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MO and a Signature

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 1050-1750 words, 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.
I need at least six references with citations in APA style.

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http://policelink.monster.com/training/articles/16342-modus-operandi-vs-offender-signature
http://www.drtomoconnor.com/3220/3220lect04a.htm
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-modus-operandi-mean.htm
http://oncriminaljustice.blogspot.com/2012/05/modus-operandi-versus-signature-in.html
http://www.nolo.com/dictionary/modus-operandi-term.html
http://uir.unisa.ac.za/bitstream/handle/10500/2408/dissertation.pdf.txt?sequence=2
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 1050-1750 words, discuss in detail the following:

What is the difference between an MO and a signature?

Every criminal act involves a Modus Operandi (MO), which entails the different techniques, habits, and peculiarities in behavior criminals perform to commit their crime, avoid arrest, and protect their identity. In contrast, many crimes don't have signatures attached to the criminal behavior because of the different explanations for explaining MO and signature in regard to crime. Signature is placed into different halves including the signature aspect of a crime and signature behavior displayed by the criminal. The aspect of a crime in regard to the motive of an offense wherein profit, anger, retaliation, sadism etc. is the signature aspect while signature behavior entails what behavior was displayed during the commission of the crime by the offender to leave behind a signature sign displaying the criminal's emotional or psychological state during the crime. Many criminals engage in the same activity when committing crimes in which they develop a method or pattern that can be ...

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