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Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History (utgåvan 2017)

av Tori Telfer (Författare)

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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."--Page 4 of cover.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." Telfer delves into the reality of female aggression and predation with this compendium of female serial killers and their crimes through the ages.… (mer)
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Titel:Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History
Författare:Tori Telfer (Författare)
Info:Harper Perennial (2017), Edition: Illustrated, 352 pages
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I love stories about female serial killers – it’s a fascinating subject, considering that a staggering amount of people to this day find violence perpetrated by women laughable at best and nonexistent at worst.

Aaron Mahnke of Lore podcast did some lovely profiles for Erzsébet Báthory, Belle Gunnes, Jane Toppan, and Delphine LaLaurie that I immensely enjoyed. “Lady Killers” is somewhat similar in format: relatively short, snappy, accessible entries, painting a succinct picture of life and… uhm… process of some of the more prolific female serial killers. I had a blast reading it. ( )
  tetiana.90 | Apr 28, 2020 |
This is a light read, but not a trashy one. I'd heard of a couple of the female serial killers (Elizabeth Bathory and Mary Anne Cotton) but the rest wre all new and - generally- quite an interesting lot. The "Angel Makers of Nagyrev" - a sisterhood of old Hungarian villagerswho operated almost like social workers, 'fixing' things for overburdened mothers, unhappily married wives; a sadistic Russian serf-owner; "the Beautiful Throat Cutter- a Kansas inn owner who despatched her guests; the murky word of a pair of Egyptian brothel owners; the 'Giggling Grandma'...
The author considers, too, how female killers are represented entirely differently to men...our need to paint their crimes with comprehensible motives- money, love, witchcraft- and their very existence a bit of a joke, since to envisage the nurturing gender as truly psychopathic, relishing suffering, is too scary to contemplate.
Very interesting! ( )
  starbox | Dec 19, 2019 |
A quick read, written with a tongue-in-cheek' style (which would have been difficult to do, considering the subject matter). But many of the stories were too much alike: most cases happened too long ago to have much detail, and in all but a few cases the method was arsenic poisoning. It would have included the story of Viktoria Fodi, or at least more specific 'Angel of Mercy' killings, or the history of Bloody Mary, to add some variety. ( )
  TheCelticSelkie | Jul 6, 2018 |
The subject of female serial killers is not one that comes up often in literature, but this book handled the subject well and is aptly named. Many of these killers were ladies in the strictest sense. Some came from well-to-do families. They looked liked society people, or like hard-working innkeepers, or like loving relatives, or even like a kindly grandmother. But in reality, they were cool, conniving, cold-blooded killers. They beat their servants, poisoned their husbands, and buried the bodies without losing a wink of sleep. Author Tori Telfer does an excellent job of breathing life into killers who come from different countries and are spread over several centuries. You will be appalled by their cruelty and horrendous crimes even as you are compelled to read about them. This audio version is well performed by Sarah Mollo-Christensen. ( )
  Maydacat | Apr 26, 2018 |
What a delightfully creepy book. I'm not really a true crime fan because it makes me even more paranoid than I already tend to be, but I had to find one for Read Harder this year. I still couldn't listen to it right before bed but it was fascinating. Telfer brings together a set of women from our near to distant past to show how women have never been the pure maternal souls we so often get put on us.

The most recent lady killer mentioned was in the 1950's, which I appreciated. Lady killers may not be a thing of the past only, but I feel I'm better off not knowing popular contemporary ways to get rid of people. It also helps that not one of these women didn't really get away with it. I don't consider that a spoiler because there's no other way to get the details without extensive documentation plus the detail that it was definitively a woman. I think one did elude the police, though.

The tales collected are incredibly detailed, including methods of murder, motives, rumors, lore, sentences, and what alerted people to their deeds. The women themselves are from many countries and eras and of every class. They were in a variety of circumstances and their actions were the result of situations from excessive abuse to excessive privilege. The author admits in the end, though, that she was unable to find sufficient information to include women of color and mentions a few she had looked into along with a caveat that this does not mean they didn't exist among other races.

The book itself was written to not just refute the idea that women can't kill even their own children but to combat the erasure that happens when women do kill. The point is not to glorify this sort of behavior, nor to excuse it, but acknowledge that it is there, despite popular belief. Many of these women got away with murder for as long as tbey did because no one around them could fathom that a woman was capable of such a thing.

It was likewise interesting to read about the preferred methods of murder for women over the years, especially having seen several mentioned in some of my favorite fiction, like Etiquette and Espionage. We continue to forget what women can be capable of when push comes to shove and while I nor the author condone murder, we recognize that women should not be underestimated in this regard either. ( )
  Calavari | Apr 5, 2018 |
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