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When you look at television shows and read books, you might often encounter the term modus operandi (MO). This means a method of operating, functioning, or working. When crimes are committed, a perpetrator has an MO. In a 3–5-page paper, discuss in detail the following: •What is the difference between an MO and a signature? •Describe the background of each. For example, what are the driving forces or reasons behind a criminal's MO and signature? •Give an example of both an MO and signature. You may use an actual case, or you may explain the difference with a fictional example. •Avoid using fictional depictions in movies, books, and television as bases for your research on this topic. •Cite any sources using APA style.

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CRJS375 IP2NameClassDateProfessorModus Operandi Modus Operandi means mode of operation or the way a criminal offender commits a crime where it reveals a pattern of behavior. For example a serial killer may strangle his victims with a scarf or a burglar entering a home through a window. The MO is an identifiable and measurable behavior that can be used by law enforcement to help link crimes or identify criminal offenders. An MO consists of how the criminal offender plans to commit the crime, steps that will be taken to escape form the crime scene, and measures that would be taken to avoid being captured by the police. The signature of the offender involves the motivation behind the crime and the behaviors that are displayed during the crime. The modus of operandi involves the way a criminal functions when committing a crime while the signature involves aspects and behaviors involved in the actual crime. The signature involves the signature aspect which can include the reasons behind the offender committing the crime such as revenge or greed. The signature also involves the behavior the offender commits to fulfill a psychological or emotion need (Razzaq, 2008). While the MO and signatures are two different aspects of a crime they are also interrelated. The MO can be part of the signature and vice versa. For example if a rapist puts a bag over the victims face it could be to reveal the offenders identify or it could fulfill a mental need

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