Teresa Clyne BA (Hons) MSc

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What is Geographical Profiling?

The geographic model can potentially be applied to all sorts of crime. It examines the distribution of a series of crimes, as was the case in Stuart Kind’s prediction of the Yorkshire Ripper’s base of action and David Canter’s
work in establishing the significance of location in the Railway Murderer (John Duffy) case. Geographic profiling, however, began in North America.

The North American approach Geographic profiling is an investigative tool developed by Kim Rossmo. He developed it whilst he was serving as a Detective Chief Inspector in the Vancouver City Police Department. Now Dr. Kim Rossmo, he has been a research professor in Texas State’s Department of Criminal Justice since
2003, and the University’s Endowed Chair in Criminology since 2007.

Although there have been a number of studies of offenders’ spatial patterns, it is Rossmo who is most widely connected with geographical profiling as an
investigative tool. He advocated its use in conjunction with, and as a complement to, crime linkage and investigative profiling.

In his address to the National Center for Intelligence Studies, Rossmo (1998) defined geographic profiling as:

‘An information management strategy to assist in serial, violent crime investigations, which facilitates the focus of investigative efforts. It is also a support service, a type of analysis and an investigative procedure. The whole
process is based on the intelligent collection, analysis and sharing of information. Suitable crimes for geographical profiling are those that are serial in nature, murder, rape, robbery, arson, bombings and predatory crimes such as sex murders or child molestation.’

Can a person be addicted to crime?

In a word, .... YES.

Crime addictions, like any addiction the addiction to crime has common characteristics (Peale. S, 1985) "addictive experiences are potent modifiers of mood and sensation".

There is a common theory that the following characteristics of addictions include:

...Tolerance - the need for more to produce the same effect.
...Withdrawal - distress after a period of non-engagement.
...Craving - distress associated with desire to re-engage.
...Salience - increasing importance of addiction in lifestyle.
...Conflict - increasing awareness of negative consequences.
...Relapse - reinstatement after a decision to stop or reduce.

Addicted to sexual crime

There are four main studies in the sexual offending literature which suggest that some sexual offending can be addictive. The first is that of McCulloch et al (1983) where the authors took a sample of sadistic sexual offenders in a British Special Hospital.

They found that of their sample of 16, 13 described elaborate and frequent masturbation fantasies. These fantasies showed tolerance in that for many subjects, they were being constantly revised in the direction of greater sadistic and violent content.

Some offenders reported that, after a time, their fantasies had become unsatisfying and had to be supplemented with their acting-out part of the fantasy for them to continue to achieve that state of arousal they were seeking.

For many, these “behavioural try-outs”
eventually led to the full index offence or offences for which they were convicted.

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An Introduction to the Irish Legal System

Maybe you have always had an interest in law, or the Irish Legal System, and just want a manageable book to start you off. Then an introduction to the Irish Legal System is the book for you. Have you ever wanted to know about the law in Ireland but every time you picked up any textbooks or even articles you were completely put off by the terminology.? Were you feeling that you would have to learn a whole new language just to be able to read it, let alone understand it.? Well look no further; my books are compiled so that all of the terminology, rules and principles are explained in plain English, leaving you to enjoy learning about the law in Ireland without the headache of terminology and confounding principles.

Welcome to my series of law textbooks for beginners. When you first start reading law, the terminology (wording), doctrines (procedural steps, or tests) or principles (rules) can be overwhelming. This book has been compiled to give you a baseline introduction to the Irish Legal System, “the bones” you could call it, it is not intended to be a complete breakdown of Administrative and Constitutional law. It is a great starter book for those who are new to the subject of Irish law. This book covers topics such as the Irish court system, organs of state, legislative processes, lawyers, the common law, legislation, the European Union, human rights, legal theory, constitutional law and jurisprudence.

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An Introduction to Company law in Ireland

A Layman’s Guide to Irish Law: An Introduction to Company law in Ireland

This Introduction to Company law book provides a basic introduction to small private limited companies and requires no previous legal knowledge. The book is ideal for those who wish to acquire a general understanding of how small companies in Ireland are run. The narrative is clear, concise and accessible, and will give the reader a good, basic appreciation of the Company law in Ireland. Topics covered include company formation, and administration, the roles of directors and shareholders, company finance, common legal problems, Employment law and the Law of Agency.

Layman’s Guide – An Introduction to Criminal law in Ireland

Layman’s Guide to Criminal law in Ireland

criminal law

Legal writing in plain English. Law guidebooks using plain English which is easy to understand using clear concise plain wording.

Welcome to my series of law guidebooks for beginners.

The principles of criminal law are explained step-by-step with a focus on the professional applications of legal principles within the criminal justice system. The layman’s guide to Irish law contains more and updated case studies. Written in a conversational tone, An Introduction to Criminal Law, is the ideal resource for lay persons or undergraduate students taking a criminal law courses.

