Murder Most Rare: The Female Serial Killer

By Michael D. Kelleher; C. L. Kelleher | Go to book overview

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FOR PROFIT OR CRIME

Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.

-- Jean Genet
Notes for The Screens, ( 1961; tr. 1973)

In order to be classified in the Profit or Crime category, a serial murderer must exhibit two characteristics that differentiate her crimes from that of a Black Widow: (1) she must clearly murder for profit, and (2) she must focus her lethal efforts on individuals who are not members of her family. In other words, to meet the criteria for this classification, the serial murderer must be in the business of killing for profit and willing to seek out nonfamily members as victims in order to accomplish her crimes. Finally, she must be willing to undertake her crimes alone and not have been brought into a criminal career by a partner. Therefore, the following definition applies to the Profit or Crime category of serial killer: a woman who systemically murders individuals in the course of other criminal activities, or for profit, but who is not a member of a team of killers.

In many respects, the woman who kills for profit and the Black Widow are similar the their perpetration of serial murder; however, there are also some interesting differences in how these two categories of criminal pursue their felonies. Whereas the Black Widow will focus her lethal activities on family members as primary targets, the Profit or Crime killer consciously establishes herself in the business of murdering for profit and will actively pursue victims

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • 1 - The Quiet Killers 1
  • Notes 17
  • 2 - Black Windows 19
  • Notes 57
  • 3 - Angles of Death 59
  • Notes 70
  • 4 - Sexual Predators 73
  • Notes 83
  • 5 - Revenge 85
  • Notes 91
  • 6 - For Profit or Crime 93
  • Notes 106
  • 7 - Team Killers 107
  • 8 - The Question of Sanity 161
  • Notes 172
  • 9 - The Unexplained 173
  • Notes 187
  • 10 - The Unsolved 189
  • Notes 196
  • Appendix 1 - Statistical Information 197
  • Appendix 2 - Alphabetical Listing of Female Serial Killers 199
  • Appendix 3 - Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy 201
  • Selected Bibliography 205
  • Index 209
  • About the Authors 214
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