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Usually, there's a pattern with serial killers. I was with you up until Sophie because at least the first three were young Asian women ... that was the similarity I was seeing. Then there was Sophie. Unless she's a French woman of Asian descent, she doesn't fit that pattern, and none of the other details are very similar (murder method) that I can see.
So, what pattern makes you suspect a serial killer?
A serial killer does usually adopt a pattern and technically just requires 3 or more murders by the same offender. If it is the same offender, then the pattern would be "female international students". There's actually a few different types of serial killers as well. What you're thinking of is more along the lines of an "organized" serial killer--one that strictly adheres to a specific methodology (different murder methods here also points to not one of these). The more common form of serial killer is the disorganized type. - See more at: www.abovetopsecret.com...
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Well, I wasn't necessarily thinking of them as having to fit a strict pattern, but I thought there was usually some loose commonality beyond simply young woman.