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The devil's rooming house : the true story of America's deadliest female serial killer

Author: M William Phelps
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, ©2010.
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Synopsis: A silent, simmering killer terrorized New England in 1911. As a terrible heat wave killed more than 2,000 people, another silent killer began her own murderous spree. "Sister Amy" Archer-Gilligan, who'd opened the Archer Home for Elderly People and Chronic Invalids four years earlier, would be accused of murdering both of her husbands and up to sixty-six of her patients with cocktails of lemonade and  Read more...
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Named Person: Amy Archer-Gilligan
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M William Phelps
ISBN: 9781599216010 1599216019 9780762770250 0762770252
OCLC Number: 435418763
Description: xv, 303 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Note to the reader --
Prologue: Simmering death --
Part 1: Silent Killers --
1: Matron and the reporter --
2: Quiet menace --
3: Silent killers --
4: Humble beginnings --
5: Devout Christian --
6: Left behind --
7: Bible thumper --
8: Thousands overcome --
9: Forecasting the weather is no science --
10: Biggest boardinghouse in New England --
11: Cold storage --
12: Red skies at night --
13: Beginning of Franklin's end --
Part 2: Investigation & Innovation --
14: They come and they go --
15: Death at first sight --
16: Last good-bye --
17: Death by marriage --
18: Sweet little Amy --
19: Con --
20: Red falcon --
21: I can fix that all right --
22: Wrong victim --
23: Fit as a fiddle --
24: Public service --
25: Too late --
26: Done to death --
27: May the curse of God come down on you --
28: Poison control --
29: Facts --
30: Grave robbers --
31: Motive --
32: In the dead of night --
33: Oh, what a beautiful mourning --
34: Murder factory --
Part 3: Trials & Tribulations --
35: Changing world --
36: Greatest success --
37: Witch of Windsor --
38: Victory for the vanquished --
39: Experts --
40: Dark murder hole --
41: Drug addict --
42: One last trick --
43: Arsenic and old lace --
Epilogue: Whatever happened to Amy? --
Acknowledgments --
Endnotes --
Selected bibliography --
Selected essays & documents --
Index --
About the author.
Responsibility: M. William Phelps.
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Synopsis: A silent, simmering killer terrorized New England in 1911. As a terrible heat wave killed more than 2,000 people, another silent killer began her own murderous spree. "Sister Amy" Archer-Gilligan, who'd opened the Archer Home for Elderly People and Chronic Invalids four years earlier, would be accused of murdering both of her husbands and up to sixty-six of her patients with cocktails of lemonade and arsenic; her story inspired the Broadway hit Arsenic and Old Lace.

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