Praise for Requiem for a Female Serial Killer:
"We finally have begun to recognize women as victims — but why the silence when women fight back? Phyllis Chesler breaks this silence in Requiem for a Female Serial Killer. Reading it will help both women and men restore a human balance." —Gloria Steinem
Aileen Wuornos—female serial killer? Feminist folk-hero? A broken woman betrayed her entire life by a system that should have protected her? Perhaps all of the above, in one volatile package. In this amazing book, Phyllis Chesler takes you on a mind-bending journey through a story you thought you knew. Chesler sets out to write a book to make you question everything and succeeds.
—Gregg Olsen, author, If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood
This book is a tour de force. It is both an imagined interpretation of the crimes of Aileen Wuornos, the female 'serial killer,' and a description of the way that feminists in the US responded to her trial and execution. Chesler provides a fascinating and complex analysis. This book is a powerful account of the terrible harms of prostitution and violence against women.
—Dr. Sheila Jeffreys, author, The Idea of Prostitution
If you love true crime thrillers, as I do, you must read Requiem with its feminist psychological twist. You won’t be able to put it down. Chesler, an eminent psychologist, gets inside the mind of a unique female serial killer. FBI profilers should be ordering their copies right now. This is a behind-the-scenes account which is very smart. Anyone who cares about life and death, madness, justice (or the lack of it) and riveting trials in an American courtroom, about the death penalty, and about rape trauma and the right to self-defense will be amazed and captivated by this never-before ventured analysis.
—Alan Dershowitz, author, Guilt by Accusation: The Challenge of Proving Innocence in the Age of #MeToo
Chesler's astute analysis, elegantly fused with graphic scenes and the harsh vernacular of true crime, make this an artful and essential book.
—Vicki Hendricks, author, Miami Purity
"Phyllis Chesler’s nineteenth book is not only compelling, it is gripping in detail, a graphic read that explores issues of prostitution and rape. In these days, when it is hard to be shocked, Chesler alarms and disturbs. It’s a must read."
–Ayaan Hirsi Ali
This is a unique book by a brilliant and internationally respected author. On the surface, it is an absorbing tale of rape, child-abuse, multiple murders, abuse, depravity, and a rare female victim who defiantly fought back. But at a deeper and more important level, it is the best published account in years of the tragic, ugly, and actual lives of women who must sell sex in order to survive.
—Dr. Robert Brannon, Co-Founder, National Organization for Men Against Sexism
“When best-selling author Dr. Phyllis Chesler turns her attention to an issue it is always worth paying attention. And indeed, her factual/fictional treatment of Aileen Wuornos makes for riveting reading. Chesler’s compassionate yet down to earth treatment of Aileen Wuornos deserves a wide readership. The book is fast paced and unputdownable. A magnificent oeuvre!”
RENATE KLEIN, Co-founder of Spinifex Press, Author, “Radically Speaking: Feminism Reclaimed.
If you think you understand women’s issues and haven’t read Requiem for a Female Serial Killer, think again. This book is on fire. It is a must read. Some women have lauded Wuornos as a feminist hero, while others dismissed her as simply crazy. Chesler’s portrayal is considerably more complex. Read it and decide for yourself.
—MARTHA SHELLEY, poet, novelist, Second Wave lesbian feminist pioneer
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