Fatal : The Poisonous Life of a Female Serial Killer

Fatal : The Poisonous Life of a Female Serial Killer by Harold Schechter 0671014501 9780671014506
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In an era that produced some of the most vicious female sociopaths in American history, Jane Toppan would become the most notorious of them all. AN ANGEL OF MERCY In 1891, Jane Toppan, a proper New England matron, embarked on a profession as a private-duty nurse. Selfless and good-natured, she beguiled Bostons most prominent families. They had no idea what they were welcoming into their homes.... A DEVIL IN DISGUISE No one knew of Janes past: of her mothers tragic death, of her brutal upbringing in an adoptive home, of her fathers insanity, or of her own suicide attempts. No one could have guessed that during her tenure at a Massachusetts hospital the amiable Jolly Jane was morbidly obsessed with autopsies, or that she conducted her own after-hours experiments on patients, deriving sexual satisfaction in their slow, agonizing deaths from poison. Self-schooled in the art of murder, Jane Toppan was just beginning her career -- and she would indulge in her true calling victim by victim to become the most prolific domestic fiend of the nineteenth century.

Author: Harold Schechter

Language: English

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Pages: 352

Publisher: Pocket Star

Publication Date: 2003-07-01


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