What is Criminal Law?Criminal law governs crimes. Crimes are generally referred to as offences against the state. The standard of proof for crimes is “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

A crime is defined in law in Ireland as an act which may be punished by the State. The way in which a criminal offence is investigated and prosecuted depends on the type of crime involved. For these purposes criminal offences may be described in different ways such as:

* Summary offences
* Indictable offences
* Minor offences
* Serious offences
* Arrestable offences

There are two ways criminal offences can be tried in Irish law:

* In the lower court (District Court) before a judge without a jury (summary).
* In the higher courts (Circuit Criminal Court, Central Criminal Court) before a judge and jury (indictable).

There are many legal phrases that non-lawyers don’t understand. When you first start studying law the terminology (wording) or principles (rules) can be overwhelming, I have been teaching law for over 7 years and in that time I have taught mainly beginner or entry level students who have had some difficulty in the early stages of study and even faltering due to this whole new language which is the law, this textbook series was put together to help you to put the principles and terminology in plain English (ride with stabilisers) until such time as you are ready to revert to the terminology in the knowledge that you are more confident and knowledgeable and ready to ride that bike without stabilisers.

The explanations in this guide are not intended to be alternatives to legal terminology, rather a head start on the legal jargon, the reader will continue to use legal phrases when necessary.

These are not law textbooks per se, they are legal guides for beginners.
Introduction to Criminal Law.. 11
The Main Elements of a Crime
Article 40 of the constitution of Ireland. 16
Summary and indictable offences
Accomplice to Crime. 23
Principal in Crime. 23
Accessory after the Fact
Inchoate Offences
Public order offences in Ireland. 28Trespass on a building, etc. 33
Riot 34
Violent disorder 34
Affray. 35
Blackmail,extortion and demanding money with menaces. 36
Assault with intent to cause bodily harm or commit an indictable offence. 37
Assault or obstruction of a peace officer 37
Attacks on emergency service personnel 38The Criminal Court System, Arrest and Detention
Civil Liability & Courts Act 2004
Indictable offences: 67
Summary offences:
Bail 73

Arrests. 74

An arrestable offence under the Criminal Law Act 1997. 78
Section 30 of the Offences  Against The State Act 1939.

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Principal in Crime. 23
Accessory after the Fact
Inchoate Offences
Public order offences in Ireland. 28

Trespass on a building, etc. 33
Riot 34
Violent disorder 34
Affray. 35
Blackmail,extortion and demanding money with menaces. 36
Assault with intent to cause bodily harm or commit an indictable offence. 37
Assault or obstruction of a peace officer 37
Attacks on emergency service personnel 38

The Criminal Court System, Arrest and Detention
Civil Liability & Courts Act 2004
Indictable offences: 67
Summary offences:
Bail 73

Arrests. 74

An arrestable offence under the Criminal Law Act 1997. 78
Section 30 of the Offences  Against The State Act 1939.


A Beginners Guide; An Introduction to Offender Profiling

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The introduction book provides clear and concise information on central issues such as the origins of criminal profiling from the American Top Down Theories of Offenders behaviours and actions to the UKs Bottom Up Theories, it has its roots in FBI profiling methodology and limitations of profiling are also explained to the reader.

If you are interested in criminal profiling and would like to learn more, An Introduction to Offender Profiling; analysing the Criminal Mind is the perfect place to start.

Have you ever wondered how profilers profile offenders?, how they can gather so much information about a suspect from such things as the age and race and gender of the offender from the crime scene or victims.

Offender Profiling providing a likely description of an offender based on an analysis of
– Crime scene
– The victim
– Other available evidence

Offender Profiling does not solve crime or identify individuals, but it does provide a means of narrowing the range of potential suspects (Holmes & Holmes 1996)

The British method – a ‘bottom-up’ approach to Offender Profiling

Research from “Canter” reveals that the bottom up approach is:
Based on psychological theories and methodologies (cognitive social)
Formulated to show how and why variations in criminal behavior occur
Consistent within actions of offenders

More objective & reliable than the American Top down model. Canter (1980s)

Approaches to profiling – Top Down – The American method
Classification system for several serious crimes, especially rape and murder
For example: murders classified as ‘organised’ or ‘disorganised’

Organised offenders Features:
Planned crimes
Covers tracks
Victim is stranger

Skilled occupation
Socially competent

Disorganised Offenders Features:
Unplanned crimes
Leaves clues
Socially inadequate
First/last born child
Lives alone
Knows victim
Confused/frightened. (Rossiter et al 1988)

The Life and Crimes of Serial Killers


An insight into some of the world’s most infamous killers. Their lives, crimes and trials.

For Centuries we have had both disgust and a fascination for serial killers. There is something about the way their minds work that captivates our own minds, and causes us to want to know more about them.

