With criminal profiling gaining popularity in recent years, both in the media and within law enforcement, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the field is lacking in much needed empirical support. The FBI's Crime Classification Manual, used to train FBI profilers, states in its opening pages that the information provided in the manual is not empirically derived; rather, it is based on the collective opinion of those with experience in law enforcement. Of particular importance is the relationship between motive and criminal behavior. How might we determine motive from the behavioral evidence left at a crime scene? Turvey (2000) says we can do this one of two ways: inductively (through the use of broad generalizations or statistics) or deductively (utilizing specific behavioral evidence left at the crime scene). The proposed research aims to see if we can postdict motive, using a deductive method, through the analysis of closed homicide cases.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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Dupont, Kelly J. and MacLin, M. Kimberly
"A Proposal for Using Behavioral Evidence to Deduce Motive: A Post Dictive Analysis of Closed Homicide Cases,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 7:
1, Article 63.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol7/iss1/63