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Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation: Practical and Clinical Perspectives, Second Edition

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Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation: Practical and Clinical Perspectives, Second Edition

Renowned for being THE definitive source on these types of cases, this volume has been revised and expanded to provide additional case histories to emphasize the essential procedures and techniques on which to build a solid, prosecutable case.

By Vernon J. Geberth,

ISBN: 9781439826553

Retail price: $154.95   $104.95


  • Features
    • Provides case studies and practical examples of the psychopathology of the sexual offender
    • Describes the physical and trace evidence commonly found at sex-related homicide crime scenes
    • Presents current advances in forensic techniques and the value of DNA evidence
    • Contains excerpts from a journal of a serial rapist
    • Explores the case of the notorious BTK killer
    • Examines criminal profiling and the signature aspect of sex-related homicide

    Remember: Do it right the first time. You only get one chance.

    —Vernon J. Geberth, M.S., M.P.S., 1980, Homicide and Forensic Consultant, Author of Practical Homicide Investigation®, and the Series Editor of Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations.

    In Practical Homicide Investigation, renowned author and investigator Vernon J. Geberth provided thousands of law enforcement professionals with invaluable techniques for investigation of sudden and violent death. Now he shares his practical and clinical expertise related to the unique characteristics of sex-related homicide and death investigations.

    Renowned for being THE definitive source on these types of cases, this volume has been revised and expanded to provide additional case histories to emphasize the essential procedures and techniques on which to build a solid, prosecutable case.

    This comprehensive volume is an incredible compilation that exhausts the subject. Vern's remarkable experience and unmatched expertise have given him unparalleled insight into the investigation of sexually deviant crimes and the psyche of those who perpetrate violent sex related crimes.

    —Michigan Assistant Attorney General Donna Pendergast

    Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation is truly a chronicle of practical and clinical case studies, combined with invaluable investigative guidelines, that takes the reader to another level of knowledge in this unique field. It represents an accomplishment that no other author has yet achieved.

    — Legendary criminal profiler Robert K. Ressler, commenting on the First Edition

    In typical Vernon Geberth style, we do not merely read of sexual murder…We are thrust into the horror…transported to the crime scene. We live it, smell it, experience it and feel it.

    —From the Foreword by Larry Welch, Retired Director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation

    What’s New in the Second Edition:


  • A completely revised chapter on human sexuality and sexual deviance: Research versus Reality
  • A completely revised chapter on the Significance of Fantasy in sex-related events
  • A completely new chapter on the infamous 30-year BTK investigation
  • New case histories and/or research added to fourteen of the fifteen chapters
  • New research developed from the Working Group of Human Asphyxia (WGHA)
  • A revised chapter on Criminal Personality Profiling and Investigative Analysis
  • An analysis of the typology of offenders and the "Signature Aspect" of specific crimes
  • A total of 386 full-color photographs and illustrations representing an additional 126 new photos



    Human Sexuality and Sexual Deviance: Research and Reality
    Human Sexuality
    What Are the Goals/Objectives of the Human Brain?
    Artificial Human Estrus
    Mammalian Monogamy
    The Sociosexual Template
    Human Sexual Arousal and Response System
    Father of the Human Sexuality "Field"
    Human Sociosexual Arousal and Response System
    Sexual Deviance
    Appendix: Paraphilias Quick Reference

    The Investigative Significance of Fantasy in Sex-Related Incidents
    Human Sex Drive
    Photographs and Magazine Pictures
    Fantasy Drawings and Their Significance in Criminal Investigative Analysis
    Fantasy Writings of Sexual Sadists
    Consenting Partners Used to Reinforce the Fantasy
    Fantasy and Linking Criminal Events
    Prosecution Presentation of Psychosexual Evidence
    Domestic Violence Lust Murder: A Clinical Perspective of Sadistic and Sexual Fantasies Integrated into Domestic Violence Dynamics
    Fantasy and Search Warrants

    Journal of a Serial Rapist: A Case Study
    The Suspect
    The Journal
    Investigative Analysis and Opinion

