One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who kills a number of people at one particular time and location in a frenzied, random, and apparently unpremeditated way.‘the last three spree killers in Britain all held legal gun licenses’
- ‘The sniper terrorizing suburban Washington, D.C. has alternately been referred to in the press as a serial killer and a spree killer.’
- ‘Well, I want to say, Larry, first of all, this is what makes him a serial killer and not a spree killer, first of all.’
- ‘A spree killer, as I say, is usually directional, and he may go through an area just shooting people, anybody who he can find as he is moving along and doesn't really know the area at all.’
- ‘He has interviewed spree killers, he is chairman of the Forensic Panel and developer of the depravity scale, an effort to provide a standard forensic definition of evil.’
- ‘He's a spree killer, a mass killer or serial killer.’
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