Arabs, Azeris, Kurds, Persians, and Turks constitute the largest ethnic groups in the region by population, while Armenians, Assyrians, Circassians, Copts, Druze, Jews, Maronites, Somalis, and other denominations form significant minorities.
The corresponding adjective is Middle-Eastern and the derived noun is Middle-Easterner.
Formerly, the eurocentric synonym Near East (as opposed to Far East) was commonly used.
Such killers have used forms of social networking to attract victims long before the advent of the Internet.
For example, between 19, Hungarian serial killer Béla Kiss lured his 24 victims by using personal ads published in newspapers.
For example, in 1996, a Maryland woman, Sharon Lopatka, apparently agreed to be killed by torture and strangulation in a conversation with a man in an online chatroom.
Robert Frederick Glass pleaded guilty to killing Lopatka and later died in prison while serving his sentence.The Craigslist case is the latest example of that phenomenon.Craigslist is an innovative and valuable resource, which frankly, is being unfairly smeared because it is an Internet site." Susan Brenner, a professor of law and technology wrote that "Is it a cybercrime for John to meet Mary on the Internet, correspond with her and use e-mail to lure her to a meeting where he kills her?Some of these perpetrators may not have intended to commit murder, but killed their victims during the course of a struggle or to prevent capture. Several legal and technology experts have questioned the idea that there is a phenomenon of Internet killings.A legal theorist pressed for an Internet angle on a murder by a journalist related that "I asked her whether, if I called her up and asked her out on a blind date and murdered her, she would think it was a "telephone-related murder"? Leslie Harris, CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology said of the term "Craigslist Killer" that "A great many of the tragic incidents that tangentially involve the Internet have little or nothing to do with the Internet itself.Despite sharing a similar method of contacting victims, they apparently have varied motivations.