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NCJ Number: 136129 Find in a Library
Title: Women Serial and Mass Murderers: A Worldwide Reference, 1580 Through 1990
Author(s): K Segrave
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 333
Sponsoring Agency: McFarland & Company, Inc.
Jefferson, NC 28640
Publication Number: 0-89950-680-1
Sale Source: McFarland & Company, Inc.
Box 611
Jefferson, NC 28640
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This volume profiles 87 female serial or mass murderers who have killed at least three people; the book covers women from all over the world and extends from 1580 through 1990.
Abstract: The average women mass murderer kills for the first time at age 31 and continues to kill for 5 years before she is apprehended; by that time she has killed approximately 17 people. Multicides committed by women are different than those committed by men in terms of victim, method, and location. Most victims are selected from her immediate or extended family; other victims are associated with the murderer as employers, friends, or suitors. A large percentage of victims are very young or very old. With few exceptions, women murder their victims in either party's residence. Upon arrest, women murderers usually show little or no remorse for their actions; most women are adjudged sane, convicted, and sentenced to long prison terms. Hatred of men appears to be the underlying motive for these women. Chapter references
Main Term(s): Female offenders; Serial murders
Index Term(s): Male female offender comparisons; Mass murders; Offender profiles
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