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Peter Ainsworth
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1 Mar 2001
Offender Profiling and Crime Analysis provides a highly readable account of the subject, and a picture of profiling which by no means accords with popular views and representations of what is involved. The book provides an overview of profiling techniques, offering some fascinating insights into the various approaches to profiling, and schools of thought, which have emerged − looking particularly at the work of the FBI, and of British and Dutch profilers.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Willan (1 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8175040270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903240212
  • ASIN: 1903240212
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for beginners 13 Jan 2012
By J.P
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I happen to be interested in Serial Murder as a hobby and purchased this to gain a more academic view of the methods used in modern profiling and got just what I was looking for.
This book looks at different methods of profiling for serial murder and surprisingly other crimes too such as rape, petty theft and vandalism which is a strange concept as I always thought that profiling was a tool used to find serial killers only- since their crimes would be more distinctive and readable compared to the more common felonies.
Chapter 1 kicks off with an attempt at describing what Profiling is. The author doesn't give the common 'layman' enough credit and would have us think that most average joes use The Silence of The Lambs as a standard for what profiling constitutes. The overall conclusion is that with the many disagreements in the field there is no single coherent definition of what Profiling is, underlining just how fractured this science is at its current level.
Chapter 2 discusses the Nature (internal) Vs Nurture (external) argument; which is more important for understanding a criminal? This typically leaves us with the idea that both are essential for a more complete picture overall. Sadly, as the author is primarily a researcher of Psychology he fails to give us more detailed descriptions on the influences of genetics. For example, he asks (paraphrase) 'how is it possible for genes to cause a person to be hyperaggressive during his teenage years and then revert to being more subdued at an older age?' As a graduate in Biochemistry I have a good idea of how that may be possible. However, Mr. Ainsworth is better at detailing the social aspects and influences of criminal motivation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and very straight forward! 1 May 2012
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I have always been very interested in human behaviour and reading books on profiling has become one of my hobbies! This book is very clear and concise, I made notes all the way and once you start it, it will be difficult not to finish it! I really recommand it as it gives a very good understanding on how profilers work and focus on the different profiling styles and techniques. A very good buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Jun 2014
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This book is useful especially as a lecturer on this topic. I chose this book as it contains information that I can refer to within my teaching practice. Its easy to follow but has in depth information. I would highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in this subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Condition Good Price 29 July 2013
By C
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Excellent condition and a good price. It was the cheapest by far that I could fine so I am very happy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 12 May 2013
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shows a brand new approach - the author combines various fields to analyze the crime patterns - some of the ideas he has are well-established, other are quite innovative (at least for me) - like the influence of the urban architecture on the criminals...
Will definitely recommend.
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