From 1985 to 1988, Dr. Grover
Maurice Godwin was a police officer for the Oxford Police Department (North Carolina).
He left the Oxford Police Department to pursue his education. After completing
his undergraduate and graduate work in the United States, he went to England “where he studied in a one of a kind criminal
psychology program at the University of Liverpool. Dr. Godwin is first American to hold a Ph.D. in Investigative Psychology.
His expertise and scientific research in areas of psychology, serial killers, criminal behavior, and linking unsolved crimes
distinctly sets him apart from the vast number of criminal profilers who rely on intuitive based opinions.” In addition to his teaching at university and his forensic consulting business, he is the author of five
books: Tracker: Hunting Down Serial Killers;
Hunting Serial Predators; Slave Master, True murder story of Internet Serial Killer; Criminal Psychology and Forensic Technology:
A Collaborative Approach to Effective Profiling; and, Hunting Serial Predators: A Multivariate Approach to Profiling Violent
According to the book description
of Tracker: Hunting Down Serial Killers,
“Forget Silence of the Lambs; Hannibal Lecters, and Clarice Starlings do not exist. The public believes that the FBI
is protecting us from this most deadly of human predators, but the FBI profilers never caught a serial killer. The profiles
they turn out are based on interviews with thirty-six convicted killers, out of which only twenty-five were serial killers.
Conducted in 1978, the study has since been condemned as statistically and demographically invalid. Recently courts have begun
throwing out some profilers’ testimony, with judges ruling that the profiles amount to little more than voodoo.
In contrast, Maurice Godwin uses
inductive analysis, environmental psychology, behavioral psychology, crime site information, and other factors to create the
most accurate psycho-geographical profiles available. In Tracker, we learn that "[Godwin's] work is based on the collection
and critical analysis of over 100,000 data points and 200 different crime scene actions that could be used to profile the
killer." Godwin explains, "Instead of relying on interviews with murderers, I studied specific pieces of behavioral information
available from the crime scene or case file to develop a psychological profile of the killer and to pinpoint where he lives."
Godwin further states, "I’m more interested in getting in the killer’s shoes rather than his mind."
According to the book description of
Criminal Psychology and Forensic Technology: A Collaborative Approach to Effective Profiling, “Offender
profiling has been developing slowly as a possible investigative tool since 1841 and the publication of Edgar Allen Poe's
The Murder in the Rue Morgue. In this book, detective C. Auguste Dupin demonstrates the ability to follow the thought patterns
of a companion while they stroll through Paris for 15 minutes without speaking a word. Today profiling is an important investigative
tool. Nevertheless, it often represents a less than educated attempt to provide law enforcement agencies with detailed information
about the behavior of an unknown individual who has committed a crime. Criminal Psychology and Forensic Technology: A Collaborative
Approach to Effective Profiling introduces alternative approaches to improving the way crimes are investigated and offender
profiles are generated. It shows forensic evidence experts how to work with profilers to combine discrete data into a more
meaningful picture. The contributors address both their own specialty, such as anthropology, and then demonstrate how working
in conjunction with criminal psychologists can provide more effective offender profiles. This book is unique in that it provides
you with an array of articles that fuse aspects of criminal psychology and several forensic science methods in a collaborative
effort to improve profiling. Written in a format that is simple and straightforward, it utilizes actual case studies to show
how specific procedures relate to police investigations. The only book on the market that shows a team approach to criminal
profiling, Criminal Psychology and Forensic Technology: A Collaborative Approach to Effective Profiling is a reference perfect
for students interested in learning criminal profiling techniques and professionals wishing to sharpen their skills. Whatever
your reason for choosing this book, it will enlighten you about alternative investigative tools.”
According to one reader of Tracker:
Hunting Down Serial Killers, “Tracker describes the intricacies of Dr. Godwin's style of geographic
and psychological profiling, and then documents how it has been successfully used in various cases. Tracker is not redundant
because it does not cover old territory; rather, it explodes the myths about profiling and introduces a new discussion on
profiling from a scientific viewpoint--all in a reader-friendly tone. What makes Tracker unique is that it is the only profiling
book that uses scientifically valid quantitative data for profiling, versus qualitative information; challenges the hallowed
pronouncements of FBI profilers; and discusses the next quantum step in tracking criminals--geographic profiling. Finally,
as a reader who found this book refreshing, I find it odd that the other reviewers failed mentioned the many cases that Dr.
Godwin has assisted on (pro bono) to help bring some resolution to missing persons' families.”