Criminal Investigative Failures

D. Kim Rossmo

December 15, 2008 by CRC Press
Reference - 400 Pages - 35 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420047516 - CAT# 47515


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  • This no-nonsense volume:

    • Outlines logical mistakes even the best investigators can make
    • Analyzes what went wrong in several famous criminal cases
    • Discusses strategies to minimize the risk of a criminal investigative failure
  • Summary

    Avoid Major Investigative Traps

    What causes competent and dedicated investigators to make avoidable mistakes, jeopardizing the successful resolution of their cases? Authored by a 21-year police veteran and university research professor, Criminal Investigative Failures comprehensively defines and discusses the causes and problems most common to failed investigations. More importantly, it outlines realistic strategies for avoiding investigative pitfalls.

    Illuminated with case studies, this practical resource examines three main reasons for investigative failure:

    • Cognitive biases, such as tunnel vision, that lead to mistakes in reasoning
    • Organizational traps, such as groupthink, that investigators fall prey to within their agencies
    • Probability errors, such as the prosecutor’s fallacy, in forensic science and criminal profiling

    The Dangers of Assumptions and Organizational Ego

    Authoritative contributors from a variety of disciplines elaborate on the aforementioned core points with commentary and case studies of well-known crimes. Written in a quick-to-grasp style, this useful text provides practical advice for avoiding investigative failures. It is an invaluable reference for investigators looking to prevent future failures of justice and find the truth.


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