Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History
Inspired by author Tori Telfer's Jezebel column “Lady Killers,” this thrilling and entertaining compendium investigates female serial killers and their crimes through the ages.
When you think of serial killers throughout history, the names that come to mind are ones like Jack the Ripper, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy. But what about Tillie Klimek, Moulay Hassan, Kate Bende...more
I've read many true crime books over the years but this is actually only the second or third time I have had the opportunity to read one featuring female serial killers. There's just not that many books like that on the market so I am glad the author decided this was a subject worth writing about.
For the most part I thought the author chose an interesting group of women to feature in this book. The women were from all over the globe and represented many different time periods. I don't ...more
This book has a lot of positives. Its a very fast read, I learned about murders I had never heard of, the book was written in a very easy to understand way and I liked the way the author pointed out the sexist manner in which female murderers are portrayed.
So why didn't I like it more?
I'm really not sure.
I guess I found the book to be a little too shallow, since most of this women have been dead for anywhere from 50- 300 years its hard to tell if any of th ...more
Tori Telfer has compiled this compelling compendium that features female serial killers throughout history. Each murderess is illustrated with an absolutely gorgeous pen-and-ink portrait done by Dame Darcy.
Telfer opens the book with a well-researched discussion of female serial killers. In 1998, it was infamously stated by an FBI profiler that female serial killers simply do not exist. This is clearly not the case. Telfer ta ...more
The majority of the women profiled here committed their crimes prior to the b ...more
Women have been killing infants since forever and for a multitude of valid if horrifying reasons. All of that would need to be looked at in the analysis of some of these murders.
I am still mulling over why I didn't enjoy this more. A book about female serial killers is surely innovative and I am a sucker for the twisted human mind. After so much fiction about this topic, I was thrilled to begin a non-fiction, realistic account.
The writing is engaging and witty and the author brings the right amount of humour to balance the wickedness in those pages.
However, that said humour, paired with the fact that none of the women portrayed w ...more
After the first few chapters, I was 75% positive I was going to rate this 5 stars. Which I don't think I do very often. So I obviously was entranced at the beginning. Seeing as how I clearly did not rate this 5 stars, the e ...more
While I appreciated the author's point that female murderers are often dismissed or diminished by a public that wants to make them more palatable, she undercuts that argument by using a cutesy, conversational tone that doesn't seem to take these crimes seriously. She also includes all the same scandalous rumors and descriptions of age or beauty that she criticizes previous reports for focusing on.
I'd love to see ...more
Telfer gives you a brief over of the various female serial killers who did caught, and who in some cases might have gotten away with it. In part, this is to show how society functioned and in part it is to show how women worked around society while being bitches.
The book is entertaining It is more of a crime history than a social history. You will either enjoy the writing style or ...more
It was disappointing.
It was a little boring.
Lady Killers talks about female serial killers (mostly historical ones, as the most recent is from the 1950s). It was intriguing because 99.9% of the murderers ...more
This book is amazing!!! One of the best historic accounts of women serial killers, which is not something you hear about often. Great book!! The author reading the book really makes this book the best part!
This didn't start off well for me. The first profile was of Elizabeth Bathory, who was probably completely innocent (everyone who accused her of these things stood to conveniently gain a whole shitton of land and money -- she was the richest, most powerful woman in that area.) And then it went on to over the Giggling Granny, which I'd already read about.
The rest were relatively new to me and interesting.
What's great about this book is that it gives great details on the rarely discussed female murderers. I have a very short attention span and so these short 15 pages stories were perfect f ...more
* * * 3 Stars -Liked/Enjoyed
This little volume was so interesting to read and while the subject matter was often horrendous -we are talking about people who go around killing- the author's tone and writing style was sharp, witty, often funny, and extremely readable. The book is broken down by chapters each highlighting a different historical female serial killer, some known, some relatively unknown. Weaving through centuries and different countries each piece is enga ...more
The book opens with the most disturbing, and probably most famous murderess, Elizabeth Bathory. Telfer puts Elizabeth in the context of her times, details her young marriage, her violent ...more