Serial Murder: International Incidence

Serial murder is commonly perceived as a distinctively and predominantly American phenomenon. Following the trend in America, foreign reporting of serial murder cases appears to be increasing, as does concern on the part of foreign law enforcement and researchers. Recognition of the existence of this phenomenon as a global, not just American, problem is necessary to detect and prevent such cases. In addition, the existence of serial murder in different parts of the world and throughout different periods of history has important implications for both investigative techniques and theoretical explanations used to understand these atrocious crimes.

History and Extent of Serial Murder

Not only is serial murder found outside the United States, it existed long before America was known as such. During the late Middle Ages and ...

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