Profiles of Murder

Hans Gustav Adolf Gross and Criminology

Criminologist: A professional who studies crime, criminals. and criminal behavior. Criminologist are involved in the documentation of factual information about criminality and the development of theories to help explain those facts.

Hans Gross was an Austrian criminal jurist (legal expert in science/law) and an examining magistrate. He is believed to be the creator of the field of criminalities.  He taught as a professor at the Chernivtsi University, Prague University and the University of Graz, and established the Institute of Criminology in Graz.

The release of his book in 1891, “Handbuch fur Untersuchungsricter als System Der Kriminalistik” and in 1907 the English version of the same book was released called, Criminal Investigations, a Practical Textbook for Magistrates, Police Officers, and Lawyers. It was this book where the term “criminalistics” was coined.  

1893 is marked as the birth of the field…

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