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American Serial Killers by Peter Vronsky

Title American Serial Killers
Author Peter Vronsky
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2021-02-09
Category True Crime
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9780593198827
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Fans of Mindhunter and true crime podcasts will devour these chilling stories of serial killers from the American "Golden Age" (1950-2000). With books like Serial Killers, Female Serial Killers and Sons of Cain, Peter Vronsky has established himself as the foremost expert on the history of serial killers. In this first definitive history of the "Golden Age" of American serial murder, when the number and body count of serial killers exploded, Vronsky tells the stories of the most unusual and prominent serial killings from the 1950s to the early twenty-first century. From Ted Bundy to the Golden State Killer, our fascination with these classic serial killers seems to grow by the day. American Serial Killers gives true crime junkies what they crave, with both perennial favorites (Ed Kemper, Jeffrey Dahmer) and lesser-known cases (Melvin Rees, Harvey Glatman).

Serial Killers by Mark Seltzer

Title Serial Killers
Author Mark Seltzer
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2013-09-13
Category Art
Total Pages 312
ISBN 9781135206864
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this provocative cultural study, the serial killer emerges as a central figure in what Mark Seltzer calls 'America's wound culture'. From the traumas displayed by talk show guests and political candidates, to the violent entertainment of Crash or The Alienist, to the latest terrible report of mass murder, we are surrounded by the accident from which we cannot avert our eyes. Bringing depth and shadow to our collective portrait of what a serial killer must be, Mark Seltzer draws upon popular sources, scholarly analyses, and the language of psychoanalysis to explore the genesis of this uniquely modern phenomenon. Revealed is a fascination with machines and technological reproduction, with the singular and the mass, with definitions of self, other, and intimacy. What emerges is a disturbing picture of how contemporary culture is haunted by technology and the instability of identity.

Title The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers
Author Harold Schechter
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2012-11-27
Category True Crime
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781439138854
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Bestselling true-crime writer Harold Schechter, a leading authority on serial killers, and coauthor David Everitt offer a guided tour through the bizarre and blood-chilling world of serial murder. Through hundreds of detailed entries that span the entire spectrum -- the shocking crimes, the infamous perpetrators, and much more -- they examine all angles of a gruesome cultural phenomenon that grips our imagination. From Art (both by and about serial killers) to Zeitgeist (how killers past and present embody their times)...from Groupies (even the most sadistic killer can claim devoted fans) to Marriage (the perfect domestic disguise for demented killers)...from Homebodies (psychos who slay in the comfort of their homes) to Plumbing (how clogged drains have undone the most discreet killer), THE A TO Z ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SERIAL KILLERS is the ultimate reference for anyone compelled by the personalities and pathologies behind the most disturbing of crimes.

American Predator by Maureen Callahan

Title American Predator
Author Maureen Callahan
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2019-07-02
Category True Crime
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780698191068
Language English, Spanish, and French
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER An Amazon “Best Book of 2019” A Washington Post “10 Books To Read in July” A Los Angeles Times “Seven Highly Anticipated Books for Summer Reading” A USA Today “20 of the Season’s Hottest New Books” A New York Post “25 Best Beach Reads of 2019 You Need to Pre-Order Now” A Bustle “The Best New True Crime Books You Can Read Right Now” “Maureen Callahan’s deft reporting and stylish writing have created one of the all-time-great serial-killer books: sensitive, chilling, and completely impossible to put down.” —Ada Calhoun, author of St. Marks Is Dead Ted Bundy. John Wayne Gacy. Jeffrey Dahmer. The names of notorious serial killers are usually well-known; they echo in the news and in public consciousness. But most people have never heard of Israel Keyes, one of the most ambitious and terrifying serial killers in modern history. The FBI considered his behavior unprecedented. Described by a prosecutor as "a force of pure evil," Keyes was a predator who struck all over the United States. He buried "kill kits"--cash, weapons, and body-disposal tools--in remote locations across the country. Over the course of fourteen years, Keyes would fly to a city, rent a car, and drive thousands of miles in order to use his kits. He would break into a stranger's house, abduct his victims in broad daylight, and kill and dispose of them in mere hours. And then he would return home to Alaska, resuming life as a quiet, reliable construction worker devoted to his only daughter. When journalist Maureen Callahan first heard about Israel Keyes in 2012, she was captivated by how a killer of this magnitude could go undetected by law enforcement for over a decade. And so began a project that consumed her for the next several years--uncovering the true story behind how the FBI ultimately caught Israel Keyes, and trying to understand what it means for a killer like Keyes to exist. A killer who left a path of monstrous, randomly committed crimes in his wake--many of which remain unsolved to this day. American Predator is the ambitious culmination of years of interviews with key figures in law enforcement and in Keyes's life, and research uncovered from classified FBI files. Callahan takes us on a journey into the chilling, nightmarish mind of a relentless killer, and to the limitations of traditional law enforcement.

