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Dr. Katherine M. Brown

Assistant Professor of Justice Studies

Office: H-110
Phone: (910) 480-8458

Mailing Address:

Methodist University
Department of Justice Studies
5400 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28311


  • Ph.D. - Sam Houston State University
  • M.A. - Sam Houston State University
  • B.A. - University of Texas at Austin

Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Areas

  • research
  • statistics
  • criminal investigation

Research Interests

  • child abduction murder investigation
  • crime scene investigation
  • serial murder
  • crime scene assessment
  • forensic evidence
  • other solvability factors affecting murder investigations


  • Hanging out with killers and dead people. (Kidding).



Keppel, R. D., Brown, K. M., & Welch, K. (Eds.). (2007). Forensic pattern recognition: From fingerprints to toolmarks. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.


Brown, K. M., & Keppel, R. D. (2012). Child abduction murder: The impact of forensic evidence on case solvability. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 57(2), 353-363. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2011.01970.x

Brown, K. M., & Keppel, R. D. (2007). Child abduction murder: An analysis of the effect of time and distance separation between murder incident sites on solvability. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 52(1), 137-145. doi:10.1111/j.1556-4029.2006.00328.x

Keppel, R. D., Weis, J. G., Brown, K. M., & Welch, K. (2005). The Jack the Ripper murders: A modus operandi and signature analysis of the 1888-91 Whitechapel murders. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 2(1), 1-21. doi: 10.1002/jip.22