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Women Who Kill

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  9 reviews
It's chilling to think that there are women amongst us who kill simply because they can.

Women Who Kill explores more than a dozen cases of murder in Australia and New Zealand where women have taken the lives of loved ones and total strangers for the thrill of it.
Paperback, 250 pages
Published 2010 by The Five Mile Press
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Apr 20, 2015 rated it liked it
An interesting look into some of Australia and New Zealand's worst female killers. While we don't seem to have the shocking crime rate of some countries and our violent women count seems pretty low, this book highlighted for me some crimes I hadn't previously heard about. I was especially interested in the Perth situations- I hadn't realized that so many of our infamous crimes had occurred there. It was a quick oversight, which was a shame because I could have learned more about these women and ...more
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Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a book I'm so glad I have read. I'll admit that I don't know when I finish reading it, because it doesn't matter, because it's so ingrained in my thinking. This book opened up my mind, shifted my thinking in so many ways. I read it before I realized one of my new writer friends had read it--a suspense novelist. It was among her repertoire for reference reading.

Well written, accessible, clear, and yet also challenging. It changed my perceptions. I'm glad of it.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was okay. I've heard some of these stories before, and the viewpoint was a little narrower than i would have liked and excluded some of the more interesting facts. Of course, I understand that novels have limited space.
Also, I'm fairly certain one chapter was set in new zealand which might not be very excited to find it's now merged with australia...
May 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Whilst WOMEN WHO KILL is Lindy Cameron's 5th True Crime book, it is the first for WA based writer Ruth Wykes. This is a book in which individual chapters look at a range of Australian and New Zealand murderers. All of them female. None of these murder fall into the category of defence killings. It's an odd feeling to come to this book, knowing that somehow, somewhere in the back of your head is the idea that it's almost "understandable" for a woman to kill in defence - against violence, in defen ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was very well researched and quite interesting. We don't hear as much about women who are capable of murder because it's not overly common which of course makes it all the more puzzling and interesting. I really only have two criticisms of this book.
I don't believe that Tania Herman deserves to be thought of as one of "Australia's worst female murderers" because she was so expertly manipulated. I study Forensic Psychology and while I in no way doubt that she knew what she was doing wa
Nov 19, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is portraits of various Australian/New Zealand female murderers. This is pretty interesting & details some shocking crimes. Eg, the teenage girls from Western Australia who just killed a friend because they felt like it: really quite frightening. You can tell it's a co-written with each author writing chapters because of the vastly different styles. This makes the book a little disjointed to read. Only one of the female protagonists presented here gets much sympathy from the writers, n ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a pivotal work describing some horrible homicides committed by women in Australia. The authors have thoroughly researched the backgrounds of the perpetrators and offer chilling descriptions of the deadly deeds: from an idea in the killers' heads to actual execution (literally!). Highly recommend for anyone with an interest in true crime.
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
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