Murder Most Rare: The Female Serial Killer

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While the short, lethal careers of serial killers such as Jeffrey Dahmer and Andrew Cunanan terrorize the public and provide morbid inspiration for the entertainment industry, few people realize that it is the female serial killer, seldom heard of, who deserves most to be feared. Murder Most Rare provides startling information about the female serial murderer, who is shown to be far more deadly and determined, difficult to apprehend, and complexly motivated than her male counterpart. While serial murder by women is relatively rare, a surprising number of female serial killers are identified by the authors, nearly 100 in this century, with half of them having committed their crimes in America. By examining these women's backgrounds, motives and methods of killing, the book sheds new light on dozens of overlooked cases of murder and uncovers callous crimes and passions gone awry.

After a thought-provoking exploration of the cultural biases that have caused us historically to dismiss and ignore the criminal potential of women, Murder Most Rare divides female serial murders for the first time into seven categories: Black Widow, Angel of Death, Sexual Predator, Revenge, Profit or Crime, Team Killer and Question of Sanity. These seven types vary widely in motivation, choice of victims, weapons and methods. The authors reveal patterns that occur within the types, but stress that the complicated nature of these women's crimes makes personality profiling almost impossible―a fact that causes the jobs of homicide investigators to be difficult, indeed, sometimes impossible. This is a uniquely personal look into a dark, shocking world.

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If you're haunted by the image of the manacled, wild-haired Aileen Wuornos facing the television cameras in her prison orange, don't be fooled. According to coauthors Michael and C.L. Kelleher, Wuornos is no freak of nature. Murder Most Rare, an earnest history, profiles nearly 100 fatal females that have knocked around since 1900, more than half of whom were, or are, Americans. And, contend the Kellehers, these deadly dames were "far more lethal-- and often far more successful in their determination to kill--than their male counterparts." The lone female serial killer is rarely motivated by sex, chooses a method difficult to detect (poison, simulated accident, suffocation), and selects victims with whom she has a relationship. To add to the charm, "she is often overlooked as a suspect because of her maturity or position of trusted responsibility."

What drives this husband-and-wife team to pursue the whys and wherefores of female serial killers? Partly vindication--the Kellehers condemn the entertainment and news industries for romanticizing and sensationalizing violent crime. Also, their text intends to set the record straight. Fact: serial killing is not confined to the Ted Bundy phenomenon; rather, it has a long historical reach that includes "the infamous exploits of the gunslinger of the old West, ... the unspeakable crimes of the Nazi leadership, ... the contemporary Mafia hit man." To this noxious blend must be added the women in this book.

Black widows, angels of death, sexual predators, and team killers are, among others, some types of murderers, and each chapter describes the behaviors and methods unique to each. Marie Besnard, for example, the queen of poisoners (active in France from 1927 to 1949), was fully acquitted of all charges after three trials that spanned a period of more than 20 years. As the title suggests, Murder Most Rare offers up ripping yarns. Who wouldn't want to read about Nanny Hazel Doss, one of the more infamous black widows, christened by the press the Giggling Grandmother? Her successful "projects" included the deletion of four husbands, three children, two sisters, and her mother--and all to turn a profit.

Written for the lay reader interested in a "forbidden" subject more often sensationalized than not, does Murder Most Rare leave us the wiser as to why women kill? Unfortunately, the case histories read more like bland recitations. The Kellehers venture no analyses or theories about how circumstances might have contributed to the shaping of the criminal mind. The sketches leave the reader with the impression that these female criminals sprung, like Athena, fully formed from the head of Zeus. For the tenacious tracking of creepy psychological insight and in-your-face investigation, stick with true- crime queen Ann Rule.

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A fascinating, disturbing and thorough exploration of the shocking crimes and complex motivations of female serial killers.

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