accused (esp. BrE), alleged, suspected
potential, would-be

Does the death penalty deter would-be murderers?

double, mass, multiple, serial

He protested his innocence and promised to help police track down the real murderer.

brutal, cold-blooded, ruthless, vicious
insane, psychopathic
infamous, notorious
hunt, hunt down, hunt for, track down
catch, find, identify, reveal (sb as)
execute, hang, kill

The murderer has struck again.

kill sb
bring a murderer to justice
the identity of the murderer

The identity of her murderer has not yet been revealed.

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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