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Devil's Rooming House

(2020)
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A silent, simmering killer terrorized New England in 1911. A heat wave unlike any that had come before killed people in the streets, caused others to drown in the waters where they sought relief, and drove still others to suicide. As more than 2,000 people died during the natural disaster, another silent killer began her own murderous 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 and New York Times bestselling author 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. With first-hand accounts from Amy's "inmates," riveting trial transcripts, and accounts from the investigative journalists who covered the case, Phelps puts readers face-to-face with a woman who was both a Black Widow and an Angel of Death. And Phelps paints a vivid, spine-chilling portrait of turn-of-the-century New England.This is historical true crime at its best.



Praise for this book

"Phelps is one of America's finest true crime writers." - Vincent Bugliosi


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Hardback Editions

April 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Devils Rooming House The True Story of America's Deadliest Female Serial Killer
Author(s): M William Phelps
ISBN: 1-59921-601-9 / 978-1-59921-601-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Lyons Press
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Paperback Editions

September 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Devil's Rooming House
Author(s): M William Phelps
ISBN: 1-4930-5012-5 / 978-1-4930-5012-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Lyons Press
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June 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Devil's Rooming House: The True Story of America's Deadliest Female Serial Killer
Author(s): M William Phelps
ISBN: 0-7627-7025-2 / 978-0-7627-7025-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
Availability: Amazon UK