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 14: A Methodological Model
A Methodological Model
Clues derived from the locations of violent serial crimes, including serial murder, rape, and arson, can be of significant assistance to law enforcement. Such locations include encounter/apprehension sites, murder scenes, and body/property dump sites. This information allows police departments to focus their investigative activities, geographically prioritize suspects, and to concentrate saturation or directed patrolling efforts in those zones where the criminal predator is most likely to be active.
The process whereby the probably spatial behavior of the offender is derived from the information and context of the locations of the crime sites is termed geographical profiling. This form of analysis has subjective and qualitative dimensions, and is related to the broader investigative strategy of criminal or psychological profiling.
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