Murder is the unlawful killin, wi malice aforethocht, o anither human, an generally this state o mind distinguishes murther frae ither forms o unlawful homicide (such as manslaughter). As the loss o a human being inflicts enormous grief upon the individuals close tae the victim, as well as the fact that the commission o a murrher is heichlie detrimental tae the guid order athin society, maist societies baith present an in antiquity hae considered it a maist serious creeme worthy o the hairskest o punishment. In maist kintras, a person convictit o murther is typically given a lang preeson sentence, possibly a life sentence whaur permittit, an in some kintras, the daith penalty mey be imposed for such an act — though this practice is becomin less common. In maist kintras, there is no statute o limitations for murther (nae time limit for prosecutin someane for murther). A person who commits murther is cried a murtherer.
- Tran, Mark (2011-03-28). "China and US among top punishers but death penalty in decline". The Guardian (London).
- Definition of murderer in Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary (2009). Retrieved on 2009-05-17.