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Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation:
Practical and Clinical Perspectives, Second Edition

Author: Vernon J. Geberth, M.S., M.P.S., B.B.A., FBINA
Lieutenant Commander (Retired), New York City Police Department


Remember:   Do it right the first time.   You only get one chance.
— Vernon J. Geberth, M.S., M.P.S., 1980, Homicide and Forensic Consultant, Author of Practical Homicide Investigation®, and the Series Editor of Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations.

In Practical Homicide Investigation, renowned author and investigator Vernon J. Geberth provided thousands of law enforcement professionals with invaluable techniques for investigation of sudden and violent death. Now he shares his practical and clinical expertise related to the unique characteristics of sex-related homicide and death investigations.

Renowned for being THE definitive source on these types of cases, this volume has been revised and expanded to provide additional case histories to emphasize the essential procedures and techniques on which to build a solid, prosecutable case.

This comprehensive volume is an incredible compilation that exhausts the subject. Vern's remarkable experience and unmatched expertise have given him unparalleled insight into the investigation of sexually deviant crimes and the psyche of those who perpetrate violent sex related crimes.

— Michigan Assistant Attorney General Donna Pendergast

Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation is truly a chronicle of practical and clinical case studies, combined with invaluable investigative guidelines, that takes the reader to another level of knowledge in this unique field. It represents an accomplishment that no other author has yet achieved.

— Legendary criminal profiler Robert K. Ressler, commenting on the First Edition

In typical Vernon Geberth style, we do not merely read of sexual murder…We are thrust into the horror…transported to the crime scene. We live it, smell it, experience it and feel it.

— From the Foreword by Larry Welch, Retired Director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation

What’s New in the Second Edition:

  • A completely revised chapter on human sexuality and sexual deviance: Research versus Reality
  • A completely revised chapter on the Significance of Fantasy in sex-related events
  • A completely new chapter on the infamous 30-year BTK investigation
  • New case histories and/or research added to fourteen of the fifteen chapters
  • New research developed from the Working Group of Human Asphyxia (WGHA)
  • A revised chapter on Criminal Personality Profiling and Investigative Analysis
  • An analysis of the typology of offenders and the "Signature Aspect" of specific crimes
  • A total of 386 full-color photographs and illustrations representing an additional 126 new photos

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Human Sexuality and Sexual Deviance: Research and Reality
Human Sexuality
What Are the Goals/Objectives of the Human Brain?
Artificial Human Estrus
Mammalian Monogamy
The Sociosexual Template
Human Sexual Arousal and Response System
Father of the Human Sexuality "Field"
Human Sociosexual Arousal and Response System
Sexual Deviance
Appendix: Paraphilias Quick Reference

The Investigative Significance of Fantasy in Sex-Related Incidents
Human Sex Drive
Photographs and Magazine Pictures
Fantasy Drawings and Their Significance in Criminal Investigative Analysis
Fantasy Writings of Sexual Sadists
Consenting Partners Used to Reinforce the Fantasy
Fantasy and Linking Criminal Events
Prosecution Presentation of Psychosexual Evidence
Domestic Violence Lust Murder: A Clinical Perspective of Sadistic and Sexual Fantasies Integrated into Domestic Violence Dynamics
Fantasy and Search Warrants

Journal of a Serial Rapist: A Case Study
The Suspect
The Journal
Investigative Analysis and Opinion

Sexual Asphyxia and Autoerotic Fatalities
Clinical Definition
Literature Definition
Sex, Age, and Race
Atypical Autoerotic Deaths
Asphyxial Deaths: The Pathology of Autoerotic Death
Reality of Asphyxial Death: Videotaped Cases
Equivocal Death Investigations
Sexual Asphyxia: The Psychosexual Aspects of Autoerotic Activity
Female Victims of Autoerotic Fatality
Female Autoerotic Fatality Reported as a Homicide
Female Autoerotic Fatality Reported as a Suicide
Atypical Female Autoerotic Case
Equivocal Death Investigation
Notification and Advising the Surviving Family of the Mode of Death
A Case History
Investigative Considerations
Determining the Involvement of Sexual Asphyxia: Autoerotic Checklist

