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Brent E. Turvey - Interviews
This is an archive of media accounts and interviews related to the professional casework and commentary of Brent E. Turvey. It is not a complete archive, but a work in progress. No confidential case material has been or will be archived in this section.

A separate archive of criminal profiles, testimony and related forensic reports from the case files of Brent E. Turvey is available here: Turvey cases.

"…the value of an interpretation is judged by how well it accounts for the facts; if contradicted by the facts, it must be abandoned."
   — Peter Novick, That Noble Dream


  Profiler(s) Topic Source & Comments
Brent Turvey Kern County Crime Lab; Forensic Science Steven Mayer "DA's control of crime lab raises questions, " The Bakersfield Californian, July 26, 2008
Brent Turvey Samuel J. Cooper; serial homicide MacKenzie McKenzie "Alleged Serial Killer Discusses Criminal Past, " Digtriad.com, July 14, 2008
Brent Turvey School shooter - Steven Kazmierczak Joshua Wilwohl "Profiling a campus killer, " The Merciad, March 18, 2008
Brent Turvey NJ State Trooper Rape Scandal  Geoff Mulvihill "After 2 months, still no charges on trooper rape claim, " Newsday, February 9, 2008
Brent Turvey; John Douglas FBI Profiling  Malcolm Gladwell "Dangerous Minds, " The NewYorker, November 12, 2007
Brent Turvey Stephen Grant; Domestic Homicide Amber Hunt "Grant confession examined, " Detroit Free Press, August 18, 2007
Brent Turvey Jesse Imeson Trevor Wilhelm "Fugitive Imeson in a desperate, dangerous spot: criminologist, " CanWest News Service, July 27, 2007
Brent Turvey Sen. Larry Craig  Sarah Kershaw "Acting Like a Usual Suspect, " The New York Times, October 21, 2007
Brent Turvey Serial rapist - Brent J. Brents Cardona, F. "Urge to offend may have driven spree, " Denver Post, February 20, 2005
Brent Turvey Serial rapist - Brent J. Brents Florio, G. "Glenwood police nab rape suspect, " Rocky Mountain News, February 19, 2005
Brent Turvey Serial rapist - Brent J. Brents Huntley, S. "Cops balked on arrest, " Rocky Mountain News, February 18, 2005
Brent Turvey Serial rapist - Brent J. Brents Huntley, S. "Experts: More than meets the eye in crime spree, " Rocky Mountain News, February 18, 2005
Brent Turvey Child sex crime- Canada - Florida Huffman, T. "Suspect list ready in child porn case," Toronto Star, Feb. 9, 2005 
Brent Turvey False Reports; Dru Sjodin Brown, C. "Crying wolf creates danger:  Police chief fears for the real victims, the cities and towns, and others, " Star Tribune, April 4, 2004
Brent Turvey False Reports; Dru Sjodin Rosario, R. "Happy ending may obscure disturbing reality, " Pioneer Press, April 2, 2004
Brent Turvey Unsolved Homicide: Mary Shotwell Little AUCHMUTEY, J., DYER, G.  & KOESTER, P. "What happened to Mary Shotwell Little? Newlywed's disappearance shocked Atlantans in 1965, " The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 20, 2004
Brent Turvey Ohio highway shootings Athens, J. "Expert says anger likely fueled attacks, " The Advocate, March 17, 2004
Brent Turvey Ohio highway shootings Morse, J. "Shooter keeps evading law, " The Cincinnati Enquirer, December 14, 2003
Brent Turvey The Vidocq Society; Richard Walter Kirk, J. "Watching the detectives: the Vidocq Society's tale of ratiocination," Harper's Magazine, August, 2003

Note: For more articles on Richard Walter, see the Forensic Fraud Archive.


Brent Turvey Forensic Fraud; Sandra Anderson Audi, T. "BONES OF CONTENTION: Cadaver-sniffing canine's finds are under suspicion" Detroit Free Press, July 14, 2003

Audi, T. "Digging for the truth," Detroit Free Press, July 17, 2003

Note: For more articles on this case, see the Forensic Fraud Archive.