Title Why We Love Serial Killers
Author Scott Bonn
Publisher Skyhorse
Release Date 2014-10-28
Category True Crime
Total Pages 264
ISBN 9781632201898
Language English, Spanish, and French
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For decades now, serial killers have taken center stage in the news and entertainment media. The coverage of real-life murderers such as Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer has transformed them into ghoulish celebrities. Similarly, the popularity of fictional characters such as Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter or Dexter demonstrates just how eager the public is to be frightened by these human predators. But why is this so? Could it be that some of us have a gruesome fascination with serial killers for the same reasons we might morbidly stare at a catastrophic automobile accident? Or it is something more? In Why We Love Serial Killers, criminology professor Dr. Scott Bonn explores our powerful appetite for the macabre, while also providing new and unique insights into the world of the serial killer, including those he has gained from his correspondence with two of the world’s most notorious examples, David Berkowitz (“Son of Sam”) and Dennis Rader (“Bind, Torture, Kill”). In addition, Bonn examines the criminal profiling techniques used by law enforcement professionals to identify and apprehend serial predators, he discusses the various behaviors—such as the charisma of the sociopath— that manifest themselves in serial killers, and he explains how and why these killers often become popular cultural figures. Groundbreaking in its approach, Why We Love Serial Killers is a compelling look at how the media, law enforcement agencies, and public perception itself shapes and feeds the “monsters” in our midst.

Title The Killer Book of Serial Killers
Author Tom Philbin
Publisher Sourcebooks, Inc.
Release Date 2009-01-01
Category True Crime
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781402241628
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Killer Book of Serial Killers is the ultimate resource (and gift) for any true crime fan and student of the bizarre world of serial killers. Filled with stories, trivia, quizzes, quotes, photos, and odd facts about the world's most notorious murderers, this is the perfect bathroom reader for anyone fascinated with serial killers. The stories and trivia cover such killers as: John Wayne Gacy Ted Bundy The BTK Killer Jack the Ripper The Green River Killer Serial killers around the world And many more Bathroom readers have enjoyed considerable success as a format, selling millions of copies. The Killer Book series brings this format to the rabid true crime audience. Including more than 40 black & white photos, this is a must for true crime fans.

Title American Female SERIAL KILLERS
Author Brian Berry
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2019-05-20
Category Psychology
Total Pages 130
ISBN 9526925548
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Coloring books are certainly not Just for kids anymore! This unique adult coloring book is a virtual encyclopedia of the who's who in American female serial killers and may be the perfect gift for a budding artist with a penchant for the macabre. Included in this coloring book are original, single-sided illustrations for you to color, as well as information about the killers their victims the murder weapons used the location of crimes span of their crimes While enjoying coloring the vibrant illustrations in this book, you will learn about some of America's most infamous female murderers including Judy Buenoano (aka Judias Goodyear and Judias Morris). Meet Velma Barfield (the first woman to be executed by lethal injection), and Martha Jule Beck (one half of "The Lonely Hearts Killers" couple who murdered as many as 20 women between 1947 and 1949). Coloring has been proven to help adults manage both mental and physical stress, reduce anxiety, and treat depression. As you work on these detailed and bold illustrations, you may well notice your stress and tension melt away. And, as a bonus result, you may learn to become a bit more careful in your dating choices. Whether choosing this coloring book for yourself or as a gift for a friend, you will find coloring the illustrations in this unique coloring book relaxing as well as educational. Click the buy button at the top of the page to order your copy now!