The Crime Scene Investigation
Legal Considerations
Document the scene: photos, videotape, and diagrams
Physical Evidence
Trace Evidence
The Concept of Linkage
The Primary Crime Scene
Preliminary Steps
Secure and Protect the Crime Scene and Area
Specific Duties of First Officers
Preliminary Investigation at the Scene
Preliminary Medical Examination at the Scene
Implementing Crime Scene Procedures
Direction of Uniform Personnel at the Scene
Formulating the Crime Scene Search
The Search
Release of the Scene
The Search Process
Sex-Related Crime Scene Checklist
Investigative Assessment: Criminal Personality Profiling.
The Investigative Checklist

Collection and Preservation of Physical Evidence in Sex-Related Death Investigations
General Types of Evidence
Procedures for Collection of Evidence
Field Test Reagents
Tests for the Presence of Body Fluids
Collection of Specific Types of Evidence
Application of DNA Technology

Interpersonal Violence-Oriented Disputes and Assaults and Sex-Related Domestic Violence Murders
Lethality Indicators

Rape- and Sodomy-Oriented Murders
Investigative Strategy
Cold Case Homicide Linked through CODIS
Categories of Rapists
Typical Sexual Killer

Lust Murder and Deviant-Oriented Assaults
Anatomy of Lust Murder
Organized Offenders
Disorganized Offenders
Case Histories of Lust Murders

Serial Murder
Homosexual Serial Killers
The Serial Killer Profile
A Clinical Perspective
Investigative Considerations

Sex-Related Child Homicides and Child Abduction Cases
Homosexual Pedophile Murder
Missing Person Reports Involving Children
Introduction to Child Abduction
Public Response
Standard Operating Procedures
Additional Investigative Considerations
Cause of Death
Investigation Procedures
The Canvass
The Search
Important Sites
The Amber Alert Plan

Sex Slave Torture and Serial Murder Case
David Parker Ray
Roy Yancy
Legal Maneuvers

The BTK Investigation
The Original Btk Serial Murders
The Btk Killer Reemerges
Dennis Lynn Rader: The BTK Killer
Synopsis of the BTK Confessions
Search Warrant Evidence

Investigative Analysis: Criminal Personality Profiling and the Signature Aspect
Criminal Investigative Analysis
Crime Scene Forensics
Criminal Personality Profile
Investigative Assessment: The Profiling Process
Clinical Considerations and Descriptions of Behavior
Crime Scene and Profile: Characteristics of Organized and Disorganized Murderers
Criminal Personality Profiling: The Signature Aspect in Criminal Investigation
The Frequency and Characteristics of Sexual Posing in Homicides
Investigative Application of the "Signature" Aspect

Psychopathic Sexual Sadism: A Clinical Study
Historical Perspective and Definitions
Sexual Sadism
Interview Statement of Serial Killer: A Sexual Sadist
A Psychology of Evil
Interview Strategies and Techniques
Case Documentation Of Psychopathic Sexual Sadism
Risk Assessment
Literature Review


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Author Biography

Vernon J. Geberth, M.S., M.P.A., B.B.A., FBINA, is a former lieutenant commander of the New York City Police Department with over 40 years of law enforcement experience. He has personally investigated, supervised, assessed, researched, and consulted on over 8,000 death investigations. In addition, Commander Geberth has been the recipient of more than 60 awards for bravery and exceptional police work and is a member of the Honor Legion of the City of New York Police Department. He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). Commander Geberth is a nationally renowned lecturer, author, educator, consultant, and expert witness on the subject of death investigations.

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Publication & Pricing

This book is available from CRC Press.  Save 10% using Promo Code 143KA121Z at checkout.
ISBN 978-1-4398-2655-3, June, 2010, 736 pp $139.95.

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