Stranger in blood
is a term used to describe a person who is not a blood relation of another. It is therefore the opposite of next of kin
. Most commonly, it is used to describe a beneficiary to a will. The term is used legally in America
amongst other countries.
Suspected serial killer John Bodkin Adams
was identified as a 'stranger in blood' in the wills of 132 of his patients.
Similar terms in other languages
word 'zar' is used in the Bible
to describe a non-member of a tribe (see: Book of Numbers
16:40 and 1:51, or Deuteronomy
In heraldry, being a stranger in blood - through adoption
for example - is indicated via a 'canton