needless to say this person did not read the last 2 editions of this textbook and obviously has something against personal against Turvey.

This previous review was copied from the 3rd edition page and pasted on 4th edition... you should not post reviews if you have not bought/read the text - please refer to the following review [...]

All in all, I recommend 4th edition, even more than 3rd :)
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A text for professionals 18 Aug 2011
By forpsy - Published on Amazon.com
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The chapter on logic and cognition should be required as part of the education of any forensic professional (and most, if not all, non-forensic education).

The addition of chapters on forensic psychology and terrorism further cement this text as the standard go-to text for anyone affiliated with the criminal justice system.

if you are looking for THE educational text on profiling, Turvey and his co-authors have provided it.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hung up a sign "I'm a Profiler!" 17 Mar 2013
By Peter M. Klismet, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have to give this guy a lot of credit for self-promotion based on a minimal amount of knowledge and absolutely no prior experience. He went to college, got a degree and later a master's. Then he apparently decided he was a 'profiler.' This is a danger, because almost literally someone else could take a few psych classes or like a Pat Brown, be a good housewife and have an oddball tenant, and then declare herself a profiler. And worse yet, to have a loyal cadre of people who form something of a cult around his beliefs.

Having been trained by the FBI and having studied and profiled several hundred cases as a profiler in an FBI field office, I still wonder if I know enough to profess all of the knowledge Mr. Turvey claims to have acquired. He is the antithesis of what we were trained to do, namely to gain a wealth of experience working on REAL cases, then perhaps you are qualified to profile cases. Perhaps. However, Mr. Turvey apparently decided he was interested in profiling, and off he goes. He skipped right over the important part, having some EXPERIENCE before you profess some great knowledge.

There are probably some unfortunate students out there who have been taught 'profiling' directly out of one of Mr. Turvey's textbooks, and the professor has not spent a single moment ever viewing a crime scene. I just hope this doesn't become the standard, because the FBI pioneered the concept of criminal profiling, continues to do research, has the three 'Icons' of Ressler, Douglas and Hazelwood, who actually learned and did research, as opposed to magically declaring themselves as 'wizards' of profiling like this guy has. But, I'll give him some credit for self-promotion. Unfortunately, his background #or lack of it#, makes him a borderline fraud and charlatan.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fundamental Reading! 4 Aug 2011
By Ronald J. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Mr. Turvey has again expanded the subject matter and content of the 4th Edition of Criminal Profiling. I have known Mr. Turvey since the publication of the 1st Edition and the "set" of four editions provides a great collection of discussions and materials written by Mr. Turvey and a prominent collection forensic scientists, psychologists, psychiatrists and criminal investigators in the world. I know Mr. Turvey to be an obsessive fact checker and the cases and assessments he makes regarding case forensic analysis and profiling methodologies are well researched and documented. Similarily, his contributing authors are solid and focused on their topics. Criminal Profiling, Fourth Edition: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis, continues to lay a broad and solid foundation to the subject. It is no wonder that it is a leading textbook on the topic at various universities throughout the world. There are several approaches to behavioral evidence analysis ---some are based on sound research and methodology and others fraught with fraud and politics. Mr. Turvey does an excellent job of educating the reader/student as to what questions to ask to tell the difference. Needless to say, when the light of science exposes those practices which cannot be supported by a scientific method, the scientist doing so is occasionally the object of criticism by those fleeing from exposure. Mr. Turvey has never shirked controversy and his striving for intellectual honesty make this text refreshing in a field all too often in need of more professional accountability. This text is a great primer and reference to understanding the topics discussed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Criminal Profiling Review 19 Feb 2014
By Clarence Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I needed the hardcopy book, because reading on the computer was hurting my eyes, so having the hardcopy has helped me out tremendously.
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