Crime Classification Manual: A Standard System for Investigating and Classifying Violent Crime (Anglais) Broché – 17 mai 2013
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"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.
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If you are curious enough to read this review I think this 544 page volume (plus index) will fascinate you. The manual, according to the authors has received notice from FBI Investigative profilers, law enforcement officers, corrections and parole staff, mental health staff and students in forensic and criminal justice studies.
The crime Classification Manual is similar to the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) used by the psychiatric community to diagnose patients and facilitate communication and research (and debate) within the mental health field.
The stated purpose of this volume is to:
Standardize terminology within the criminal justice field; facilitate communication within the CJ field and between criminal justice and mental health; educate the CJ system and the public, and to develop a data base for investigative research.
The manual is divided into three sections: Crime analysis and Investigation, Classification of Crime Categories and Legal Issues.
Each crime includes victimology, crime scene indicators, staging, common forensic findings and investigative considerations and is followed by a case study.
There are five chapters about Homicide, and chapters about Arson/Bombing, Rape and Sexual Assault, Nonlethal Crimes, Computer Crimes, Increased Globalization of Crime, Mass and Serial Homicide and Poison and Biological weapons.
What makes this book so fascinating are the case studies.
This is a reference book. It is not the kind of book that is meant to be read from cover to cover but here's a warning: you may plan to spend only minutes with this manual but you'll wind up spending hours.
This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in true crime.
As one who always wonders why it is the female spouse whom poisons the husband with arsenic I jumped to chapter 17 "Poison And Biological Agents As Weapons" and as pointed out the case of Dorothea Puente (7 confirmed poisonings). Of interest were a couple of male dominated poisonings.
The shrinks have their DSM's (Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders) The upcoming DSM 5 will be published in May 2013.
Now, the updated CCM includes coverage of new technologies and a global persepective. The book follows the DSM's method of subdividing major categories (Arson/Bombing) has 47 such subdivisions.
Of course both John Douglas & Robert Ressler are famous from their many TV crime shows, it is nice to also be able to peruse some of their writings. The anatomy of motives and the methods used are clearly outlined in 17 chapters.
Of course as in mental health texts, it is possible to fall under multiple categories ... this is clearly pointed out. The FBI method of profiling, offender profiling & forensic psychology make up the bulk of the book. 2 chapters at the end address interviewing/interrogation techniques as well as wrongful convictions to help "balance" the book out.
Those who have followed Forensic Psychiatrist Dr. Michael Stone's "Most Evil" TV show will find the book of similar interest. Most Evil
This text was co-authored by: well-known John E. Douglas, author of Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit and Sexual Homicide: Patterns and Motives- Paperback and many other interesting books; Ann W. Burgess, a psychiatric nurse, who also co-authored 'Sexual Homicide....'; Robert Ressler, FBI veteran, also a co-author of 'Sexual Homicide.....'; and Allen G. Burgess, former associate professor, College of Business Administration at Northeastern University in Boston.
Reading the reviews I see that in addition to Law Enforcement personnel, forensic scientists, and mental health workers many working and budding authors use this book for research and as a source to assist in plot creation for their works. For me, I have just been reading it for more information on two of my main personal interests. As such, it is not a book that I am reading straight-through in sequential sessions as one would a novel. Rather I am reading invidual chapters and in no specific order.
There are three main parts to this manual: Crime Analysis and Investigation; The Classifications; and Legal Issues. Each 'part' of the text book contains several chapters. Part II, The Classifications, has chapters on varying major types of crimes (as an example of a few major types there are personal cause homicide, rape and sexual assault, and computer crimes, but again this is a slim listing of the types. Each specific crime is broken down further into types. For example under Personal Cause Homicide a few of the type covered are Erotomania-Motivated Murder, Domestic Homicide (which is further broken down), Authority Murder, Non-specific Religion Inspired Homicide and others; again I am only mentioning a few. The individual types are discussed in detail including case studies, background, victimology, crime scene indicators, forensic findings, investigation, and outcome. Part III, Legal Issues, has a large chapter on Interviewing, Interrogration, and Criminal Confessions. As you can tell this is a very definitive and informative manual covering ever aspects of crime from a variety of angles.
Not being a professional in any crime-related profession I would assume my recommendation of this book will probably not carry much weight with professionals. Likely professionals are already well aware of the manual, if not already owners, anyway. I can however recommend the book to anyone with a deep interest in any facet of crime or pschiatric nursing. I believe I can also say that writers would find this book a gold-mine of information to assist them. For myself, I am going to continue to just enjoying reading some well documented information on one of my major interests. It goes without saying, if any individual with an specific subject of interest as I outlined in the first paragraph above is reading this review, I can highly recommend this book to satisfy your appetite with a tremendous detailed and factual amount of information on crime, much of which you may not have found in any one source previously.
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