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spree killingJoe Segen2016-12-18T21:42:46+00:00
Murders occurring at ≥ 2 locations with almost no time break (“cooling off period”) between them.
Reference U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics
The category has no real value to law enforcement, given the difficulty in defining “cooling-off period”. Serial killing differs in that the murders are clearly separate events, happening at different times.
Major spree killings
1958 C Starkweather and his adolescent girlfriend CA Fugate killed 11 people over 8 days. He was executed in 1959; Fugate was imprisoned until 1976.
1966 University of Texas at Austin; C Whitman, a student, killed 14 people from the observation deck of UT’s 32-story administrative building, shortly after murdering his wife and mother. He was killed by police
1974 The Casanova Killer: PJ Knowles, after a friend rejected his marriage proposal, killed 18 people in northern Florida. He was killed by police in Georgia
2007 Virginia Tech massacre: Seung-Hui Cho, killed 32 in two events, then himself
2009 Fort Hood: Nidal Malik Hasan, a jihadist, killed 13 people. He stood trial and is in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, awaiting execution.
2011 Oslo, Utøya: Norway: Anders Behring Breivi, a right-wing extremist (image), killed 77 people. He claimed the defense of necessity—jus necessitates. He was sentenced to 21 years of preventive detention.
Synonyms Killing spree, rampage killing