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Crime Classification Manual: A Standard System for Investigating and Classifying Violent Crime, 3rd Edition



Crime Classification Manual: A Standard System for Investigating and Classifying Violent Crime, 3rd Edition

John Douglas, Ann W. Burgess, Allen G. Burgess, Robert K. Ressler

ISBN: 978-1-118-30505-8 April 2013 576 Pages


Praise for Crime Classification Manual

"The very first book by and for criminal justice professionals in the major case fields. . . . The skills, techniques, and proactive approaches offered are creatively concrete and worthy of replication across the country. . . . Heartily recommended for those working in the 'front line' of major case investigation."
—John B. Rabun Jr., ACSW, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

"[CCM] is an outstanding resource for students pursuing forensic science degrees. It provides critical information on major crimes, which improve the user's ability to assess and evaluate."
—Paul Thomas Clements, PhD, APRN-BC, CGS, DF-IAFN Drexel University Forensic Healthcare Program

The landmark book standardizing the language, terminology, and classifications used throughout the criminal justice system

Arranged according to the primary intent of the criminal, the Crime Classification Manual, Third Edition features the language, terms, and classifications the criminal justice system and allied fields use as they work to protect society from criminal behavior.

Coauthored by a pioneer of modern profiling and featuring new coverage of wrongful convictions and false confessions, the Third Edition:

  • Tackles new areas affected by globalization and new technologies, including human trafficking and internationally coordinated cybercrimes
  • Expands discussion of border control, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Homeland Security
  • Addresses the effects of ever-evolving technology on the commission and detection of crime

The definitive text in this field, Crime Classification Manual, Third Edition is written for law enforcement personnel, mental health professionals, forensic scientists, and those professionals whose work requires an understanding of criminal behavior and detection.

Preface vii


1 Crime Classification: Past and Present 3

2 Criminal Investigative Concepts in Crime Scene Analysis 21
John E. Douglas and Lauren K. Douglas

3 The Impact of the Internet, Technology, and Forensics on Crime Investigation 39
John E. Douglas, Lauren K. Douglas, and Stefan R. Treffers

4 Local, Federal, and International Agencies 59

5 Classifying Crimes by Severity From Aggravators to Depravity 91
Michael Welner


6 Criminal Enterprise Homicide 111

7 Personal Cause Homicide 165

8 Sexual Homicide 205

9 Extremist and Medical Homicide 237

10 Group Cause Homicide 263

11 Arson/Bombing 277

12 Rape and Sexual Assault 307

13 Nonlethal Crimes 367

14 Computer Crimes 399
Allen G. Burgess

15 Increased Globalization of Crime 431
Stefan R. Treffers

16 Mass and Serial Homicide 471

17 Poison and Biological Agents as Weapons 491
Arthur E. Westveer, John P. Jarvis, Carl J. Jensen, III, and Anne M. Berger


18 Interviewing, Interrogation, and Criminal Confessions 507
Gregory M. Cooper, Michael P. Napier, and Susan H. Adams

19 Wrongful Convictions: Causes, Solutions, and Case Studies 527
Peter Shellem

About the Editors 545

About the Contributors 549

Citation Index 551

Name Index 555

Subject Index 557

We dedicate this edition to chapter contributors Peter Shellem, B. S. (1960–2009) award-wining crime investigative reporter in Pittsburgh, PA and Arthur E. Westveer, M.L.A. (1936–2010) retired FBI supervisory special agent