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Title : Mapping Murder: The Secrets of Geographical Profiling
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ISBN : 9780753509265
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Mapping Murder: The Secrets of Geographical Profiling Reviews

  • Lisa
    2018-11-19 01:28

    Apparently one of the main players in the field of geographical profiling, David Canter has taken this as the theme for this book, setting out the case for its (and his) preeminence with varying effect. This half success was coloured by Canter's propensity to go off on tangents that seemed unrelated to geographical profiling (such as the authenticity of the Ripper diary, Fred West's diary, etc) and heavily criticising investigations that he wasn't personally part of - as well as leading with the Jill Dando case and how geographical profiling would have nailed Barry George, who has since has his conviction overturned and therefore made me look askance at much of Canter's subsequent claims.While no doubt very useful, much like any of the other tools in a criminal investigation's arsenal, according to many of the examples used it seems this sort of profiling is most useful in hindsight when it's usually revealed that the perpetrator(s) of the crimes either live in the areas suggested by their crimes, have a friend or family member that lives there, work there, once parked their cars there, etc.So, while interesting, I felt that Mapping Murder fell short thanks to some poor examples, meandering thoughts that had naff all to do with its chosen topic and arrogant dismissal of any investigation that didn't include Canter's expertise.

  • Craig Taylor
    2018-10-28 22:16

    Although I find geo spacial analysis, profiling and mind mapping interesting, what put me off this book was the author's propensity to critisize those investigations he wasn't involved in, but rate highly anything he was involved with.There were a few sections of this book which tended to slow the pace considerably and I think the author could have cut to the chase a bit quicker.What was good about this book though was the way the author takes us into the mind of the criminals and looks at the offending from their point of view, rather than the police point of view.It seems criminals are the same the world over as his book covers quite a few countries and I did find the chapter on the New Zealand South Auckland Serial Rapist particularly interesting.There are many profilers who write books like this and I think that this book just wasn't right for me and I will look for other profilers should I wish to read about this subject again.

  • Hugh Greene
    2018-11-05 22:01

    Sadly, this is a flawed book in need of a revised edition. The version I read appeared to be the latest version sold on Amazon. Canter clearly rates ‘his’ system of geographical proximity filing very highly as a tool that locate serial killers - unfortunately of course it can’t stop people until they become serial killers as it does require the data from several murders before it can locate their ‘lair’.It’s an entertaining read though, but you need to overlook some digressions. Canter’s early argument as to the validity of his system is punctured by its reliance on the case of a TV celebrity’s murder which was pinned on a certain individual seemingly using geographical profiling. The man was convicted. Job done...except the year after the edition I read was published the convicted man was released after appeal. Why the book hasn’t since been withdrawn I don’t know...

  • Robin
    2018-10-28 18:21

    Forensic profiling – think of a character such as Cracker – has fallen in reputation a little as geographical profiling has risen. Prof David Canter is the UK's leading expert on the subject, having actually assisted detectives successfully around the world, most notably on London's 1985 Railway Rapist case.While my 2004 edition of this book is clearly out of date and the conclusions about the Jill Dando case and Barry George need updating, there is a wealth of fascinating insight into the evolving technique of crime mapping. This is a method whereby a serial offender's pattern of crimes can be explored to suggest where his base, probably his home, might be. It is not a magic bullet in solving crimes and needs plenty of interpretation by profilers and detectives, and must be used in tandem with other intelligence police might have, but it has proved invaluable in several cases from around the world detailed by the author.Most compelling is the way he writes about how their offences can reveal insights into the narrative lives of serial offenders, their 'personal myth' or self-justifications. It is a serious read, but always offers fascinating psychological intelligence.

  • Bella
    2018-10-21 23:22

    Some interesting ideas but not very well executed. David Canter hadn't actually consulted on the majority of the cases mentioned, and was very critical of other cases. The section about Jack the Ripper was really interesting.

  • Aggie
    2018-11-08 01:10

    The book has been very helpful when I was working on my university assignments, especially in the Profiling and Investigating Serious Crime module. I found the book very interesting and hard to put down. In addition, the writing style was very clear.

  • Bronwyn Riley
    2018-10-20 02:13

    Interesting read about geographical and criminal profiling. The analysis of Fred West was pretty scary...

  • Royce Ratterman
    2018-10-22 22:25

    Read for personal research - found this book's contents helpful and inspiring.A good book for the researcher and enthusiast.

  • Alex
    2018-10-25 18:21

    fascinating stuff.......

  • Ryan
    2018-10-27 18:24

    the only scientific profiling technique

  • Beto O'Farrell
    2018-11-17 01:14

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