Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters

Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters

by Peter Vronsky


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In this fascinating book, Peter Vronsky exposes and investigates the phenomenon of women who kill—and the political, economic, social and sexual implications buried with each victim.

How many of us are even remotely prepared to imagine our mothers, daughters, sisters or grandmothers as fiendish killers? For centuries we have been conditioned to think of serial murderers and psychopathic predators as men—with women registering low on our paranoia radar. Perhaps that’s why so many trusting husbands, lovers, family friends, and children have fallen prey to “the female monster.” 
From history’s earliest recorded cases of homicidal females to Irma Grese, the Nazi Beast of Belsen, from Britain’s notorious child-slayer Myra Hindley to ‘Honeymoon Killer’ Martha Beck to the sensational cult of Aileen Wournos—the first female serial killer-as-celebrity—to cult killers, homicidal missionaries, and our pop-culture fascination with the sexy femme fatale, Vronsky not only challenges our ordinary standards of good and evil but also defies our basic accepted perceptions of gender role and identity.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425213902
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/07/2007
Pages: 504
Sales rank: 158,177
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.26(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Peter Vronsky is the author of two bestselling true-crime histories: Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters and Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters. He is an investigative historian, author, filmmaker and new media designer. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in criminal justice history and espionage in international relations.

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Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I definitely could not put this book down! So often you hear or read about serial killers that are male. This makes sense, since the demographic of serial killers is typically male. However, this book plunges you into the world of woman who kill, and the reasons behind their madness. It provides the reader with just enough information to fully understand what took place, without smothering you with too much information that can often become tiresome and boring. This book even provides word-for-word exerpts from conversations that the killers had with their partners in crime! I have been reading true crime books for years, and this one is a MUST READ!!
Just_Ducky More than 1 year ago
I bought this book so I could write a paper and found myself reading passages that had nothing to do with my research, it is very absorbing! I've read other books by Vronsky and was not let down, his style remains both informative and entertaining. Little is known about these "quiet killers" and he does a good job of bringing them into the light as he explains what drives them to kill. This book has great case studies as well as informative explinations of previous research. I may sound strange, but this book is going on my summer reading list.
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KeaganWolf More than 1 year ago
Peter Vronsky not only delivers an extremely educated and detailed description of the lives of these women and their "hobbies", but also delivers in an in depth analysis into the mind of each murderer.Vronsky answers as well as poses very interesting questions in this book. I recommend this to any fan of the true crime genre and also to anyone interested in enlightening facts about serial murder.