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The first book of its kind-photographs included. Mothers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers-fiendish killers all. Society is conditioned to think of murderers and predators as men, but in this fascinating book, Peter Vronsky exposes and investigates the phenomenon of women who kill-and the political, economic, social, and sexual implications. From history's earliest reco The first book of its kind-photographs included. Mothers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers-fiendish killers all. Society is conditioned to think of murderers and predators as men, but in this fascinating book, Peter Vronsky exposes and investigates the phenomenon of women who kill-and the political, economic, social, and sexual implications. 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, from the sensational murder-spree of Aileen Wournos, to cult killers, homicidal missionaries, and the sexy femme fatale, Vronsky challenges the ordinary standards of good and evil and defies the accepted perceptions of gender role and identity.


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The first book of its kind-photographs included. Mothers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers-fiendish killers all. Society is conditioned to think of murderers and predators as men, but in this fascinating book, Peter Vronsky exposes and investigates the phenomenon of women who kill-and the political, economic, social, and sexual implications. From history's earliest reco The first book of its kind-photographs included. Mothers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers-fiendish killers all. Society is conditioned to think of murderers and predators as men, but in this fascinating book, Peter Vronsky exposes and investigates the phenomenon of women who kill-and the political, economic, social, and sexual implications. 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, from the sensational murder-spree of Aileen Wournos, to cult killers, homicidal missionaries, and the sexy femme fatale, Vronsky challenges the ordinary standards of good and evil and defies the accepted perceptions of gender role and identity.

30 review for Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mel Lambert

    Feminism. I do not think it means what Vronsky thinks it means. Overall this book is an interesting set of case studies on an incredibly interesting subject... all brought down by the author's scornful attempts at humor and side diatribes about Feminism. I also feel like he didn't treat his topic with as much respect as it deserves. To me, killing someone is the height of extreme human behaviour, and discussing it in a scholarly fashion almost requires, I don't know, reverence for the people who Feminism. I do not think it means what Vronsky thinks it means. Overall this book is an interesting set of case studies on an incredibly interesting subject... all brought down by the author's scornful attempts at humor and side diatribes about Feminism. I also feel like he didn't treat his topic with as much respect as it deserves. To me, killing someone is the height of extreme human behaviour, and discussing it in a scholarly fashion almost requires, I don't know, reverence for the people who do it? His jokes and little asides are unfunny at best. More often however, he sounds like the schoolyard bully. His is not really the tone I look for in my true crime and psychology studies. After a few days of thought, I realized that a big problem with this book is that he never does quite tell us "How and Why Women Become Monsters". He asks the questions in earnest, really seeming like he wants to know, but in all his research obviously never came upon a cause. He covers in general some theories as to how and why people become serial killers, but never REALLY seems to explore what those things mean in relation to FEMALE serial killers. Or he just straight up forgot to put that part in there. One of the two. He does eventually tack on a conclusion about how being a serial killer clearly begins at childhood, and entreats the reader to please, as a part of a society, love our kids more. ...Okay... thanks. He also states, in the confident way that only a man can, that it's not any harder to live as a woman in our society than it is to live as a man. Perhaps, if Vronsky had more of a familiarity with Feminism than stereotypes and the statements of a couple more radical Feminists, cherrypicked to sound as "crazy" as possible, he might better understand the cultural context that female serial killers are created in. Maybe, he could have even answered, oh, I don't know, any of the questions he asked? I wish that, instead of discounting an entire multi-faceted movement he could have tackled the subject with a larger understanding of what it's like to live as a female-identified person in our society. That larger understanding, of course, could have been afforded to him if he had decided to pay attention to anything an actual woman had to say about the subject. The Feminists quoted in this book may have been wrong about the women they were discussing, but there is a great deal of value in general Feminist thought and theory when it comes to the female experience in our society. I would have given this book less stars, but I'm a sucker for true crime and when Vronsky tells stories more or less free of his ill-informed editorializing, they are engrossing stories.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mauoijenn

    Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters... BECAUSE OF MEN!! They do it to help their sons, boyfriends, husbands and because they were sexually assaulted by a male. See boys... Don't blame us. It's your fault. Granted there are a few loose cannons out there, but for the majority its due to the male species. Excellent, info packed book on why women become serial killers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    BAM The Bibliomaniac

