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Just as deadly : the psychology of female serial killers / Marissa A. Harrison.


"In this book, Dr. Marissa A. Harrison illustrates how female serial killers differ from their male counterparts and why society is so fascinated by their grisly crimes"-- Provided by publisher.
"You've heard of Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy. But have you heard of Amy Archer-Gilligan? Or Belle Gunness? Or Nannie Doss? Women have committed some of the most disturbing serial killings ever seen in the United States. Yet scientific inquiry, criminal profiling, and public interest have focused more on their better-known male counterparts. As a result, female serial killers have been misunderstood, overlooked, and underestimated. In this riveting account, Dr. Marissa A. Harrison draws on original scientific research, various psychological perspectives, and richly detailed case studies to illuminate the stark differences between female and male serial killers' backgrounds, motives, and crimes. She also emphasizes the countless victims of this grisly phenomenon to capture the complexity and tragedy of serial murder. Meticulously weaving data-based evidence and insight with intimate storytelling, Just as Deadly reveals how and why these women murder--and why they often get away with it." -- inside front jacket flap.

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  • ISBN: 9781009158206
  • ISBN: 1009158201
  • Physical Description: xix, 296 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; Cambridge University Press, 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 264-287) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Case study: Amy Archer-Gilligan -- What is a serial killer? -- Case study: Kristen Gilbert -- Case study: Martha Patty Cannon -- Case study: Sharon Kinne -- Why are we interested in serial killers? -- Case study: Dana Sue Gray -- Case study: Belle Gunness -- The lives of female serial killers -- Case study: Dorothea Puente -- Case study: Jane Toppan -- Case study: Aileen Wuornos -- Mental health and substance use among FSKs -- Case study: Martha Woods -- Case study: Marybeth Tinning -- Case study: Margie Barfield -- FSK crimes and outcomes -- Case study: Tammy Corbett -- Case study: Genene Jones -- Case study: Nannie Doss -- Case study: Kimberly Clark Saenz -- FSK motives and profile -- Case study revisited: Kristen Gilbert -- Case study: Judias Buenoano -- Case study: Rhonda Belle Martin -- Case study: Lydia Sherman -- Comparing FSKs and MSKs: backgrounds and mental illness -- Case study: Ed Gein -- Case study: John Wayne Gacy -- Comparing FSKs and MSKs: crimes and victims -- Case study: Robert Yates -- Case study: Jerome Brudos -- The behavioral neuroscience of serial murder -- Case study: Joseph DeAngelo -- Psychosocial factors that make a serial murderer -- Case study revisited: Aileen Wuornos -- Case study: Ronald Dominique -- Case study: Dennis Rader -- Evolutionary and converging perspectives of serial murder -- Our understanding of serial killers evolves -- Case study: Reta Mays.
Subject: Women serial murderers.
Women serial murderers > Psychology.
Women > Psychology.
Serial murderers.
Genre: True crime stories.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.


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Kirtland Community College Library HV 6517 .H37 2023 30775305577745 General Collection Available -

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