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16th Feb '17 4:25:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Alcatraz}}'': Kit Nelson, one of the escaped inmates from Alcatraz, was a [[WouldHurtAChild child killer]] who always performed the same ritual to imitate the way that [[SiblingMurder he murdered his own brother]], who was his first victim. He only targeted preadolescent boys, breaking into their rooms at night to kidnap them, then force them to participate in his brother's favorite pastimes. Eventually he would strangle them and drop off the bodies back in their room with a flower in their hand.
22nd Oct '16 6:28:03 PM foxley
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* ''Literature/ShadowPolice'': The killer in ''Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?'' uses the murders in the Sherlock Holmes stories as their theme.
5th Oct '16 2:21:32 PM LadyJafaria
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** Also did a Dante's Inferno-inspired killer, someone who was obsessed with [[BurnTheWitch witch hunting]], and a ''Cinderella'' killer. They love this trope.
5th Oct '16 2:17:45 PM LadyJafaria
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** In ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'', the deaths were patterned after the "Ten Little Indians" rhyme.

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** In ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'', the deaths were patterned after the "Ten Little Indians" rhyme. (Also a case of PoeticSerialKiller as the victims were all chosen to die because they'd [[KarmaHoudini gotten away with murder]].)
24th Sep '16 1:21:03 AM foxley
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* An episode of ''Series/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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* An episode of ''Series/MidsomerMurders'', ''Series/MidsomerMurders'':
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"Echoes of the Dead", featured Dead" features a killer who based his murders on old murder cases, such as George Joseph Smith.Smith.
** ** In "Death and the Divas", the killer's theme is the horror movies of a particular actress.
25th Aug '16 4:08:01 AM WillBGood
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* The 2012 film ''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.

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* The 2012 film ''Film/TheRaven2012'' ''TheRaven'' 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.
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.
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