    Every truce crime addict MUST have this book in their library! It’s excellent So so many female killers are profiled. The differences between male and female sk are discussed, psychopathy, ASD, and other personality issues are compared with signs and symptoms. Various definitions of sk are listed. There is even a list of most known female serial killers and their #of victims at the end of the book. This book was published 2007, so I think Wuornos is the most recent member of the club. REMEMBER EVE Every truce crime addict MUST have this book in their library! It’s excellent So so many female killers are profiled. The differences between male and female sk are discussed, psychopathy, ASD, and other personality issues are compared with signs and symptoms. Various definitions of sk are listed. There is even a list of most known female serial killers and their #of victims at the end of the book. This book was published 2007, so I think Wuornos is the most recent member of the club. REMEMBER EVERYONE: IT’S NEVER A MANNEQUIN

  4. 5 out of 5

    James

    Excellent - well researched, well organized, flows smoothly, and the prose is not as dry as that found in some writing about extreme crimes, but scrupulously factual. The author describes the murders committed by female serial killers from the Roman Empire on to the present, and in each case study he examines questions about how and why the woman being discussed became a predator on other people. In his view, it is usually a combination of abuse or neglect in childhood combined with some kind of Excellent - well researched, well organized, flows smoothly, and the prose is not as dry as that found in some writing about extreme crimes, but scrupulously factual. The author describes the murders committed by female serial killers from the Roman Empire on to the present, and in each case study he examines questions about how and why the woman being discussed became a predator on other people. In his view, it is usually a combination of abuse or neglect in childhood combined with some kind of inborn predisposition, along with various other influences. He presents the idea that if any of these factors are missing - damage in childhood, unhealthy personality traits (extreme narcissism and desire for admiration, lack of empathy for victims, etc.) - then the person is very unlikely to kill anyone, let alone make a habit of it. Peter Vronsky's tone in this book is sometimes very personal and informal, as he records his own opinions of various events and things people had to say. Occasionally that's jarring, but it wasn't a problem for me. I recommend this for any mental health professional - any one of us is unlikely to end up working with a serial killer, particularly a woman, but a lot of these cognitive and emotional patterns exist in less virulent forms in many folks we're likely to be trying to help, and this book could be an aid to understanding some clients even if the most murderous thing they've ever done was to swat flies.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meaghan

    Quite an interesting read. Vronsky does a good deal of myth-busting in this book, refuting for example the old canards about how female serial killers are always poisoners, or only kill people they know, or aren't as vicious as the male ones. He goes way back in history -- all the way back to the infamous Elizabeth Bathory and also chooses to include the Nazi camp guards Irma Grese and Ilse Koch. Most people would not think of Nazis as being "real" serial killers, but Vronsky makes a good case f Quite an interesting read. Vronsky does a good deal of myth-busting in this book, refuting for example the old canards about how female serial killers are always poisoners, or only kill people they know, or aren't as vicious as the male ones. He goes way back in history -- all the way back to the infamous Elizabeth Bathory and also chooses to include the Nazi camp guards Irma Grese and Ilse Koch. Most people would not think of Nazis as being "real" serial killers, but Vronsky makes a good case for including them. Be forewarned that Vronsky has a very blunt way of writing, with occasional cursing (though cursing shouldn't faze anyone reading a book about serial killers). I really liked the tone myself, and I liked his research. This book isn't for the cursory true crime reader, being close to 500 pages long, but if you're really into this sort of thing you'll enjoy it. I now want to seek out more of his work.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    i am creepily obsessed with serial killers.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Addison

