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Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters 1st Edition
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It definitely shows that the author did his research and covers this subject more thoroughly than other books I have read on this subject. I'd definitely recommend it highly to true-crime fans. It reads well and is informative and effective, from stomach-churning transcripts of the Homolka/Bernardo videotapes to theories on why Bathory perhaps did not bathe in the blood of her many victims.
My only criticisms are that the author does focus a lot on Wuornos, as he seems to believe her to be somewhat of an anomaly amongst female murderers in terms of her motives and "style" (for lack of a better word).
Also, he goes after an activist named Phyllis Chesler for her feminist defense of Wuornos in a very aggressive way. He definitely makes some valid points against Chesler's arguments, but there is a vitriol in his words that made me feel he was somehow very personally offended by this woman: calling her a "creature", sarcastically mentioning that "we can all sleep better" knowing that Chesler has moved on to other causes. His almost venomous attack on her stood out to me in a big way while reading.
I definitely recommend this book. Very informative and entertaining.
As I read through the pages, I was happily met with intelligence, sound facts, and a contemporary stylish prose to pull it all together. This is a fascinating detailed book on female serial killers who have plagued society. Highly recommended.
-- RJ Parker, author of 16 true crime books including Women Who Kill
If you liked Vronsky's book extensively reseached book on male serial killers, then you'll love this one. Vronsky writes in his usual biting sarcastic style but his treatment is very intelligent and informative and he never "writes down" to his readers while covering some pretty dense historical and psychological material in a jargon-free style. His comparisons of female with male serial killers give you not only new insight into the female perpetrator but make you re-think what male serial killers are all about.
Vronsky breaks down a lot of myths about female serial killers pointing out that over half of them have killed at least one female themselves and 39 percent at least one child and that strangers--not husbands, lovers or family members--are marginally the most preferred category of victim for female serial killers today. Vronsky points out that female serial killers are much better at it than male ones, eluding apprehension for twice as long a time on average than males and that the frequency of female serial killers appears to be doubling every two decades. According to the statistics he provides, 1 in nearly every 6 serial killers in the USA is a female.Read more ›
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I had checked out this book from the library. Ir was a really good and interesting book. I had really enjoyed reading this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kimberly Kniaz
I liked this book but I really was hoping for a strictly female serial killer book. There was a lot of comparison to male killers. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Loves to read
After reading Serial Killer: The Method and Madness of Monsters, I was anxiously waiting to delve into his view of female serial killers. I was very disappointed by what I read. Read morePublished 19 months ago by 2Real!