Why do people commit crime? What is it about the criminal mind that is so different from others? Are some people just born killers, with innate biological psychopathologies from birth, or are they made by their environment, in fractured deprivation and social chaos? When we are taught not to harm others, why do some people cross the moral, mortal and psychological Rubicon?
Forensic Psychology combines two worlds. Forensics, meaning ‘forum’, and psychology, meaning ‘of the mind’. Criminology, with a heavy focus on criminal law, looks at the crime itself. Crime Scene Analysis uses a scientific approach with the latest technology. With bottom-up perspectives, however, we can miss what is hidden in plain sight, that which exists outside of science – the mind. In combining a top-down perspective, with psychoanalysis, and the understanding of basic core principles in psychological behaviour, we gain a wider view of the perpetrator, what happened, how it unfolded, and even, why.
The absence of a weapon does not mean a crime has not been committed, and more than that, sometimes we can solve crimes not by what is there, but by what is missing. Criminal profiling enables us to see from a distance, often the best place to stand in order to gain clarity. In the absence of the perpetrator, we are able to see inside their mind, in careful reasoning processors that reveal that their involvement, was, inevitable!