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4th Jun '16 4:12:11 PM nombretomado
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* In ''The Executioner'' by Jay Bennett (no relation to [[TheExecutioner the Mack Bolan series]]), four drunken youths are in a car crash, which kills one of them. A mysterious killer enacts his revenge by plotting the murder of the three survivors, the first one by fire, the second one by water, and the third by earth.

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* In ''The Executioner'' by Jay Bennett (no relation to [[TheExecutioner [[Literature/TheExecutioner the Mack Bolan series]]), four drunken youths are in a car crash, which kills one of them. A mysterious killer enacts his revenge by plotting the murder of the three survivors, the first one by fire, the second one by water, and the third by earth.
21st May '16 6:10:41 AM foxley
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* ''Series/CSICyber'': In "5 Deadly Sins", the killer uses the so-called '5 deadly sins' of social media (Hate Speech, Porn, Violence, Drugs, & Trolling) as their theme: killing victims guilty of these sins in a manner appropriate to the sin.
21st Apr '16 9:34:04 AM TinyTedDanson
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->''There are ''seven'' deadly sins, Captain. Gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, pride, lust, and envy. Seven... You can expect five more of these.''
-->--'''William Somerset''', ''Film/{{Se7en}}''

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->''There are ''seven'' deadly sins, Captain. Gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, pride, lust, and envy. Seven... You can expect five more ->'''Moss''': If you were a murderer, what would your nickname be? Mine would be "The Gardener" cause I'd always leave a rose at the scene of these.''
-->--'''William Somerset''', ''Film/{{Se7en}}''
the crime.\\
'''Roy''': What would your murder weapon be?\\
'''Moss''': ({{beat}}) [[ZigZaggedTrope A hammer.]]
-->-- ''Series/TheITCrowd''


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* {{Parodied|Trope}} in ''Series/TheITCrowd'', where Moss says if he was a themed killer he'd go by the title of "The Gardener" and he'd leave a rose at the scene of the crime as his calling card. When Roy presses him for what his murder weapon would be, he thinks for a {{beat}} then answers ''[[ZigZaggedTrope "...a hammer."]]''
4th Mar '16 5:49:22 PM foxley
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** The killer in the two-parter "Skin in the Game/The Devil and D.B. Russell" uses Dante's nine circles of Hell as their theme.
5th Feb '16 10:00:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheAbominableDrPhibes'' uses the 10 plagues of Egypt to carry out his revenge.

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* ''TheAbominableDrPhibes'' ''Film/TheAbominableDrPhibes'' uses the 10 plagues of Egypt to carry out his revenge.



* The 2012 film ''The Raven'' features a series of killings based on Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's works. As it's a 19th-century period piece, Poe himself gets involved in the investigation.

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* The 2012 film ''The Raven'' ''Film/TheRaven2012'' features a series of killings based on Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's works. As it's a 19th-century period piece, Poe himself gets involved in the investigation.



* In Creator/AgathaChristie's ''AndThenThereWereNone'', the deaths were patterned after the "Ten Little Indians" rhyme.

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* Creator/AgathaChristie:
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In Creator/AgathaChristie's ''AndThenThereWereNone'', ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'', the deaths were patterned after the "Ten Little Indians" rhyme.



** In another Agatha Christie novel, ''TheABCMurders'', the killer murders alphabetically, starting with a woman whose name began with A in an A town, then a person whose name began with B in a B town, etc. He always leaves an ABC Railway Guide next to the body. [[spoiler:But as in "A Pocketful of Rye", this is a red herring, the killer really did have a specific target.)]]

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** In another Agatha Christie novel, ''TheABCMurders'', ''Literature/TheABCMurders'', the killer murders alphabetically, starting with a woman whose name began with A in an A town, then a person whose name began with B in a B town, etc. He always leaves an ABC Railway Guide next to the body. [[spoiler:But as in "A Pocketful of Rye", this is a red herring, the killer really did have a specific target.)]]



* One of the earliest (if not the first) examples in English literature is S.S. Van Dyne's ''TheBishopMurderCase'', where the killer murders his victims based on classic nursery rhymes.
* In ''TheDanteClub'' by Matthew Pearl, the killer mimics the punishments of sinners in Dante's ''Inferno'' in post-Civil War Boston.

