Understanding Violent Criminals: Insights from the Front Lines of Law Enforcement

Insights from the Front Lines of Law Enforcement

by

Series: Forensic Psychology

Violent crime remains a major problem in America: in 2011, there were more than 1.2 million violent crimes committed in the United States. To better grasp the complex reasons behind this disturbing statistic, author David J. Thomas—a police officer and forensic psychologist—conducted an in-depth examination of violent crime to pinpoint why some individuals intentionally inflict pain and suffering upon others. In this book, readers are given access to excerpts from police interviews for each spotlighted crime in the case studies, offering a unique inside look at the true motivations of the criminal. The case studies include examples of arson, crimes against children, gang violence, human trafficking, murder, rape, and robbery. The work also explores the psychology associated with each crime, addresses evidence of corresponding personality types, and delves into victimology.

  • ABC-CLIO; June 2014
  • ISBN: 9781440829260
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  • Title: Understanding Violent Criminals: Insights from the Front Lines of Law Enforcement
  • Series: Forensic Psychology
  • Author: David Thomas
  • Imprint: Praeger

In The Press

"Powerful! This is a book for anyone interested in crime, crime reduction, or offender behavior. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers." - Choice

About The Author

David J. Thomas, PhD, LMHC, is associate professor at Florida Gulf Coast University.