    This makes an interesting pair with Ann Jones' Women Who Kill. Vronsky is not a feminist--he's not a misogynist, either, and honestly, after some of the feminists he quotes, I can't blame him for being dubious. There are people who have said some very stupid things about Aileen Wuornos. Vronsky talks about the fact that women were serial killers long before Jack the Ripper, and he talks about the very different way female serial killers operate. They tend to kill their family members, and they te This makes an interesting pair with Ann Jones' Women Who Kill. Vronsky is not a feminist--he's not a misogynist, either, and honestly, after some of the feminists he quotes, I can't blame him for being dubious. There are people who have said some very stupid things about Aileen Wuornos. Vronsky talks about the fact that women were serial killers long before Jack the Ripper, and he talks about the very different way female serial killers operate. They tend to kill their family members, and they tend to use poison. He argues that they don't present a signature as male sexual serial killers (and Aileen Wuornos) do; that for them, the death really is the goal. It's quite possible that they get their superfluous-to-death kick before, from watching their victim's suffering or through Munchausen's by Proxy. Or both. (Really, if it bothers you terribly to watch your loved ones suffer, Munchausen's by Proxy isn't going to work very well for you.) He has a couple chapters of history, starting back with Messalina and Agrippina, discussing Elizabeth Bathory, and a number of cases that are familiar to me from Patrick Wilson's Murderess (Mary Ann Cotton, Mary May, Sarah Chesham (he is strictly limited to Anglophone murderers)), the astonishing Americans Lydia Sherman, Sarah Jane Robinson, and Jane Toppan. He has a chapter on Aileen Wuoros, and he doesn't downplay the horrific conditions of her childhood and adolescence, nor the grim daily desperation of her adult life. Ditto for Velma Barfield. But he also doesn't downplay the horror of what they did. He also discusses Dorothea Puente, Genene Jones, Marybeth Tinning, Christine Falling, serial killer pairs Martha Beck & Raymond Fernandez, Myra Hindley & Ian Brady, Carol Bundy & Douglas Clark, Charlene & Gerald Gallego, Karla Homolka & Paul Bernardo, and then for ideological/cult killing Ilse Koch (the Bitch of Buchenwald) and Irma Grese (the Beast of Belsen), and the Manson girls Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Leslie Van Houten. I didn't always agree with Vronsky, and I found him in some places callously flippant, but this was an excellent and thought-provoking book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Maddy

    Despite being overtly competent with facts and data Vronsky's writing, personal commentary and dismissive views of larger complex issues made this an uncomfortable read. You discuss radical feminists and subsequently dismiss all forms of feminism, not taking into account the history and complex nature of this vast school of thought. You give us transcripts of the Homolka/Bernardo (the Homolka section was outstandingly the worst of the text) tapes but not some stating that you're above it. Snide Despite being overtly competent with facts and data Vronsky's writing, personal commentary and dismissive views of larger complex issues made this an uncomfortable read. You discuss radical feminists and subsequently dismiss all forms of feminism, not taking into account the history and complex nature of this vast school of thought. You give us transcripts of the Homolka/Bernardo (the Homolka section was outstandingly the worst of the text) tapes but not some stating that you're above it. Snide commentary, insensitivity and a narrow mind view make me feel bad about liking your first volume. Do you not have an editor? Is this book supposed to be your personal opinions about these women and their situations or an objective documentation? I don't care about your opinion Peter, especially when it does not seem to be based upon research or respect.

  9. 5 out of 5

    John

    Story - 4.0 Stars Narration - 4.4 Stars This author's work on the subject of serial killers is top notch. After reading many of his books I feel closer to understanding how these killers become what they are- Most killers are, for the most part, made. But some are just born weird...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    First the good. The book was cataloged very well and was extremely informative on many notorious female serial killers and their crimes.Based on the information alone this book easily could get 4 stars since it does an excellent job of giving its intended audience what they wanted out of the book. Now for the bad the book from what I understood was supposed to come to conclusion based on psychological theory and such however I saw no real point to the narrative.This book would have been much bett First the good. The book was cataloged very well and was extremely informative on many notorious female serial killers and their crimes.Based on the information alone this book easily could get 4 stars since it does an excellent job of giving its intended audience what they wanted out of the book. Now for the bad the book from what I understood was supposed to come to conclusion based on psychological theory and such however I saw no real point to the narrative.This book would have been much better off as just a reference book because it offers really nothing else worth while.None of the psychological musings the author offered were new or even intriguing you'd be better off just watching snapped on the oxygen network.Truth be told anytime the book strayed from a simple text book like format and the author peeked through it was jarring and unpleasant.For one it's immediately clear the author has a serious vendetta against the feminist movement since he takes every opportunity to trash it.So much so was the authors hate for feminist that at one point I had to put the book down and immediately Google him because I was certain he must have been the head of some ultra conservative mens movement.But even when he wasn't spewing some non sense about a particular group he was just plain irritating like having constant commentary from a 12 year old who enjoys porn and video games a bit to much. If you feel you can block out the authors pretentious and unnecessary comments then you'll enjoy the book for it's information.But be warned I had several moments of just tossing the book down from sheer exhaustion.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ava