Pat Brown; Brent Turvey Profiling Accuracy Springer, J. "For profilers, missing the mark is common," Court TV, June 1, 2003

Note: Ironically, Pat Brown was quoted in this article condemning what she does on a regular basis - providing generic profiles that essentially pick and choose elements from Hare's Psychopathy Checklist

She further draws the conclusion that "most of the psychological stuff is junk", in regards to criminal profiling. I would agree that the psychological elements of criminal profiling are probably very confusing and subsequently not very useful to someone with her background. Moreover, that she delves into offender motive in her "profiles" is confusing, given this conclusion on her part.


Jack Levin; Brent Turvey Serial Rapist; Charlottesville, VA Williams, R. "Serial rapes divide experts," The Daily Progress, May 18, 2003
Brent Turvey Mass Homicide; John Allen Rubio & Angela Camacho - Texas Booth, B. "Criminal profilers point to possible motives in child murders," The Brownsville Herald, March 16, 2003

Note: It doesn't happen that often but I've been sorely misquoted in this article.

Firstly, I DID NOT sate that "I've never seen a case where the police did not announce immediately what the motive was." That would be ridiculous because it happens so often. What I told the reporter is that police agencies very often do not see the motive, even when it is evident, because of their inexperience, especially in cases involving violence against children.

As for the behavior involved in the case, it could psychopathic (self serving and remorseless) or psychotic (based on delusions).


Brent Turvey Scott & Laci Peterson - California Wasserman, J. "Experts say Scott Peterson making big mistake talking to media," Associated Press, January 31, 2003
Brent Turvey Scott & Laci Peterson - California Enkoji, M.S. "Rumors leave lives in limbo: Experts say Peterson case shows risks of premature judgment," Sacramento Bee, January 25, 2003
Brent Turvey Serial Killer - Baton Rouge, Louisiana Goudelocke, R. "On the trail of a killer: 'Geographic profiler' criticizes police," The Advocate, January 15, 2003

Note: This is not the first time that we have seen criminal profilers giving all too certain opinions regarding a specific case after having examined only newspaper articles. But to then demand that police give their less than informed opinions consideration, and go running to the media when they won't, seems the font of hubris. Especially when one admits that the method being used has a 50-50 accuracy rating... like tossing a coin.

For an update on this case, see: http://www.corpus-delicti.com/prof_archives_profiles.html


