Abstract: My goal for this assignment is to define and differentiate criminal and non-criminal psychopathy, antisocial personality disorder, and general criminal behavior. I will also articulate the role of compulsive and addictive behavior in criminal and non-criminal psychopathy, discuss criminal profiling from other types of forensic evaluation, and analyze predatory behaviors based on the co-occurrence of crime scene behaviors. In closing I will develop a profile of a serial predator based on offender, victim, and crime scene characteristics.
Psychopathy is currently understood as a cluster of behaviors and personality traits that are typically viewed in a negative light (Hare 1993). Psychopaths are described as callous
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[t]hey are more difficult to manage in correctional and institutional settings.... [t]hey re-offend and violate conditions of release faster and more often and are at higher risk to re-offend violently than other offenders.” While psychopathy serves as an overwhelming obstacle for justice, it also doubles as a helpful indicator of likely offenders. In fact, the score on the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised ... was the single best predictor of violent recidivism. Having established that psychopathy is highly related to violence, this mental disorder serves as an obust predictor of recidivism and violence among criminal, forensic, and psychiatric populations. Profiling has been used not only in identifying unknown offenders in serial crimes, such as serial murder, rape, and arson, but with other crimes as well such as hostage negotiation, anonymous letter writers (Casey-Owens 1984), threat assessment (Miron & Douglas 1979), and the like. Douglas, Ressler, Burgess, & Hartman (1986) described six stages of the profiling process: (1) input: collecting crime scene information; (2) decision process: arranging the input into meaningful patterns and analyzing victim and offender risk; (3) crime assessment: reconstructing the crime and the offender motivation; (4) criminal profile: developing these specific descriptions of the offender; (5) investigation: using the profile as an aid or adjunct in investigation; and