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Criminal Profiling Reality: What is Actually Behind the Smoke and Mirrors?

NCJ Number
Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice Volume: 13 Issue: 2 Dated: March - April 2013 Pages: 79-91
Richard N. Kocsis, Ph.D.
Date Published
April 2013
13 pages
This study examined the accuracy of the technique of criminal profiling.
Despite developments in both the research and investigative use of criminal profiling over the past four decades, empirical evaluation of the accuracy of the technique, and hence its validity, remains limited. This practice update briefly examines the original empirical experiments conducted in the area thus far as well as recent omnibus analyses aimed at assessing accuracy in criminal profiles. Issues that undermine recently promulgated challenges to profiler accuracy are also identified and discussed. Findings evidencing accuracy in criminal profiling from both the original and omnibus studies are also reviewed along with the theoretical implications for differing schools of thought concerning the criminal profiling technique. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.