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Anne Billson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733506

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733506.001.0001

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The Vampire as Serial Killer

The Vampire as Serial Killer

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(p.57) The Vampire as Serial Killer
Let the Right One In

Anne Billson

Liverpool University Press

This chapter introduces the term 'serial killer', which refers to someone who murders people one at a time and was reportedly coined by FBI Special Agent Robert Ressler in the 1970s. It recounts how the term 'serial killer' came into vogue around the time of the release of The Silence of the Lambs (1991), which featured the hunt for a serial killer called Buffalo Bill. It also reviews a number of serial murderers that have been called 'vampires' by the press, such as Peter Kürten who was charged with nine murders and was dubbed 'The Vampire of Düsseldorf '. The chapter discusses movie vampires, who tend to leave trails of drained corpses behind them, which qualify them as serial killers. It refers to Martin's youth in the film Martin, which marks him out as a missing link between Dracula and teen-orientated vampire movies, which would exploit the vampire's bad-boy appeal for younger audiences.

Keywords:   serial killer, vampires, movie vampires, Dracula, vampire movies

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