Lady Killers

Lady Killers

Deadly Women Throughout History

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"In 1998, an FBI profiler infamously declared in a homicide conference, 'There are no female serial killers'--but Lady Killers offers fourteen creepy examples to the contrary. Though largely forgotten by history, female serial killers such as Erzsébet Báthory, Nannie Doss, Mary Ann Cotton, and Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova rival their male counterparts in cunning, cruelty, and appetite for destruction. With feminist lens and a witty, morbidly 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."--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062433732
0062433733
Branch Call Number: 364.15232 T2369L 2017
Characteristics: xvi, 316, 15 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Darcy Dame,1971-- Illustrator

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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?).

SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Dec 12, 2017

This is a fascinating look at some of history's most notorious female killers. I knew quite a bit about Bathory, but Telfer introduced me to many interesting "murderesses" I'd never heard of before. I really enjoyed her discourse on society's perception of female killers - both in the past and the present.

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