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Tender Murderers: Women Who Kill by Trina Robbins, Max Allan Collins
"She wasn't even five feet tall, weighed 90 pounds, wrote poetry, and died young, riddled with bullets and with a machine gun in her lap." The infamous Bonnie Parker is one of 20 women killers whose stories are told. Others include Charlotte Corday, of Marat-Sade fame; Belle Starr, the "Petticoat Terror of the Plains"; and Phoolan Devi, India's "bandit queen." "Women Who Missed," such as Valerie Solanas, founder of the Society for Cutting Up Men and attempted assassin of Andy Warhol, and Amy Fisher, the "Long Island Lolita." From murderous moms to Appalachian ax-handlers, a rogue's gallery of female killers. Photographs are included.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
by Mary Roach
For 2000 years, cadavers have been involved in science. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. Roach visits cadavers from the anatomy labs and pharmacies of medieval and 19th-century Europe to a human decay research facility in Tennessee, to a funeral directors' conference on human composting. Cannibalism, dumplings filled with human remains from a Chinese crematorium, 13 b/w illustrations.

Dangerous Attractions
by Robert Scott A walk on the wild side -- the rape and murder of an all American girl.

Books on Domestic Child Abuse

If you think a child is being abused, be their voice.

  • Family members or acquaintances commit most child murders. Most young children are killed by a family member.Bureau of Criminal Justice Standards
  • In 1991, 96% of female rape victims younger than 12 years old, knew their attackers. 20% were victimized by their fathers or stepfathers.
    US Department of Justice
  • 1/3 of the child victimizers in state prisons committed crimes against their own children. BJS Survey of State Prison Inmates, 1991

What you can do to help children in need

(Emily) Jane and (Nancy) Jean Hopkins were bright  fraternal twins who grew up  on a hill overlooking the Arkansas River. As adults they settled in exclusive Dallas area neighborhoods. Jane Hopkins attended Harvard and became a chemical engineer and business woman. Jean joined a national brokerage firm and was active in Dallas social circles. Close relatives noticed signs of mental illness in Emily Jane and Nancy Jean. When Nancy Jean Hopkins Byrd was pregnant she tried to kill her two young sons and herself with a prescription drug overdose. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she was found not guilty by reason of insanity of attempted capital murder in June 1996. On July 30, 1997, Jane Hopkins, 41, using a kitchen knife, fatally stabbed her 9-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter and then killed herself in their home.

Evil Twins: Chilling True Stories of Twins, Killing, and Insanity by John Glatt Identical twins, with the exact same genetic information, are a fascinating study in human behavior. It is  known that even if separated at birth, they often end up with very similar lives. So if one twins turns out to be a "bad seed," will the other also go to the dark side? These are compelling true stories about evil twins: Jane and Jane Hopkins: Jane stabbed her two young children to death before killing years after her twin sister Jean tried to poison her own two children. Jeff and Greg Henry: Identical twins as brothers could be, invented their own language and often exchanging identities. Tthey grew up to be violent alcoholics, and on one fateful binge, Jeff turned on Greg and shot him in the heart. George and Stefan Spitzer: The handsome, charming twins went to Hollywood to become actors. But their good looks only landed them parts in lurid home movies they shot raping unconscious women they doped up with "Roofies"... Eght pages of shocking photos.

Abersychan, Wales -- Police in were becoming concerned about Jenna Baldwin, a 15 year old student who was missing. Jenna, was an excellent student but she had new friends and was dreading school and an impending move.

Tracey Reid walked for 3 miles with the body of her murdered daughter, Danielle Reid, 5, in a suitcase before dumping her in a canal. Danielle was killed by Lee Gaytor, 25, her mother's boyfriend, who repeatedly hit her on the head and body and bundled her down a flight of stairs. Danielle died the next day and her body was put in a suitcase weighted down with bricks and tiles. Her mother, and Gaytor's brother, Christopher, 23, wheeled the suitcase through Inverness town centre in the middle of the day before disposing of it in the Caledonian Canal.

Mass. v. Robidoux: Cult dad starves baby -- When the infant son of an obscure cult died after being denied solid food for almost 2 months, the father said he was following God's will, but prosecutors called it murder. Jacques Robidoux intentionally starved his son to fulfill a religious vision that his sister said she had regarding the baby's diet.

Forgotten Victims of Domestic Violence

Seeking a Safe Haven -- Children are kept in abusive families Diciembre 13, 2011omes where new abuse occurs. The problems are long-standing: Critics say they are getting worse.

Tortured Children -- Stories of child torture that are unthinkable. Bob strives to educate our nation and save children who can't save themselves.

Angie Yarwood, 12, was taken from her family and placed in foster care during investigations into her family Diciembre 13, 2011

Dave Pelzer "A Child Called It" -- Dave has experienced a truly extraordinary life. As a child, he endured the horrors of child abuse, which included physical torture, mental cruelty, and near starvation. Upon Dave's rescue, he was identified as one of the most severely abused children in California's history. Dave grew up in a home where he was referred to as "it." Dave suffered an unimaginable upbringing.

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No, Daddy, Don't!: A Father's Murderous Act of Revenge
by Irene Pence Liberty, Faith, and Laura are the three children in the story. Laura is the lucky one; she survived her dad.
Mary Jean Pearle knew her husband, John Battaglia, was capable of violence, but she never thought he would turn his rage on their little girls.

American Justice: Family Secret Attorney Joel Steinberg was convicted of manslaughter in the death of "adopted" daughter Lisa after charges were dropped against Lisa's adoptive mother, Hedda Nussbaum, who claimed that Steinberg had abused her, too. Includes an interview with Nussbaum, plus a detailed look at the family's dysfunctional life.

A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive by David J. Pelzer

Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad
by Virginia Holman
"Nineteen seventy-four was a bad time to go crazy," reads the first line in this unique memoir by a frequent contributor to magazines such as Redbook and Self. Patty Hearst is a metaphor not a character. As with The Liar's Club by Mary Karr the strength is that it finds universality in a situation. One year after the famous heiress's kidnapping, the author's mother retreated with two daughters to a rustic cabin in rural Virginia, convinced the voices in her head were directing her to establish a field hospital for a cataclysmic war. The book charts a mothers sad battle with schizophrenia, and its impact on her middle-class American family. Her recollections make a riveting story, leaving the reader with a profound understanding of the tragedies and frustrating complexities of severe mental illness.

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