- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 4 edition (December 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1412959985
- ISBN-13: 978-1412959988
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Excellent book, I have used this for my Criminal Behavior course for a number of years. Very authoritative."--Harry Cramer (03/19/2009)
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"Excellent book, I have used this for my Criminal Behavior course for a number of years. Very authoritative." (Harry Cramer 2009-03-19)
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Some information is incorrect or outdated. Incorrect data on the number of serial killings is presented more-or-less as fact, including the debunked statistic that there are 5,000 serial murders in America yearly. A chapter on Satanic church and/or cult murder is present despite the authors' own acknowledgement that these types of murders are rare to nonexistent. The in-depth descriptions of Satanic practices and human sacrifice, backed by little real-life evidence, verge on comical.
The book is largely pre-Internet, so do not expect many descriptions of how violent criminals use the web or other digital technologies to document crimes, fantasize, or select and stalk victims. Audiotape and videotape are mentioned as the chief technologies used to self-document crimes.
Overall, Profiling Violent Crimes is a good overview of perspectives on criminal profiling circa the early 90s.
While not a research publication itself, almost all material presented is linked by citation to a publication in its References section. It has a fair-to-good index. In my reading, this book is referenced by more publications on profiling and on serial killers than any other book.