C J March has done it again, bringing Tillie Klimek to the forefront of female poisoners. Her story keeps your interest, from her life to her sentence in jail. This kindle edition is truly difficult to put down
This was another interesting edition of Dead True Crime series, featuring another little known serial killer. This edition focuses on Tillie Klimek, who frequently poisoned her husbands, neighbors and dogs. She was not alone in choosing to poison her husband. The book notes a number of women who poisoned spouses or lovers and gives a fascinating insight into this time period. While women had won the right to vote, their circumstances had not changed much. A little known off the books law made it difficult to convict women accused of murdering their spouses, especially if they were attractive. Tillie was a polish immigrant and bias against them was also prevalent. This was shown during the trial with supposedly learned men of science claiming Tillie and their relatives to be "feeble minded" and not intelligent according to their views. The authors also touch upon the eugenics debate about breeding the best of society, which also factored into her trial. A fascinating story, well researched that gives a snapshot of this time period in addition to the crimes committed. I look forward to more books from CJ March.
I'm loving this series, although I suspect I'm going to burn through them quickly. Sigh. Okay, so without revealing too much of the plot, I'd have to say that if your wife goes out and buys YOU a coffin and insists on keeping it in the living room you should probably....RUN!
Fun true crime series - a quick read for the gym, commuting, or just when you've got some time to relax and enjoy a good book...but I have to warn that I read this before going to bed and then had some awesome jazz-themed nightmares! Looking forward to reading more books from this series.