Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter you will be able to:

8.1 Define behavioral evidence and criminal profiling.
8.2 Discuss the purpose of criminal profiling, its history, and the assumptions of the technique.
8.3 Identify how criminal profiles are constructed, explain the meaning of various perpetrator actions, and discuss the effectiveness of criminal profiles.
8.4 Explain the purpose of geographic profiling and discuss its assumptions and limitations.
8.5 Define psycholinguistics and explain how it could be used as an investigative tool.
8.6 Describe the two forms of crime analysis (place-based and person-based) and discuss how they can be used as tools in criminal investigations.