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criminal minds terminology
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Anger Excitation Behavior
A classification of sexual violence motivated by arousal at the suffering of the victim.
Anger Retaliatory Behavior
A classification of excessive sexual violence motivated by revenge over imagined wrongs.
Cannibalism. This often occurs in murders that incorporate vampirism.
Arranged Crime Scene
A disposal site where an offender has arranged the body and other items to serve as a ritual fantasy, sometimes done to humiliate the victim and/or shock whoever might find the body.
an unlawful physical attack on someone often indicating a sexual assault or serious injuries due to blunt force
Forensic evidence which suggests certain behaviors used to profile an unsub.
a group of mood disorders which consists of recurrent cycles or manic and depressive behavior
The delivery of overpowering force, usually performed in a manner of surprise so as to incapacitate a victim or deliver a death blow.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
a mental disorder characterized by severe instability in emotion and self-concept, along with impulsive and self-destructive behaviors. Instability in relationships, jobs, mood, and self -image, including uncontrolled flashes of anger, impulsive behavior and self mutilation.
Combined DNA Index System- used by the FBI for data/information center.
a strong, usually irresistible impulse to perform an act, esp. one that is irrational or contrary to one's will
The use of observation of a crime scene, or crimes scenes, and the pattern of crimes to determine investigatively relevant characteristics of the perpetrator; it is used as a guide for police and other authorities to narrow down a list of suspects and devise a strategy for questioning.
a false belief based on an incoherent inference about reality.
the process by which an UNSUB begins to lose their control, falling in a downward spiral, unable to control their urge to perform a particular offense brought by the trauma of their offenses. the rapid movement from organized to disorganized.
a person who commits a crime haphazardly or opportunistically, using weapons found at the scene and often leaving clues
detachment from an idea or location which alters normal organization of thinking. this can lead to loss of identity and/or consciousness.
Dissociative Identity Disorder/ Multiple Personality Disorder
This disorders is characterized by more than one personality sharing the same body; it is often used by defense attorneys to relieve their clients of the responsibility of any wrong-doings
to disembowel. this is generally done as a mean of sexual excitement for a killer and as a way for an offender to shock whoever finds the body.
Using aspects of a geographical relationship among crime scenes and victims to infer offender characteristics.
an offense occurring while the residents are at home
The three things all serial killers have in common in their background. They are, arson (setting small fires when young), urinesis (bedwetting), and harming animals
a legal term for a mental illness or defect that if present at the time or crime absolves the person of responsibility.
bullet proof vest designed to "catch" a bullet in a web of very strong fibers. These fibers absorb and disperse the impact energy that is transmitted to the vest from the bullet, causing the bullet to deform or "mushroom". Additional energy is absorbed in each successive layer of material in the vest, until such time as the bullet has been stopped.
Long Distance Serial Killer, is an offender who shoots their victims in order to create panic and fear; often improperly referred to as a "sniper"
a developmental representation or template in the mind and in the brain depicting the idealized lover and the idealized program of sexual and erotic activity projected in imagery or actually engaged in with that lover
a psychological disorder in which sexual gratification is derived from receiving emotional and/or physical abuse
modus operandi (method of operating) an offender method of carrying out an offense
National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime
nacissistic personality disorder
an enduring pattern of behavior characterized by excessive attention to oneself, grandiose thinking, and any need for admiration. It can include a high level of vanity and manifests itself in extreme acts of selfishness, with an inability to admit fault.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
erotic attraction to, and sexual contact with, dead bodies
compulsive preoccupation with an idea or an unwanted feeling or emotion, often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety.
A person who commits a planned crime, in a premeditated manner, leaving few to no clues. This type of offender may also carry a "kit" to a potential crime scene, and will generally choose their victims with precise specifications.
any group of psychosexual disorders characterized by feeling fantasies or activities involving non-human objects or non-consenting partners such as children or pain and humiliation administered to ones self and or partner, and other sexual deviations
The act or fantasy of engaging in sexual activity with prepubertal children.
tendency toward a particular thing which border on, or are, full blown obsessions, preoccupations that tend to be anti-social.
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disaster. terrorist incidents, serious accidents or violent personal assaults
power assertive behavior
Using aggression to restore an offender's self-confidence, authority, and control.
power reassurance behavior
Behaviors used to restore self-confidence through low aggression means, suggestive of a sense of inadequacy.
A mental health professional and/or law enforcement officer with behavioral science training who helps determine the traits of an Unknown offender from aspects of the victim and crime scene.
a personality disorder defined by long-term unsocialized criminal behavior by a person who feels no guilt or remorse and is inclined to never stop such behavior
major mental disorder in which a persons ability to thing, respond, communicate, recall, and interpret reality is impaired. Showing inappropriate moods, poor impulsive control and delusions.Often confused with insanity, a legal term, and psychopathy a character disorder
a psychological disorder where sexual pleasure is derived from inflicting pain on others
a group of disorders manifested in delusions, disturbances in language and though, mood shifts and maladaptive behaviors
specific things an offender forces their victims to say or perform in order to fulfill a ritual scenario
evidence found at a crime scene which is a specific need of the offender but is not necessary to the crime itself
a person with behavior identical to a psychopath, but the personality was forged by social forces and environment during the maturing process
when a crime scene is set up to look like one crime in order to mislead or cover up another crime
one who follows and observes, persistently, usually out of obsession or derangement
the specific incident which drives an offender over the edge to commit a crime
the process by which profilers research a particular threat, and determine the intent, scope and magnitude of a particular threat or offender
a personal item taken from a victim and kept by the offender to be used as a memory aid for the offender to relive the crime
A term used to describe an offender who has no preference or type of sexual victim. They will "try" anything.
(Violent Criminal Apprehension Program) Run by FBI's Behavioral Sciences Unit a data information center used by the FBI to collect, sort, and analyze information about crimes and their perpetrators
an act that exploits someone or make a victim of them
the study of a victim, or all victims, in order to discover clues or information in regard to the offenders opportunity and selection process
to dissect the living body of an animal or human
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