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“Serial Killer” Ngram Search

I was doublechecking some information offered by the book I am reading (Malicious Intent: A Writer’s Guide to How Murderers, Robbers, Rapists and Other Criminals Think), and went to play in Google Ngrams. The results were interesting. The little bump in “serial killer” just before 1900 might be related to 1888, when Jack the Ripper was roaming the streets of London, and the first big peak of “mass murder” seems to be around the World War II and its aftermath. 1980 brought the boom of the serial killer book, both in fiction and true-crime literature.


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Source: Google Ngram Viewer [link]


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Source: Google Ngram Viewer [link]

I hope to add up to that not-so-little fiction pile sometime ^^

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5 responses to ““Serial Killer” Ngram Search

  1. Denise February 13, 2012 at 04:12

    So if Jack the Ripper is the first bump, what is the second around 1905?