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JBP: Vol. 1 No. 3, December 2000


JBP: Vol. 2 No. 1
June 2001


Letter from the Editor

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by Brent E. Turvey, MS



Autoerotic Deaths: Historical Perspectives and Investigative Considerations
by Craig M. Cooley, MS

Abstract: This work provides a comprehensive literature review of the subject of autoerotic death. Topics of discussion include: understanding the nature of autoerotic behavior, investigating and recognizing death scene characteristics, and understanding psychological autopsy techniques. This review will show that the majority of the autoerotic literature is confusing, inconsistent, and morally slanted. By analyzing the historical data regarding autoerotic behavior it is hoped that an objective definition concerning autoerotic fatalities may surface.

Criminal Profiling: Is it investigatively relevant?
by Det. Sgt. Terry Goldsworthy

Abstract: The aim of this research was to determine what information is investigatively relevant for police and how criminal profiling fits into an investigative model. Two major questions guide this research: (1) what is meant by the term investigative relevance? and (2) is criminal profiling seen by police as being investigatively relevant? The research was undertaken by delivering a questionnaire to serving members of the Queensland Police Service and obtaining their responses in relation to a number of issues relating to the above two questions. The study showed that criminal profiling is perceived as being investigatively relevant amongst police investigators. Specifically it was seen as a means of reducing suspect pools and providing direction to investigations. Furthermore, it is suggested that someone with a background in psychology would be best suited as a criminal profiler. The study also showed that there is information overload in investigations and thereby limiting information to investigatively relevant material was seen as important. In addition a number of improvements were suggested to current practices such as the use of major incident rooms. Significant training issues were identified in relation to providing police with further skills to illicit information through interviews, and providing them with a basic understanding of psychological traits of potential offenders to assist investigators in solving crimes.

Mass Killings: A Study of 5 Cases
by Brent E. Turvey, MS

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine the more prominent mass killer profiles and typologies presented in the literature, and compare them to 5 known U.S. cases from across the 1900s. From this exercise, it is hoped that a preliminary understanding of the utility of the literature will emerge. At the same time, this work also evaluates the quality of the literature on the subject.


Criminal Behavior Literature Review Project

Review of 'Signature Murders: A Report of the 1984 Cranbrook, British Columbia Cases'
by Kristy Kruse

Journal of Behavioral Profiling: Volume 2, Number 1, June 2001
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