To conduct the grave act of murdering someone on purpose: Her spouse was gunned down in front of her eyes by assailants. She had either murdered or conspired to murder one of her boyfriends.
As a past tense: His murderer has not been found. The girl's body was never recovered from the river where she had fallen trying to escape her tormentors.
Murdered refers to an unlawful killing of one human being by another. The English word comes from Latin muretur, "to wall up," because at one time murders were buried within walls.
Murder is the unlawful killing of one person with malice aforethought. It is a crime that can be committed with many different kinds of weapons including hands, knives, guns, and even poison. Murder can also involve acts that cause death such as driving over a cliff or throwing someone from a window.
All types of murders are tragic, but some are tried and convicted while others aren't. All murderers deserve justice, but not all murderers get punished by death. The most severe punishment possible for murder is execution. A murderer who is executed does not suffer any pain after death. The mental state of the murderer immediately before death is important in determining whether or not they intended to kill themselves too.
The fact that the victim was sexually tortured in some cases, and that some killings were done with an axe, but others with a blunt object, imply that the murders were not perpetrated by a serial murderer. The final two victims were white women rather than African American women. Also, none of the victims had their hands tied up before they were killed.
In addition, police investigations have not uncovered any other murders around the same time as these six. Although there have been other murders in Chicago since then, they are all either gang related or just plain old crimes that happened at different times. They did not involve any similar circumstances or anything that would lead investigators to believe that they might be part of a series.
Finally, no one has ever been arrested for these murders.
The typical motivation for serial killing is psychological fulfillment, and most serial killings involve sexual interaction with the victim, however the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) notes that serial killers' motives might include rage, thrill-seeking, financial gain, and attention-seeking. Some serial killers have expressed a desire to die.
The FBI states that "serial killers tend to enjoy the fear they cause in others, and find pleasure in the act of killing." They continue by saying that "most serial killers suffer from some form of mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder" and that these conditions "often lead them to view other people as animals or things that need to be controlled."
According to research conducted at the University of Michigan, male serial killers tend to kill more frequently than female serial killers. The study also found that younger males tend to kill more often than older males. No similar pattern was seen among female serial killers.
Both juvenile and adult male serial killers appear to be most likely to commit suicide after being caught. Female serial killers are less likely than male serial killers to kill themselves after being captured.
After being arrested, convicted, and sentenced to death, multiple murderers are usually given the option to participate in a life sentence without possibility of parole or a death sentence. When asked why they killed so many people, multiple murderers tend to say that they were unable to stop themselves.