Dreams About Murder

What it Means to Dream About Murder

If you dream about murder, it can be frightening, whether it is you who is murdered or someone else. Perhaps you are the murderer. You will probably wake up wondering why you have murdered somebody, but it doesn’t mean that you actually want to kill that person. If you dream that you are the killer, it can mean that you want to end something in your waking life. Perhaps you want to stop smoking or quit alcohol. Maybe you want to get rid of somebody from your life. You could want to end a romantic relationship for example. If you are the murderer, it often means that you are angry about something or with someone. 

Dreaming of murder can also happen if you are feeling depressed. Depression has a habit of conjuring up nightmares and to dream of murder is certainly a nightmare. You will probably wake up feeling scared and wondering why you have had such a horrible dream.

Why you Might Dream About Murder

  • You are depressed
  • You want change
  • You want to end something
  • You are feeling aggressive
  • You feel conflicted
  • You are worried about past actions
  • You are angry with either a person or the company you work for

What Does it Mean if you are Murdered in a Dream?

To see yourself being murdered can be distressing and you could wake up after such a nightmare. It usually minds that you are living in the past and are feeling aggressive and angry about something that has happened in your life. The dream is advising you to move on and put the past behind you.

You could dream that you are being chased by a murderer (see also Dreams Of Being Chased Symbolism). This tells you that you need to put any hurt you have experienced to the back of your mind even though it may be hard.

If you dream about being murdered with a weapon such as a gun or a knife (see also Stabbing Dream Meaning) suggests that an important relationship is over. Perhaps you are heading for divorce. 

What Does it Mean if you See Someone you Don’t Know Being Murdered in a Dream?

To dream about somebody you don’t know being murdered is symbolic. It represents somebody in your waking life who you don’t like and who you want to forget about and remove from your circle. This could be a friend, a partner either at home or at work, or a co-worker. The dream doesn’t mean that you literally want to kill that person, but it suggests that you need a break, either permanently or temporarily.

What Does it Mean to Dream that you are A Murderer?

If you dream that you are a murderer, it can have different meanings. It could mean that you have had enough of life. You are bored, lonely, miserable. Things are getting on top of you, even those ‘little things’ that wouldn’t normally bother you. 

Alternatively, it could be your subconscious telling you that you are fed up with people ignoring you. You want your voice to be heard. This particularly refers to a work situation. Perhaps your boss ignores all your suggestions.

The dream could also indicate suppressed anger. Who are you angry with? It doesn’t have to be the person you see yourself murdering. More often than not you won’t see the face of the person you are killing. 

Perhaps you are trying to end some part of your life. In a way, you want to kill a part of yourself. When you wake up, you will need to work out what you want to end. If the murder is particularly violent, it can indicate that you are doing things that you shouldn’t be doing. Perhaps you are having an affair. Maybe you aren’t declaring all your earnings to the tax office. 

Don’t worry too much. The dream isn’t a premonition. It doesn’t mean that you are actually going to kill somebody. 

What Does it Mean to Dream About Killing?

Dreaming about killing can have an array of meanings so you do need to consider the dream as a whole. Write down your dream as soon as you wake up so that you can interpret it later in the day when you have time. Dreams fade as the day goes on.

If you are attempting to kill somebody and they retaliate, it can mean that past events are painful. You need to put them out of your mind if possible. The dream is telling you to let go of the past. If you kill someone you know, you could very easily hate that person and you need to ask yourself why. 

Here we’ll give you some more general examples of killing. If you are a man who kills a woman in his dream, perhaps you have a feminine side and you want to get rid of it. You want to be all-man, but whether this is a good thing is debatable. You need to have some sensitivity to be able to understand women. 

If you dream that you are being murdered, it can indicate that you are afraid of something. You need to decide what this is and try to get over this fear. Maybe you are afraid of public speaking, but your boss wants you to speak to the rest of the company. 

To dream that you are being murdered can also mean that you are feeling guilty of something. The dream is telling you that you will have to face the consequences. You can’t do something wrong and expect to get away with it. Alternatively, it could mean that your dreams and goals have been killed.

If you read ancient dream dictionaries, you will see that dreaming about murder can represent sacrifices you have made. Perhaps you have given up your home life for your career, or vice versa. Of course, it doesn’t have to be anything as big as this. You might just have given a homeless person your sandwich. Older dream dictionaries also suggest that dreaming about murder can represent powerful relationships. Perhaps somebody has power over you and you are afraid to go against them. Alternatively, they say that it can mean a transformation. Maybe your old life has been ‘killed’ and you are about to start a new and better life. 

What Does it Mean to Dream About Witnessing a Murder?

If you dream that you see a murder, there can be many different meanings. You need to take into account the setting of the dream, the circumstances, and how the murder was committed. 

