Best Medical Forensic Psychology Books

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1. Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime

Author: by Val McDermid

Grove Press
July 7, 2015

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Bestselling author of Broken Ground offers fascinating glimpses into the real world of criminal forensics from its beginnings to the modern day (The Boston Globe). The dead can tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died, and, of course, who killed them.

Using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces, forensic scientists unlock the mysteries of the past and serve justice. In Forensics, international bestselling crime author Val McDermid guides readers through this field, drawing on interviews with top-level professionals, ground-breaking research, and her own experiences on the scene.

Along the way, McDermid discovers how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine one’s time of death; how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer; and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist were able to uncover the victims of a genocide.

2. A Cold-Blooded Business: Adultery, Murder, and a Killer's Path from the Bible Belt to the Boardroom

Author: by Marek Fuchs
January 7, 2014

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In 1959, Olathe, Kansas, was made famous by the murder of the Clutter family and Truman Capote’s groundbreaking book on the crime, In Cold Blood. But fewer know that Olathe achieved notoriety again in 1982, when a member of Olathe’s growing Evangelical Christian population, a gentle man named David Harmon, was bludgeoned to death while sleepingthe force of the blows crushing his face beyond recognition.

Suspicion quickly fell on David’s wife, Melinda, and his best friend, Mark, student body president of the local Bible college. However, the long arms of the church defended the two, and no charges were pressed. Two decades later, two Olathe policemen revived the cold case making startling revelations that reopened old wounds and chasms within the Olathe communityrevelations that rocked not only Olathe, but also the two well-heeled towns in which Melinda and Mark resided.

David’s former wife and friend were now living separate, successful, law-abiding lives. Melinda lived in suburban Ohio, a devoted wife and mother of two. Mark had become a Harvard MBA, a high-paid corporate mover, a family man, and a respected community member in a wealthy suburb of New York City.

3. Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and Its Private Consequences

Author: by Catherine Pelonero
March 15, 2016

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A New York Times bestseller! Written in a flowing narrative style, Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and Its Private Consequences presents the story of the horrific and infamous murder of Kitty Genovese, a young woman stalked and stabbed on the street where she lived in Queens, New York, in 1964.

The case sparked national outrage when the New York Times revealed that dozens of witnesses had seen or heard the attacks on Kitty Genovese and her struggle to reach safety but had failed to come to her aidor even call police until after the killer had fled.

This book, first published in 2014 and now with a new afterword, cuts through misinformation and conjecture to present a definitive portrait of the crime, the aftermath, and the people involved. Based on six years of research, Catherine Pelonero’s book presents the facts from police reports, archival material, court documents, and firsthand interviews.

Pelonero offers a personal look at Kitty Genovese, an ambitious young woman viciously struck down in the prime of her life; Winston Moseley, the killer who led a double life as a responsible family-man by day and a deadly predator by night; the consequences for a community condemned; and others touched by the tragedy.

4. Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

Author: by Robert D. Hare
The Guilford Press

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Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society’s rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath.

Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong, yet they are terrifyingly self-centered, remorseless, and unable to care about the feelings of others. Perhaps most frightening, they often seem completely normal to unsuspecting targets-and they do not always ply their trade by killing.

Presenting a compelling portrait of these dangerous men and women based on 25 years of distinguished scientific research, Dr. Robert D. Hare vividly describes a world of con artists, hustlers, rapists, and other predators who charm, lie, and manipulate their way through life.

5. Inside the Criminal Mind (Revised and Updated Edition)

Author: by Stanton Samenow
368 pages

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From expert witness Dr. Stanton E. Samenow, a brilliant, no-nonsense profile of the criminal mind, updated to include new influences and effective methods for dealing with hardened criminals In 1984, this groundbreaking book offered readers an illuminating window into the workings of the criminal mind and a revolutionary approach to habilitation.

In 2004, armed with twenty years of additional knowledge and inside, Samenow explored the subject anew, using his vast expertise to explain the thought patterns of those who commit the crimes we were most concerned with in the new millennium, such as domestic violence, Internet victimization, and terrorism.

The fields of criminal behavior have expanded, demanding another updated version, which includes an exploration of computers as a vehicle for criminal conduct; new drugs and pharmaceutical influences; exposure to the rawest forms of violence in video games, films, and television broadcasts; social media as an arena for illicit activities; and updated genetic and biological research into whether some people are wired to become criminals.

