Multiple Homicide: Patterns of Serial and Mass Murder

  title={Multiple Homicide: Patterns of Serial and Mass Murder},
  author={James Alan Fox and Jack Levin},
  journal={Crime and Justice},
  pages={407 - 455}
Over the past decade the topic of multiple homicide-serial and mass murder-has attracted increased attention in the field of criminology. Though far from the epidemic suggested in media reports, it is alarming nonetheless that a small number of offenders account for so much human destruction and widespread fear. The serial killer is typically a white male in his late twenties or thirties who targets strangers encountered near his work or home. These killers tend to be sociopaths who satisfy… 
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