Mass murder

Mass murder is the act of murdering a number of people, typically simultaneously or over a relatively short period of time and in close geographic proximity.[1][2] The United States Congress defines mass killings as the killings of three or more people during an event with no "cooling-off period" between the homicides.[3] A mass murder typically occurs in a single location where one or more people kill several others.[4][5]

Twenty-six republicans were shot dead by forces that belonged to Franco's regime at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, between August and September 1936. This mass grave is located in Estépar, a small town in Northern Spain. The excavation occurred in July–August 2014.

A mass murder may be committed by individuals or organizations whereas a spree killing is committed by one or two individuals. Mass murderers differ from spree killers, who kill at two or more locations with almost no time break between murders and are not defined by the number of victims, and serial killers, who may kill people over long periods of time. The incidents of mass shootings are continuing to increase.[6]


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