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The Good-Bye Door: The Incredible True Story of America's First Female Serial Killer to Die in the Chair (True Crime)

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Nicknamed "the Blonde Borgia," Anna Marie Hahn was a cold-blooded serial killer who preyed on the elderly in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine district in the 1930s. When the State of Ohio strapped its first woman into the electric chair, Hahn gained a place in the annals of crime as the nation's first female serial killer to be executed in the chair. Told here for the first tim ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Kent State University Press (first published 2006)
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Howard McEwen
Feb 08, 2012 Howard McEwen rated it liked it
If I wasn't reading this for a book club I'd have put it down half way through. While a fine document it's dry as dust. The author didn't seem to really get into the world that Anna lived in - I didn't get a sense of the culture and smells of the time.

The middle third of the book is dominated by her trial and seems to be mostly outtakes from the trial transcript. And it read like a trial transcript.

While much of this can be excused because all of the participants are long dead I think a little
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Candace
Dec 26, 2012 Candace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: True crime aficionados
This book provides about as thorough an account of the crimes, trial and execution of German-born serial-poisoner Anna Marie Hahn (1906-1938) as may be possible, given that the only available source material is a portion of a trial transcript and loads of breathless, if not sensationalistic, newspaper coverage.

Anna Marie wrote a 21-page confession of her crimes shortly before her death, which would seem, along with the amazing amount of evidence presented at her trial to sew up the issue of inno
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Danie Tanaka
Jun 09, 2012 Danie Tanaka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
I was shocked by this book. When I began reading it, I completely missed the part of the title linking her as the first woman executed in the electric chair. So as I read the book I figured she was to face execution but not such a landmark one. She did it. She has all the tell tale marks of the psychopathic mind. In her confession that she wrote as she breaking down right before her date with the chair she confessed to some of the crimes but still tried to give a sort of twisted justification fo ...more
Judy
Feb 23, 2014 Judy rated it liked it
An interesting book for any true crime aficionado. This tells the tale of Anna Marie Hahn who befriended, swindled and killed several old men via poison and was executed for her crimes. She also poisoned and sickened several other people along the way as well. What makes her interesting is that she is a female serial killer and that she was from "back in the day" when women were considered meek and it was unthinkable that a woman could commit such a crime. Yet she did and was convicted by an 11- ...more
Kara Prem
Apr 03, 2010 Kara Prem rated it really liked it
A chilling look at a sociopath. Anna Marie Hahn entagled herselves in the lives of older men in the Cincinnati area. Often these men spoke very little English, so they were someone isolated from society as a whole. Anna used these men for their money, and once the money was gone, or they grew suspicious of her, she killed them with arsenic and croton oil. Often times, she had her young son with her when she "nursed" them as they died. She had no remorse, no care for anything than herself and pos ...more
Westerville
Apr 23, 2015 Westerville rated it liked it
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Quick and interesting read. - Mickie, Youth Services

Reserve a library copy.
Suzanne
Jun 18, 2013 Suzanne rated it liked it
A slow start, but about halfway through I was in. The chilling account of the trial and herncarceration are riveting. This book is an interesting study of society may easily overlook a woman as a cold and calculating enough to commit serial murder. Anna Marie Hahn did whatever she wanted in a bold way, but found in the end, like most instances, the lies were simply too thin to cover the crimes. Not particularly well written, with some grammatical errors and dry spots, but more than adequate enou ...more
Thomas Barker
Nov 08, 2011 Thomas Barker rated it it was amazing
This is one of the two books we will be reviewing with the author Diana Britt Franklin for our True Crime Readers group at John McIntire Library in August. Ms. Franklin will be on hand to discuss this and one of her other books "God Medal Killer. "The Good-Bye Door" is set is Cincnnatti and many of the places mentioned are familiar to those who know Cincy. It is miticulous in detail, and paints a vivid picture of this serial killer. Much time is devoted to the trial. If anyone would like a copy ...more
Mickie
Apr 23, 2015 Mickie rated it liked it
Quick and interesting read. More context on murder rates, female criminals or crime in the 1930s would have given an added dimension to the audacity of a death row sentence.
Cassandra
Nov 11, 2015 Cassandra rated it liked it
Very good read. She was manipulative and pretty much had no conscious.
Lisa
Sep 07, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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awesome book!!!
Roxanne
Feb 13, 2012 Roxanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it!
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