It's true that you're more likely to be murdered by someone you know, as most murders originate owing to a domestic dispute, petty jealousy, sexual rejection or betrayal, usually involving one or both parties heavily intoxicated with drink, drugs or both, or fuelled by a mental imbalance, recent physical breakdown or an unexpected emotional turmoil, and - more often than not - your life is more likely to be ended at the hand of someone who you already know, whether a friend, a foe, a confidante, a work colleague, or (most likely of all) a member of your own family. As seen in the rather fascinating chart below, compiled by the FBI.
So if a serial killer goes after strangers, who is most likely to be the next victim of a serial killer? What follows is the statistical make-up of most serial killer's victims, based on a database of 4068 serial killers and 11680 victims of serial killers from US and UK, as compiled by University of Radford in 2015. I don't plan to analyse the evidence, this is just cold hard fact.
Obviously, the above chart only covers US serial killers (as this was based on the data available during the study), but if you'd like to see why it's easier to analyse US serial killers, have a look at this chart of which country has the most serial killers. Here a top tip: don't live in America.
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Michael J Buchanan-Dunne is a writer, crime historian and tour-guide who runs Murder Mile Walks, a guided tour of Soho’s most notorious murder cases, hailed as “one of the top ten quirky & unusual things to do in London” and featuring 12 murderers, including 3 serial killers, across 15 locations, totalling 75 deaths, over just a one mile walk.
Michael J Buchanan-Dunne is a crime historian, writer and tour guide of Murder Mile Walks.