Psychologists in Approaches to Profiling

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Ainsworth (2001)
He gave a description of profiling. He said it is a process using all available information about a crime to compose a profile and narrow down suspects.
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FBI (1979)
Wanted to distinguish between serial killers; organised/ disorganised. Also classified **** into four categories.
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Arthur Stawcross
He was a serial killer. Accurate profiling confirmed it was him.
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Holmes
Studied 192 cases of profiling. Found that in 17% of cases profiling helped with arrests.
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Douglas
Found in 77% of cases that profiling helps.
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Canter et al (2004)
Found no distinction between organised and disorganised serial killers.
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Holmes (1998)
Amended the classification system to lust, mission, hedonistic, organised and disorganised.
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Davis et al (1997)
Rapists who conceal their finger prints have a link to burglary.
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John Duffy
Had no children, was in his late 20's, right handed. This information led to his arrest.
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Britton (1992)
Sent questionnaires to CID chiefs and found no contribution to arrests.
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Copson (1995)
Sent questionnaires to police officers and found that 80% of profile information was useful.
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Mokros and Alison (2002)
Found no significant correlation between the characteristics of rapists. This contradicts the assumption that that criminals who had similar clemographic characteristics show similar crime scene behaviour.
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Copson and Holloway (1997)
Said that the methods of profiling are not useful (you'd be better of tossing a coin)
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Harrower (1998)
Said that profiling has potential
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