America's First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster (Mind of a Serial Killer, True Crime, Women's Studies History, Irish Ame



#1 Bestseller in History of Ireland ─ The Making of a Female Serial Killer

For readers who are fascinated by how serial killers are made. This book is for listeners of true crime podcasts and readers of both fiction and true crime nonfiction. It is for watchers of television shows like Deadly Women and Mindhunter, who are fascinated by how killers are made. It's for self-conscious feminists, Americans trying to bootstrap themselves into success, and anyone who loves a vigilante beatdown, especially one gone off the rails.

America's first female serial killer was not always a killer. America's First Female Serial Killer novelizes the true story of first-generation Irish-American nurse Jane Toppan, born as Honora Kelley. Although all the facts are intact, books about her life and her crimes are all facts and no story. Jane Toppan was absolutely a monster, but she did not start out that way.

Making of a serial killer. When Jane was a young child, her father abandoned her and her sister to the Boston Female Asylum. From there, Jane was indentured to a wealthy family who changed her name, never adopted her, wrote her out of the will, and essentially taught her how to hate herself. Jilted at the altar, Jane became a nurse and took control of her life, and the lives of her victims.

Readers of America's First Female Serial Killer

  • Will gain insight into the personal development of a severely damaged person without rationalizing her crimes
  • Experience the rarely told story of a female serial killer
  • Understand that even monsters were humans, first

If you enjoyed books such as In Cold Blood, Perfume, Alias Grace, or Devil in the White City; you will love reading America's First Female Serial Killer.

Product Details

$18.95  $17.43
Publish Date
May 19, 2020
5.51 X 8.35 X 0.79 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Mary Kay McBrayer is the co-founder and host of the podcast Everything Trying to Kill You. She is a Book Riot correspondent and professor of literature at Kennesaw State University. Her writing and prose are featured in The Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly Review and Chicago Literati.


"In America's First Female Serial Killer, Mary Kay McBrayer brilliantly presents one of the most fascinating serial killers in American history--and not just because the killer was a woman. McBrayer digs into the troubled life of Jane Toppan, who is by far one of the most disturbing 'angels of death' found in the annals of murder. What McBrayer offers us is a complex--and terrifying--portrait of a killer who seemed almost doomed from birth." --Kate Winkler Dawson, author of American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI
"Mary Kay McBrayer has written a thoughtful and inspired take on one of the greatest poisoners in history. America's First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster seethes with rage, compulsion, and a righteous condemnation of the servitude of the underclass. A chilling and sobering read." --Robert Levy, author of The Glittering World and AnaΓ―s Nin at the Grand Guignol