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Author Ebisike, Norbert.

Title Offender profiling in the courtroom : the use and abuse of expert witness testimony / Norbert Ebisike
Published Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2008


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Description xi, 180 pages ; 25 cm
Contents Ch. 1. What is Offender Profiling? -- Ch. 2. Approaches to Offender Profiling -- Ch. 3. Expert Testimony: Conflicting Rules and Standards -- Ch. 4. Offender Profiling in the Courtroom -- Ch. 5. Offender Profiling in Comparative Perspective
Summary "Offender profiling is mainly used by the police to narrow down suspects in cases where no physical evidence was left at a crime scene. Recently, however, this technique has been introduced into the courtroom as evidence, raising questions of its reliability, validity, and admissibility at trial. Because offender profiling was not originally intended to be used in the courtroom, its entrance there has caused both confusion and controversy. Offender Profiling in the Courtroom discusses the use of profiling evidence in criminal trials. Ebisike also covers the history, development, approaches to, and the legal aspects of this crime investigation technique
Several serial crime cases where investigators used offender profiling during the criminal proceedings are discussed, including the case of the "New York Mad Bomber," George Metesky, who caused thirty-two bomb explosions in New York City between 1940 and 1956, and the case of Albert DeSalvo, known as the "Boston Strangler," who carried out several sexually motivated murders in Boston, Massachusetts between 1962 and 1964. Ebisike demystifies offender profiling and raises awareness about the successes and the pitfalls of the process and its use at trial."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [157]-173) and index
Subject Evidence, Expert -- United States.
Forensic psychology -- United States.
Criminal behavior, Prediction of -- United States.
LC no. 2008022561
ISBN 9780313362101