Jack the Ripper may be more notorious, but while he was busy killing five prostitutes in the alleyways of Victorian London, another Victorian murderer, Jane Toppan, was brought in on charges of having killed close to 100 people in Connecticut. Toppan said in court, "That is my ambition, to have killed more people--more helpless people--than any man or woman who has ever lived." Bad Girls Do It! has a jocular title and cover illustration, and Michael Newton (author of Hunting Humans) occasionally indulges in macabre humor.

Nonetheless, these 182 case histories of female multiple murderers are packed with well-researched details. You will read about "angels of death" (nurses who kill), "black widows," lethal landladies, and murderous moms. Many of them are little known, such as Rachal David, a religious fanatic who tossed her seven children off an 11th-story hotel balcony in Salt Lake City in 1978, while a screaming crowd watched from below.

Bad Girls Do It!
An Encyclopedia of Female Murderers

by Michael Newton
From the author of Hunting Humans comes a book on female multiple murderers ever assembled. How "bad" are these girls? Every one of the 182 women profiled here didn't just kill--they killed again and again! Every one of them is a multiple murderer!

          If you thought Aileen Wuornos was the first female serial killer, think again. It's true she popped six men in a year-long shooting spree, but she'll have to take a number behind these death-dealing debs:

CHARLENE GALLEGO developed a taste for murder gnawing on the bodies of her sex-slave victims. She confessed to ten brutal slayings.

JUDITH NEELLEY, at age 18, became the youngest resident of Alabama's death row.

MARTHA BECK started her career washing corpses for a funeral parlor in Florida and ended it making corpses in Michigan.

ELIZABETH BATHORY used pins, needles, branding irons, whips, pokers, scissors--even an iron maiden--to torture young girls to death. Charged with 80 murders, she is suspected of more than 650.

          These are just a few of the Necromantic Nurses, Baby Butchers, Black Widows and Angels of Death chillingly detailed in this grisly collection. Based on ten years of research, Bad Girls Do It! proves that the urge to kill is an equal opportunity affliction.

Loompanics Unlimited
November 1993
Paperback - 195 pages 
ISBN: 1559501049