Offender profiling is based on the notion that the crime scene and the behaviour displayed during the commission of the crime, reflect the characteristics of the offender. A growing body of research shows that the assumptions underlying profiling may not be empirically valid. On the other hand, research focussing on actual behaviour, such as the geographical patterns of the offender, seems to be useful in fine-tuning the profile of the offender (Van der Kemp & Van Koppen, 2007). In practice, however, the creation of a profile starts with a reconstruction of what went on at the crime scene. From this crime reconstruction, the most likely scenario of the crime is created in order to describe and interpret the offender’s behaviour. This paper addresses the lack of theory and empirical knowledge of this crucial step in offender profiling. Explorative studies for researching the creation of crime scenarios are proposed and discussed.
21 Jan 2010
9th International Investigative Psychology Conference of the IA-IP