Female serial killers in the United States: means, motives, and makings

  title={Female serial killers in the United States: means, motives, and makings},
  author={Marissa A. Harrison and Erin Murphy and Lavina Y. Ho and T. Bowers and Claire V. Flaherty},
  journal={The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry \& Psychology},
  pages={383 - 406}
Most studies that have focused on female serial killers (FSKs), although informative, have examined limited sample sizes. We consulted mass media reports of demographics, motives, methods, mental health, and victim characteristics of 64 FSKs who committed their crimes in the US from 1821 to 2008. Consistent with other studies, our data showed that FSKs were typically White, educated, have been married, and held a caregiving role (e.g. mother, health care worker). Nearly 40% of FSKs in this… 

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