Defining the Serial Killer

December 2010
Kentucky Law Enforcement Magazine;Winter2010, Vol. 9 Issue 4, p27
The article discusses the definition of a serial killer by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It explains that some basic principles including the time, number of decedents and the number of events must be addressed in defining and separating a serial murderer from categorical multiple-murderers. It notes that the FBI developed a definition of serial killers as two or more murders committed by an offender or offender in separate events.


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