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Monday, November 07, 2005


I am cackling sinisterly

I have a fascination with true crime stories.

I spent the last couple of weeks reading a large hardcover book called “Women who kill”.

The title is prominently displayed in large text on the cover, along with a close up of the eyes of a woman who was crazy as a shit-house rat. Myra Hindley.

The stories are creepy and deeply disturbing.

I do suggest reading the book. If the material scares you too much, which they probably will, just slip the book jacket off and place it over a hardcover version of a nice Steinbeck work.

The look on the faces of your family members as they notice the title will be well worth it.

My husband has never been so utterly agreeable.


Blogger Rude Cactus said...

Hey, everyone has their guilty pleasures!

10:00 AM  
Blogger JB said...

Ha, ha! My mom gave me that book for Christmas--what does that mean?

Should I be worried?

Or just her husband? :)

10:58 AM  
Blogger JB said...

P.S. Opps--I meant to say "My mom gave me a book like that for Christmas."

I remember that one of the stories was about Lorena Bobbit!

11:00 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Ah yes, Myra. She was a girl, wasn't she? (as my British-born husband would describe her).

True crime - stranger than fiction.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Prego said...

What's more disturbing is reading the newspaper accounts of women who kill; like the lady who drove her shitwagon into the lagoon with her kids in it, or the psycho chick here in Buffalo who battered her infant on the sidewalk. Post-Partum my ass.

I hate to be a buzzwrecker, but I ain't into sensationalism.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Lin said...

I remember the Moors murders and how parents everywhere kept their children under close supervision until the killers were caught.

Here's a name for you: Lawrencia Bembenek. Everyone remembers her because she was so beautiful (for a killer). She was a Milwaukee woman accused and convicted of the murder of her husband's ex-wife. Well...

Just after she got out of prison, I went to a dinner party and...she was there. She had turned into this minor Milwaukee celebrity. Weird and very creepy. She has always maintained her innocence, but you can't be in prison as long as she was and not have some of that prison pallor and coarseness rub off. She came to the dinner party copies of the book she'd just published about the 'case.' Of course I bought one and had her sign it...for my friend in DC who reads all that true crime stuff.

5:29 PM  
Blogger mothergoosemouse said...

I may have to check out that one. I had a weird fascination with the Manson Family (still kinda do), but I think reading all that true crime fucked with my head.

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Dawn said...

I love those A&E "Poisoners" specials.

"Honey, you want me to make you some soup?"

6:55 AM  
Blogger Mary Tsao said...

I love true crime, too! I read a true crime book once about a 14-year-old girl who was living with her cousin and her cousin's husband. She starting getting it on with her cousin's husband and he devised a plot to kill his wife. Then they would live happily ever after on the $100,000 insurance policy he had just taken out on his wife.

Of course, the 14-year-old botched the crime scene during the murder and couldn't help bragging to the friendly detectives about how much the deadbeat husband loved her. The life insurance policy was a giveaway, too.

Books like that certainly make you look twice at family members. The stories are so bizarre yet at the same time, compelling.

6:06 PM  

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