Murder Most Rare: The Female Serial Killer

Murder Most Rare: The Female Serial Killer

by Michael D. Kelleher, C. L. Kelleher
     
 

Marie Besnard, the "Queen of Poisoners". Nanny Hazel Doss, killer of four husbands, three children, two sisters, and her mother—all to turn a profit. These are just two of the dozens of deadly and determined women who have been overlooked in the popular annals of serial crime—until now. More difficult to apprehend and motivated by more complex issues,

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Marie Besnard, the "Queen of Poisoners". Nanny Hazel Doss, killer of four husbands, three children, two sisters, and her mother—all to turn a profit. These are just two of the dozens of deadly and determined women who have been overlooked in the popular annals of serial crime—until now. More difficult to apprehend and motivated by more complex issues, female serial killers may be even more lethal and cunning than their male counterparts.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Michael Kelleher has explored violence and murder in several works including Profiling the Lethal Employee (1997) and New Arenas for Violence (1996), which alerted corporate America to the growing threat of potentially disturbed workers. With his wife and coauthor C.L. Kelleher, he now offers a rare, mostly clinical overview of the female mass murderer. The book profiles nearly 100 deadly women. Dividing them into eight categories, including Black Widows, Angels of Death and Team Killers, the Kellehers bring to light information they claim is often "overlooked by researchers." They report, for example, that female serial killers are rarely involved in sexual homicides and tend not to attack strangers, yet they often exhibit a greater ability to succeed in murder than do their male counterparts and they have greater success in eluding suspicion. Caretakers turned lethal, such as Madame Popova in Russia and Lila Gladys Young in Nova Scotia, are estimated to have killed in the hundreds over many years before being investigated and arrested. The grim succession of murder accounts here, from lone sexual predator Aileen Wuornos dispatching victims with her .22 rifle to the cold, detached elimination of family members by the arsenic-wielding Black Widows, cuts an often shocking swath of feminine terror. With morbidity on almost every page, this work, scholarly despite its lurid subject, should appeal mainly to serial-killer buffs and the law enforcement community. (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440234739
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,077,452
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.87(h) x 0.83(d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL D. KELLEHER, who has written widely on the subject of violence, specializes in threat assessment, strategic management, and human resource management for organizations in the private and public sectors.

C. L. KELLEHER is a volunteer counselor and human rights advocate.

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