Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History

Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History

by Tori Telfer

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Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer

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 Erzsébet Báthory, 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 clichés 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.

 

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062433732
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 109,529
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tori Telfer is a writer and editor who has worked on everything from children's literary magazines to product copy for artisanal German manicure tools. She graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University and went on to work in publishing, teaching, and academic editing. Today, she works as a freelance writer and editor. Her work has appeared on Salon, Jezebel, The Hairpin, B&N s book blog, in VICE, and more.

Sarah Mollo-Christensen is a stage and voice actor who received her BA from Dartmouth College and graduated from the Atlantic Theater Company's Acting Conservatory in New York. In addition to her work with audiobooks, her narration can be heard on several episodes of NPR's This American Life.

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