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  • The process of analyzing a crime scene and using information from that crime scene to determine the identity of the perpetrator, a process that can be helpful in narrowing down the number of suspects, among other things (also called criminal or psychological profiling). A profile may provide information that could include aspects of the perpetrator's personality, sex, age, and physical features, such as height and weight. With the help of this information, possible suspects may be identified, depending on whether they fit the profile. Profiles are based on the manner in which the crime was committed—the method of operation (or modus operandi [MO]). This includes the identity of the victim, commonalities among victims, the weapons used, the degree of aggression, whether there was sexual molestation, ...

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