Date: Wed, 16 Jul 1997 09:41:47 EST From: simon[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CVAX.IPFW.INDIANA.EDU Subject: serial killer Was anyone else struck by the use of "serial killer" as the label for the person suspected of murdering Versace? It seemed to me a kind of semantic limiting (as opposed to extension), in that, the man they're searching for is accused of/appears to have killed a number of people and done so one after the other, but isn't "serial killer" (or killing) different than the sum of the parts. He knew the first two personally. The third was (forgive me) "practical" , and the fourth, again, someone he knew? Is "serial killer" a way of displacing homophobia? beth