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Mania and Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong: Inside the Mind of a Female Serial Killer [Digital]

Jerry Clark , Ed Palattella

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Former FBI agent Clark and journalist Palattella take a deeper look at the woman behind [a] gruesome crime... Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong is best known for her role as an accomplice in the 2003 bank robbery in Erie, Pa., that led to the death of Brian Wells, a pizza deliveryman, but she had killed before. Clark and Palattella provide chilling details into her gunning down of two boyfriends, starting with the 1984 murder of Bob Thomas, also in Erie. After shooting Thomas in his sleep, she confessed her crime to a stranger and offered her $25,000 to help dispose of the corpse. The authors trace Diehl-Armstrong’s evolution from bright student to murderer and look specifically at how mental illness is used as a defense to criminal culpability in Anglo-American jurisprudence. Diehl-Armstrong was diagnosed as bipolar and had been anorexic as a child, but, as the judge who sentenced her to life for her role in the bank robbery noted, others with those illnesses don’t turn violent. Despite the authors’ detailed knowledge of their subject, readers will emerge from this well-written volume wondering what exactly led this once-promising woman to a life of violent crime. (Publishers Weekly)

One in almost every six serial killers is a woman, according to serial killer expert Eric Hickey. The case of Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong, a female accomplice in the bizarre Pizza Deliveryman Collar Bomb Heist, is a shocking eye-opening account of just how predatory and dangerous a female serial killer can be. (Peter Vronsky, Author of Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters and Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters)

Clark and Palattella's riveting true crime narrative, wrapped in a history of forensic psychiatry, offers a disturbing tour inside the baffling mind of an anger-driven female serial killer. Meticulous and probing, they unravel the psychiatric and legal back story of the bizarre Pizza Bomber killing and the demented woman who devised fatal solutions to her "poor luck with men." A tangled tale of losers, hoarders, swindlers, and manipulators that offers all the right stuff for criminologists and true crime fans alike. (Katherine Ramsland, PhD, professor of forensic psychology; author of The Mind of a Murderer and Confession of a Serial Killer)

The case of Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong is a labyrinth of lies, deceit, and violence. Fraught with diagnoses of mental illness and mental disorders, authors Clark and Palattella delve into convoluted psychopathology of one of America’s most twisted female serial killers. Her amazing story is a dichotomy of good and evil, of victim and victimizer, of innocence and guilt. This is a must read for those fascinated by the Darkside. (Eric W. Hickey, PhD, Walden University) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Jerry Clark is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he is also co-owner of Clark & Wick Investigations LLC.

Ed Palattella joined the Erie Times-News, in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1990. He has won a number of awards, including for his investigative work and his coverage of crime.

Paul Heitsch has been narrating audiobooks since 2011, after having worked as a pianist, composer, recording engineer, producer, and sound designer for many years. His work is often cited for the authenticity he brings to the narrative and characters he portrays, as well as his versatility, and clear, smooth delivery. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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