Lady Killers

Lady Killers

Deadly Women Throughout History

eBook - 2017
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Inspired by author Tori Telfer's Jezebel column "Lady Killers," this thrilling and entertaining compendium investigates female serial killers and their crimes through the ages. When you think of serial killers throughout history, the names that come to mind are ones like Jack the Ripper, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy. But what about Tillie Klimek, Moulay Hassan, Kate Bender? The narrative we're comfortable with is the one where women are the victims of violent crime, not the perpetrators. In fact, serial killers are thought to be so universally, overwhelmingly male that in 1998, FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood infamously declared in a homicide conference, "There are no female serial killers." Lady Killers, based on the popular online series that appeared on Jezebel and The Hairpin, disputes that claim and offers fourteen gruesome examples as evidence. Though largely forgotten by history, female serial killers such as Erzsb̌et Bt̀hory, Nannie Doss, Mary Ann Cotton, and Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova rival their male counterparts in cunning, cruelty, and appetite for destruction. Each chapter explores the crimes and history of a different subject, and then proceeds to unpack her legacy and her portrayal in the media, as well as the stereotypes and sexist clichš that inevitably surround her. The first book to examine female serial killers through a feminist lens with a witty and dryly humorous tone, Lady Killers dismisses easy explanations (she was hormonal, she did it for love, a man made her do it) and tired tropes (she was a femme fatale, a black widow, a witch), delving into the complex reality of female aggression and predation. Featuring 14 illustrations from Dame Darcy, Lady Killers is a bloodcurdling, insightful, and irresistible journey into the heart of darkness.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers, 2017.
ISBN: 9780062433749
0062433741
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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mynovelesquelife
Jun 17, 2019

RATING: 3 STARS
2017; Harper Perennial/ HarperCollins Canada
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This is a collection true stories of women killers. It is a mix of cases throughout history. I haven't read a lot of true crime books until now, so I am still finding out what is working for me as a reader. Lady Killers was an okay read as it didn't really keep me interested. It read like newspaper articles.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

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mammothhawk229e
Feb 19, 2019

Author sure disproved FBI agent Roy Hazelwood's "There are no female serial killer." here with 13 profiles.
There may be more if in historical records in other countries especially China.

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friskm
Feb 14, 2018

This book was interesting to me as I’ve heard many stories about female serial killers through watching Investigation Discovery’s “Deadly Women” but have discovered many cases I hadn’t heard of through this book and the facts and fiction gets divided up and analyzed quite well. The author looks at misperceptions and confronts the killers head on in a refreshing and oftentimes entertaining way that keeps you reading along.

LPL_MeredithW Dec 18, 2017

This book was so interesting! In 14 fascinating chapters, Telfer recounts the tale of mostly forgotten female serial killers from medieval Europe right up through twentieth-century Kansas. I listened to this on Hoopla audio and thoroughly enjoyed it (that's not weird, right?).

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