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A series of homicides in which a single person—or a small group—selects victims based on a common characteristic or, less commonly, randomly, and kills them over a period of time from weeks to years

serial murder

Forensic psychiatry A series of homicides in which a single person–or a small group selects victims based on a common characteristic or, less commonly, at random. See Depraved heart murder, Murder, Serial killer.
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Comorbidity between fire setting and serial murder has not been investigated to any great extent (Singer & Hensley, 2004).
a lone killer in an isolated situation was more acceptable to the public because it eliminated the possibility that serial murder, and the deviant behaviors associated with the Florence crimes (voyeurism, sexual deviancy, Satanism), were generalized rather than isolated phenomena from which Italian society believed itself to be immune.
YAMAGUCHI, Japan - Police arrested Friday a 63-year-old man who had gone missing from a small mountainous community in western Japan's Yamaguchi Prefecture where five people were killed in a serial murder and arson case.
This is an updated edition of a work published in 1996, offering an examination of a wide range of frightening and repellant psychopathologies--rape, stalking, serial murder, among others.
Since the events of 11 September 2001, the spectre of serial murder in American culture may seem to have retreated back to the shadows, as public attention focuses on the foreign terrorist as the latest face of evil.
The Daughters of Juarez: A True Story of Serial Murder South of the Border By Teresa Rodriguez and Diana Montane with Lisa Pulitzer
In fact, many believed that serial murder was an American problem; the Netherlands simply did not have serial killers.
In a more realistic vein, Joon--ho Bong's Memories of Murder was inspired by a real--life serial murder case during the 1980s.
The 36-year-old NHS research worker, of Leicester, has blamed the 'serial murder simulation' for the death of her 14-year-old son Stefan.
POLICE have arrested a man accused of knifing 65 people to death in one of the most horrifying cases of serial murder in China.
The cable program was an individual example of a mutually beneficial effort between the media and law enforcement to introduce the term "serial murder" to a large national audience--the media to garner ratings from a crime-obsessed public, law enforcement to generate enough fear of the "new" phenomenon to justify the public approval and subsequent funding of the FBI's centralized crime database and national violent-offender-tracking facility (see Jenkins).
Violent crime, too, has inspired several panics, with public worries suddenly focusing on a threat that is relatively rare (such as serial murder) or a weapon that criminals rarely use (such as the guns carelessly lumped together as "assault weapons").