Fatal: The Poisonous Life of a Female Serial Killer

Fatal: The Poisonous Life of a Female Serial Killer

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Paperback, Pages: 336

Genres: Crime, True Crime, Nonfiction, History

Language: English

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Fatal: The Poisonous Life of a Female Serial Killer
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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.

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  •    Fenrizuru Danuloff
    2020
    So...this book was different. It tells the story about Jane Toppan, a female serial killer in the 1890's. However, before we get to her, we are introduced to two other serial killers - Lydia something or other and Sarah Jane Robinson. Why? Who knows? Maybe Harold needed some filler. Every once in a while he also meanders off topic to discuss other murderers around the same time period. Thus ensuring the reader that the 1890's was just a pretty dangerous time to live.

    Anyway, the story is about Jane Toppan, who goes from orphan to indentured servant to murderer. Quite the life I must say. She's fun, she's lively, she has the nickname "Jolly Jane", and she poisons people for the fun of it. They estimate her number of victims to be in the 30's, but they can't be sure. She used a concoction of morphine and aphoria to drug her victims, they fall into a coma, and eventually dies.

    Jane makes the decision to kill an entire family...which she does. But that finally tips off someone that there's something wrong with that nurse who keeps killing her patients.

    I was just not really interested in the book. There wasn't a great character study, probably because not much was known about her, and what they did have was written in that lovely 1890's prolific style that gets pretty boring. So, kind of sub-par.
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  •    Mikagor Burkby
    2020
    Jane Toppan, a nurse, a serial killer -- An Angel of Mercy? No, a murderess.
    True crime.

    Most prolific fiend in the 19th century!!!
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