Just as Deadly
The Psychology of Female Serial Killers
by Marissa A. Harrison
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Pub Date 09 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 26 Jan 2023
You've heard of Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy. But have you heard of Amy Archer-Gilligan? Or Belle Gunness? Or Nannie Doss? Women have committed some of the most disturbing serial killings ever seen in the United States. Yet scientific inquiry, criminal profiling, and public interest have focused more on their better-known male counterparts. As a result, female serial killers have been misunderstood, overlooked, and underestimated.
In this riveting account, Dr. Marissa A. Harrison draws on original scientific research, various psychological perspectives, and richly detailed case studies to illuminate the stark differences between female and male serial killers' backgrounds, motives, and crimes. She also emphasizes the countless victims of this grisly phenomenon to capture the complexity and tragedy of serial murder.
Meticulously weaving data-based evidence and insight with intimate storytelling, Just as Deadly reveals how and why these women murder―and why they often get away with it.
“Fascinating, ground-breaking, and long overdue. Harrison fills the inexcusable gap in the serial murder literature with her own original research on female killers, in what is sure to become a seminal work in criminology. A must-read.”
- Patricia Pearson, author of When She Was Bad: How and Why Women Get Away with Murder and Wish You Were Here: A Murdered Girl, a Brother’s Grief and the Hunt for a Serial Killer
“[Dr. Harrison’s] seminal work will stand the test of time, scrutiny, and reliability. Her scholarship, insightful analysis, and penchant for detail make this book the best on the market. Excellent reading for those interested in why and how women become serial killers.”
- Eric W. Hickey, author of Serial Murderers and their Victims
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