A history of criminal profiling

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Turvey, B. E. (2011). A history of criminal profiling. In B. E. Turvey (Ed.), Criminal profiling: An introduction to behavioural evidence analysis (3-40). Oxford, United Kingdom: Academic Press, Elsevier.

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Before we begin our study of current evidence-based criminal profiling methods and fundamentals, we must first understand what has come before. This is done in the hope that we may uncover how we have come to this place and time. That is the province of history--to provide a look back, to gauge progress and wandering, to mark the growth and depth of our placements and philosophies, to let us know what we have been and what we are becoming.

History reminds us where our knowledge and wisdom came from when we lose sight of those who cut the path. History teaches us what has been lost to fire and fancy, despite conquering or dominant ideologies that would leave us ignorant of all that came before. History collects, history records, and history remembers. And it patiently waits for unsatisfied minds to discover it.

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