Primary variables are aspects of the offender that can be interpreted directly from the crime scene behavior or from forensic evidence left at the scene. An example of a primary variable might include evidence of bondage and torture performed upon the victim, which would lead a profiler to state that the offender is a sexual sadist.
Secondary variables are those that can be inferred to also
describe the unknown offender based upon the criminal behaviors of similar
offenders. Taking from the previous example of the sexual sadist, a
secondary variable would state that this type of offender would collect sadistic
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