Brent Turvey Serial Killer - Baton Rouge, Louisiana Billiot, T. "Expert: Killer could strike anywhere along I-10 ," The Advocate, December 24, 2002
Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Zitner, A. "A Huge Question Remains Unanswered: `Why?'" The LA Times, October 26, 2002
Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Dube, J. "Media played key role in sniper hunt" MSNBC, October 25, 2002
Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Johnson, J. "Police Criticized for Not Releasing Information Sooner in Sniper Case" CNS News, October 24, 2002
Gregg McCrary; Robert Ressler; Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Sefton, D. "Media May Have Unwittingly Foreshadowed Sniper's Moves," Newhouse News Service, October 22, 2002
Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Coman, J. "Police fear sniper has struck again," The Age, Australia, October 21, 2002
Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Coman, J. "Investigators under attack for blunders in hunt for US sniper," The Telegraph, UK, October 20, 2002
Park Dietz; James Fox; Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC "Experter: Prickskytten vill fĺ respekt - med sitt gevär," Aftonbladet, Sweden, October 19, 2002
Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Meirelles, J. "Descanso do atirador, tensăo da polícia," O Globo Online, Portugal, October 18, 2002
James Fox; Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC "Masový vrah stále uniká americkej polícii," Pravda.sk, October 18, 2002
Michael McGrath; Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Davis, P. & Timberg, C. "Sniper now reacting to police, media coverage, " The Clarion News, October 15, 2002
Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC "Das Auto des Heckenschützen," Berliner Morgenpost, Germany, October 14, 2002
Harvey Goldstein; Robert Ressler; Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC "'Sluipschutter misschien ex-militair'," De Telegraaf, Amsterdam, October 14, 2002
Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Coleman, M. "Fear grips US capital's suburbs as hunt for killer sniper starts to get desperate," The Scotsman, Scotland, October 14, 2002
James Fox; Robert Ressler; Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Vulliamy, E. "Psycho-sniper's sharp eye stabs at heart of America," The Observer, UK, October 13, 2002
Charles Patrick Ewing; Robert Ressler; Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Wallace, B. "Shooter a spree, not serial, killer," Knoxville News-Sentinel, October 13, 2002
Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC MacIntosh, J. "‘INCOMPETENT' PROBERS BLOWING CASE: PROFILERS " New York Post, October 13, 2002
Stan Crowder; Michael McGrath; Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Lydersen, K. "Profilers Say Sniper Feasts On Attention: Police Statements Could Provoke Killer " Washington Post, October 13, 2002
Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC GONZÁLEZ, E. "Un hombre corriente que se cree Dios ," El Pais, Spain, October 13, 2002
Reid Meloy; Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Coman, J. "'This guy's driving us crazy. We're still in the dark about so much and he just keeps going'," The Telegraph, UK, October 13, 2002
Michael McGrath; Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Clines, F. "Sniper hunters blanket D.C. area," The Charlotte Observer, October 13, 2002
James Fox; Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Anderson, E. "Desperat morder-jagt i USA," Berlingske Tidende, October 12, 2002
Charles Patrick Ewing; Robert Ressler; Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Wallace, B. "Maryland sniper unlike other serial killers," The Daily Camera, October 12, 2002
Michael McGrath; Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Davis, P. & Timberg, C. "Sniper Challenging Police, Enjoying Limelight, Experts Say " Washington Post, October 12, 2002
Charles Patrick Ewing; Robert Ressler; Brent Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Wallace, B. "Killing spree from a distance: Sniper's motive called public, not personal," San Francisco Chronicle, October 11, 2002
Park Dietz; James Fox; Michael McGrath; Robert Ressler; Brent E. Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Davis, P. & Morello, C. "Tarot Card's Message Is a Killer's Cry for Respect, Experts Say ," Washington Post, October 10, 2002
James Fox; Michael McGrath; Robert Ressler; Brent E. Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Staff "Shooting 'similar' to sniper attacks," St. Petersburg Times, October 10, 2002
James Fox; Michael McGrath; Robert Ressler; Brent E. Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Staff "Man killed at Va. gas station," St. Petersburg Times, October 10, 2002
Brent E. Turvey Beltway Sniper - DC Leinwand, D. "Experts: Accusing shooter of being a 'coward' is risky," USA Today, October 9, 2002
Brent E. Turvey Serial arson Havnes, M. "Odd Car Tag Leads To Arrest In Arson," SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, August 7, 2002
Brent E. Turvey Baton Rouge serial killer Billiot, T. "Serial killer involved in fantasy, expert says," The Daily Advertiser, August 3, 2002
Brent E. Turvey Alfonso Ignacio Morales Winton, R. "Lone Attacker Suspected in Slaying of 4," LA Times, July 16, 2002
Brent E. Turvey Michael Jackson Barrett, J. "Mad or Media Savvy?" Newsweek, July 12, 2002
Brent E. Turvey Benjamin & Erika Sifrit; Randy Buchanan; Dana Gates Kibler, W. "Expert: DNA test key in Juniata murder,'" The Altoona Mirror, July 8, 2002
Brent E. Turvey Benjamin & Erika Sifrit Kibler, W. "Expert sees few murder connections,'" The Altoona Mirror, July 7, 2002
Brent E. Turvey Clarence Elkins State of Ohio v. Clarence Elkins
Case No. CR 98-06041

Note: This case involves the rape-homicide of Judith Johnson, 58, and the rape of her 6-year-old granddaughter, Brooke Sutton.


