Deadlier Than the Male

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Pan Macmillan Australia, Sep 1, 2009 - True Crime - 256 pages
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At least one of them is mad, they're all bad, and most of them are dangerous to know. They're a first 11 with a difference - 11 Australian women criminals whose names and reputations are synonymous with lawless, dangerous and often violent behaviour. Sadistic killers and a corpse mutilator; an armed robber and a matriarch; drug dealers and escape artists - all dressed in skirts and high heels.

Their exploits have become the stuff of legend over recent decades, often overshadowing the crimes of their less colourful male counterparts. A couple of them are irredeemably evil, others more misguided than malevolent. A number of them turned to crime because they loved the wrong men; others because they couldn't abide the boredom of a conventional, nine-to-five existence. They include a tragic figure who murdered all four of her children, a meat worker who turned her home into an abattoir, and a quiet librarian who pulled off Australia's only aircraft-assisted prison break-out.

Brought together for the first time between the covers of one book are unforgettable figures like The Lesbian Vampire Killer, The Boot Bitch, The Matriarch, and The Angel of Death...

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About the author (2009)

Adrian Tame was born in 1944, and spent 25 years in journalism. After resigning as news editor of Truth in 1986, he spent eight years, six of them as a director, with IPR, Australia's largest public relations company.

Adrian is the author of the bestselling The Matriarch: The Kathy Pettingill Story (1996). He has been married twice and has three adult children. He and his wife Ann live in rural Victoria.

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