Lady Killers

Deadly Women Throughout History

A thrilling and entertaining compendium featuring female serial killers and their crimes.

By Tori Telfer Read by Sarah Mollo-Christensen Historical / Nonfiction / Social Science / True Crime English, Unabridged 9h 35m Sell Sheet
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8 Audio CDs Tue Oct 10 00:00:00 UTC 2017 49.99 39.99 9781520081618 Add to Cart
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							When you think of serial killers throughout history, the names that come to mind are likely Jack the Ripper, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy. But what about Tillie Klimek, Moulay Hassan, and Kate Bender? The narrative we're comfortable with is one where women are the victims of violent crime-not the perpetrators. In fact, serial killers are thought to be so universally male that, in 1998, FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood infamously declared that "There are no female serial killers." 

Inspired by Telfer's Jezebel column of the same name, Lady Killers disputes that claim and offers fourteen gruesome examples as evidence. Although largely forgotten by history, female serial killers rival their male counterparts in cunning, cruelty, and appetite. Each chapter explores the crimes and history of a different female serial killer 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.

Selected for NPR's Best Books of 2017 - Awards

"Can’t get enough stories about serial killers? Telfer’s nonfiction survey of 14 multiple murderers does more than enough to fill the bill, and Sarah Mollo-Christensen’s tone blends just the right combination of darkness and light." - Audiofile

"With a breezy tone and sharp commentary, Telfer draws out the tired stereotypes with just enough wit and humor to make the topic of female murderers enjoyable." - Publishers Weekly

"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

"Each tale a mini-thriller, Lady Killers recounts disturbing stories of real anti-heroines with wit and ease. Telfer's insightful commentary reminds us that history isn't always what it seems. Sometimes it's worse." - Rebecca Romney, coauthor of Printer’s Error