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The Most Evil Women in History (2003)

by Shelley Klein

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I found this book interesting, at times gruesome and disturbing, but interesting none the less. Some of the women included I felt were rather tame considering. They committed heinous acts to be sure, but they did not seem to be at the level of some of the others. It was your typical book of mass murdering psychopaths and serial killers (which in the female category they are admittedly few compared to their male counterparts). I can't say that the writing was particularly impressive, nor was it bad. The author seemed to favor the term "ruled with a rod of iron" which began to get on my nerves. Repetitive words and/or phrases being a particular pet peeve of mine. Having seen the movie Monster, I enjoyd the inclusion of Aileen Carol Wuornos. Charlize Theron looked surprisingly like her in the film. There were a few other stories I was fairly familiar with, having lived in England in the late 80's / early 90's, and having a sister who is a fan of crime shows on television. I found the earlier historical figures i.e.. Roman Empresses, Catherine the Great of Russia, Tz'u-Hsi of China particularly intriguing.

My brother now refers to me as "psycho" because of the title! ( )
  Ameliapei | Apr 18, 2013 |
A collection of biographies on some of the world's most notorious female killers. The stories that involved killing children sickened me the most. I found the accounts of the evil historical figures, like Catherine the Great, to be quite facinating. As with most history books, the reading often felt a little dry so I had to take breaks from it now and again. I found the best way to approach this book was to read about one person a day and read something lighter along with it. ( )
1 vote bibliophile26 | Sep 2, 2007 |
Disturbingly interesting. My mother in law was aghast when I put this on my christmas list ( )
1 vote catlin | Dec 2, 2005 |
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The man who does not know sick women does not know women.
--S. Weir Mitchell
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Ever since Eve first plucked that infamous apple from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden, womankind has enjoyed or suffered (depending on your point of view) from a borderline, split personality.
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This book details the lives and careers of fifteen women whose crimes have, at one time or another, stained the pages of history. Patricide, fratricide and, most terrible of all, infanticide; murder under trust; serial murder; sexually motivated killings; murders for gain or to conceal other crimes - all these and others are detailed in this fascinating study of the manifestation of true evil in women over some 2,000 years.… (more)

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