Reliability, validity, and utility of criminal profiling typologies


DOI: 10.1007/BF02802858

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Godwin, M. J Police Crim Psych (2002) 17: 1. doi:10.1007/BF02802858


Criminal profiling has received attention from the academic community and from the entertainment world since the FBI first published accounts of its profiling principles. It became popular through films such as Silence of the Lambs and the X-Files making headlines. However, beyond the victims' pin pictures that help create the sensationalism in these resources, there have been few, if any, reliable criminal profiling classification designs. This work examines deductive and inductive profiling models that classify crime scene activity including the first systematic review of the FBI's organized and disorganized profiling typology. The paper concludes with a discussion about how to turn profiling from an art too more a scientific process through the use of investigative process management research.

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© Society for Police and Criminal Psychology 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Methodist CollegeFayettevilleUSA

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