America's First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster (Mind of a Serial Killer, True Crime, Violence in Society, Criminology)


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Tma Press
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5.51 X 8.35 X 0.79 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Mary Kay McBrayer is a co-founder and host of the podcast Everything Trying to Kill You. She is a Book Riot correspondent and professor of literature in Kennesaw State University. Her writing and prose are feature in the Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly Review and Chicago Literati. For more, you can visit her blogs, and Book Riot.


"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 Anaïs Nin at the Grand Guignol