This wide-ranging anthology offers a variety of perspectives with excerpts from books and current articles from research journals, plus four original contributed articles. Topics covered include the major types of sex crimes and offenders, therapies, juvenile sex offenses, and nuisance sexual offenders. This book is designed as a stand alone or as a supplemental text to Sex Crimes, 2/e. Features of this text include: Cutting-edge articles by top scholars in the field Major units of the reader parallel and enhance the contents of Sex Crimes 2/e 

Criminal Profiling: Real Science or Just Wishful Thinking?

Criminal Profiling: Real Science or Just Wishful Thinking?
Criminal profiling: Real science or just wishful thinking?
Damon A.Muller, University of Melbourne

The subject of criminal profiling has caught the public's imagination in recent times, with references to it appearing in all forms of media. The most well-known example of criminal profiling in the popular media is in the film Silence of the Lambs, based on the Thomas Harris novel of the same name. Several television shows have also recently been based around the premise of criminal profiling, including Millennium, Profiler, and even The X-Files. It is interesting to note that all of these popular portrayals of profiling are somewhat inaccurate because they suggest that profiling is a magical skill somewhat analogous to a precognitive psychic ability.

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