Natural Born Celebrities by David Schmid

Title Natural Born Celebrities
Author David Schmid
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release Date 2006-12-01
Category Social Science
Total Pages 335
ISBN 0226738698
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Jeffrey Dahmer. Ted Bundy. John Wayne Gacy. Over the past thirty years, serial killers have become iconic figures in America, the subject of made-for-TV movies and mass-market paperbacks alike. But why do we find such luridly transgressive and horrific individuals so fascinating? What compels us to look more closely at these figures when we really want to look away? Natural Born Celebrities considers how serial killers have become lionized in American culture and explores the consequences of their fame. David Schmid provides a historical account of how serial killers became famous and how that fame has been used in popular media and the corridors of the FBI alike. Ranging from H. H. Holmes, whose killing spree during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair inspired The Devil in the White City, right up to Aileen Wuornos, the lesbian prostitute whose vicious murder of seven men would serve as the basis for the hit film Monster, Schmid unveils a new understanding of serial killers by emphasizing both the social dimensions of their crimes and their susceptibility to multiple interpretations and uses. He also explores why serial killers have become endemic in popular culture, from their depiction in The Silence of the Lambs and The X-Files to their becoming the stuff of trading cards and even Web sites where you can buy their hair and nail clippings. Bringing his fascinating history right up to the present, Schmid ultimately argues that America needs the perversely familiar figure of the serial killer now more than ever to manage the fear posed by Osama bin Laden since September 11. "This is a persuasively argued, meticulously researched, and compelling examination of the media phenomenon of the 'celebrity criminal' in American culture. It is highly readable as well."—Joyce Carol Oates

The Deadly Dozen by Robert Keller

Title The Deadly Dozen
Author Robert Keller
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2016-07-14
Category
Total Pages 178
ISBN 1535211210
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Shocking True Crime Stories of the 12 Worst Serial Killers in American History David Berkowitz: Known as the "Son of Sam," Berkowitz was a deeply disturbed young man who prowled the streets of New York dispensing death with his .44 caliber revolver. William Bonin: One of a trio of deadly psychopaths who trawled the freeways of Southern California during the late 70's and early 80's. Bonin was a depraved child killer who abducted, raped and tortured more than 20 teenaged boys. The Boston Strangler: Albert De Salvo took the fall but most experts agree that he was not the Strangler. So who was the real killer? And how did he get away with the series of brutal murders that so terrified the citizens of Boston? Ted Bundy: Charming, intelligent and lethal, Bundy is America's most notorious serial killer, a deadly fiend who cut a swathe of destruction across the country, raping, killing and committing necrophilia on his young victims. Dean Corll: Along with two willing teenaged accomplices, Corll orchestrated what was at the time the biggest murder spree in American history, raping torturing and killing at least 25 young boys. Jeffrey Dahmer: Hideously depraved killer who preyed on young homosexual men in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, cannibalizing them and conducting bizarre experiments on their bodies. Albert Fish: He looked like a frail old man, but Albert Fish was actually a psychotic child killer and torturer, with a taste for human flesh. John Wayne Gacy: Cold-hearted killer who raped, tortured and strangled at least 33 young men, burying their bodies in the crawlspace of his Chicago house. Randy Kraft: The least well known of California's three "Freeway Killers." And yet Kraft was both the most prolific and the most depraved, responsible for the torture killings of as many as 67 young men. Dennis Rader: Known as the "BTK Killer" (after his M.O.: Bind, Torture, Kill) Radar held the citizens of Wichita, Kansas in a state of fear for over 30 years, during which time he claimed 10 known victims. Richard Ramirez: A satanic burglar who went by the terrifying sobriquet, "The Night Stalker," Ramirez raped, battered, shot and stabbed his victims during a bloody reign of terror in 1980's Los Angeles. Gary Ridgeway: As the horrific "Green River Killer," Ridgeway engaged the Washington police in a deadly game of cat and mouse, claiming more that 60 victims over two decades. Scroll up to grab a copy of The Deadly Dozen: America's 12 Worst Serial Killers

Title American Female Serial Killers
Author Brian Berry
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2019-08-07
Category
Total Pages 146
ISBN 9526929209
Language English, Spanish, and French
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America has a long and complicated fascination with serial killers. When we think about the most infamous of these killers, we generally think of men like Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, or John Wayne Gacy. Those names make headlines while there's the often-repeated myth that suggests there are no female serial killers. After all, most of us couldn't name a woman on the same scale of infamy at BTK or the elusive Zodiac Killer, can we? As it so often is, the truth is far more complicated. Women kill. While they are less sensationalized than their male counterparts, they are no less deadly. At time of publication, current research shows that one in six serial killers are female, bringing their number to fifteen percent of confirmed serial killers. This reference book includes background information on the killers, their victims, methods, and - where relevant - their arrests, trials, and convictions.

Title Top 10 American Serial Killers
Author Sybil Jensen
Publisher Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date 2016-02-14
Category
Total Pages 56
ISBN 1530011337
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Where do they come from? How did they commit their crimes without remorse? A frightening journey into the sickening lives and deeds of America's most prolific serial killers. From early life to their lurid crimes and ultimate fates, ten of America's most well known serial killers are covered in this short book to inform and intrigue the reader.

