Fire and explosives: behavioral aspects

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Turvey, B. E. (2011). Fire and explosives: Behavioral aspects. In B. E. Turvey (Ed.), Criminal profiling: An introduction to behavioural evidence analysis (379-399). Oxford, United Kingdom: Academic Press, Elsevier.

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One of the most important behavioral evidence concepts to understand is the nature of the relationship between a person’s behavior and their motives or needs. Human behaviors are a manifestation of human need. They are the expression of want, and can be windows to intent.

Consider the behaviors of fire setting and explosives use. They must be examined and considered just like any other criminal behavior. They can occur in a variety of contexts, and they can satisfy or be motivated by multiple offender needs. They are not limited to use in a particular kind of criminal offense or against any particular type of victim. Their use in a particular offense is constrained only by offender motive, offender intent, offender skill level, and the availability of materials.1

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