Module 5 The Process Phase II Concepts related to the offense

Now that you have completed Phase I of your investigation, you begin to transition to Phase II by analyzing the evidence for concepts related to the offense itself. Consider what physical evidence exists, the location of the offense, crime scene type, and what actions the offender, as well as the victim, took. By analyzing the concepts of the crime, a motive or intent of the crime may become evident. Specific signature behaviors, staging, and offender modus operandi may be identified. It is also during this phase that the forensic psychology professional will need to determine if additional information is needed to complete the analysis. This information could include medical examinations, interviews, forensic analyses, etc.

This week, you start Phase II of the criminal investigative analysis process as you analyze the offense in the criminal report, looking directly at the evidence of the crime to determine if the crime was organized or disorganized. You also consider if there is evidence to determine a motive, staging, modus operandi, and type of violence.

Learning Objectives

Students will:
  • Analyze crime scenes
  • Analyze the evidence of a criminal report

Learning Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Bartol, C. R. & Bartol, A. M. (2010). Criminal & behavioral profiling. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Chapter 5, “Profiling Applied to Specific Crimes” (pp. 129–170)

Turvey, B. E. (2012). Criminal profiling: An introduction to behavioral evidence analysis (4th ed.). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

  • Chapter 6, “An Introduction to Crime Scene Analysis” (pp. 141–162)
  • Chapter 11, “An Introduction to Crime Reconstruction” (pp. 253–286)
  • Chapter 12, “Crime Scene Characteristics” (pp. 287–310)
  • Chapter 18, “Psychopathy and Sadism: Interpreting Psychopathic and Sadistic Behavior in the Crime Scene” (pp. 447–480)

Schlesinger, L. B. (2009). Psychological profiling: Investigative implications from crime scene analysis. Journal of Psychiatry & Law, 37(1), 73–84.


Discussion: Open Forum

When analyzing the evidence, what questions come to mind about the crime, the offender, and the victim? During this Open Forum, consider what information you may need to determine the concepts related to the offense.

To prepare for the Discussion:

  • Review the evidence of the course case, looking at concepts related to the offense.

By Day 3

Post a response to the following:

  • What things would you like to know related to the offense?
  • As you review the documents, are there other issues surfacing?

By Day 5

Respond to at least two of your colleagues with a substantive, interactive discussion that continues through Day 7 by responding to their questions and providing additional insight into the case.

Submission and Grading Information

Grading Criteria

To access your rubric:
Week 5 Discussion Rubric

Post by Day 3 and Respond by Day 5

To participate in this Discussion:
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Assignment: Investigating a Crime: Phase II – Concepts Related to the Offense

What does the analysis of evidence tell us about the general nature of the crime, the offender’s knowledge of the location of the crime, the risk level for the offender, the level of risk of the victim, and the relationship between the victim and offender? The analysis of the concepts related to the offense can help determine if the crime was organized or disorganized. It can also determine motive and intent.

In this Assignment you start Phase II of the criminal investigative analysis process by analyzing the evidence of the criminal report from the perspective of the offense.

To prepare for the Assignment:

  • Review the evidence in the criminal report from the perspective of the offense.

By Day 7

In a 2- to 3-page analysis of the offense:

Summarize

  • The victim’s action during the offense
  • The offender’s action during the offense
  • Any victim/offender interaction before, during, and after the offense

Explain any

  • Motive
  • Staging
  • Modus operandi
  • Intent
  • Premeditation
  • Affective violence
  • Predatory violence
  • Expressive/instrumental violence
  • Signature/ritual

Finally, explain whether the crime was organized or disorganized. Support your conclusion with references to the specific evidence.

Complete and submit the Assignment.

Submission and Grading Information

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  • Please save your Assignment using the naming convention “WK5Assgn+last name+first initial.(extension)” as the name.
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Submit Your Assignment by Day 7

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Making Connections

This week, you started Phase II of the criminal investigative analysis process by analyzing the offense of the criminal report, looking directly at the evidence of the crime to determine if the crime was organized or disorganized. You also considered if there was evidence to determine a motive, staging, modus operandi, and type of violence.

Next week, you will continue Phase II with a focus on the victim. You also will look at the pre-offense, offense, and post-offense actions of the victim to help determine any victim/offender dynamics.


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