Title 50 American Serial Killers You ve Probably Never Heard of
Author Robert Keller
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2016-07-08
Category
Total Pages 168
ISBN 1535138432
Language English, Spanish, and French
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At any given time there are between 30 and 50 serial killers roaming the streets of America. These are their stories. 50 shocking true crime cases, including; Joseph Briggen: Farmer who believed that his prize-winning hogs had to consume human flesh in order to achieve peak conditioning. William Christenson: Serial killer who committed a series of crimes so brutal that investigators called him "an American Jack the Ripper." Alonzo Robinson: A necrophile and cannibal who killed at least 6 and turned their flesh into "jerky." Dorothy Williams: A horrendously brutal female serial killer who bludgeoned, stomped, stabbed and strangled her elderly victims to death. Eric Napoletano: Mommy's boy who murdered his wives and lovers and evaded the law with the help of his NYPD employee mother. Robert Nixon: The "Brick Moron" bludgeoned 8 women to death in Chicago and Los Angeles. Joseph Bryan: Pedophile who confessed that it excited him to see young boys "tied up and screaming." Douglas Gretzler & William Steelman: A deadly serial killer team who claimed as many as 17 victims, including 9 in one night. Andre Rand: The "Pied Piper of Staten Island" committed a string of child murders in New York. He enjoyed comparing himself to his hero, Ted Bundy. Robert Weeks: Narcissistic serial killer who had a problem dealing with rejection. Women who turned him down invariably ended up dead. Plus 40 more riveting true crime cases...

Listening To Killers by James Garbarino

Title Listening to Killers
Author James Garbarino
Publisher Univ of California Press
Release Date 2015-03-12
Category Psychology
Total Pages 324
ISBN 9780520958746
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Listening to Killers offers an inside look at twenty years' worth of murder files from Dr. James Garbarino, a leading expert psychological witness who listens to killers so that he can testify in court. The author offers detailed accounts of how killers travel a path that leads from childhood innocence to lethal violence in adolescence or adulthood. He places the emotional and moral damage of each individual killer within a larger scientific framework of social, psychological, anthropological, and biological research on human development. By linking individual cases to broad social and cultural issues and illustrating the social toxicity and unresolved trauma that drive some people to kill, Dr. Garbarino highlights the humanity we share with killers and the role of understanding and empathy in breaking the cycle of violence.

Psycho Usa by Harold Schechter

Title Psycho USA
Author Harold Schechter
Publisher Ballantine Books
Release Date 2012
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 396
ISBN 9780345524478
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Shares the stories of lesser-known serial killers including "Mad Sculptor" Robert Irwin, "Tell-Tale Heart Killer" Peter Robinson and "Man of Two Lives" Edward H. Ruloff, in an anthology that evaluates their mental statuses, motivations and role in inspiring period literature and tabloids. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Serial Killers by Mark Seltzer

Title Serial Killers
Author Mark Seltzer
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2013-09-13
Category Art
Total Pages 312
ISBN 9781135206871
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this provocative cultural study, the serial killer emerges as a central figure in what Mark Seltzer calls 'America's wound culture'. From the traumas displayed by talk show guests and political candidates, to the violent entertainment of Crash or The Alienist, to the latest terrible report of mass murder, we are surrounded by the accident from which we cannot avert our eyes. Bringing depth and shadow to our collective portrait of what a serial killer must be, Mark Seltzer draws upon popular sources, scholarly analyses, and the language of psychoanalysis to explore the genesis of this uniquely modern phenomenon. Revealed is a fascination with machines and technological reproduction, with the singular and the mass, with definitions of self, other, and intimacy. What emerges is a disturbing picture of how contemporary culture is haunted by technology and the instability of identity.

Title America s First Female Serial Killer
Author Mary Kay McBrayer
Publisher Mango Media Inc.
Release Date 2020-05-19
Category True Crime
Total Pages 214
ISBN 9781642502084
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is Capote’s In Cold Blood for serial killer enthusiasts: meticulously researched, superbly written, and incredibly vivid. Don’t miss it.” —Gabino Iglesias, author of Coyote Songs America’s First Female Serial Killer novelizes the true story of first-generation Irish-American nurse Jane Toppan, born as Honora Kelley. Although all the facts are intact, books about her life and her crimes are all facts and no story. Jane Toppan was absolutely a monster, but she did not start out that way. When Jane was a young child, her father abandoned her and her sister to the Boston Female Asylum. From there, Jane was indentured to a wealthy family who changed her name, never adopted her, wrote her out of the will, and essentially taught her how to hate herself. Jilted at the altar, Jane became a nurse and took control of her life—and the lives of her victims. “A thoughtful and inspired take on one of the greatest poisoners in history. America’s First Female Serial Killer: Jane Toppan and the Making of a Monster seethes with rage, compulsion, and a righteous condemnation of the servitude of the underclass. A chilling and sobering read.” —Robert Levy, author of The Glittering World “McBrayer offers us a complex—and terrifying—portrait of a killer who seemed almost doomed from birth.” —Kate Winkler Dawson, author of American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI “Brings the horrifying true story of Jane Toppan to lurid, novelistic life, and forces the reader face-to-face with the thoughtlessness and cruelty that helped turn a gifted, damaged child into one of America’s most legendary killers.” —Shaun Hamill, author of A Cosmology of Monsters