    Sexual Asphyxia and Autoerotic Fatalities
    Clinical Definition
    Literature Definition
    Sex, Age, and Race
    Atypical Autoerotic Deaths
    Asphyxial Deaths: The Pathology of Autoerotic Death
    Reality of Asphyxial Death: Videotaped Cases
    Equivocal Death Investigations
    Sexual Asphyxia: The Psychosexual Aspects of Autoerotic Activity
    Female Victims of Autoerotic Fatality
    Female Autoerotic Fatality Reported as a Homicide
    Female Autoerotic Fatality Reported as a Suicide
    Atypical Female Autoerotic Case
    Equivocal Death Investigation
    Notification and Advising the Surviving Family of the Mode of Death
    A Case History
    Investigative Considerations
    Determining the Involvement of Sexual Asphyxia: Autoerotic Checklist

    The Crime Scene Investigation
    Legal Considerations
    Document the scene: photos, videotape, and diagrams
    Physical Evidence
    Trace Evidence
    The Concept of Linkage
    The Primary Crime Scene
    Preliminary Steps
    Secure and Protect the Crime Scene and Area
    Specific Duties of First Officers
    Preliminary Investigation at the Scene
    Preliminary Medical Examination at the Scene
    Implementing Crime Scene Procedures
    Direction of Uniform Personnel at the Scene
    Formulating the Crime Scene Search
    The Search
    Release of the Scene
    The Search Process
    Sex-Related Crime Scene Checklist
    Investigative Assessment: Criminal Personality Profiling.
    The Investigative Checklist

    Collection and Preservation of Physical Evidence in Sex-Related Death Investigations
    General Types of Evidence
    Procedures for Collection of Evidence
    Field Test Reagents
    Tests for the Presence of Body Fluids
    Collection of Specific Types of Evidence
    Application of DNA Technology

    Interpersonal Violence-Oriented Disputes and Assaults and Sex-Related Domestic Violence Murders
    Lethality Indicators

    Rape- and Sodomy-Oriented Murders
    Investigative Strategy
    Cold Case Homicide Linked through CODIS
    Categories of Rapists
    Typical Sexual Killer

    Lust Murder and Deviant-Oriented Assaults
    Anatomy of Lust Murder
    Organized Offenders
    Disorganized Offenders
    Case Histories of Lust Murders

    Serial Murder
    Homosexual Serial Killers
    The Serial Killer Profile
    A Clinical Perspective
    Investigative Considerations

    Sex-Related Child Homicides and Child Abduction Cases
    Homosexual Pedophile Murder
    Missing Person Reports Involving Children
    Introduction to Child Abduction
    Public Response
    Standard Operating Procedures
    Additional Investigative Considerations
    Cause of Death
    Investigation Procedures
    The Canvass
    The Search
    Important Sites
    The Amber Alert Plan

    Sex Slave Torture and Serial Murder Case
    David Parker Ray
    Roy Yancy
    Legal Maneuvers

    The BTK Investigation
    The Original Btk Serial Murders
    The Btk Killer Reemerges
    Dennis Lynn Rader: The BTK Killer
    Synopsis of the BTK Confessions
    Search Warrant Evidence

    Investigative Analysis: Criminal Personality Profiling and the Signature Aspect
    Criminal Investigative Analysis
    Crime Scene Forensics
    Criminal Personality Profile
    Investigative Assessment: The Profiling Process
    Clinical Considerations and Descriptions of Behavior
    Crime Scene and Profile: Characteristics of Organized and Disorganized Murderers
    Criminal Personality Profiling: The Signature Aspect in Criminal
    The Frequency and Characteristics of Sexual Posing in Homicides
    Investigative Application of the "Signature" Aspect

    Psychopathic Sexual Sadism: A Clinical Study
    Historical Perspective and Definitions
    Sexual Sadism
    Interview Statement of Serial Killer: A Sexual Sadist
    A Psychology of Evil
    Interview Strategies and Techniques
    Case Documentation Of Psychopathic Sexual Sadism
    Risk Assessment
    Literature Review


  • Publication Date:  June 24, 2010
    Number of Pages:  704

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