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posted by April 17 at 10:45 AMon
The serial killer has been replaced by the mass murderer. The serial killer works in time, whereas the mass murderer works in space. The reason for this transition? New DNA technology and increased surveillance (or infoscape systems) have made it more difficult to kill many over time. Without DNA technology Ridgeway would still be a free man; and as for Pickton—who is alleged to have killed over 20 women in a wide area of time—because he erased the visible traces of his victims (they were eaten by his pigs), the case against him is largely built on DNA evidence. But corresponding with significant improvements in DNA technology, there has been significant improvements in weapon technology (the rate of rounds, the power and speed of bullets, and so on). From the advancements made in both technologies results the shift from killing in time to killing in space. All of this is a matter of adaptation for the killer.