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Forensic Psychology – Offender Profiling

2. The Organised and Disorganised Typologies

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Lecture

In this second module, we think about the organised and disorganised typologies in the context of murderers, focusing in particular on: (i) the early development of these two typologies by Ressler et al. in 1986; (ii) examples of an organised and a disorganised crime scene, with their features being attributed, in part, to the intelligence levels of each respective criminal; (iii) the typical traits associated with an organised and disorganised offenders respectively; (iv) the development of the mixed offenders category, which is often relevant for pre-planned attacks involving a chaotic crime scene, and for murders involving more than one killer.

Course

This course, by Professor Ciarán O’Keeffe (Buckinghamshire New University), explores offender profiling. In the first module, we think about the top down and bottom up approaches to profiling, and review a range of definitions of offender profiling. In the second module, we think about the FBI’s organised and disorganised crime scene and criminal typologies. Next, we think about the investigative psychology approach as an alternative to the ‘FBI approach’. In the fourth and final module, we think about geographic profiling and its origins in John Snow’s ‘cholera map’ of London.

Lecturer

Ciarán O’Keeffe is associate professor at Buckinghamshire New University. He specialises in both forensic and criminal psychology, as well as parapsychology (the study of mental phenomena which are inexplicable by conventional psychology). Professor O’Keeffe’s background is in investigative psychology and now teaches across a range of forensic and criminal psychology courses. He has made numerous television and radio appearances alongside an array of celebrities.

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O'Keeffe, C. (2022, March 29). Forensic Psychology – Offender Profiling - The Organised and Disorganised Typologies [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/forensic-psychology-offender-profiling/the-organised-and-disorganised-typologies

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O'Keeffe, Ciarán. "Forensic Psychology – Offender Profiling – The Organised and Disorganised Typologies." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 29 Mar 2022, https://www.massolit.io/courses/forensic-psychology-offender-profiling/the-organised-and-disorganised-typologies

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