Criminal Profiler 'The Role of Literature Review

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Brown, in her biographic article for World of Forensic Science, states,

She views investigative criminal profiling as a dynamic process that does not conclude until a suspect is arrested and convicted. She deems it a support process for the criminal investigative team, made up of a combination of four skills: investigation, forensic analysis, psychological assessment, and the application of cultural anthropology. Brown considers this type of profiling to be a real-time, speculative process requiring ongoing checking to avoid missing any significant data, and should never be done in isolation, but rather as one piece of the entire criminal investigative process (Brown, ¶4).

Brown works 'pro bono' on several cold case file crimes, trying to be closure for the family.

The profilers use a variety of known characteristics to start the profile. The years of research done by early profilers such as Douglas has enabled the profilers to obtain clearer pictures of the mindset of the criminal. The crime scene, the evidence, and the characteristics provide a rough sketch for the profiler to utilize. Caution should be taken in the use of criminal profiles due to the fallibility and human error rate in the development of the profile. According to Snook, Gendrau, Craig, and Paul, in the magazine, Skeptic article, "Criminal...
...Criminal profilers do not seem to recognize that a consensus began to emerge in the psychological literature some 40 years ago that it was a mistake to rely on traits as the primary explanation for behavior" (Snook, Gendrau, Craig, and Paul, Putting CP to the Test Section, ¶3).

When used as an additional tool along with traditional police methods, the criminal profile can be a proven technique in the resolution of many crimes. Criminal profiling will never be an exact science but is a very useful technique.

Bibliography

Brown, Pat. World of Forensic Science. Thomson Gale. 2005. HighBeam Research. 22 Jun.

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Cooper, Greg. The Violent Criminal Apprehension Program. The Forensic Examiner.

American College of Forensic Examiners. 2007. HighBeam Research. 22 Jun. 2010

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Clevenger, T. What is a Criminal Profiler? eHow. 2010. Web. 22 Jun. 2010

Finn, Robert. Criminal profiler shares some secrets of the trade. Clinical Psychiatry News.

International Medical News Group. 2008. HighBeam Research. 22 Jun. 2010

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Inside the mind of the mind hunter: an interview with legendary FBI Agent John Douglas:

criminal profiler John Douglas will share his understanding of the criminal mind at September's APA conference.(Interview)" Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association. American Psychotherapy Association. 2007. HighBeam Research. 22 Jun. 2010 .

"Profiling criminals.(Opinion & Editorial)." Manila Bulletin. Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp.

2003. HighBeam Research. 22 Jun. 2010 .

Snook, Brent; Gendreau, Paul; Bennell, Craig; Taylor, Paul J. "Criminal Profiling." Skeptic.

Millennium Press, Inc. 2008. HighBeam Research. 22 Jun. 2010

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World-Renowned Criminal Profiler Speaks at Colorado Technical University Online. Business Wire. Business Wire. 2007. HighBeam Research. 22 Jun. 2010

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Bibliography

Brown, Pat. World of Forensic Science. Thomson Gale. 2005. HighBeam Research. 22 Jun.

2010 <http://www.highbeam.com>.

Cooper, Greg. The Violent Criminal Apprehension Program. The Forensic Examiner.

American College of Forensic Examiners. 2007. HighBeam Research. 22 Jun. 2010

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