Pathways in Crime: An Introduction to Behaviour Sequence Analysis

This book introduces a novel approach to analysing and mapping criminal behaviours. Every crime occurs as a chain of behaviours and events, from inception and preparation through to commission and exit from the crime scene. These pathways in crime are complex, dynamic sequences that are by their very nature difficult to analyse. Keatley provides a clear and coherent introduction to Behaviour Sequence Analysis, and the chapters address a wide range of criminal offences, from deception in interrogations through to sexual assaults, serial homicide, and terrorism. Interesting additional similarities between Behaviour Sequence Analysis and other well-known methods, such as crime linkage, crime script analysis, and T-Pattern Analysis are also outlined in detail. Academic researchers in Forensic Psychology and Criminology, as well as applied practitioners and investigators will find this an invaluable book, and will gain clear insight and understanding into the method in order to apply it to their own cases.

Book contents:

  1. Setting the Scene

  2. Beginning Your Research

  3. Analysing Your Research

  4. Interview Analysis: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

  5. Behaviour Lists: Comparing Sequences of Violence and the Night-Time Economy

  6. Online Behaviour Lists: Sexual Assaults and Rape Cases

  7. Card-Sort Tasks: Self-Harm and Prison Populations

  8. Video/Observation Analysis: Nonverbal Communication and Deception

  9. Big Data: Serial Homicide Database

  10. Crime Script Analysis

  11. Crime Linkage Analysis

  12. T-System Analysis

  13. Indicator Waves

  14. Conclusions