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* One of the earliest (if not the first) examples in English literature is S.S. Van Dyne's ''TheBishopMurderCase'', ''Literature/TheBishopMurderCase'', where the killer murders his victims based on classic nursery rhymes.
* In ''TheDanteClub'' ''Literature/TheDanteClub'' by Matthew Pearl, the killer mimics the punishments of sinners in Dante's ''Inferno'' in post-Civil War Boston.



* The killer in ''AngelsAndDemons'' used the classic 4 elements as a theme to his murders... and for the locations. Earth, Fire and Water were easy; Air took a little creativity. [[spoiler:He punctured the victim's lungs.]]

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* The killer in ''AngelsAndDemons'' ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'' used the classic 4 elements as a theme to his murders... and for the locations. Earth, Fire and Water were easy; Air took a little creativity. [[spoiler:He punctured the victim's lungs.]]



* ''{{CSI NY}}'' had Shane Casey, who targted victims involved in his brother's conviction, and dressed them in cryptic t-shirts. (also a Poetic Serial Killer)

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* ''{{CSI ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' had Shane Casey, who targted victims involved in his brother's conviction, and dressed them in cryptic t-shirts. (also a Poetic Serial Killer)
27th Jan '16 3:12:57 PM JustinCognito
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** The Ice Truck Killer chops up prostitutes and leaves their parts scattered [[spoiler: because he watched while his mother - and, by extension, Dexter's - met the wrong end of a chainsaw at the hands of drug dealers]].

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** The Ice Truck Killer chops up prostitutes and leaves their parts scattered [[spoiler: because he watched while his mother - and, by extension, Dexter's - met the wrong end of a chainsaw at the hands of drug dealers]]. On top of that, the bodies are carefully drained of all blood [[spoiler: because he and Dexter spent three days locked in the shipping container where their mother died, wallowing in her blood]].
23rd Jan '16 2:12:30 PM Sharlee
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* The 2012 film ''The Raven'' features a series of killings based on Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's works. As it's a 19th-century period piece, Poe himself gets involved in the investigation.
17th Jan '16 10:48:41 AM nombretomado
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* Expect a killer with the FreudianExcuse to choose victims who remind him of his parents, like the CriminalMindGames killer of ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', as well as Fin's step-son.
* An episode of ''MidsomerMurders'', "Echoes of the Dead", featured a killer who based his murders on old murder cases, such as George Joseph Smith.

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* Expect a killer with the FreudianExcuse to choose victims who remind him of his parents, like the CriminalMindGames killer of ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', as well as Fin's step-son.
* An episode of ''MidsomerMurders'', ''Series/MidsomerMurders'', "Echoes of the Dead", featured a killer who based his murders on old murder cases, such as George Joseph Smith.
24th Dec '15 4:07:19 AM foxley
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* Subverted in ''JonathanCreek'', where a series of murders are linked by the media because the victims were all women with flowers for names. The media obsess over the psychology of the SerialKiller (and terrify all women in London with flower names) while it turns out that the killer was actually a disturbed individual killing at random and the flower names thing was a coincidence. Worse, a different, premeditated killer is able to (temporarily) get away with a murder because his intended victim had a flower name and fitted into the other killer's false "pattern".

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* Subverted in ''JonathanCreek'', ''Series/JonathanCreek'', where a series of murders are linked by the media because the victims were all women with flowers for names. The media obsess over the psychology of the SerialKiller (and terrify all women in London with flower names) while it turns out that the killer was actually a disturbed individual killing at random and the flower names thing was a coincidence. Worse, a different, premeditated killer is able to (temporarily) get away with a murder because his intended victim had a flower name and fitted into the other killer's false "pattern".


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* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'': In "Murder Under the Mistletoe", the murderer uses 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' as his theme.
28th Oct '15 12:28:16 PM FF32
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* The Origami Killer in Quantic Dream's ''HeavyRain'' has a rather unique way of killing his victims. He kidnaps his victims in public places ( a local park for example), though no one ever actually sees him. His victims disappear for four days (still alive throughout the time period) and then are found dead in a wasteland-like environment, drowned in rain water with an orchid on their chest and an origami in their hand.

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* The Origami Killer in Quantic Dream's ''HeavyRain'' ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' has a rather unique way of killing his victims. He kidnaps his victims in public places ( a local park for example), though no one ever actually sees him. His victims disappear for four days (still alive throughout the time period) and then are found dead in a wasteland-like environment, drowned in rain water with an orchid on their chest and an origami in their hand.
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