A spree killer
is someone who embarks on a murder "rampage"
. This is an ambiguous term, related to mass murderer
and serial killer
. The Bureau of Justice Statistics
defines a spree killing as: "[involving] killings at two or more locations with almost no time break between murders." The definition is especially close to that of a serial killer; perhaps, the primary difference between the two is that a serial killer tends to "lure" victims to their death; whereas, a spree killer tends to go "hunting
In many countries, the acts of spree killers have been catalysts for the tightening of gun control laws.