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Unformatted text preview: Analysis hniques for F r aud I nvestigation M c G r e w | 2 Behavior Analysis Vocabularies of Motive What do we mean by vocabularies of motive? Most of the time in a criminal act, the criminal will give reasons as to why he/she committed the crime. In addition, they will also give excuses for their behavior. Some people will blame the victim for provoking the criminal act. For example, a rapist will put blame on the victim by saying the victim dressed provocatively or talked about sex openly. The definition of a motive implies an emotion or desire operating on the will and causing it to act. In most criminal cases, investigators will try to find out what motivated the criminal in the first place. For example, why would a woman who is married to a wealthy man kill her own husband? The actual motive may be that the wife killed her husband in order to gain more wealth for herself. If the wife were the sole beneficiary of the husband life insurance policy then the wife would be very wealthy. During an investigation though, the wife may have a different motive for killing her husband. The wife may claim that it was an accidental death or she killed him in self-defense....
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