Serial murder is a form of aberrant violent crime that, in simple terms, can be characterized by the commission of multiple murders perpetrated at intervening periods of time by the same offender or offenders. In comparison with other modes of crime and even other forms of homicide, the prevalence of serial murder is very rare. Cases of serial murder have been recorded throughout history and across most nations in the world. Despite the comparatively infrequent occurrence of serial murders, such crimes nonetheless attract a disproportionate notoriety, largely due to the numerous popular and sensationalistic media depictions of such crimes. The police investigation of serial murder is often difficult because criminological patterns typically observed in the perpetration of murders are often absent in the circumstance of ...

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