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The difference between mass murderers and serial killers are mass murderers are generally apprehended or killed by police commit suicide or turn themselves in to authorities On the other hand serial killers usually make special efforts to escape exposure They may even continue to kill for weeks months and often years before they are found and stopped if they are found at all Also even though both types of killers stir up fear and nervousness in the society the reaction to a mass murder will be much more focused and locally limited than that to serial killing People generally make out the mass killer as one suffering from mental illnesses Although the mass murderer is viewed as a disturbed psyche a result of a stressful environment who is just going to explode now and then but of course somewhere else the serial murder is seen as much more evil and is more capable of producing fear The mass murderer kills groups of people at once whereas the serial killer individualizes his or her murders The serial killer continues to hurt and murder victims whereas the mass murderer makes his or her final statement in or about life through the middle of sudden and final violence The mass murderer and the serial killer are quantitatively and qualitatively different and disagreement continues about their characteristics Perhaps the single most serious awkward block that today stands in the way of understanding serial murder is the disagreement among researchers and law enforcement about how to define the phenomenon
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