By John Lescroart

Dismas Hardy consents to take an attract overturn the homicide conviction of nationwide protect reservist Evan Scholler. Scholler had lots of purposes for revenge—but as Dismas delves into the case, he starts off to discover a bad fact that drops him correct into the complex international of presidency conspiracy, assassination, and betrayal...

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The fact remains, however, that mass murders, in relation to other crimes—even other forms of homicide—are relatively rare, and they appear to occur as randomly as serial killings do. Differences among Mass, Serial, and Spree Murderers In both mass and serial murder cases, victims die as the offender momentarily gains control of his or her life by controlling others. But the differences between these two types of offenders far outweigh the similarities. First, mass murderers are generally apprehended or killed by police, commit suicide, or turn themselves in to authorities.

As of 2008 experts have collectively agreed that the concept of spree murder be eliminated and that such offenders be included with other cases of serial murder (FBI, 2008). Perhaps the most critical stumbling block that today stands in the way of understanding serial murder is the disagreement among researchers and law enforcement personnel about how to define the phenomenon. DEFINING HOMICIDE, MURDER, AND SERIAL MURDER The reader should be clear about how we define the taking of a person’s life.

Part of the increase can be attributed to how we define mass murder. Although mass murders were once considered to involve public displays of violence (school attacks, for instance), we now must include domestic mass murders (the killing of some or all of one’s family members). Over half of all attempted and/or completed mass murders in the United States involve domestic homicides. Other cases of mass murder involve offenders walking into schools, shopping malls, restaurants, or government offices and randomly shooting bystanders—as in April 1990, when a man released only the day before from a psychiatric institution walked into a crowded shopping mall in Atlanta, Georgia, and began shooting everyone in his path.

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