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Tori Telfer
Tori Telfer
True crime writer, author of Lady Killers and Confident Women
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Talk soon,
Sam

Well hello there

On my mind

Life sentences, newspaper archives, serial killers who have the same nicknames, being more or less or not-at-all moved by scary stories, motherhood, and this one woman whose husband broke out of HIS prison and into HER prison in the 80s to take her on a wild honeymoon escape to NYC!

Why I'm excited to talk with readers

I have the best readers in the world! Many of them have blue or purple hair (you know it's true!), some have personal tales of a connection to Belle Gunness (we shudder), all are thoughtful, cool, sensitive, and a little bit morbid. Always a pleasure to talk to them.

Talk soon,

Tori

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Confident Women

Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion

A thoroughly entertaining and darkly humorous roundup of history’s notorious but often forgotten female con artists and their bold, outrageous scams—by the acclaimed author of Lady Killers.

From Elizabeth Holmes and Anna Delvey to Frank Abagnale and Charles Ponzi, audacious scams and charismatic scammers continue to intrigue us as a culture. As Tori Telfer reveals in Confident Women, the art of the con has a long and venerable tradition, and its female practitioners are some of the best—or worst.

'Whether she's describing women pretending to be doctors, socialites, or just another nice lady who desperately needed help, Telfer dishes up their scandalous schemes for true-crime fans to relish.'

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Lady Killers

Deadly Women Throughout History

When you think of serial killers throughout history, the names that come to mind are ones like Jack the Ripper, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy. But what about Tillie Klimek, Moulay Hassan, Kate Bender? The narrative we’re comfortable with is the one where women are the victims of violent crime, not the perpetrators. In fact, serial killers are thought to be so universally, overwhelmingly male that in 1998, FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood infamously declared in a homicide conference, “There are no female serial killers.”

Lady Killers, based on the popular online series that appeared on Jezebel and The Hairpin, disputes that claim and offers fourteen gruesome examples as evidence. Though largely forgotten by history, female serial killers such as Erzsébet Báthory, Nannie Doss, Mary Ann Cotton, and Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova rival their male counterparts in cunning, cruelty, and appetite for destruction.

“Telfer proves that you can stab, poison, and suffocate the predictable tropes about female killers and still write something salacious and entertaining.” — Caitlin Doughty, New York Times bestselling author of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and From Here to Eternity

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