    Remember the self-aggrandizing, smug white boy in every undergrad history class? Apparently someone paid him to write this piece of anti-feminist propaganda masquerading as the seminal work on female serial killers. Vonsky's endlessly snide tone and infantalization of killers and victims alike made it impossible to slog through more than a couple of chapters. Oh, and as a writing tutor, I've seen some bad writing. This has got to be one of the worst written pieces I've ever had the misfortune to Remember the self-aggrandizing, smug white boy in every undergrad history class? Apparently someone paid him to write this piece of anti-feminist propaganda masquerading as the seminal work on female serial killers. Vonsky's endlessly snide tone and infantalization of killers and victims alike made it impossible to slog through more than a couple of chapters. Oh, and as a writing tutor, I've seen some bad writing. This has got to be one of the worst written pieces I've ever had the misfortune to come across, complete with phrases like "drooling spectators" and "lunch-munching crowds" in what I can only assume is an attempt to connect with an audience to whom he feels inherently intellectually superior. Please do not read this.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ksenia Anske

    Great book. Latest research on female serial killers interspersed with commentary (albeit at times needlessly crude) on gender, feminism, patriarchy, male hegemony, psychopathy, societal rules and constructs that shape serial killers, history of female violence going back to Roman Empire, and the trials of modern psychology to categorize women who are capable of ruthless murder comparable to that of men. Includes life stories of prominent serial killers like Aileen Wuornos with lots of dark and Great book. Latest research on female serial killers interspersed with commentary (albeit at times needlessly crude) on gender, feminism, patriarchy, male hegemony, psychopathy, societal rules and constructs that shape serial killers, history of female violence going back to Roman Empire, and the trials of modern psychology to categorize women who are capable of ruthless murder comparable to that of men. Includes life stories of prominent serial killers like Aileen Wuornos with lots of dark and sometimes crass humor. My favorite quote: "...not all lonely children become serial killers, some only end up writing books about them."

  13. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Overall, I enjoyed this book. I didn't know anything about female serial killers before reading it. He starts off comparing and contrasting female and male serial killers which is interesting. Female serial killers are much more likely to kill family and intimates while male serial killers are more likely to kill strangers, for example. In subsequent chapters he gives detailed accounts of numerous serial killers, broken into chapters based on category. One chapter is about the cliched Black Widow Overall, I enjoyed this book. I didn't know anything about female serial killers before reading it. He starts off comparing and contrasting female and male serial killers which is interesting. Female serial killers are much more likely to kill family and intimates while male serial killers are more likely to kill strangers, for example. In subsequent chapters he gives detailed accounts of numerous serial killers, broken into chapters based on category. One chapter is about the cliched Black Widow killers who kill husbands and children. One chapter is on women who kill with a male partner - this group is significantly more sadistic than females who kill alone. All in all, it was an interesting book, but I had a few misgivings. The author is rather anti-feminist and in most regards, I agree with his opinions regarding feminists who defended some of the female serial killers. However, he attacks feminists just a little more than is necessary, as if it is a personal issue for him. Another irritant in the book were a number of misspellings. For example, he said that one of the killers was killed by "lethal ejection". It obviously passed spellcheck, but one wonders if an editor read the book. I read a lot of books and typos such as the ones I found in this book seem to be rare and to me they stood out. The final detraction was the second to last chapter on Nazi and cult killers where he described two Nazi women and the Manson girls. For some reason, this chapter felt forced. It didn't seem to flow as well as the other chapters and case studies and I struggled to get through it. It wasn't even clear that the one Nazi woman he covered was even really a serial killer. All the evidence seemed to be heresay. I get the feeling that he felt he had to include this chapter, but that he wasn't really into it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    For the most part, I found this book interesting. The case studies are the entire reason I bought this and they were detailed and provided a lot of information that I didn't know about. I do feel that I could of skipped about the first 70 pages without missing much though. I also see where some are annoyed by his ranting about feminists and I do partially agree. I understand the point he was trying to make about some of their ridiculous excuses for female killers, but he does seem to cross the l For the most part, I found this book interesting. The case studies are the entire reason I bought this and they were detailed and provided a lot of information that I didn't know about. I do feel that I could of skipped about the first 70 pages without missing much though. I also see where some are annoyed by his ranting about feminists and I do partially agree. I understand the point he was trying to make about some of their ridiculous excuses for female killers, but he does seem to cross the line from debunking said excuses to, one of these feminists killed my puppy so I must destroy them. There were a few editing errors, missing letters and such, but overall, when he sticks to talking facts, it's a good book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    This book covers many different killers & crimes, making it a surprisingly quick read and easily-digestible despite it's volume. It's highly informative and I walked away from it feeling like I had a firm grasp on some of the bigger cases in the true crime world. It's also the first book I've ever read where I sat back at one point and thought 'huh...oh this guy hates women.' Having read it in my early twenties, I thank Vronsky for teaching me how to recognize this same attitude in real life - i This book covers many different killers & crimes, making it a surprisingly quick read and easily-digestible despite it's volume. It's highly informative and I walked away from it feeling like I had a firm grasp on some of the bigger cases in the true crime world. It's also the first book I've ever read where I sat back at one point and thought 'huh...oh this guy hates women.' Having read it in my early twenties, I thank Vronsky for teaching me how to recognize this same attitude in real life - it has saved me a LOT of time that could have been wasted on friendships and dates.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alex Lawless

