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EXTRACT | The Profiler Diaries: South African serial murderer

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The Profiler Diaries cover (Supplied)
The Profiler Diaries cover (Supplied)

In 'Profiler diaries', former South African Police Service (SAPS) head profiler Dr Gérard Labuschagne, successor to the legendary Micki Pistorius, recalls some of the 110 murder series and countless other bizarre crimes he analysed during his career. An expert on serial murder and rape cases, Labuschagne saw it all in his fourteen and a half years in the SAPS. Here is an extract from his book: 

I just want to pause and comment on the terms ‘serial murder’ and ‘serial killer’. The term serial killer is widely used by the media and even some academics. However, in my opinion, this is not the correct term. There is no crime called ‘killing’, and not all incidents where someone is killed involves a criminal act. You can be killed by an elephant, or by drowning, or by hanging yourself. Soldiers and police kill in the line of duty; civilians can kill in self-defence. So, killing is not a criminal term, nor is it necessarily a criminal event.

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