The Devil's Rooming House by M. William Phelps
The True Story of America's Deadliest Female Serial Killer

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The gripping tale of a legendary, century-old murder spree *** A silent, simmering killer terrorized New England in1911. As a terrible heat wave killed more than 2,000 people, another silent killer began her own murderous spree. That year a reporter for the Hartford Courant noticed a sharp rise in the number of obituaries for residents of a rooming house in Windsor, Connecticut, and began to suspect who was responsible: Amy Archer-Gilligan, who'd opened the Archer Home for Elderly People and Chronic Invalids four years earlier. "Sister Amy" 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. 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 portrait of early-twentieth-century New England.
 

About M. William Phelps

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M. William Phelps, whom Radio America called “the nation’s leading authority on the mind of the female murderer,” is the author of many nonfiction books, nearly 600,000 of which are in print. They include Perfect Poison: A Female Serial Killer’s Deadly Medicine. He has been a consultant for the Showtime TV drama Dexter, and his many national TV appearances include The Discovery Channel and Good Morning America.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by Lyons Press. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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