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Grover Maurice Godwin

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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 Behavior.

 

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.”


Hunting Serial Predators 2 Edition
Maurice Godwin  More Info

Criminal Psychology and Forensic Technology: A Collaborative Approach to Effective Profiling
CRC  More Info

Hunting Serial Predators: A Multivariate Classification Approach to Profiling Violent Behavior
Grover Maurice Godwin  More Info

Tracker: Hunting Down Serial Killers
Maurice Godwin  More Info
Applied Victimology: Theories, Patterns, and Typologies
Humana Press  More Info
Introduction to Forensics with Case Studies
Grover Maurice Godwin  More Info

According to the book description of Hunting Serial Predators: A Multivariate Classification Approach to Profiling Violent Behavior, “The majority of the available published accounts of serial murderers are not in scholarly or technical publications. Even such few academic reviews as do exist typically commence with reference to fictional accounts so that the profile of a serial murderer is typically far from clear or precise. Hunting Serial Predators is unique in that each chapter, written in detail, explains how to research and interpret, psychologically, the crime scene actions of serial killers. The book provides the reader an empirical facet model of the crime scene actions of American serial murderers based on information available to a police inquiry; an overview of the related scientific knowledge, introducing a new method to classify the serial predator, and accounts of the process and difficulties of profiling the serial murderer. By presenting a classification model of serial murderers and their crime scene behaviors based on empirical and repeatable studies, this book makes significant advances in the areas of police investigations, etiology, and treatment possible. The empirical process used to analyze serial murderers' crime scene actions described in Hunting Serial Predators makes it possible to make logical decisions about how to detect, apprehend, and eventually access their dangerousness.”

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