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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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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Amy Archer-Gilligan; Amy Archer-Gilligan
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M William Phelps
ISBN: 9781599216010 1599216019 9780762770250 0762770252
OCLC Number: 435418763
Description: xv, 303 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Note to the reader --
Prologue: Simmering death --
Part 1: Silent Killers. The matron and the reporter ; Quiet menace ; Silent killers ; Humble beginnings ; Devout Christian ; Left behind ; The bible thumper ; Thousands overcome ; Forecasting the weather is no science ; The biggest boardinghouse in New England ; Cold storage ; Red skies at night ; The beginning of Franklin's end --
Part 2: Investigation & innovation. They come and they go ; Death at first sight ; The last good-bye ; Death by marriage ; Sweet little Amy ; The con ; Red falcon ; "I can fix that all right" ;The wrong victim ; "Fit as a fiddle" ; Public service ; Too late ; Done to death ; May the curse of God come down on you ; Poison control ; The facts ; Grave robbers ; Motive ; In the dead of night ; Oh, what a beautiful mourning ; "Murder factory" --
Part 3: Trials & tribulations. A changing world ; The greatest success ; Witch of Windsor ; Victory for the vanquished ; The experts ; "Dark murder hole" ; Drug addict ; One last trick ; 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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The Devil's Rooming House is the first book about the life, times, and crimes of America's most prolific female serial killer. In telling this fascinating story, M. William Phelps also paints a vivid  Read more...

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"Amy Archer-Gilligan-Sister Amy, she was called-was a murderess well-enough known to be cited as an inspiration for the Joseph Kesselring's perennial grim farce, Arsenic and Old Lace... Amy's Read more...

 
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