Criminal Profiling

Criminal Profiling, 4th Edition

An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis

Criminal Profiling, 4th Edition,Brent Turvey,ISBN9780123852434


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A text for behavior analysis courses that includes both the sociological and forensic perspective.

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Key Features

  • Outlines the scientific principles and practice standards of BEA-oriented criminal profiling, with an emphasis on applying theory to real cases.
  • Contributing authors from law enforcement, academic, mental health and forensic science communities provide a balance perspective.
  • Complete glossary of key terms
    Companion Web site includes all appendices from previous volumes and figure collection at http://www.elsevierdirect.com/companions/9780123852434
  • Manual Web site provides an instructor’s manual for each chapter, powerpoint slideshows, and case reports from Brent Turvey’s work.


Focused on Behavioral Evidence Analysis (BEA), a method of criminal profiling developed and refined by the author over the past 15 years, the fourth edition of Criminal Profiling maintains the same core foundation that made previous editions best sellers in the professional and academic community worldwide. Written from practicing behavioral analysts and aspiring students alike, this work emphasizes an honest understanding of crime and criminals. Newly updated, mechanisms for the examination and classification of both victim and offender behavior have been improved. In addition to refined approaches towards victimology, crime scene analysis, motivation and case linkage, a chapter on sexual deviance has been added as well. 
With prior edition in wide use as a primary text in criminal justice, law, criminology, and behavioral science programs around the world, Criminal Profiling, Fourth Edition remains essential for students and professionals alike.


Students in programs such as: forensic science, psychology, sociology, criminal profiling, or investigative strategy in serial crime; and as a supplement to courses involving criminology, arson, stalking, sex crimes or death investigation. Forensic consultants, forensic scientists, law enforcement.

Brent Turvey

Brent E. Turvey spent his first years in college on a pre-med track only to change his course of study once his true interests took hold. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University in Psychology, with an emphasis on Forensic Psychology, and an additional Bachelor of Science degree in History. He went on to receive his Masters of Science in Forensic Science after studying at the University of New Haven, in West Haven, Connecticut. Since graduating in 1996, Brent has consulted with many agencies, attorneys, and police departments in the United States, Australia, China, Canada, Barbados and Korea on a range of rapes, homicides, and serial/ multiple rape/ death cases, as a forensic scientist and criminal profiler. He has also been court qualified as an expert in the areas of criminal profiling, forensic science, victimology, and crime reconstruction. In August of 2002, he was invited by the Chinese People's Police Security University (CPPSU) in Beijing to lecture before groups of detectives at the Beijing, Wuhan, Hanzou, and Shanghai police bureaus. In 2005, he was invited back to China again, to lecture at the CPPSU, and to the police in Beijing and Xian - after the translation of the 2nd edition of his text into Chinese for the University. In 2007, he was invited to lecture at the 1st Behavioral Sciences Conference at the Home Team (Police) Academy in Singapore, where he also provided training to their Behavioral Science Unit. In 2012 Brent completed his PhD in Criminology from Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia. He is the author of Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Editions (1999, 2002, 2008, 2011); co- author of the Rape Investigation Handbook, 1st and 2nd Editions (2004, 2011), Crime Reconstruction 1st and 2nd Editions (2006, 2011), Forensic Victimology (2008) and Forensic Fraud (2013) - all with Elsevier Science. He is currently a full partner, Forensic Scientist, Criminal Profiler, and Instructor with Forensic Solutions, LLC, and an Adjunct Professor of Justice Studies at Oklahoma City University. He can be contacted via email at: bturvey@forensic-science.com.

Affiliations and Expertise

Forensic Solutions LLC, Sitka, AK, USA

View additional works by Brent E. Turvey

Criminal Profiling, 4th Edition

Foreword to the Third Edition

Foreword to the Second Edition

Foreword to the First Edition

Preface to the Fourth Edition

Criminal Profiling: The Imperatives of Scientific Methodology and a Behavioral Science Education

Preface to the Third Edition

The Persistence of Faith-Based Profiling


About the Authors

Section 1 An Introduction to Criminal Profiling

Chapter 1 A History of Criminal Profiling

Chapter 2 Criminal Profiling: Science, Logic, and Cognition

Chapter 3 Alternative Methods of Criminal Profiling

Chapter 4 Forensic Psychology, Forensic Psychiatry, and Criminal Profiling: The Mental Health Professional’s Contribution to Criminal Profiling

Chapter 5 An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis

Chapter 6 An Introduction to Crime Scene Analysis

Section 2 Forensic Victimology

Chapter 7 Forensic Victimology

Chapter 8 Sexual Deviance

Chapter 9 Sexual Asphyxia

Chapter 10 False Reports

Section 3 Crime Scene Analysis

Chapter 11 An Introduction to Crime Reconstruction

Chapter 12 Crime Scene Characteristics

Chapter 13 Interpreting Motive

Chapter 14 Case Linkage: Offender Modus Operandi and Signature

Chapter 15 Cyberpatterns: Criminal Behavior on the Internet

Chapter 16 Fire and Explosives: Behavioral Aspects

Section 4 Offender Characteristics

Chapter 17 Inferring Offender Characteristics

Chapter 18 Psychopathy and Sadism: Interpreting Psychopathic and Sadistic Behavior in the Crime Scene

Chapter 19 Sex Crimes

Chapter 20 Domestic Homicide

Chapter 21 Mass Murder

Chapter 22 Serial Cases: Investigating Pattern Crimes

Chapter 23 Introduction to Terrorism: Understanding and Interviewing Terrorists

Appendix-Threshold Assessment: Homicide of Armida Wiltsey

Section 5 Professional Issues

Chapter 24 Ethics and the Criminal Profiler

Chapter 25 Criminal Profiling on Trial: The Admissibility of Criminal Profiling Evidence



Quotes and reviews

Praise for the third edition:
"In the third edition of this very popular textbook, Brent Turvey clearly demonstrates that criminal profiling has established itself as a scientific endeavor rather than an exercise in investigative intuition. This textbook pulls together an impressive amount of substantive knowledge from a variety of disciplines in order to provide the reader with a foundation upon which to develop a mastery of the criminal profiling process. As Turvey demonstrates throughout the text, however, there are various methodological approaches to the practice of criminal profiling. Paramount among these, he argues, is the method known as Behavioral Evidence Analysis, which is described and illustrated in great detail throughout this remarkable book."
--Daniel B. Kennedy, PhD, Forensic Criminologist, University of Detroit Mercy

"The third edition of Criminal Profiling is sterling!"
--Stan Crowder, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Kennesaw State University, GA

Praise for the previous editions:
"This text documents the principles of proper criminal profiling and undertakes to establish definite criteria for professionalization...should be reviewed by anyone intent on becoming a professional criminal profiler."

"...a thorough grounding in what is a relatively new field. This is more than a basic text and...should be required reading for all criminal investigators."

"...an important contribution to the systematic study of the behavioural evidence linked to the perpetration of serious crimes...Brent Turvey's opus is a major and much needed step toward professionalism [of criminal profiling.]"

"Decrying ‘faith-based thinking’ amongst some who call themselves criminal profilers, this work seeks to professionalize criminal profiling by insisting that it rest on a proper background in the behavioral sciences and criminal forensics; hence the secondary label found in the subtitle, "behavioral evidence analysis." The author (together with collaborators) describes the skills, techniques, and methods of this scientifically-oriented criminal profiling in 25 chapters organized into sections on introductory issues, forensic victimology, crime scene analysis, offender characteristics, and professional issues (i.e., ethics and trial testimony)."--4th Edition review in Reference and Research Book News


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