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Lady Killers Summary
by Tori Telfer
Lady Killers tells the jaw-dropping true stories of female serial killers and unearths society's historical dismissal of women's potential for violence.
by Tori Telfer
Stories of serial killers have long fascinated readers, but many stereotypes surround the figure of the murderer - one being that they are inevitably male. Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer's stories have made the news all around the world, but the media still seems hesitant when it comes to portraying murders committed by women.
Tori Telfer is an American writer, author of Confident Women, and host of the Criminal Broads podcast. Telfer's articles about female serial killers were first published as columns in the online magazines The Hairpin and Jezebel in 2014.
Lady Killers is a series of essays about history's female murderers - their backgrounds, motivations, capacities, and why they were often underestimated or overlooked. More importantly, the book explores the intricacies of modern society's refusal to accept women as potentially violent and the consequences this dismissal can have on our world.
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"People have endless tricks up their sleeves for softening the violence of the female: dehumanizing female serial killers by comparing them to monsters, vampires, witches, and animals; eroticizing them until they feel safe."
– Tori Telfer