Crime Scene Characteristics & Offender Characteristics
Chapter 12 & 17
Terms in this set (7)
What are crime scene characteristics?
Exercise of reconstruction, looking back in time and visualizing how things happened
What is the point of contact?
The precise location where the offender first approached and acquired the victim.
What are the methods of control?
--In the position of control. How the criminal gets the victim in the most vulnerable position and how the criminal gets into their comfort zone.
--Used to manipulate, regulate, restrain and subdue victim behavior during the offense. Can be verbal or physical threat.
What are precautionary acts?
To some degree along with M.O
An act that the offender takes to help them successfully pull off the crime and get away with it.
Ex: Staging - the offender makes it look like something else happened.
What is the purpose of a criminal profile?
Rendered to define or refine the suspect pool in a criminal investigation. Narrowing process.
Helps narrow the suspect pool.
What offender characteristics can be deduced?
Operationalize or define, the characteristic.
Ex; skill level, gender, physical appearance, behavioral, knowledge of victim, knowledge of crime scene, occupation
How can a profiler's determination be tested and proven accurate?
Conclusively, if believed and proven credible, matches the physical and direct evidence; A confession. All the evidence matches and points to offender.
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