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Lady Killers - Deadly Women Throughout History: Deadly women throughout history (Paperback)

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When you think of serial killers throughout history, the names that come to mind are ones like Jack the Ripper 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 Erzsebet Bathory, 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 cliches 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: John Blake Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781786061218
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 234 g
Dimensions: 197 x 125 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Telfer proves that you can stab, poison, and suffocate the predictable tropes about female killers and still write something salacious and entertaining. * Caitlin Doughty, New York Times bestselling author of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and From Here to Eternity *
A fascinating, creepy and insightful read that will make you question everything you think you know about the supposedly fairer sex. * Mara Altman, author of Thanks For Coming and Gross Anatomy *

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Diana O. at Aylesbury

“Deliciously morbid”

I just devoured this book. It's so well written, and despite the morbid content, the author manages to make it light and even humurous. I loved the feminist approach to the study of female serial killers. This is... More

Paperback edition
3 similar books recommended
8th February 2018
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“Exactly what I hope it would be!”

This was such an interesting and entertaining read, written with a feminist perspective that challenges the assumptions, myths and tropes commonly given to explain away female violence. I raced through it. I hope Tori... More

Paperback edition
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16th February 2018
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“Murder most unladylike!”

I love this book. The title and the cover just seem so at odds with the content, but really it's perfect. The subject matter is tackled with a suitably dark humour and is written in such a way that I found it... More

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16th October 2018
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