6. The Mind of a Murderer: A glimpse into the darkest corners of the human psyche, from a leading forensic psychiatrist

Author: by Richard Taylor
January 21, 2021

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‘An intricate and brilliantly written psychiatric perspective on the most perplexing of crimes’ Kerry Daynes, author of The Dark Side of the Mind’Beautifully written and very dark’ Nimco Ali OBE’Whodunnit’ doesn’t matter so much, not to a forensic psychiatrist. We’re more interested in the ‘why’.In his twenty-six years in the field, Richard Taylor has worked on well over a hundred murder cases, with victims and perpetrators from all walks of life.

In this fascinating memoir, Taylor draws on some of the most tragic, horrific and illuminating of these cases – as well as dark secrets from his own family’s past – to explore some of the questions he grapples with every day:Why do people kill?

Does committing a monstrous act make someone a monster? Could any of us, in the wrong circumstances, become a killer? As Taylor helps us understand what lies inside the minds of those charged with murder – both prisoners he has assessed and patients he has treated – he presents us with the most important challenge of all: how can we even begin to comprehend the darkest of human deeds, and why it is so vital that we try?

7. Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales

Author: by William Bass
320 pages

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Fans of the forensics-oriented novels of such mystery writers as Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell… Not to mention television series like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, will make an eager audience for this one. BooklistOn a patch of land in the Tennessee hills, human corpses decompose in the open air, aided by insects, bacteria, and birds, unhindered by coffins or mausoleums.

This is Bill Bass’s Body Farm, where nature takes its course as bodies buried in shallow graves, submerged in water, or locked in car trunks serve the needs of science and the cause of justice. In Death’s Acre, Bass invites readers on an unprecedented journey behind the gates of the Body Farm where he revolutionized forensic anthropology.

A master scientist and an engaging storyteller, Bass reveals his most intriguing cases for the first time. He revisits the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder, explores the mystery of a headless corpse whose identity astonished police, divulges how the telltale traces of an insect sent a murderous grandfather to death rowand much more.

8. Psychological Evaluations for the Courts, Fourth Edition: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals and Lawyers

Author: by Gary B. Melton
The Guilford Press

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Tens of thousands of readers have relied on this leading text and practitioner reference-now revised and updated-to understand the issues the legal system most commonly asks mental health professionals to address. The volume demystifies the forensic psychological assessment process and provides guidelines for participating effectively and ethically in legal proceedings.

Presented are clinical and legal concepts and evidence-based assessment procedures pertaining to criminal and civil competencies, the insanity defense and related doctrines, sentencing, civil commitment, personal injury claims, antidiscrimination laws, child custody, juvenile justice, and other justice-related areas. Case examples, exercises, and a glossary facilitate learning; 19 sample reports illustrate how to conduct and write up thorough, legally admissible evaluations.

New to This Edition *Extensively revised to reflect important legal, empirical, and clinical developments. Increased attention to medical and neuroscientific research. New protocols relevant to competence, risk assessment, child custody, and mental injury evaluations. Updates on insanity, sentencing, civil commitment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Social Security, juvenile and family law, and the admissibility of expert testimony.

9. Criminal Behavior: A Psychological Approach

Author: by Curt Bartol
672 pages

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KEY BENEFIT: Building on a tradition of excellence, Criminal Behavior: A Psychological Approachis accurate, well-researched, contemporary, and comprehensive. It offers a detailed look at crime, what may lead to it, and how criminal behavior may be prevented all from a psychological perspective.

With a focus on serious crimes, particularly those involving violence, this book offers an all-inclusive look at a very complex field through effective and engaging material that has been tested for more than thirty years. Now in the Eleventh Edition, you’ll find crucial updates relating to crime definitions and DSM-5 categories, as well as the most current statistics and recently proposed models and theories.

Numerous topics such as intimate partner violence, juvenile sex offending, terrorist recruitment, elderly abuse, and sexual burglary now receive more extensive coverage than ever before. KEY TOPICS: TBD MARKET: For anyone interested in criminal behavior, criminology, the psychology of crime, crime and delinquency, and forensic psychology.


Forensic Psychology For Dummies

Author: by David V. Canter
For Dummies

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A fascinating guide on the psychology of crime Thinking of a career that indulges your CSI fantasies? Want to understand the psychology of crime? Whether studying it for the first time or an interested spectator, Forensic Psychology For Dummies gives you all the essentials for understanding this exciting field, complemented with fascinating case examples from around the world.

Inside you’ll find out why people commit crime, how psychology helps in the investigative process, the ways psychologists work with criminals behind bars – and how you too can become a forensic psychologist. You’ll discover what a typical day is like for a forensic psychologist, how they work with the police to build offender profiles, interview suspects or witnesses, and detect lies!

