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murder

murder, criminal homicide, usually distinguished from manslaughter by the element of malice aforethought. The most direct case of malicious intent occurs when the killer is known to have adopted the deliberate intent to commit the homicidal act at some time before it is actually committed. Very often, however, the law presumes the existence of malice aforethought from the circumstances, and it does not necessarily have to be proved directly. The most clear-cut case of this presumption of malice is when the killer inadvertently murders a person other than his intended victim. Here, malice is presumed if the killer intended to inflict serious bodily injury, or if he behaved with such reckless disregard of the safety of others as to betray a “depraved heart.” Likewise, a killing incidentally committed in the course of a felony (e.g., robbery or rape) is deemed murder; if the felony was accomplished by more than one person, all are equally guilty of the murder, not only the actual killer. A murder that is incidental to a misdemeanor, however, is treated as manslaughter. Most states prescribe various degrees of murder. Murder in the first degree generally is a calculated act of slaying committed with malice aforethought, often requiring aggravated circumstances such as extreme brutality. It receives the severest penalty, often life imprisonment or capital punishment. Second-degree murder is a homicide committed with malice, but without deliberation or premeditation. A homicide committed without malice (as in negligent motor vehicle operation) or in the “heat of passion” (as in a quarrel which escalates to violence) is generally considered manslaughter. In some states, certain crimes that are defined as murder of a lower degree approximate more closely the definition of manslaughter in common law. In some cases, it is difficult to determine whether malice aforethought was present; consequently the governor of a state (or other chief executive) not infrequently uses his power of commutation of sentence to revoke the death penalty, and in some states the appellate courts automatically review all convictions of murder.
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What does it mean when you dream about murder?

Murder symbolizes aggression and repressed rage at oneself or others. If the dreamer is murdered, the release of obstacles in one’s life or a major transformation may be indicated. (See also

Kill/Killing).

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Murder

Abimelech
slew his 70 brothers to become ruler. [O.T.: Judges 9:5]
Barnwell, George
noble motives cause him to murder uncle. [Br. Lit.: The London Merchant; Barnhart, 695]
Beaumont, Jeremiah
kills the man who had seduced his wife; he is murdered by an enemy and his wife kills herself. [Am. Lit.: Warren World Enough and Time in Magill II, 1160]
Bluebeard
closets away bodies of former wives. [Fr. Fairy Tale: Harvey, 97–98]
Bluebeard
(Henri Désiré Landru, 1869–1922) executed for murders of ten women (1915–18). [Fr. Hist.: EB (1972), XIII, 661
Boston Strangler
(Albert De Salvo, 1932—) strangled thirteen women between 1962 and 1964. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]
Busiris
murders predecessor to gain Egyptian throne. [Gk. Myth: Avery, 231]
Cain
jealous, slays Abel. [O.T.: Genesis 4:8]
Cenci, Beatrice
with brothers, arranges murder of cruel father. [Br. Lit.: The Cenci]
Claudius
murders brother to gain throne. [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]
Danaides
slew husbands on wedding night. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 74]
Donatello
throws Miriam’s persecutor over cliff to death. [Am. Lit.: The Marble Faun]
Donegild
killed by Alla for abandoning his wife and son at sea. [Br. Lit.: Canterbury Tales, “Man of Law’s Tale”]
Franceschini, Count
brutally murders his estranged young wife and her parents. [Br. Poetry: Browning The Ring and the Book]
Gilligan, Amy Archer
poisons 48 elderly people in nursing homes. [Am. Hist.: Elizabeth S. Baxter Newington; Am. Drama: Kesselring Arsenic and Old Lace]
Griffiths, Clyde
young social climber lets his pregnant mistress drown in a boating accident and is convicted of murder. [Am. Lit.: An American Tragedy in Hart, 30]
Hagen
stabs Siegfried in back; kills Gunther. [Ger. Opera: Wagner, Götterdämmerung, Westerman, 245]
Hines, Doc
kills Joe’s father; lets mother die in childbirth. [Am. Lit.: Light in August]
Ibbetson, Peter
a confessed murderer, yet a sensitive, romantic man. [Br. Lit.: Peter Ibbetson, Magill I, 736–738]
In Cold Blood
nonfiction novel about a brutal, senseless murder in Kansas. [Am. Lit.: In Cold Blood]
Injun Joe
stabs town doctor to death. [Am. Lit.: Tom Sawyer]
Ixion
first murderer of a relative in classical mythology. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 142; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
Jack the Ripper
killed and disemboweled 9 London prostitutes (1888–1889). [Br. Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 463]
Julian, St.
mistakenly kills his parents in their sleep. [Fr. Lit.: Flaubert “The Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaler”]
Kenilworth
intrigue in the court of Elizabeth I. [Br. Lit.: Scott Kenilworth in Magill I, 469]
M
motion picture about a child-murderer hunted down by organized criminal element. [Ger. Cinema: Halliwell]
Macbeth
became king of Scotland through a series of ruthless murders, but was ultimately slain by his enemy, Macduff. [Br. Lit.: Shakespeare Macbeth]
Medea
murdered her two children. [Gk. Lit.: Century Classical, 684–685]
Michele
murders wife’s lover; hides body under cloak. [Ital. Opera: Puccini, The Cloak, Westerman, 362–363]
Modo
fiend presiding over homicide. [Br. Lit.: King Lear]
Mordred, Sir
illegitimate son and treacherous killer of Arthur. [Br. Lit.: Le Morte d’Arthur]
Orestes
commits matricide to avenge father’s honor. [Gk. Lit.: Electra]
Othello
believing false evidence of Desdemona’s infidelity, he strangles her. [Br. Lit.: Shakespeare Othello]
Ourang-Outang
brutally kills a mother and her daughter. [Am. Lit.: Poe The Murders in the Rue Morgue]
Porgy
murders Crown, who tried to take Bess. [Am. Opera: Gershwin, Porgy and Bess, Westerman, 556]
Raskolnikov
plans and carries out the murder of an old woman pawnbroker. [Russ. Lit.: Crime and Punishment]
Rogêt, Marie
girl assaulted and murdered, her corpse thrown into the Seine. Am. Lit.: Poe The Mystery of Marie Rogêt]
Rudge
murders master and gardener. [Br. Lit.: Barnaby Rudge]
Sikes, Bill
hanged for killing of Nancy. [Br. Lit.: Oliver Twist]
Smith, George Joseph
dispatched wives and lovers in bathtubs in 1910s. [Br. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 274]
Spandrell
cynic opposed to fascist Everard Webley attacks and kills him, then commits suicide. [Br. Lit.: Huxley Point Counter Point in Magill I, 760]
Sparafucile
his killing of Gilda fulfills curse against Rigoletto. [Ital. Opera: Verdi, Rigoletto, Westerman, 300]
Thuggee
religious devotion to Kali involves human strangulation. [Indian Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1080]
Tyrrel, James
at the king’s behest, arranges the deaths of two young princes in the Tower. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare Richard III]
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murder

