There are a lot of serial killers who are men in a lot of crime fiction books. A lot of serial killers are men and their victims are mostly women and children in real life, so this kind of makes sense, right? There have, of course, been female serial killers like Aileen Wuornos,Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova, Miyuki Ishikawa, and Juana Barraza in the past, but they aren’t the only ones. Here is a list of both old and new books about female serial killers who are only fictional.
Misery by Stephen King
People get sad when one of their favorite characters dies in a book. The author should write a book where your favorite character is still alive, so don’t be mad at him. No? That’s a good thing because that would be wrong, but that’s what Annie does in this book. People who are fans of Paul Sheldon are able to save him from a car accident. As she takes care of him, she finds out that he killed off the main character in his book series. She then holds him hostage, forcing him to write a book that brings Misery back to life, so that Misery can live again. Afterward, the author tells an incredibly sad story about torture and addiction, and how hard he tries to get away. There’s a lot of people out there who should not be like Annie Wilkes.
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
A secret that only Kayode and her sister know about is that her sister has a bad habit of killing her boyfriends, and Kayode is always left to clean up the mess. Family should stay together, right? Things start to change when Kayode’s sister starts to like a doctor that her sister also likes. Her sister will kill him, too. If you read this book, you will know. Book: This one is set in Lagos in Nigeria, and it’s sure to keep you interested.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Seven Blackwoods used to live in the castle, but now they don’t. In the beginning, Constance was accused of killing her family members. She was later found not guilty and returned home to live in isolation with her sister Merricat and their ill uncle Julian, who survived. The only thing Merricat wants to do is protect her sister. When their cousin Charles comes to visit, things take a turn for the worse. This is a very scary book about a family that lives alone and a girl who has weird rituals and a twisted mind.
An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten
Maud is an 88-year-old Swedish woman who likes to be alone. She also doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty with a murder or two. Her adventures are told in this book. She has to deal with some annoying neighbors, a famous person, and Detective Inspector Irene Huss, who may be able to see through her little old lady disguise.
Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
An evil serial killer called Gretchen took Archie and tortured him. The same serial killer he had been trying to find for ten years, but this time he found him. Her choice was not to kill the man. Instead, she turned herself in. He has to deal with his trauma and obsession with Gretchen while going to see her in prison to find out where she kept the bodies of the people she killed. There is a new serial killer on the loose a few years after the first one. Archie has to find out who he is and stop him. Will Archie be able to figure out the link in time to stop another murder, or will it be too late?
Buried Memories By Irene Pence
Betty Lou Beets, a woman from Texas, was called “one of the most infamous murderers in modern Texas history” by the Dallas Morning News. Award-winning true crime author Irene Pence tells about Beets’s crimes and death. In the summer of 1985, police found a gruesome site on the Beets’ land. Bobby Lou had her fifth husband, Jimmy Don Beets, buried in the garden of her home. Discovery: First, they found what was left of Betty Lou’s fourth husband.
Poisoned Blood By Philip E. Ginsburg
Forged identities, staged kidnappings, a poisonous web of lies that stretched from Alabama to New Hampshire and claimed the life of her first husband–Marie Hilley’s criminal behavior knew no limit. She even faked her own death, only to return as her twin sister. In this New York Times bestseller, Philips E. Ginsburg examines the staggering saga of a con artist and killer who possessed “a genius for deception” (Publishers Weekly). Hilley’s killer tale is so unbelievable that it has to be real.
Dear Dawn By Aileen Wuornos
This isn’t the first time Aileen Wuornos’ story has been told. Books, true-crime documentaries, and the Academy Award-winning movie Monster have all told her story. What about Wuornos? Dear Dawn is a self-portrait based on letters written by the convicted murderer. It is based on letters Wuornos sent to her childhood friend Dawn Botkins for years. She talks about her life and the crimes that led her to death row in this book.
Bitter Harvest: A Woman’s Fury, a Mother’s Sacrifice By Ann Rule
When Ann Rule talks about Debora Green, a well-known doctor and mother in Kansas City, she talks about how tragic her life was. She talks about how Green seemed to be living a happy and successful life. But behind the facade, there was a deeply troubled woman whose volatile state soon engulfed those who were close to her. When Bitter Harvest was written by Rule, it has the author’s sharp style. It is a “outstanding account of the investigation of a crime and an eye-opening profile of a brilliant mind and empty soul” (Library Journal).
Mother’s Day By Dennis McDougal
Ex-New York Times reporter Dennis McDougal looks into Theresa Knorr, a mother of six who killed and tortured her daughters and forced her sons to clean up the mess. She also made them help her clean up the crime scene. For years, Knorr stayed out of trouble. Her youngest daughter, Terry, bravely told the story of a real-life nightmare she had been through. This horrifying story shows how mental illness, abuse, and addiction issues can all come together to make something even worse than tragic.