Covers the important role psychology plays in assessing offenders Explains how psychology is applied in the courtroom Explains complicated psychology concepts in easy-to-understand terms If you’re a student considering taking forensic psychology or just love to learn about the science behind crime, Forensic Psychology For Dummies is everything you need to get up-to-speed on this fascinating subject.

11. Forensic Psychology Second Edition

Author: by Matthew T. Huss

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Forensic Psychology, 2nd Edition provides students with an in-depth and insightful introduction to the clinical practice of forensic psychology, the assessment and treatment of individuals who interact with the legal system. This textbook was designed to focus on the more narrow or traditional definition of forensic psychology the practice of forensic clinical psychology.

12. Psychology of Intelligence Analysis

Author: by Richards J. Heuer
216 pages

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2018 Reprint of 1999 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition. Not reproduced with Optical Recognition software. This volume pulls together and republishes, with some editing, updating, and additions, articles written during 1978-86 for internal use within the CIA Directorate of Intelligence.

The information is relatively timeless and still relevant to the never-ending quest for better analysis. The articles are based on reviewing cognitive psychology literature concerning how people process information to make judgments on incomplete and ambiguous information. The essays selected are the most relevant to intelligence analysis and most in need of communication to intelligence analysts.

The articles are intended to help the intelligence analysts understand and interpreted the issues that most intelligence analysts face.

13. H. H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil

Author: by Adam Selzer
480 pages

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The full, untold story of serial killer made famous in Erik Larson’s international bestseller The Devil in the White City. Here is the horrific true tale of America’s first and most notorious serial killer and his diabolical killing spree during the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, now updated with a new afterword discussing Holmes’ exhumation on American Ripper.H.H.

Holmes is the first comprehensive book examining the life and career of a murderer who has become one of America’s great supervillains. It reveals not only the true story but how the legend evolved, taking advantage of hundreds of primary sources that have never been examined before, including legal documents, letters, articles, and records that have been buried in archives for more than a century.

Table of contents:Chapter One: MudgettChapter Two: SwindlerChapter Three: VictimsChapter Four: A World’s Fair HotelChapter Five: Holmes Goes WestChapter Six: PhiladelphiaChapter Seven: On the RunChapter Eight: Mudgett AgainChapter Nine: CaughtChapter Ten: The Calm Before the StormChapter Eleven: ExposedChapter Twelve: Holmes ManiaChapter Thirteen: Dog Days of AugustChapter Fourteen: The TrialChapter Fifteen: After the JudgmentChapter Sixteen: The ConfessionChapter Seventeen: The HangingChapter Eighteen: AftermathChapter Nineteen: Evolution of a LegendAppendix A: VictimsAppendix B: Aliases Used by Herman Webster MudgettThough Holmes has become just as famous now as he was in 1895, a deep analysis of contemporary materials makes very clear how much of the story as we know came from reporters who were nowhere near the action, a dangerously unqualified new police chief, and, not least, lies invented by Holmes himself.

14. The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time

Author: by Maria Konnikova
January 12, 2016

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“It’s a startling and disconcerting read that should make you think twice every time a friend of a friend offers you the opportunity of a lifetime. Erik Larson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake and bestselling author of Devil in the White CityThink you can’t get conned?Think again.

The New York Times bestselling author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes explains how to spot the con before they spot you. [An] excellent study of Con Artists, stories & the human need to believe Neil Gaiman, via Twitter A compelling investigation into the minds, motives, and methods of con artistsand the people who fall for their cons over and over again.

While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmenthe Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongsare elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust.How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it, over and over again?

These are the questions that journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova tackles in her mesmerizing new book. From multimillion-dollar Ponzi schemes to small-time frauds, Konnikova pulls together a selection of fascinating stories to demonstrate what all cons share in common, drawing on scientific, dramatic, and psychological perspectives.

15. International Handbook of Threat Assessment

Author: by J. Reid Meloy
Oxford University Press
760 pages

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In recent history, planned violent attacks have persisted in the United States and abroad. Ranging from targeted attacks on private individuals, public figures, schools, universities, corporations, and public venues, among others, these attacks have continued to illustrate the need forimproved threat assessment and management efforts at local and national levels.

In the few years since its publication in 2014, the International Handbook of Threat Assessment has become the gold standard textbook for the prevention of targeted violence. With this new edition, editors J. Reid Meloy and Jens Hoffmann have expanded their landmark text, reflecting the rise ofscholarship and growth within the field of threat assessment and management.

The book spans across disciplines and explores the foundations of threat assessment, the fields of practice in which it is utilized, and provides detail on practical applications from the most notable threat assessors andprograms in North America, Europe, and Australia.