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Female Serial Killers In Social Context: Criminological institutionalism and the case of Mary Ann Cotton

Elizabeth Yardley and David Wilson


To date, approaches to understanding serial murder have focused on individual cases rather than the social context in which they occurred. This book marks a departure by situating nineteenth century serial killer Mary Ann Cotton within the broader social structure. Using archival records of her court appearances, local histories and newspaper articles, it uniquely explores how institutions such as the family, economy and religion shaped the environment she inhabited and her social integration through the roles of wife, mother, worker and criminal. Acknowledging that it takes a particular type ... More

Keywords: serial murder, female serial killers, social context, institutionalism, family

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781447326458
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447326458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Yardley, author
Birmingham City University

David Wilson, author
Birmingham City University