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Serial Murder: Definition, Cases & Statistics

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The serial killer of five students in Gainesville, Florida, was _____.

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1. A serial murder _____.

2. Serial killers are not usually found legally insane because _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The idea of serial killers fascinates us, enough that they've been a mainstay in popular fiction and movies. But Hollywood's idea of a serial killer is a bit different from what criminologists actually capture and study. These assessment questions will test you on information pertaining to serial homicide and the field of criminology. You'll be assessed on points such as characteristics of serial killers and specific murderers of note.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This criminology quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • A well-known serial murderer in Gainesville, FL
  • The definition of serial murder
  • Serial killers and legal insanity
  • Most common race and gender of serial killers
  • What percentage of murders are committed by serial killers

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - check to ensure that you can accurately recall some of the main points from the lesson on serial killers and criminology
  • Reading comprehension - test your understanding of the definition and characteristics of serial killers and serial murder in general
  • Knowledge application - utilize the knowledge you've gained from the lesson to identify some facts about serial murder and notable examples of real-world murderers

Additional Learning

For a broader overview of serial killers, go over the attached lesson called Serial Murder: Definition, Cases & Statistics. This interesting criminology lesson covers the following topics:

  • The definition of a serial killer
  • Characteristics of serial killers
  • Why they kill
  • Statistics associated with serial homicide
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