Labeled as the crime of the 1990’s, serial murder is predicted to remain the crime of the first decades of the new millennium. This book brings together the perspectives of acknowledged experts in the field along with those of emerging authorities on serial murder. The chapters offer a unique look at these crimes from a variety of viewpoints and experiences. Accessibly written, this compelling volume includes information on minorities and serial killing, as well the manner in which serial killers are traced and tracked.
Chapter 12: Psychological Profiling: Uses in Serial Murder Cases
Psychological Profiling: Uses in Serial Murder Cases
With the heightened interest today in serial murder and the apprehension of the killers themselves, new techniques have emerged that have a manifest purpose in aiding law enforcement. The serial murder investigation is hindered by a variety of law enforcement activities, including turf issues, linkage blindness, the mobility of many serialists, and, of course, the identification that the case is, indeed, one of serial murder (Egger, 1990; Holmes & Holmes, 1996).
It is true that the law enforcement profession has become more proficient in its investigation of serial murder cases if for no other reason than that it is becoming more aware of the serial murder problem. It is also becoming more ...