    I was initially really excited about this book due to its focus on statistics and the backstories of famous female serial killers. It ended up coming up really flat for me, and at times, offensive. The author has an incredibly dismissive and flippant tone, frequently describes both perpetrators and victims in colorful and derogatory ways, and gets facts wrong or so thoroughly confuses them that they might as well be wrong. He so thoroughly confuses his quotes on statistics that I distrusted them I was initially really excited about this book due to its focus on statistics and the backstories of famous female serial killers. It ended up coming up really flat for me, and at times, offensive. The author has an incredibly dismissive and flippant tone, frequently describes both perpetrators and victims in colorful and derogatory ways, and gets facts wrong or so thoroughly confuses them that they might as well be wrong. He so thoroughly confuses his quotes on statistics that I distrusted them (more than I usually distrust overarching statistics) after the first chapter or so. I was particularly troubled by his disdain for feminism, particularly when discusses Wuornos's case. I do not agree with the feminist philosophies and involvements that were centered around her trial personally, but the author seems to use this as a standard for all of feminism and continues his disdain throughout the whole book, and begrudgingly "hands one to feminism" when he agrees with feminism all of about once. Another issued I had was his highly opinionated writing style in something I thought was meant to be a nonfiction, biographical collection. Not that you can't inject your own style into nonfiction, but I felt like he was very liberal with his opinions and adjectives. The only reason I gave these even three stars was because he did provide very thorough childhood backgrounds for the serial killers profiled in this collection, and continued that into their committing of crimes and subsequent trials and life after. I was very interested in reading what may have contributed or led up to the killings. I had passing familiarity with a lot of these killers, but was definitely not aware of their childhood circumstances. Overall I would rate this as a cautious read, and take it with a grain of salt. It's possibly the only book like this dedicated to thoroughly mapping out the lives of female serial killers prior too and during their crimes, which makes it frustrating for me that he writes with the voices he does.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Bayles

    With an uneven start, this book won me over. Its main problem may be its strength. The opening chapter feels like the author’s free association, taken completely out of context. Then he provides a fairly decent synopsis; going into enough detail on the case studies to hold the reader’s attention. But when he gets to the chapter on the Manson Murders, he switches back to the person we glimpsed in chapter one. It’s almost like two authors wrote the book – a sociology professor, and that humorous f With an uneven start, this book won me over. Its main problem may be its strength. The opening chapter feels like the author’s free association, taken completely out of context. Then he provides a fairly decent synopsis; going into enough detail on the case studies to hold the reader’s attention. But when he gets to the chapter on the Manson Murders, he switches back to the person we glimpsed in chapter one. It’s almost like two authors wrote the book – a sociology professor, and that humorous friend who doesn’t suffer fools and gets punchy after he’s had a few drinks. It's confusing, but it also gives you more respect for the writer. In any case, I’m not sure I’d recommend this simply because the topic is so dark. But if you have reason to explore the roots of violence, the author has done a skilled and respectful job of asking how people get to the point where they commit these crimes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jade

