National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime The National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) is a component of the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), located at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
The primary mission of the NCAVC is to provide behaviorally-based, operational support to federal, state, local, and international law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation of unusual or repetitive violent crimes, communicated threats, terrorism, and other matters of interest to law enforcement.
A total of 135 subject matter experts attended the five-day event.
I am grateful for the partnerships that helped spur this symposium, and for the partnerships that were formed as a result.
I deeply appreciate the work that went into this publication.
• Cristie Dobson, Management and Program Assistant, FBI, NCAVC, for her talent and time spent copyediting this document and for her work on the cover art.• Assistant Director Michael J. Stephen Tidwell for their support of this project and for their willingness to dedicate the resources necessary for its successful completion.
Foreword The topic of serial murder occupies a unique niche within the criminal justice community.
The contents are based upon the notes taken during the presentations, panel discussions, and break-out group sessions.
The goal in publishing this monograph is to outline the consensus views from a variety of disciplines on the causality, motivations, and characteristics of serial murderers, which will enable the criminal justice community to generate a more effective response in the identification, investigation, and adjudication of these cases.
The FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime stands ready to assist our state, local, and international partners.
We believe the best way to combat any threat — be it terrorism, gang violence, or serial murder — is to combine our knowledge and resources with those of our partners, and to work as a team.
I would like to thank all those who participated for their willingness to share their dedication, time and expertise.