Did something cause them to commit their crimes, or were they born to kill? Why do they do the things that they do?

There is so much to study and so much to learn when it comes to these grotesque figures and the murders they committed. From the internal workings of their minds to what set them off, it is hard to limit the study of serial killers to just one topic.

This book explores the life and crimes of 11 of the world’s most notorious and deadly killers, including Ireland’s Michael Bambrick.

Learn why serial killers do what they do
Discover the common thread that ties all serial killers together. And more!

‘when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth’ ~ Sherlock Holmes.

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A Plain English Introduction to Business Law in Ireland – Layman’s guide to Irish Law

Business law

Business law (or the law of business organisations) is the area of law concerning companies and other business organisations. This includes corporations, partnerships and other associations which usually carry on some form of economic or charitable activity

If you are a law student or you have, or are thinking about, setting up your own business, this textbook will provide you with an essential grounding in company structure and law within Ireland. The structure of business and the legal requirements for partners, directors, shareholders and company secretaries are crucial in order to ensure that companies stay within the law and avoid costly and potentially devastating leadership mistakes.  Business law is a broad spectrum in Irish law, is utilises various legal principles and doctrines such as the law of Contract, the law of Tort, Company law, Consumer law, the law of Agency, EU law, Employment law and of course, legal theory, jurisprudence and the fundamentals of the Irish legal system.

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A layman’s guide – An Introduction to Irish law – the law of Tort

The law of Tort

A tort is a civil wrong, tort is a French word for wrong, or the Latin word ‘tortum or twisted”, a tort occurs when a person commits a civil wrong against another person causing them damage.  Tortfeasor is the person who commits the tort.  Under tort law, an injured party can bring a civil case to seek compensation for a wrong done to the party or the party’s property.

Simply put; the law of tort is a branch of law which helps people to make a claim for compensation (usually a money payment) from another person who hurts them or their property. For instance, when one driver hurts another driver because he or she was not paying attention (negligent), the driver who caused the hurt (defendant) may have committed a tort.  If a person (plaintiff) is hurt by another person (defendant) they may be able to sue them (civil litigation) and get compensation (usually money).  Most torts are accidents, like car accidents or slippery floors where people can fall down and get hurt.  But some torts are done on purpose.  These are called intentional torts.  For example, if one person punches another person, this could be an intentional tort called battery.

Most torts cause physical harm to people, however, some torts cause damage to property, like a broken window (trespass to property).  Some torts can harm other things, like someone’s reputation or a business.(defamation).



An Introduction to Criminal and Forensic Psychology – The Criminal Mind

Did you know you are more likely to fall victim to a serial killer than you are to win the lottery?
Do you have a burning interest in Psychopaths, serial killers, stalkers, rapists, paedophiles, or offender profiling? If so the fascinating world of criminal and forensic psychology is for you. The introduction to criminal and forensic psychology is suitable for anyone with a desire to learn about the workings of the criminal mind, what motivates an individual to commit crimes, and how investigators collect psychological clues.
This introductory book will provide you with a comprehensive insight into criminal behaviour and the criminal mind. You will develop your understanding of the major theories that seek to explain criminal behaviour especially in relation to violent and sexual crimes. Crime and Criminal behaviour is something that affects everyone.
The question over the Centuries has been, why do some people commit crime? What are the effects of that crime on the community as a whole? Those involved in criminal psychology ask these questions concerning behaviours as part of their career and research paths, this question is often asked by the Gardai, Prison services, Offender institutes and the Judiciary in the course of their jobs.
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What is Criminology?

Criminology examines why people commit crime, these are the pivotal questions in the ongoing debate of how crime should be handled and prevented. It is an area of law that deals with victims of crime, theories explaining illegal and/or deviant behaviour, the social reaction to crime, the effectiveness of anti-crime policies and the broader political terrain of social control.

Areas of expertise of Criminologists(small example)

Anomie, Social Control Theories
Labelling Theory and Critical Criminology
White Collar Crime

What is Forensic Psychology?

(The science of Behaviour)

Forensic Psychology is used within the justice system to assess offenders, identify criminal capacity in young people and to characterise psychopaths. Identify fitness to stand trial and finally they can be used to determine the likelihood of future violence. Can be used to assess the future criminality of offending minors

Areas of expertise of Forensic Psychologists (small sample)

Criminal Responsibility and Psychiatric Defences
Mental Disorder as a Defence
Eyewitness Testimony

What is Criminal Psychology?

Criminal Psychology (The study of criminal minds)

Criminal Psychology is in plain English, the study of why criminals do what they do. In essence, it is the study of the mental processes, motivational patterns, and behaviour of criminals.

Areas of expertise of Criminal Psychologists (small sample)

Offender Profiling
Geographical Profiling
Eye witness testimony

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