Often, to see a murderer in your dream indicates that an important part of your life is being cut off. In your waking life, you may feel as if you are losing your individuality. You need to stand up to others who try to bring you down. It is time to put yourself first. You have supported others for too long without getting the same in return.

If you witness a street crime, this suggests that something in your life is coming to an end. If the person is shot, then you are going to have a new start in life. 

Seeing a serial killer in your dream can mean that you feel disconnected from emotion. To not have any emotion is a bad thing. It helps us to grow as people and to connect with others. 

To see a member of your family murdered doesn’t mean that this is actually going to happen. It can indicate that you are trying to control something in your waking life. However, a dream about your sister being murdered can mean that you are destined to be miserable. If you see your brother being murdered, it can mean that the whole family is going to be worried about something. Perhaps your family is going to lose their house because you haven’t been able to keep up mortgage payments. 

If you dream about your children being murdered you will probably wake up in a sweat. It is one of the worst dreams a parent can have. Children are supposed to outlive their parents, not the other way round. However, there are different meanings to this dream. In ancient dream dictionaries, to witness your child being killed is a warning that you need to control your feelings. There is nothing in these dictionaries that suggests that something bad is going to happen to your child. For example, if you dream that you accidentally kill your child, it means that you want to see the positives in life. You don’t want to feel depressed or alone.  

If your husband, wife, or partner is being murdered in your dream, this can mean that you are going to damage your reputation. Perhaps you have been seeing someone behind your partner’s back and it’s all about to be exposed. You will have to do damage control, but perhaps it’s too late. 

Perhaps you will have a dream where the killer is someone you know. This can be indicative of a new start, but it can also signify that you are going to be jealous of someone. Only you know who that person is. 

If you see the murderer confessing their crimes, it means that you will be seen in a better light. Perhaps your past actions weren’t reputable, but now you are trying to make amends. 

You might dream that a pet of yours is being murdered. This can be a distressing dream and if you dream of your dog being killed (see also Dead Dogs In Dreams), it can mean that you are angry inside, but haven’t yet let out this anger. If you dream of someone murdering your cat (see also Cat Dreams Interpretation), it can indicate that you should put more effort into establishing relationships with people that care for you. 

What Does it Mean if you Dream About an Assassin? 

Another word for assassin is hitman or woman. We usually see these people in movies, but if you dream of one, it can mean that the neglect of other people has left you feeling sad and even depressed.  

However, if you dream that you are the assassin, you are going to do something unpleasant to somebody else. Perhaps they have wronged you and you want to pay them back. Perhaps you should be the bigger person and let it go. 

If you commit suicide in a dream, it isn’t as bad as it sounds. It usually means that you want peace and quiet. Perhaps you have been burning the candle at both ends or maybe you have been stressed at work.

What Does it Mean to Dream About a Family Murder?

If you dream about your father being murdered, you are reaching a period of great sadness. You will have to evaluate what the problem is. Strange as it may sound, if you dream that it is you murdering your father, it means that other people are going to ask you for advice. 

If you either murder your mother (see also What Does It Mean To Dream Of Your Mother) or see someone else murdering her, you are angry about something. It could even be as bad as realizing that something you have been involved in will destroy your reputation. There is still time to reverse this so do something now.

What Does it Mean to Dream About Using Weapons to Murder Somebody?

It is common that if you dream about a murder,  you will see a weapon being used. If you see yourself using a weapon, it can mean that you are trying to protect yourself from something happening in your waking life. It can also mean that you are looking for a way to move forward in life. Perhaps you can’t seem to progress up the ladder at work. Maybe you’re finding it difficult to propose to your girlfriend. 

Alternatively, it can mean that you are trying to protect yourself from something in your waking life. If we take a scientific approach to our dreams, dreaming of weapons (see also knife, dagger and weapons dream meaning) can be our sub-conscience protecting ourselves from a difficult event in our lives. 

Another meaning of killing someone with a weapon is that you feel guilty about something in your waking life. You could have wronged somebody and your guilt is coming through in the dream.

We will now take a look at the different weapons that could have been used in your dream

Murder with a Gun

A gun is considered to be a phallic symbol so it is connected to an inner power. If you dream about killing somebody with a gun it can mean that you want power. Perhaps you feel that you should be in charge at work. 

On the other hand, if you dream that somebody shoots you, it can mean that you want some alone time. You have been putting a lot of effort into helping others, but now it’s time for you to have some quality time with yourself.

You could dream that somebody is trying to shoot you, but you are doing the best to defend yourself. This can mean that there is somebody who has wronged you and you want to forgive them. However, you’re not sure how to approach this situation.

If you dream that you have the gun and are pointing it at somebody, but are unable to pull the trigger, it could mean that you are completely exhausted. Perhaps you have been working too hard and it is time for rest and recuperation. You need to shield yourself from too much work. 