Brent E. Turvey Maury Troy Travis Clubb, S. "Police explain suspect's suicide" The Ilinois River Bend Telegraph, June 12, 2002
Brent E. Turvey Maury Troy Travis Bryan, B. "Letter writer is serial killer, concludes criminal profiler" St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 28, 2002
Brent E. Turvey Autoerotic Asphyxia COPULSKY, E., PISKORA, B. & SOMMAR, J. "KINKY CASE IS COSTLY FOR AIG'S CHIEF," New York Post, May 26, 2002
Robert Ressler; Mike Rustigan; Brent E. Turvey Chandra Levy Hall, C. "Investigators find time is not on their side," San Francisco Chronicle, May 23, 2002
Brent E. Turvey Airport security; terrorist profiling Harder, A. "Security agency looks to profiling," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, May 19, 2002
Brent Turvey Psychopaths Kornreich, J. "Spotting a sweetheart scam artist,'" MS-NBC, April 24, 2002
Brent Turvey "Real Doll" disposal Shanahan, M. "Police search for owner of life-sized doll,'" Portland Press Herald, April 17, 2002
Mark Young Crimes against children; Kidnapping Whitley, J. "Convenience stores: a hang out for child stalkers," KHOU - Houston, April 2, 2002
Brent Turvey Forensic science education Carton, B. "Science Teachers Rouse Interest With Gory Forensics Lessons,'" The Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2002
Brent Turvey Corruption in Sitka Haugland, S. "Acting Police Lt. Martin Resigns, Leaves Town,'" The Sitka Daily Sentinel, February 6, 2002
Brent Turvey Corruption in Sitka Plenda, M. "Sitka Cops Lose 3rd Man Amid Scandal," Juneau Empire, February 6, 2002
Brent Turvey Corruption in Sitka Will, S. "Another Resignation," Raven News - Transcript of broadcast, KCAW - Raven Radio, Sitka, Tuesday, February 5, 2002
Brent Turvey Corruption in Sitka Haugland, S. "Baeza Granted Review Of Dismissal Complaint,'" The Sitka Daily Sentinel, February 4, 2002
Brent Turvey Sex Offenders; Civil commitments Staff "Sex offender ruling gives little guidance on serious issue,'" The Asheville Citizen-Times, February 1, 2002
Brent Turvey Corruption in Sitka Plenda, M. "Inquiries tied to murder case," Juneau Empire, January 30, 2002
Brent Turvey Corruption in Sitka Plenda, M. "Sitka sorting out claims against cops," Juneau Empire, January 30, 2002
Brent Turvey Corruption in Sitka Associated Press, "Troopers begin probe of Sitka police department," Kenai Peninsula Online, January 27, 2002
Brent Turvey Corruption in Sitka Associated Press, "Sitka police under investigation," Anchorage Daily News, January 26, 2002
Brent Turvey Corruption in Sitka Staff "State Troopers investigate operations of Sitka Police," Junuea Daily News Online, January 25, 2002
Brent Turvey Corruption in Sitka Associated Press "Sitka police chief placed on leave during criminal investigation," CBS-KTVA, January 25, 2002
Brent Turvey Corruption in Sitka Plenda, M. "Sitka chief put on administrative leave amid controversy," Juneau Empire, January 25, 2002
Brent Turvey Corruption in Sitka Plenda, M. "Sitka city officials investigate police:Former employees claim police department has violated laws," Juneau Empire, January 23, 2002
Brent Turvey Corruption in Sitka Bernard, C. "Police Chief Quits; 'Personal Reasons,'" The Sitka Daily Sentinel, January 17, 2002

See also: Hutchison, K. "Sitka police chief taken in by diploma scam," Juneau Empire, June 29, 1999


Brent E. Turvey; James T. Reese Terrorism and Copycat behavior Seeman, B. & Sefton, D. "Is Lunacy on the Rise, or Does It Only Seem That Way?" Newhouse News Service, October 11, 2001
Brent E. Turvey Jamie Lynn Penich Kirk, J. "U.S. forensic scientist says investigation of student's murder was flawed," Stars & Stripes, May 24, 2001

Updates:

Schackner, B. "Did GIs party with slain Pitt student?," Post-Gazette, March 21, 2001

Tucker, C. "W. Va. woman arrested in death of Pitt student last year," The Pitt News, March 1, 2002

Staff "FBI charges woman with killing Pitt student in Korea," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 1, 2002

Wilcox, J. "Charges filed in death of Pitt student," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 2, 2002

Pierce, P. & Reeger, J. "Suspect's friends baffled upon hearing news," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 2, 2002

Rotstein, G. "Former student confesses to Derry woman's beating death in South Korea," Post-Gazette, March 2, 2002

Frederick, R. "Penich family: Coed's story absurd," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 3, 2002

Heltzel, B. & Simonich, M. "Victim's parents favor hanging," Post-Gazette, March 3, 2002

"Penich's Parents Want Death For Confessed Killer," The Pittsburgh Channel, March 4, 2002

Kirk, J. & Lea, J. "Penich murder suspect unlikely to face death penalty if convicted," Stars & Stripes, March 6, 2002

Pickels, D. "Extradition of Penich slaying suspect sought," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 30, 2002

Arnold, L. "Snider discusses confession to killing," The Herald-Dispatch, October 3, 2002

Arnold, L. "Judge OKs Snider’s extradition," The Herald-Dispatch, October 12, 2002

Jae-Suk, Y. "Kenzi Snider acquitted in murder of Jamie Lynn Penich," Associated Press, June 19, 2003

