[Ads-l] Serial Killer

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 29 13:05:19 EST 2017

> Presumably the term[, _serial killer_,] exists in that book as well.

Not so, Bill. Only _serial murderer(s)_ occurs in the book, which is
probably what motivated the reviewer to use _"serial" killer_ and not
_"serial killer"_ or _serial killer_.

You may have serendipitated upon the coining of the term, Bill!

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 10:09 PM, Bill Mullins <amcombill at hotmail.com>

> OED has 1975 for the subject term.
> Washington DC _Evening Star_  30 May 1967 p 12 col 4
> "There is the mass murderer, or what he calls the "serial" killer, who
> may be actuated by greed, such as insurance, or retention or growth of
> power, like the Medicis or Renaissance Italy, or Landru, the "bluebeard"
> of the World War I period, who murdered numerous wives after taking
> their money."
> The citation is from a review of _The Meaning of Murder_ by John
> Brophy.  Presumably the term exists in that book as well.
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