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Keppel, Robert (full)
Practitioner in Residence
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences
Criminal Justice
Academic Credentials


    Ph.D., University of Washington, 1992
    M.Ed., Seattle University, 1979
    M.A., Washington State University, 1967
    B.A., Washington State University, 1966

    Recently Published Books and Articles

    "Child Abduction Murder: An Analysis of the Effect of Time and Distance Separation of Murder Incident Sites on Solvability," Journal of Forensic Sciences (2006)
    "The Jack the Ripper Murders: A Modus Operandi and Signature Analysis of the 1888-91 Whitechapel Murders," Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling (2005)

    "The Rarity of Unusual Body Dispositions of Victim Bodies: Staging and Posing," Journal of Forensic Sciences (2004)

    "The Psychology of Serial Killer Investigations: The Grisly Business Unit," Academic Press (2003)

    "Investigation of the Serial Offender: Linking Cases through Modus Operandi and Signature," In Joseph Schlesinger (ed), Serial Offenders:  Current Thought, Recent Findings, CRC Press (2000)


    Dr. Keppel's research interests focus on murder and its investigation.  He has conducted studies on child abduction murders in the US, homicide solvability factors, and using computers to help solve violent crimes.  Dr. Keppel was formerly the Chief Investigator at the WA State Attorney General's Office.