mur·​der·​er | \ ˈmər-dər-ər How to pronounce murderer (audio) \

Definition of murderer

: one who murders especially : one who commits the crime of murder

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Examples of murderer in a Sentence

the murderer was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole

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Mindhunter season 1 saw Ford interview a number of famous serial killers, including Edmund Kemper (Coed Killer), necrophile Jerry Brudos and mass murderer Richard Speck — all of whom Douglas also interviewed in real life. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Is Mindhunter’s Holden Ford Real? The True Story of FBI Agent John E. Douglas," 25 Aug. 2019 So yes, the many infamous murderers featured in Mindhunter seasons 1 and 2 are real people who committed very real, horrifying crimes — and Holden and Bill are based on real folks, too. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Fascinating True Story Behind 'Mindhunter' on Netflix," 17 Aug. 2019 Lippman builds a slow-burning, precise case for Cleo's murderer before throwing the reader for a loop in the end, reminding us how much of solving mysteries is being in the right (or wrong) place at the right time. Dallas News, "Laura Lippman's new novel is a love letter to Baltimore and its people," 23 July 2019 The film is simple, painful and beautiful, a look into the lives and hearts of people who decided to set their own souls free by forgiving the murderer. Scott Ostler,, "Steph Curry produces high-end movie, low-brow TV," 22 July 2019 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile arrives to Netflix on Friday, May 3, but prior to the film's release, some had expressed concern that the film might romanticize the murderer. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lily Collins Believes the Spirits of Some of Ted Bundy’s Victims Visited Her," 2 May 2019 The combination of pent-up anger and the easy availability of a powerful, fast-firing rifle transformed a scrawny misfit named Nikolas Cruz into a murderous machine, one of a new American archetype: the mass school murderer. Anchorage Daily News, "How a scrawny misfit turned into Florida’s worst school shooter," 26 Feb. 2018 Michael Sheen plays a mass murderer whose son (Tom Payne) joins the NYPD to solve a series of copycat killings. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The 24 Most Anticipated TV Shows of Fall 2019," 9 Aug. 2019 The couple was interested in mass murderers and cited diary entries and posts on the social media website Tumblr as evidence of the interest, according to federal prosecutors. Eric Heisig,, "Ohio man admits that he and his girlfriend planned mass killing at Toledo bar," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of murderer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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mur·​der·​er | \ ˈmər-dər-ər How to pronounce murderer (audio) \

Legal Definition of murderer

: a person who commits murder

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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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