Murder with a Knife

If you dream that you are murdering somebody with a knife, it can mean that you are struggling either at work or at home. Things are getting on top of you and you don’t know what is the way out. You are unable to assert yourself and this could lead to depression. 

Alternatively, this dream can warn you that somebody is angry with you. You need to sit down and work out why this person is not happy with you. 

Murder by Explosion

If you put dynamite in a building and watch it explode can mean that you are going through a difficult time. You have to accept that people are going to die in the dream, but this isn’t real life. You need to work through your problems and perhaps even discuss them with a professional.

Murder with Poison

If you dream that you are poisoning somebody, it can have one of two different explanations. You need to look at the dream as a whole as well as your waking life. It can mean that you have trouble expressing your feelings. Maybe you don’t have a depth of emotion. On the other hand, it can mean that you want spiritual enlightenment. You feel that there is more to life than pursuing earthly goals.

Murder by Drowning

Drowning is a terrible way to die, especially if you can’t swim and find yourself in a position where you are unable to get out of the water. However, the meaning of the dream is the complete opposite. It is telling you to go with the flow. Embrace your life and don’t get too concerned if things aren’t always right. 

Murder with a Blunt Object

It isn’t negative to dream of hitting someone over the head with a hammer or other blunt object. It generally means that you have the ability to love and to forgive someone who has wronged you. Alternatively, it can mean that you have hidden goals that are difficult to achieve, but with some perseverance, you will be successful. In addition, you might be thinking about your past and reflecting on the problems you have encountered. The dream is telling you that it is right to do so if you want to move past these problems and become a better person.

Murder by Injection

If you dream that a killer is having a lethal injection, it can mean that what other people around you are doing, is stopping you from expressing your true feelings. It is time that you discovered the real you.

Murder by Fire

This is another very unpleasant way to die as is drowning. It’s not sudden and quick, but it will take some time so to dream about this is very frightening. To dream that you die in a fire can mean that you are unable to progress further in life. If someone sets you on fire, it suggests confusion. You are being prevented from progressing in life. You feel as if you are stuck in some sort of living hell. If you don’t feel as if you can move on and are struggling, this dream is telling you that you must find a way otherwise it will be detrimental to your mental health.

Murder by Hanging

You can be feeling confused if you dream that you are being hanged. Alternatively, it can mean that you are tangled up with someone in your waking life. Perhaps you are having an extra-marital affair. The dream is telling you that you should come clean or at least end the situation. 

If the rope is the main feature of the dream, it means that you are going to succeed in a difficult situation so this dream is not all bad. However, if the murderer is tangling you up in the dream, it does mean that you have to think about your future. Are you moving in the right direction? 

If you see yourself hanging from something like a tree, it can mean that something you are going through has been suspended. Perhaps you were up for a promotion, but the decision has been delayed. If you are hanging upside down, it can mean that you want to do what you want, but you are being held back. 

Hanging can be compared to the Tarot card of the Hanged Man. He can’t move forward as he doesn’t know how to.

Murder by Strangulation

Strangulation is not a very common way of murdering people in walking life. It is more common in novels. If you dream that you are being strangled, it usually means that you want to keep secrets from other people. 

What do Psychologists Think About Dreams of Murder?

Both Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung were very interested in the dream world. In 1909, they both gave lectures on psychoanalysis at Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. Some of the lectures featured murder in dreams.

Carl Jung believed that if you dream about murder, it indicates the future, not the past. Sigmund Freud believed that we should live in the moment and not think about the past as thinking of mistakes made is detrimental to mental health.  According to him, dreaming about murder indicated what was going on in the present. 

Carl Jung wrote some papers on how murder divided people, those who killed and those who didn’t. He believed that when we dream about murder, we are looking for our deepest wishes and desires to come true.

Sigmund Freud wrote a book called ‘The Interpretation of Dreams’. In this, he says that death is a journey we all take hence we may dream about it. Murder is a particularly disturbing way to die but to dream about it is natural. The thought of death is always in our subconscious mind.

Science and Dreams About Murder

In 2014, in a sleep lab in Germany, a test was conducted to see if the scientists could find out more about dreaming of murder. A total of 443 students took part in this experiment to see if people who dreamed about murder had similar traits. However, it was found that only 3% of them had dreams about murder. This could lead you to believe that murder is not part of many people’s subconscious. It is something we have probably told ourselves not to think about as it is so unpleasant. The 3% who did dream about murder were found to be introverted and had trouble connecting with other people. 

In other tests, it has been discovered that people who watch violent movies or play computer games just before bed have more of a tendency to dream about murder. 

To sum up, there is a lot to think about if you dream about being murdered or murdering someone yourself. However, it isn’t all bad. Many dreams about murder prophesize a new start after a particularly bad time. This is particularly true if you are the one who is committing the murder. 


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