Lady Killers

Deadly Women Throughout History
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, True Crime
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When you think of serial killers throughout history, the names that come to mind are likely Jack the Ripper, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy. But what about Tillie Klimek, Moulay Hassan, and Kate Bender?

The narrative we're comfortable with is one where women are the victims of violent crime - not the perpetrators. In fact, serial killers are thought to be so universally male that, in 1998, FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood infamously declared that there are no female serial killers. Inspired by Telfer's Jezebel column of the same name, Lady Killers disputes that claim and offers 14 gruesome examples as evidence.

Although largely forgotten by history, female serial killers rival their male counterparts in cunning, cruelty, and appetite. Each chapter explores the crimes and history of a different female serial killer and then proceeds to unpack her legacy and her portrayal in the media as well as the stereotypes and sexist clichés that inevitably surround her.

©2017 Tori Telfer (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Interesting but falls flat

As a true crime fan, I was very excited for this book. Many of the stories are similar in nature to each other which made it difficult to listen to straight through. Narration is also unexciting. Overall, the stories were well researched.

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enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book...it was interesting and informative as well I was ready for more

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Equal opportunity murder

There is no doubt that this is a well researched, well-written book. The narration is also very good which I feel can make/break an audiobook before it even starts. What made me do a double take (if you can do that while listening to an audiobook) was the author's attitude which seems to convey that women weren't getting their just due in the serial killing department. Ms. Telfer lets us know in no uncertain terms that women are more than up to the task of slaughtering innocents and implies that they do not get the same amount of credit as do their male counterparts. Okkkk. Congrats. Women are equal to men...at slitting throats and stabbing hearts..yea for you guys...let's bronze you a liver!! Really?! To be fair the book is very good and if you don't find the whole "I can kill as good as you can" thing offensive there is a lot of great information to be had. Maybe this is too critical but at times it felt very wrong and God Forbid, if I had lost a loved one via murder am thinking this would hurt.

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Tori Telfer is an excellent storyteller

I fell in love first with Tori’s podcast, and love her writing! Every story is intriguing, human, and well-researched. It took me a while to get used to the narrator here as opposed to Ms Telfer’s much more animated and personalizing podcast narrations, but enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Excellent

Thoughtful examination that could have been tabloid trashy. Telfer manages dimension and humanity in this historical gallery of murderesses. Beautifully written and wonderfully read with the expected amount of weight and dark humor.

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Different but good

The book isn't quite what I was expecting. Although it was very good. I learned about women I had never heard of before and their history.

It didn't have the usual suspects that you would expect. If you're interested in true crime and history then this is the book for you.

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Fantastic!

This was both educational and entertaining. Also informative and respectful. I highly recommend giving it a listen if you are interested in female historical crimes

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amazing

I found Tori Telfer through her podcast Criminal Broads and was so beyond excited to see she had a book and just as expected she killed it. pun totally intended. she was able to add depth and detail to stories I've heard over and over again through a variety of podcasts, articles etc and make them interesting again. it was wonderful.