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The Ultimate Serial Killer Quiz
by Staff
The topic of murder stirs up fear in almost any context, and serial killing tends to multiply that fear to the nth degree. Test your knowledge with this serial killer quiz.

During what decade was the term "serial killer" coined?

  • 1950s
  • 1960s
  • 1970s

How are serial killers different from mass murderers?

  • serial killers are more skilled
  • serial killers let time pass between murders
  • serial killers murder all their victims in a short amount of time

About how many serial killers have there been in the United States in the past century?

  • 300
  • 400
  • 500

Which of the following is not one of the ways experts classify serial killers?

  • motive
  • social patterns
  • method

Serial killers who believe they will profit in some way from the murders are called:

  • gain killers
  • reward murderers
  • profiteers

Most serial killers are:

  • young, white men
  • young, black men
  • middle-aged, white women

Which three behaviors are known as the MacDonald triad?

  • bullying, arson and nail-biting
  • bed-wetting, nail-biting and bullying
  • bed-wetting, arson and cruelty to animals

Which of the following is not one of the reasons thought to contribute to why a person might become a serial killer?

  • brain injury
  • childhood abuse
  • peer pressure

Patterns that link separate homicides are called:

  • tracks
  • blueprints
  • signatures

What is a serial killer's "MO"?

  • method of operation
  • murder operation
  • modus operandi