    I'm going to go ahead and say this: The author of this book is surprisingly anti-feminist movement and is one of those people who (in my opinion, obnoxiously) has a habit of pointing out his arbitrary judgment of every woman's physical appearance that he talks about. Aside from that, and the sometimes over-the-top jabs at feminists, I really, really enjoyed this book. It's a wonderful reference and extremely interesting. Of course the book can't really tell us WHY women, or anybody, becomes a "mo I'm going to go ahead and say this: The author of this book is surprisingly anti-feminist movement and is one of those people who (in my opinion, obnoxiously) has a habit of pointing out his arbitrary judgment of every woman's physical appearance that he talks about. Aside from that, and the sometimes over-the-top jabs at feminists, I really, really enjoyed this book. It's a wonderful reference and extremely interesting. Of course the book can't really tell us WHY women, or anybody, becomes a "monster". There is no real psychological insight in this book that cannot be found in many other books on the subject of serial murder. But that's okay, because the book was well researched and interesting- do recommend!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This book took me quite awhile to read, how and why women kill is not a light read I'm willing to pick up nightly until I'm done. But I was kind of facintated by it. The book starts with facts and the different kinds of women killers from black widows to Phychotic killers, and the earliest we know of was Nero's mother in the Roman empire. She killed for power. Then Elizabeth Bathory, the Female Dracula and the facts of those serial killers up until 2006. There were a lot of graphic details and par This book took me quite awhile to read, how and why women kill is not a light read I'm willing to pick up nightly until I'm done. But I was kind of facintated by it. The book starts with facts and the different kinds of women killers from black widows to Phychotic killers, and the earliest we know of was Nero's mother in the Roman empire. She killed for power. Then Elizabeth Bathory, the Female Dracula and the facts of those serial killers up until 2006. There were a lot of graphic details and parts of it were hard to read. The interesting thing is, you never know. Some women were nurses who killed their patients, a high school couple know as the honeymoon killers, and then of course the girls who followed Charles Mason. Hopefully, I will never know someone like these women!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I think this book provides the reader with more information on female serial killers in general than almost any other book. I think this is a good book to get people thinking on why females are not often seen as perpetrators but as the victim. I agree that gender really has nothing to do with a person's ability and desire to kill. I do think that acculturation as well as the individual physical ability and ways of thinking has more to do with how a murder is committed and why

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I wanted this book to be better than it was. I think if it had been written by a woman, it would have been handled better. Vronsky's voice was distracting and problematic at times. That said, it was a pretty extensive look at female serial killers. I learned about several I had never heard of before.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    3.5 Stars This was an in-depth analysis of the history of female killers told primarily through case studies. I found some sections, particularly fascinating, but I felt the book was overly long and exhaustive. Admittedly, I'm not a huge non-fiction reader, but I likely would not have finished this book if I had not listened to this as an audiobook.

  23. 5 out of 5

    FabulousRaye

    Informative. Fascinating . I do take issue with the author constantly describing and criticizing women's looks and bodies. One was described as "having a dumpling like body". Is she shapeless? Lumpy? GOOD IN A CHICKEN SOUP? My friend commented, "How many people would a woman have to murder to stop getting comments on her looks?"

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rusty Thelin

    solid and entertaining retelling of the various cases of female killers, filled with fun facts and shockingly gruesome moments in our human cultural history. If you are researching straight-forward accountings of horrifying murders, as I was, its hard to go wrong with a text like this.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    I thought it was very well researched and it kept my interest throughout. I didn't think that the last chapter on the Nazi Ladies and the Manson Girls fit as well, it was if it had been added on as an afterthought. Good overall though, good reading for anyone interested in True Crime.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    Wonderful!! It's very rare that you find such an in-depth exploration of female serial killers (especially one that goes beyond just "Black Widows"). Definitely a must-read if you're interested in the subject!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cassidy

    This was an excellent book

  28. 5 out of 5

    Samra

    Great detailed book on female killers.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    This is my absolute favorite non-fiction book. The author provides many examples of female serial killers. The book is sectioned off really well. The book is a really fun read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jules Fern

    Amazingly written. Really took me into the lives of these sadistic women throughout time.

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