Definitions for serial killer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. serial killer, serial murderer(noun)

    someone who murders more than three victims one at a time in a relatively short interval

Wiktionary

  1. serial killer(Noun)

    A person who commits multiple (more than two) murders, especially similar ones with no obvious motive over a period of time with a "cooling-off" period between each murder.

Freebase

  1. Serial killer

    A serial killer is traditionally defined as a person who has killed three or more people over a period of more than a month, with down time between the murders, and whose motivation for killing is usually based on psychological gratification. Some sources, such as the FBI, disregard the "three or more" criteria and define the term as "a series of two or more murders, committed as separate events, usually, but not always, by one offender acting alone" or, including the vital characteristics, a minimum of two murders. Often, a sexual element is involved in the killings, but the FBI states that motives for serial murder include "anger, thrill, financial gain, and attention seeking". The murders may have been attempted or completed in a similar fashion and the victims may have had something in common; for example, occupation, race, appearance, sex, or age group. Serial killers are not the same as mass murderers, nor are they spree killers, who commit murders in two or more locations with virtually no break in between; however, cases of extended bouts of sequential killings over periods of weeks or months with no apparent "cooling off" period or "return to normalcy" have caused some serial killer experts to suggest a hybrid category of "spree-serial killer".

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Prosecutor Timothy McGinty:

    Robert Rembert is a serial killer. So far, we know he’s purposefully executed five people, an investigation of his activities as an over-the-road truck driver is currently under way.

  2. James Wardwell:

    There is no danger to the public at the time from the alleged serial killer, the ongoing investigation supports our strong belief that the person responsible for this is not able to continue this conduct at this time.

  3. Nicolas Martin, www.iatrogenic.org:

    The headline reads, "Docs say patients make them prescribe useless antibiotics." This puts a physician in roughly the same predicament as a serial killer. The latter says, "Stop me before I kill again, while the former says, "Stop me before I prescribe again."

  4. Ross County Prosecutor Matt Schmidt:

    At this point, there’s no smoking gun that says, ‘Hey, we’ve got a serial killer on the loose,’ we have missing people and we have a homicide. There are certainly people talking in the community and people that are upset and understandably concerned about that. When there are those concerns, we don’t rule that out. We have to keep an open mind to the possibilities, but the evidence is going to dictate where we go with the investigation.

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