Making A Case – How Psychology Can Inform the Investigative Process
Creating A Profile
3.1 Top-Down Typology
Refers to an approach which starts with the big picture and then fills in the details.
This approach has been used to build up profiles of crimes to aid police in solving crimes and apprehending criminals.
Canter et al (2004) Investigation of the Organised/Disorganisd Theory of Serial Murder
Hazelwood and Douglas advanced a theory that ‘lust murderers’ can be classified as organised or disorganised murderers.
What are the issues with building offender profiles? Do they help or hinder the police in their search for perpetrators…