By Libby-Jane Charleston
Girls are meant to be delicate and loving – now not cold-hearted killers, knife-wielding vampires or gun-toting hijackers. but all through historical past, there's been no scarcity of lower than law-abiding ladies.
Let journalist Libby-Jane Charleston take you on a chilling trip via a real crime gallery of girls who've smashed our perceptions of the stereotypical female personality: from meek Russian librarian Lucy Dudko, who commandeered a helicopter to damage her boyfriend out of legal; to suburban intercourse goddess Michelle Burgess, who employed successful guy to take out her lover's spouse; and Katherine Knight, who killed, skinned and cooked her associate to serve to his children.
Read those precise tales and delve into the darkish and stressful lives of Australia's such a lot deadly females.
Former television reporter Libby-Jane Charleston begun her occupation in her youth as one among Australia's youngest newspaper columnists. She has labored largely in radio, papers and magazines in addition to on television – showing on-camera for each tv community in Australia, as a finance information anchor, present affairs reporter and basic information reporter at Channels Ten, 9, Seven, SBS & ABC.
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