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Investigating Religious Terrorism and Ritualistic Crimes 1st Edition

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- Charles Wetli, Chief Medical Examiner and Director of Forensic Sciences, Suffolk County, New York; Clinical Professor of Pathology at SUNY, Stony Brook

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 472 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (December 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849310342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849310348
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,591,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Sheldon LaGrange on July 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Religious pluralism is increasingly alarming to the small-minded and xenophobic. Books like this just legitimize prejudiced, rascist and ignorant stereotypes.

Ritual crimes are "generally perpetrated by practitioners of occult belief systems including Satanism, syncretic belief systems (Santeria, Palo Mayombe, Brujeria) and the Vampire/Goth scene" ?

Excuse me? No, they are not. In what crazy moon universe do members of the absolute smallest of minorities commit the majority of crimes? Where are the numbers for this? If actual research were done on supposedly "ritualistic" crimes, one would discover that most of the "evidence" consists of the ignorant superstitions of the local law enforcement. Superstitions about their fellow human beings which are legitimized and perpetuated by irresponsible books like this. And completely mundane crimes (if crimes can indeed ever be called "mundane,") are labeled "santeria" motivated or "Satanic" because of the race or culture of the people involved.

Does Perlmutter have any credentials at all, besides being an ART HISTORY professor, and being part of a LIMITED LIABILITY CORPORATION that calls itself a research foundation on religious violence? This is spurious academics, people. For those who may not know, an LLC is a for-profit personal corporation which can (and usually does) consist of only one person. Calling your corporation a "foundation" makes it look like a research institution, but it doesn't fool those of us with enough intelligence to tell the difference between useful law enforcement information and dangerous muckracking.

It is very scary to think that law enforcement workers might put some stock in this collection of Midwestern prejudice.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ltorrescart on December 19, 2014
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I had the opportunity to sit in a class with the author presenting and yes although ritual crimes is horrible, it is important to have this knowledge when investigating crime scenes which can lead to the possible perpetrator. The author is very knowledgeable in this topic and has the proper training.

People might get offended with this material, but if the shoe fits lace it up!
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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter A. Cohen on June 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Dawn Perlmutter, a former Professor of Art, and NYU graduate typifies
the CSI effect whereby dilettantes believe themselves to be Crime
Scene Investigators and Forensic Scientists because they will themselves
to be and they see a commercial and salutory opening to advance themselves in a heretofore uncluttered niche (thus the basis for why
forensic science specialties and subspecialties have clamped down
on 'amateurism' and instituted stricter testing and licensing requirements for forensic practices in crime labs, police departments
and medical examiner's offices).

This book (why on Earth would CRC agree to publish such
rubbish ?) demonstrates a facile, dilettantish, non-scientific
and less-than-cosmopolitan understanding of ritualized criminal
activity, whether psycopathic, religious-based, geopolitical or
merely opportunistic. This book might be worthwhile as a textbook
for an elective or non-majors humanities department course in the art
or symbolism of criminal activity, but it falsely purports to have
any use as a forensic or criminological tool in the understanding of
ritualized behavior that may lead to murder of any scale. You
are far better off reading the published work and books by
forensic psychologist Eric Hickey, or the legion of trained
FBI, state crime lab and other specialized forensic scientists
and forensic psychologists who have ACTUAL scientific grounding
in the area of ritualized criminal behavior.
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