the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another
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She was a fine, smart girl, now wide awake and bright as a button, and had such a sweet pretty mouth, that Dominicus would almost as lief have heard a love tale from it as a tale of murder.
In another moment he was in his room, and the twins were standing aghast over the body of the murdered man!
The sky was serene; and, as I was unable to rest, I resolved to visit the spot where my poor William had been murdered. As I could not pass through the town, I was obliged to cross the lake in a boat to arrive at Plainpalais.
Now about this murder. I will tell you all about it--how it happened--who done it--every DEtail."
He keeps repeating his old story about the murder: 'I know nothing of it, never heard of it till the day before yesterday.' 'And why didn't you come to the police till now?' 'I was frightened.' 'And why did you try to hang yourself?' 'From anxiety.'
If you ever read this tale, you will likely ask yourself more questions than I should care to answer: as for instance how the Appin murder has come to fall in the year 1751, how the Torran rocks have crept so near to Earraid, or why the printed trial is silent as to all that touches David Balfour.
It was certainly an apparent vengeance on their crime of mutiny and piracy that brought them to the state they were in; and they showed not the least remorse for the crime, but added new villanies to it, such as the piece of monstrous cruelty of wounding a poor slave because he did not, or perhaps could not, understand to do what he was directed, and to wound him in such a manner as made him a cripple all his life, and in a place where no surgeon or medicine could be had for his cure; and, what was still worse, the intentional murder, for such to be sure it was, as was afterwards the formed design they all laid to murder the Spaniards in cold blood, and in their sleep.
"Now we have to ask ourselves at what hour the murder actually did occur.
There is the classic instance of the ferocious and wanton judicial murder of the innocent and so-called Haymarket Anarchists in Chicago in the penultimate decade of the nineteenth century A.D.
Representations have been made to us by the American Government that the murder of two of her citizens within the course of twenty-four hours, and the absence of any arrest, is somewhat of a reflection upon our police service.
'He has likewise attempted, sir, to murder the female servant,' said Mr.
Robbery had not been the object of the murder, for nothing was taken.