The Role of Forensic Psychology in Profiling Serial Killers


  • Poovarasan P
  • Megha Jain



Psychology, psychopathy, geographic profiling, motivational models, training and education.


This research paper delves into the critical role of forensic psychology in profiling serial killers, seeking to
understand their motives and behaviors to enhance law enforcement efforts and prevention strategies. It explores
the historical development of profiling, from intuitive judgments to current empirical methodologies, and
delves into the psychological theories underpinning serial killing, such as psychopathy, childhood trauma, and
personality disorders. The paper discusses the multidimensional approach employed in profiling, combining
crime scene analysis, victimology, and behavioral analysis, and addresses the potential benefits and limitations
of this investigative tool, highlighting its successes in solving notorious cases but also acknowledging concerns
about biases and subjectivity. Ultimately, the study emphasizes that forensic psychology plays a crucial part
in advancing our understanding of the psychological dynamics of serial killers, aiding in their identification,
apprehension, and the development of effective prevention measures.this research paper extensively examines the
pivotal role of forensic psychology in profiling serial killers, focusing on the historical development, psychological
theories, methods used, and the potential benefits and limitations of profiling. By understanding the psychological
dynamics involved in serial killing, forensic psychology greatly contributes to the identification and apprehension
of dangerous offenders, ultimately enhancing society’s ability to protect against such threats in the future.

Author Biographies

  • Poovarasan P

     National Volunteer, Applied Forensic Research Sciences and Student, AVS College of Arts and Science, Ramalingapuram Salem Periyar University, Tamilnadu. 

  • Megha Jain

    Member, Applied Forensic Research Sciences




How to Cite

The Role of Forensic Psychology in Profiling Serial Killers. (2023). Medico Legal Update, 23(5), 59-64.

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