Jae-Suk, Y. "South Korea trials may not be over for Kenzi Snider: Student may be re-tried in death of Jamie Lynn Penich," Associated Press, June 20, 2003


Brent E. Turvey Wesley Shermantine Staff "Is Wesley Shermantine a murderer or serial killer?," CBS News, May 21, 2001
Brent E. Turvey Unsolved Sexual Homicide Haugland, S. "Police Renew Efforts to Solve Sitka Slaying," The Sitka Sentinal, August 8, 2000
Brent E. Turvey Serial rapist: Maine Hench, D. "Expert says behavior in rape cases fits profile of psychopath," The Press Herald, July 19, 2000
Brent E. Turvey Unsolved serial rapist: Maine Hench, D. "FBI Will Try to Profile Serial Rapist in Maine," The Press Herald, April 12, 2000
Brent E. Turvey West Memphis case  Stephen Goode "American Gothic," Insight on the News, March 27, 2000
Brent E. Turvey Criminal Profiling of students at risk Gil-Patricia Fey, J. Ron Nelson, Maura L. Roberts "The Perils of Profiling," School Administrator, February, 2000
Brent Turvey Carri Rousonelos Kirch, S. "COPS: MINISTER'S WIFE KILLED CHEATING HUSBAND," APBNews.com, June 17, 1999
Fred Berlin: Nicholas Groth; Brent E. Turvey Randy Comeaux Woolhouse, M. "Experts: No easy answers in rape case," The Advocate, Acadiana, Louisiana, March 19, 1999
Brent E. Turvey West Memphis case Robers, K. untitled, Kerrang, February 27, 1999
Brent E. Turvey President Bill Clinton; Sexual predators Hieronimus, Z. "The Hieronimus Report: Presidential Predator ," The Zoh Show, wcbm 680am, Baltimore, Maryland, August 27, 1998
Brent E. Turvey Unsolved serial rapist: Las Vegas Valley Puitt, G. "Serial rapist is believed to have struck once again," Las Vegas Review Journal, May 19, 1998
Brent E. Turvey Unsolved serial rapist: Las Vegas Valley Puitt, G. "Task force delves into break-ins, seeks clues to attacker's identity," Las Vegas Review Journal, May 4, 1998
Brent E. Turvey Ethics in Arkansas Leveritt, M. "Ethics debate at the crime lab," Arkansas Times, April 17, 1998
Brent E. Turvey Jonbenet Ramsey case Sebastian, M. "Child interviews can be tricky," Boulder Daily Camera, June 28, 1998
Brent E. Turvey Susannah Chase Anderson, C. "Chase search warrant points to sex assault, expert says," Boulder Daily Camera, March 24, 1998
Brent E. Turvey Bill Clinton Zoh M. Hieronimus "Does Clinton's behavior match sexual pathology?" Insight on the News, February 28, 1998
Greg McCrary; Brent E. Turvey Susannah Chase Sebastian, M. "Experts: Sex may link 5 attacks," Boulder Daily Camera, January 8, 1998
Brent E. Turvey Susannah Chase Anderson, C. "23-year old woman dies from beating," Boulder Daily Camera, December 24, 1997
Robert R. Hazelwood; Brent E. Turvey East Bay Serial Rapist (Tony Lawayne Ransom) Fagan, K. & Lee, H. "Tips, Slipups Help Nab Rapists, Experts say luck has a lot to do with capturing attackers," San Francisco Chronicle, August 23, 1997
Brent E. Turvey East Bay Serial Rapist (Tony Lawayne Ransom) DelVecchio, R. "Police Release Sketch of Man Suspected in Oakland Rape, They caution linking to series of assaults," San Francisco Chronicle, August 11, 1997
Bob Gale; Albert Kittrell; Brent E. Turvey The Blue Light Rapist Gallman, J. "On the trail of the blue-light rapist: After four assaults, finally, a few clues.," Arkansas Times, August 1, 1997
Brent E. Turvey Serial Killer Modus Operandi Gallman, J. "Sidebar: Deadly impersonation, Cop ruse popular among serial killers," Arkansas Times, August 1, 1997
John Douglas; Brent E. Turvey East Bay Serial Rapist (Tony Lawayne Ransom) Fagan, K. & Lee, H. "Investigators Scramble to Profile Rapist, Cops use psychology, history in hunt for East Bay attacker," San Francisco Chronicle, March 25, 1997

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