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Women Who Kill: Profiles of Female Serial Killers Paperback – April 10, 2002
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Why does a young woman lure teenagers into her car then participate in their horrific rape and torture? What makes a nurse lethally inject the healthy babies in her care? Women, statistically, aren`t a violent breed ... but the female of the species can be just as deadly as the male.
From the mass poisoner to the sexual sadist, from profit killings to crimes committed just for twisted thrills, Carol Anne Davis sets out to explore the dark and disturbing world of the female serial killer. In depth analysis of individual cases, including new information from the minister who heard Myra Hindley`s confession, provides an invaluable insight into the psychology behind these atrocities.
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- Publisher : Allison & Busby; Revised edition (April 10, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 434 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0749005726
- ISBN-13 : 978-0749005726
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.37 x 1.27 x 6.99 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,732,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On this latter point, the main reason I rated this book 3/5 is because I feel this writer is in no way an authority on this matter. She has an M.A (from what university it doesn't say, which also isn't promising) that "included criminology", and then went on to do a diploma in education. Criminology is the study of crime, not the study of criminals themselves (which is forensic psychology), so what makes her informed enough to publish a book about these criminals I don't know, and her education as a whole seems questionable in the context of this subject. She also refers many times to other authors and praises them for their work which almost seemed over the top at times.
In short, it was an entertaining read (I'm sure the novels she's written are very good), but as a book based on fact and informed opinion it falls short of the mark for me.