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Defining spree murder is most clearly done in relation to other types of multiple murders. Massmurderers kill many in one incident (usually in minutes or hours), whereas serial killers kill numerous victims, with a “cooling off” period between each victim (often over several years). Spree murder combines characteristics of the two, generally commencing as the result of a stressor in the offender's life, whose frustration and anger are manifested in an almost continuous deadly rampage for hours or sometimes days. A spree murder is one event yet covers more than one location. Essentially, there is no cooling-off period as is found with serial murders, but unlike mass murders, there is more than one crime scene. A spree murderer is sometimes confused with a shooting ...

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