Britain's mistress storyteller of female perpetrated mayhem and murder
The True Crime writing Queen of Female Serial Killers
Perrini is an author, historian, wife and
mother to two sons and two daughters. Sylvia, studied history and law
at Manchester University and developed a particular interest in women
who live outside the common boundaries of society. Sylvia divides her
time between the New Forest, Hampshire, UK and the Spanish
Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Here she spends her time reading,
writing and painting.
This was the century when royal
poison scandals sent shockwaves throughout Europe. The scandals so
rocked France, that Louis XIV in 1662, passed a law stopping the sale
of poisonous substances to people other than professionals, and for
all purchasers to be registered.
In this short booklet of
approximately 9,300 words, best selling author Sylvia Perrini takes a
look at some of the most prolific women poisoners of this century,
and a look at one woman, who did not use poison, just torture. Be
prepared to be shocked.
Why do women kill and murder? They
are supposed to be the gentler sex, the ones who nurture the babies
and support families, keeping the very structure of society in place.
Why do some women go wrong? Is it greed, jealousy, power or just
Women Murderers have been around for
centuries. In this short book of approximately 12,500 words best
selling author Sylvia Perrini looks at the profiles of eight women
who operated in the 18th century. Prepare to be shocked.
The 19th Century is often
regarded as the heyday of poisoners. In the beginning to the middle
of the nineteenth century, a poisoning panic engrossed the public
imagination. In the Times newspaper in England, between 1830 and
1839, fifty-nine cases of murder by poisoning were reported. By the
1840s, the number reported had risen to hundreds. And, of these
hundreds of poisonings, sixty percent involved women murderers.
In this fascinating book, best
selling author Sylvia Perrini, looks at serial women killers around
the world in the 19th Century. Nearly all the cases, but not all,
The 20th-century, like the previous
centuries, has seen no end of murders by women with poison as their
choice of weapon. Furthermore, just like in the previous centuries,
the murders have been just as cold and calculating. Those lucky few
who have managed to survive an attempted murder by these women have
described being poisoned as being equal to being devoured
However, the 20th century has also seen murders
committed by women with guns and, in the case of Dana Gray, with
physical violence. Dana is a rarity among women serial killers, in
both her choice of victim and her hands-on method of using her hands,
a cord or rope, and an object with which to batter her
Aileen Wuornos was described in the popular press as
the first American woman serial killer. This is totally incorrect.
American women serial killers existed long before Aileen Wuornos was
even born. Yet, even after all this time, we are left with the
same question: what leads a woman to commit serial murder? In this
book, I examine the profiles of twenty-five women serial killers, all
of whom acted alone.
I have not included mothers who solely
kill their own children as I believe that is a subject that deserves
to be written about entirely separately. Even leaving those specific
types of Women Serial Killers aside, there are still many women who
choose to commit murder again, and again, and again…
to the world of 20th century women serial killers
This is a collection of author Sylvia
Perrini's four bestseller books;
Women Serial Killers of the 17th
Century Women Murderers of the 18th Century Women Serial
Killers of the 19th Century Women Serial Killers of the 20th
Our society can barely account for evil in males, let
alone imagine it in females. The female nests, creates, and nurtures
doesn't she or is it that we just want to believe in the intrinsic
non-threatening nature of women?
Violence is generally
considered the territory of the male. People believe that violence is
a masculine trait caused by the hormone testosterone. Men are seen as
the cause of violence, and women and children the ones who suffer.
Literature through the centuries abounds with the submissiveness of
female flesh, its compliant form, its penetrability. The female body
gives life itself. Women do not physically dominate, thrust, and
swagger. Women create, while men destroy.
misconception is that female serial killers are rare creatures, that
they are not very common, a myth perpetuated by both the press and
Serial killers are not a phenomenon unique to
the late twentieth century, nor are they exclusive to America. The
case histories of the killers mentioned in these books clearly
demonstrate that women serial killers have been active in many
countries and for many centuries.