The psychology of mass murder and serial killing

Authored by: Katherine Ramsland

The Routledge Companion to Death and Dying

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  May  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138852075
eBook ISBN: 9781315723747
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315723747.ch45

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Abstract

A homicide is the killing of one human being by another. Double homicides involve two victims in a single incident and a triple involves three. After that, it becomes more complicated. This article will focus on the motives and methods of the most extreme offenders. Although the phrases “mass murderer” and “serial killer” more closely describe circumstances than criminal types, specific psychological factors do distinguish these groups.

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