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Analyzing and Interpreting Behavior in Serial Murders and Sexual Homicides

Modus operandi, ritual and staging behavior will be explored during Analyzing and Interpreting Behavior in Serial Murders and Sexual Homicides, the fourth in Duquesne University's five-part Forensic Fridays series.

Hosted by the Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law, the seminar will feature presenter Mark Safarik, president of Forensic Behavioral Services Inc., who is a former supervisory special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Behavioral Analysis Unit.

Geared toward violent crime investigators, crime scene technicians, medical examiners, coroners, forensic nurses and attorneys, the seminar will provide a framework for analyzing the dynamic interaction that occurs between the offender, victim and scene and then using that analysis to interpret crime attributes such as motive, victimology, risk level, cause of death, weapon use, injury severity, and the degree of planning and organization. Examination of these various behavioral attributes will be applied to complex homicide and sexual assault cases.

The lecture will also include a discussion of investigative and prosecutorial considerations and the awareness of the important aspects of evidence collection and processing.

When:   Friday, April 19, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Africa Room, Duquesne Union, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh.

Information:   For more information, including cost and available continuing education credits, visit http://www.duq.edu/forensic-friday, email wechtinstitute@duq.edu or call 412.396.1330.

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