Lady Killers by Tori Telfer
THEME: Something Different – sub genre I don’t read all the time
WHY? If you have noticed with all my reviews and wrap-ups and TBR, I don’t really read non-fiction books. They really don’t draw me in as other genres, but when I came across this book, I just had to pick it up. To be honest, the intro of this book totally sucked me in and I just could put it down.
REVIEW: As I stated, the introduction of this book is what drew me to buy it. The historian within me drew me with the statement that author exploits throughout her book, Female serial killers have been present as long as male serial killers. Althoughout the book, our author states facts on how our society as a whole have turned a blind eye on all the female killers from our past. Each one with a gory story behind them.
Telfer used a variety of work to create a story for her readers on how and why each female killers committed their crime. Some out of self preservation and others because they are drawn to such horrendous acts. She also focuses her attention on a wide variety of women from different social classes and from different eras to back up her initial argument, that the female gender is not without malice. Although you can argue that some of these women are not taught from right or wrong, or their is a lack of nurture from their background, Telfer argues that some women use these misgivings as a reason to commit these crimes.
Another, point that she makes as to why society has forgotten these female serial killers, is because our society is still living with the notion that the female gender is of the weaker sex and we are subordinate to the male species. With this type of thinking many forget that women can hold strength and power within them that society does not see. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying these women are the ultimate feminist and that they should be praised as being the first of our gender, but what I mean to say is that because these women are not really perceived as a citizen, many forget that they exist. Therefore, authorities look elsewhere for the perpetrator.
It really was fascinating to see how so many woman got away with murder back then and maybe even now. I feel that many still use their femininity to get away with crimes, maybe not murder, but a lesser crime. I feel that this book opened a door for me on the non-fiction genre that I can get into.