The Devil's Rooming House
The True Story of America's Deadliest Female Serial KillerBook - 2010
As more than 2,000 people died during the natural disaster, another silent killer used the heat to cover her own killing spree. Amy Archer-Gilligan operated the Archer Home for Elderly People and Chronic Invalids in Windsor, Connecticut. What was thought to be a respectable business run by a pioneering woman was exposed as little more than a murder factory. Amy would be accused of murdering both her husbands and dozens (as many as sixty) of her elderly patients with cocktails of lemonade and arsenic - all for money. She would be convicted and sentenced to hang and her story would shock turn-of-the-century America and provide the inspiration for The Broadway sensation and classic film Arsenic and Old Lace. Acclaimed crime writer M.William Phelps has written the first book to tell the true story of greed and murder even more shocking than its fictional counterpart. Readers will enter a kind of Twilight Zone where a Bible-thumping caretaker and entrepreneur of the nursing home industry became one of history's most evil female serial killers.
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2010.
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 ARC
Characteristics: xv, 303 p.,  p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,23 cm.