London: Stanley Paul & Co., circa 1930.
Hardcover. 9 1/2" X 6 1/2". 286pp. Bound in full orange cloth, with spine lettered in black. Moderate wear to binding, with small tears to edgeworn corners and bumping to extremities of sunned spine. Hinges tender. Pencilled bookseller notes to free endpapers. Binding remains sound. Pages are gently age-toned, else clean and unmarked.
“With women, poisoning as a means of getting rid of people, more particularly husbands, appears to have been extremely popular always…” So opens this book wholly dedicated to the subject of women who murdered their husbands and others by means of poison and otherwise, as penned by prominent ghost hunter Elliott O’Donnell (1872-1965). This modest-looking tome starts with the story of Giulia Toffana, the 17th century Italian professional poisoner who sold poisons to women wishing to murder abusive husbands and even invented a poison herself and continues, touching on such tales as those of serial killers Gesina “the angel of Bremen” Gottfried of Germany and Belle “Hell’s Belle” Gunness of Indiana, infamous American outlaw Belle-Starr, the strangler Gabrielle Bompard, and many other “female fiends.” Scarce. Good. Item #4966