Title

Criminal profiling: Behavioural consistency, the homology assumption and case linkage

Date of this Version

1-1-2012

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Details

Citation only

Petherick, W., & Ferguson, C. (2012). Criminal profiling: Behavioural consistency, the homology assumption and case linkage. In F. Almeida & M. Paulino (Eds.), Profiling, Vitimologia e Ciências Forenses: Perspetivas Atuais (pp. 227- 243). Lisbon, Portugal: Pactor.

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2012 HERDC submission. FoR codes: 160201

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ISBN

9789896930141

Abstract

Extract

Criminal profiling is an investigative tool used around the world to infer the personality and behavioural characteristics of an offender based on their crime. Case linkage, the process of determining discreet connections between crimes of the same offender, is a practice that falls under the general banner of criminal profiling and has been widely criticized. Two theories, behavioural consistency and the homology assumption, are examined and their impact on profiling in general and case linkage specifically is discussed.

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