Title Serial Killer Quarterly Vol 1 Christmas Issue Body Harvest Prolific American Killers
Author Lee Mellor
Publisher Grinning Man Press
Release Date 2015-01-08
Category True Crime
Total Pages 147
ISBN 9780993823244
Language English, Spanish, and French
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With nearly 200 victims between them, the seven compulsive killers in Serial Killer Quarterly’s special Christmas 2014 issue, “Body Harvest: Prolific American Serial Killers,” not only destroyed countless lives and families, but Thanksgivings, Christmases, and New Year’s. Author and criminologist Judith A. Yates attributes a minimum of 20 victims to America’s first serial killers, Micajah & Wiley Harpe, who rather than bringing “peace on earth and good will to all men,” sought to exterminate the entire human race. Similarly, whenever Ted Bundy went “walking in a winter wonderland” it was in the snowy mountains of Washington or Colorado – landscapes strewn with the ravaged corpses of his 30+ female victims. Kevin M. Sullivan – author, Bundy researcher, and retired preacher – looks at arguably the most infamous serial slayer in American history, and his victims – known and potential. In her true crime debut, forensic psychologist Joan Swart goes above and beyond to tell us the tale of America’s most prolific homosexual sadist. With possibly a higher body count than Bundy and the Harpes combined, Randy Kraft may have actually rung in the New Year by torturing, killing, and mutilating several of the over 60 young men whose lives he appears to have extinguished. Lee Mellor, author, criminologist, and SKQ editor-in-chief, writes of the 22 strangulation-slayings and post-mortem rapes perpetrated across the USA and in Canada by “Gorilla Murderer” Earle Leonard Nelson during the mid-1920s, as well as 10+ cold-blooded murders linked to “Coin-Shop Killer” Charles T. Sinclair throughout the Eighties. Spokane prostitute killer Robert Lee Yates – another necrophile – has admitted to shooting 16 victims and defiling their bodies, but author and journalist Karen D. Scioscia asks: were there more? Are you full of holiday cheer yet? Well, at least we know that Christmas was truly a time for family in the Bender household – even if their feasts were purchased with the money they stole from the people rotting under their floorboards. Dane Ladwig looks at the more than 20 hammer murders believed to have been committed by The Bloody Benders in the mid-nineteenth century. Cuddle up with a nice piping mug of hot chocolate, because after reading “Body Harvest” there isn’t a blanket in the world that will stop you from getting the chills. ‘Tis the Season to be Grinning.

America S Worst Serial Killers by J.D. Rockefeller

Title America s Worst Serial Killers
Author J.D. Rockefeller
Publisher J.D. Rockefeller
Release Date 2016-03-18
Category True Crime
Total Pages 26
ISBN 9203456XXXX
Language English, Spanish, and French
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United States has always been pictured as the strongest country in the world, and that its people are living the American dream. This is the reason why very many other races have the desire to come to the country and live the same dream. While most of the good things about the country are true, it also has its share of the “bad things”. Among these are crimes perpetuated by ordinary people as well as those who are tagged serial killers. In fact, records show that at least three (3) Americans have been named in the list with the highest victim number in the world, then 19 with more than 15 but less than 30 victims, as well as 117 with more than 5 but less than 15 victims. To help you put a face on these names and give you a better picture of what they did to be included in these dreadful lists, this book presents its own comprehensive list of America’s worst serial killers. This list will include the most important information on their committed crimes, how they were able to do all these things, and how they were captured and brought to justice.

Female Serial Killers by Peter Vronsky

Title Female Serial Killers
Author Peter Vronsky
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2007
Category True Crime
Total Pages 485
ISBN 0425213900
Language English, Spanish, and French
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VRONSKY/FEMALE SERIAL KILLERS