Murder Most Rare: The Female Serial Killer

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

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TEAM KILLERS

Team: a group organized to work together.

Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary

When a woman commits serial murder, she is more likely to do so as a member of a killing team than to act alone. In fact, we estimate that approximately one third of all female serial killers have operated only as a member of a team and never committed a homicide except in the context of the team's criminal activities. A Team Killer is defined as a woman who systematically murders others or participates in the systematic murder of others in conjunction with another person. The perpetrator is considered a Team Killer even if she does not personally murder others but participates in the homicidal activities of the team.

We have identified three distinct types of serial-killing teams: (1) male/female teams, (2)female teams, and (3)family teams. Each of these teams enacts its crimes in a somewhat different manner. The team characteristics are defined by the individual activities of the dominant team member, the number of perpetrators on the team, the team's sexual makeup, and the individual relationships among team members. By definition, the male/female team is comprised of only two members, one of each sex. The female team is comprised of two or more women, and the family team is comprised of three or more members of both sexes.

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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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