By Richard Glyn Jones
From the Florida roadside prostitute and primary convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos to the Empress poisoner of historic Rome, this can be the most important selection of the world's most threatening ladies newly revised and improved, together with: Ruth Snyder, the final lady within the US to visit the electrical chair; the English a number of murderess who chopped up the our bodies of kids and scattered them from a airplane; Rosemary West - unsuspecting dupe or cold-blooded killer; the mummy who employed a killer to put off her daughter-in-law; Lizzie Borden - isolating truth from fiction; and, Myra Hindley - Britain's such a lot notorious murderess.
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Tacitus then reports that a wind of change blew through the palace . . ” Agrippina was to learn that power could be as heady a wine for others as it had been for her. Nero still showed her the outward respect of a son but he began to whittle away her favourites and co-plotters at the palace. Pallas, who had done so much to pave the way for her with Claudius, was the first to go. This was too much for Agrippina—Pallas was not only her right-hand man, he was her lover. She had an even stormier showdown with her son than over Acte.
La VOISIN Black Mass and Murder 44. DOROTHEA WADDINGHAM The Nightmare Nurse 45. JEANNE WEBER A Killer of Children 46. KATE WEBSTER Dead Woman’s Shoes 47. ROSEMARY WEST Keeping It in the Family 48. DR ZEO ZOE WILKINS The Vampire of Kansas City 49. AILEEN CAROL WUORNOS “Digging Up Bones” Sources and Acknowledgements Introduction Writers about murder, especially male writers, tend to go off the rails when they talk about female killers. They quote Kipling (often inaccurately) about the female of the species being deadlier than the male, they wax lyrical about the excesses of the “fairer” or the “gentler” sex, and often seem to be half in love with their subjects when they write about the “delectable” Madeleine Smith (who callously poisoned her superfluous lover) or naughty Miss Lizzie Borden (who hacked her parents about their respective heads with an axe).
His immediate reaction was to order the death of his mother and her accomplices. Seneca, who was his chief adviser, persuaded the Emperor to send a commission of inquiry to question his mother in her home—but Nero made the Chief Commissioner swear that, if he found her guilty of conspiracy, he would put her to death on the spot. She made a magnificent speech in her own defence and convinced the commission it was all a dreadful misunderstanding. Having got away with it, she decided to lie low for a year or two, brooding on how to get back to favour—and power.