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

Wayne A. Petherick, Claire Ferguson

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProfiling, Vitimologia e Ciências Forenses: Perspetivas Atuais
EditorsFatima Almeida, Mauro Paulino
Place of PublicationLisbon, Portugal
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9789896930141
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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