Serial Crime

Serial Crime, 2nd Edition

Theoretical and Practical Issues in Behavioral Profiling

Serial Crime, 2nd Edition,Wayne Petherick,ISBN9780080961750


W Petherick   

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A fully revised and updated text, Serial Crime, 2e, provides a theoretical and practical overview of criminal profiling and serial crime from a critical point of view.

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* Provides a theoretical and practical foundation for understanding the motivation and dynamics in a range of serial offenses
* Illustrates the promise, purposes and pitfalls of behavioral profiling in the investigation of various serial crimes
* Numerous case examples show the real world uses of behavioral profiling in investigations, as well as highlighting a variety of issues in understanding and investigating serial crime


Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues in Behavioral Profiling examines serial predatory behavior and is comprised of two main parts. The first section deals with behavioral profiling, and covers a variety of critical issues from profiling’s history and the theoretical schools of thought to its treatment in the mainstream media. The second edition includes new sections on the problems of induction, metacognition in criminal profiling and investigative relevance. Part two deals more specifically with a number of types of serial crime including stalking, rape, murder and arson. Chapters on each of these crimes provide definitions and thresholds, discussion of the offenders, the crime and its dynamics. Considerations for behavioral profiling and investigations and the development of new paradigms in each area are interwoven throughout. Topics are conceptually and practically related since profiling has typically seen most application in serial crimes and similar investigations.

The unique presentation of the book successfully connects the concepts and creates links to criminal behavior across crimes—murder, sexual assault, and arson—something no other title does. The connection of serial behavior to profiling, the most useful tool in discovering behavior patterns, is also new to the body of literature available and serves to examine the ideal manner in which profiling can be used in conjunction with behavioral science to positively affect criminal investigations.


Primary: Upper level undergraduate and graduate students
Secondary: Academic researchers and professional practitioners

Wayne Petherick

Wayne Petherick is Associate Professor of Criminology at Bond University in Australia. Wayne’s areas of interest include forensic criminology, forensic victimology, criminal motivations, criminal profiling, and applied crime analysis. He has worked on risk and threat cases, a mass homicide, stalking, rape, and a variety of civil suits involving premises liability and crime prevention. He has presented to audiences in Australia and abroad, and has published in a variety of areas including social science and legal works in the areas of criminal profiling, expert evidence, stalking, serial crimes, criminal motivations, and victimology. Wayne is co-editor of Forensic Criminology, and editor of Profiling and Serial Crime: Theoretical and Practical Issues, now in its third edition.

Affiliations and Expertise

Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Serial Crime, 2nd Edition

Chapter 1: Criminal Profiling: A Continuing History
Gareth Norris
Chapter 2: Induction and Deduction in Criminal Profiling
Wayne Petherick
Chapter 3: Behavioral Consistency, the Homology Assumption and the Problems of Induction
Wayne Petherick and Claire Ferguson
Chapter 4: Criminal Profiling Methods
Wayne Petherick
Chapter 5: The Fallacy of Accuracy in Criminal Profiling
Wayne Petherick
Chapter 6: Investigative Relevance
Claire Ferguson
Chapter 7: Metacognition in Criminal Profiling
Barry Woodhouse and Wayne Petherick
Chapter 8: Profiling as Expert Evidence
Wayne Petherick, David Field, Andrew Lowe and Elizabeth Fry
Chapter 9: Where to from Here?
Wayne Petherick
Chapter 10: Criminal Profilers and the Media: Profiling the Beltway Snipers
Brent Turvey and Michael McGrath
Chapter 11: Serial Stalking: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places?
Wayne Petherick
Chapter 12: Serial Rape: An Investigative Approach
Terry Goldsworthy
Chapter 13: Understanding Serial Sexual Murder: A Biopsychosocial Approach
Robert J. Homant and Daniel B. Kennedy
Chapter 14: Serial Arson
Ross Brogan

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