Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer @ The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles [17 October]

Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer

20:00 - 21:30

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The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St (But the Main Entrance Is Around the Corner on 5th), Los Angeles, California 90013
The Last Bookstore is pleased to welcome Tori Telfer in celebration of her new book LADY KILLERS: DEADLY WOMEN THROUGHOUT HISTORY! Join us for a celebration of the wickedly fascinating female serial killers whose stories have been lost to the ages: Kate Bender, Mary Ann Cotton, Nannie Doss, and many more!

When you think of serial killers throughout history, the names that come to mind are ones like Jack the Ripper, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy. But what about Tillie Klimek, Moulay Hassan, Kate Bender? The narrative we’re comfortable with is the one where women are the victims of violent crime, not the perpetrators. In fact, serial killers are thought to be so universally, overwhelmingly male that in 1998, FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood infamously declared in a homicide conference, “There are no female serial killers.”

LADY KILLERS, based on the popular online series that appeared on Jezebel and The Hairpin, disputes that claim and offers fourteen gruesome examples as evidence. Though largely forgotten by history, female serial killers such as Erzsébet Báthory, Nannie Doss, Mary Ann Cotton, and Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova rival their male counterparts in cunning, cruelty, and appetite for destruction.

Each chapter explores the crimes and history of a different subject, and then proceeds to unpack her legacy and her portrayal in the media, as well as the stereotypes and sexist clichés that inevitably surround her. The first book to examine female serial killers through a feminist lens with a witty and dryly humorous tone, LADY KILLERS dismisses easy explanations (she was hormonal, she did it for love, a man made her do it) and tired tropes (she was a femme fatale, a black widow, a witch), delving into the complex reality of female aggression and predation. Featuring 14 illustrations from Dame Darcy, LADY KILLERS is a bloodcurdling, insightful, and irresistible journey into the heart of darkness.

Tori Telfer is a full-time freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in Salon, Vice, Jezebel, the Awl, the Hairpin, GOOD magazine, and elsewhere. She has worked as a children’s magazine editor, an academic proofreader, a corporate semi-ghostwriter, a creative writing instructor, and a pro bono copywriter; she has also carried appetizers around and around the room at plenty of glittery catered affairs. LADY KILLERS is her first book. She lives in Chicago. For more information, visit

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