The 188-page eBook (PDF version) titled “Criminal Profiling: Revealing the Science of Behavior” features the main approaches and methods to create a profile of an unknown perpetrator, or UNSUB, of a crime. Principles are illustrated with the use of multiple case studies that include Aileen Wuornos, Ted Bundy, the “Mad Bomber”, the British “Railway Killers” and more. It has a frank look at whether the hype of criminal profiling in popular media is justified. Starting with the hugely popular 1991 cult film, The Silence of the Lambs, featuring FBI student profiler Clarice Starling and prototypical psychopathic villain Dr. Hannibal Lecter, profiling techniques have inspired many enthusiasts. While enduring much criticism and unrealistic expectations too, experts have worked tirelessly to align scientific principles with all the exciting claims.
The book explains how the FBI and Investigative Psychology models developed on the foundations laid by the earlier pioneers of behavioral science. It explores how criminal profiling techniques are applied to reveal aspects about a likely offender that makes it easier to predict his personality and behavior, thereby limiting the suspect pool and guiding the criminal investigative team. As such, if applied according to the guidelines explained in the book, profiling can be a valuable tool, a cog in the larger wheel of the overall criminal investigation. The following are the chapters used to explain the underlying theories, development of models, and application.
1. An introduction to criminological study
2. A short introduction to criminal profiling
3. Pioneers and origins of criminal profiling
4. Psychological explanations of criminal behavior
5. Biological bases of behavior
6. History and development of criminal profiling
7. Main approaches of criminal profiling
8. Inside the mind of the serial killer: Selected case studies
Several case studies are also presented that demonstrate the principles and methods outlined in the book. Overall, the book is written in an accessible style, but with many scholarly references for further reading. Download a copy by submitting your details at the top or visiting the Amazon book page