Dr. Q: "serial killers go killing victims having break periods sometimes extending to long years. a spree killer goes in a killing spree once and most of the time comite suicide."
They dont always commit suicide, and usually it is just for fun...Serial killers have a compelling urge. They are sick. Alot of it is motivated by sexual gratification-even if there aren't any actual sexual assaults. they get off on the thrill.
A spree killer, also known as a rampage killer, is someone who embarks on a murderous assault on his or her victims (two or more) in a short time in multiple locations. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics defines a spree killing as "killings at two or more locations with almost no time break between murders." According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) the general definition of spree murder is two or more murders committed by an offender or offenders, without a cooling-off period; the lack of a cooling-off period marking the difference between a spree murder and a serial murder. The category has however been found to be of no real value to law enforcement, because of definitional problems relating to the concept of a "cooling-off period". Serial killers are different in that the murders are clearly separate events, happening at different times, while the attacks of mass murderers are defined by one incident, with no distinctive time period between the murders
As far as I can tell Muhammad was classified as a spree killer.
Michael Hayes - spree killer - was born in 1964.
These are two completely different types of killers. They do both kill , but one kills within time and has cooling off points this is a serial killer . While the other can kill many at time an go without stopping this is a mass murder or as you call it spree killer. Yet they do have some simiarities both kill and both have many victims .
Although some aspects of his crimes resemble serial patterns Starkweather is considered a 'spree killer'. He killed on different days which looks like the serial killer cooling off period. Starkweather never cooled off. He and girlfriend Carol Fugate were on a roll. The motivation for these crimes are not the same as a serial killer.
The serial killer fueled up for his afternoon spree with a bowl of cereal for breakfast.
Three, but it cannot be Spree Murders or Mass Murders.
Although it is common to see murder catagories used interchangeably the crimes are very different, not just in MO but in the psychology of the offender's mind. The FBI defines the spree killer as a person that kills two or more victims without a 'cooling off' period between kills. This cooling off period is what sets it apart from serial murder. Son of Sam killer David Berkowitz is a serial killer. His crimes were single episodes with weeks between attacks. With the passing of time it is common to see the cooling off period grow shorter. The cimes escalate, in some cases to a state of frenzy, and the killer may begin to make mistakes, leaving evidence that will eventially convict him.
Manson is an enigma. He doesn't fit in to either group completely. But he has more characteristicts of a serial killer. But he is without a doubt a cult leader, and typically so. Which is how he was able to manipulate his followers to the point that they would commit multiple murders for him.
A mass killer will kill large numbers of people over days, months, or even years. An example of a mass killer would be Hitler. Many are politically motivated. A spree killer will kill multiple victims, usually in a blitz-type attack such as we see at places of businesses or attacks on schools. Many times spree killers commit suicide before they can be apprehended. One of the earliest American spree killers was Charles Whitman, who on August 1, 1966 took multiple weapons and ammo to the clock tower on the campus of Texas A & M, killing three and injuring eleven. One of the casualties was an eight month old fetus. Whitman was killed by police before he could be arrested. A serial killer is the rarest of all killers. The FBI's criteria is as follows: A killer that kills three or more people over time with a 'cooling off' time between kills. This cooling off period can be just hours, such as Jack The Ripper's killing of Elizabeth Stride and less than an hour later, Catherine Eddows, or it can be years such as the BTK killer who had several years between some of his victims. Some of the most imfamous serial killers are Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer.
Ted Bundy was a serial killer and not a spree killer. The exact number of women Bundy killed will never been known. There is also some debate when he started killing, but most sources say that he began his murderous rampage around 1974 at the age of 28.
Charles Whitman killed his mother and wife before going on his killing spree and It is known that Henry Lee Lucas killed his own mother in 1960. Serial killer Ed Kemper also murdered his mother (as well as his grandparents)