The NCAVC also conducts research into violent crime from a law enforcement perspective.NCAVC research is designed to gain insight into criminal thought processes, motivations, and behaviors.Until the Serial Murder Symposium, however, there had been few attempts to reach a consensus on some of these issues.This monograph presents the findings and collective wisdom of a multidisciplinary group of experts, who brought their individual experience and insights to the same table.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.The resources of BAU-2 are focused on serial, mass, and other murders; sexual assaults; kidnappings; and other criminal acts targeting adult victims.BAU-2 staff members have developed significant expertise on the subject of serial murder and regularly provide operational assistance, conduct research, and provide training on issues related to serial murder.
While there has been significant, independent work conducted by a variety of experts to identify and analyze the many issues related to serial murder, there have been few efforts to reach a consensus between law enforcement and other experts, regarding these matters.
Research findings are refined into innovative, investigative techniques that improve law enforcement’s effectiveness against violent criminals and are shared with law enforcement and other disciplines through publications, presentations, and training.
The Serial Murder Symposium was conceived, planned, and coordinated by the staff of the Behavioral Analysis Unit-2 (BAU-2).
Each day included panel discussions, case presentations, and discussion groups addressing a range of topics related to serial murder.
This monograph is a culmination of the input and discussion of the attendees on the major issues related to serial murder.