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Discussion: criminal profiling | Criminal homework help

While many cases have evidence that provides clues to the offender, some cases leave investigators with no apparent information at all. In these situations, criminal profilers are often assigned to the investigation. In many cases, the developed profiles may help detect, apprehend, and convict the offenders. There also are situations where the profile of an offender might be off the mark. As a result, it is important to bear in mind that while criminal profiling might be useful in tracking down offenders before they commit another crime, profiling should not be viewed as being 100% accurate. Much of the success of profiling hinges on whether profilers accurately identify key characteristics of offenders, such as age, race, gender, and lifestyle. Missing the mark on these characteristics might lead investigations down the wrong path and ultimately allow offenders to inflict additional harm on society.

For this Discussion, search the internet for violent offenders, and choose two. Consider how criminal profiling might have been effective in earlier detection and apprehension of the violent offenders you selected. Next, consider specific factors that might be important to include in a criminal profile.

Post by Day 4 of Week 5

  • Describe the two violent offenders you selected.
  • Include a citation for at least one article, website, video, or another source for each violent offender you selected.
  • Explain how criminal profiling could have been effective in earlier detection and apprehension of each violent offender.
  • Describe at least three factors for each violent offender that might be important to include in a criminal profile and explain why for each.






           USE THIS SOURCE- I have attached an audio recording and transcript of this video to the file. 

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). Criminal profiling [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 12 minutes.
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Schram, P. J. (2017). Introduction to Criminology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.
Chapter 12: Feminist Theories of CrimeTime Estimate: 90 minutes

Introduction to Criminology, 2nd Edition, by Schram, P. J. Copyright 2017 by Sage College. Reprinted by permission of Sage College via the Copyright Clearance Center.

Gavin, H., & Porter, T. (2014). Female aggression. Retrieved from http://ebookcentral.proquest.com

Farrell, A. L., Keppel, R. D., & Titterington, V. B. (2011, August 19). Lethal ladies: Revisiting what we know about female serial murderers. doi: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1088767911415938?journalCode=hsxa

Simon, Ü. G. (2015). The traits and the thrill of serial killers. Internal Security, 7(2), 33-42. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.5604/20805268.1212110

Biography.com. (n.d.). Aileen Wuornos biography.com. Retrieved from: https://www.biography.com/people/aileen-wuornos-11735792
Time Estimate: 10 minutes

Required Media

FilmRise Documentaries. (2014, September 18). Aileen: Life and death of a serial killer [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/IsgVFplffl0
Time Estimate: 90 minutes

Apply Criminological Theories to explain criminal behavior

Required Readings

Harrison, M. A., Murphy, E. A., Ho, L. Y., Bowers, T. G., & Flaherty, C. V. (2015). Female serial killers in the United States: means, motives, and makings. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 26(3), 383-406.

Gurian, E. A. (2011). Female serial murderers: directions for future research on a hidden population. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 55(1), 27-42.

Chan, H. C. O., Beauregard, E., & Myers, W. C. (2015). Single‐victim and serial sexual homicide offenders: Differences in crime, paraphilias and personality traits. Criminal behaviour and mental health, 25(1), 66-78.

Optional Resources

Microsoft. (n.d.). Add and delete audio in your PowerPoint presentation. Retrieved March 9, 2018, from: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Add-or-delete-audio-in-your-PowerPoint-presentation-C3B2A9FD-2547-41D9-9182-3DFAA58F1316

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