serial murder


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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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In these works, slashed and violated bodies challenge the claire that serial murder is not an Italian phenomenon and expose the inadequacy of the justice system, specifically its inability to deal with cases that subvert "imagined" notions of collective identity.
YAMAGUCHI, Japan - Police were questioning a 63-year-old man Friday 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, police said.
Among them was Teresa Rodriguez, who at the time had just released a book chronicling the serial murders of hundreds of women in Juarez, Mexico.
Schmid makes the case for the uniqueness of his own study by saying that these films typically do not explore the culture of serial murder that exists outside of the film frame in the viewers' own culture, or if a given film does acknowledge that outer reality it does so within a self-righteous framework that again allows for audience disavowal of complicity.
Like many other behavioral classifications that attempt to label complicated and complex sets of variables, efforts to standardize a definition of serial murder have failed to achieve a consensus.
In a more realistic vein, Joon--ho Bong's Memories of Murder was inspired by a real--life serial murder case during the 1980s.
99,Profile Books) THE hunt for the murderer of French woman Aline Peres was the largest serial murder hunt in French history,and here detective Jean-Francois Abgrall reveals his extraordinary personal account of his pursuit of the killer.
POLICE have arrested a man accused of knifing 65 people to death in one of the most horrifying cases of serial murder in China.
Sharon Stone is blond crotchless camp as a pouty bisexual zillionaire whose hobbies include athletic nonstop sex, reckless driving, and possibly serial murder.
Sensational crime, especially serial murder, was for these reasons vastly over-emphasized by both media and law enforcement.
Typical cases received for services include child abduction, serial murder, serial rape, single homicides, threats, and assessment of dangerousness in such matters as workplace violence, school violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
Matters changed very rapidly over the next two years, as the concept of serial murder entered popular thought.