'Blood on her Hands' gets us inside the minds of SA's female killers
Tanya Farber's investigation of the country's most notorious female murderers will keep you reading until late at night – probably with your lights on
Murder has always fascinated us, and when women are the masterminds, the intrigue grows exponentially.
Not only are female murderers much rarer than male killers, but their crimes usually also involve a more sophisticated type of plotting.
In Blood on her Hands, award-winning journalist Tanya Farber investigates the lives, minds and motivations of some of SA's most notorious female murderers, from the poisonous nurse Daisy de Melker, to the privileged but deeply disturbed Najwa Petersen, to the mysterious Joey Harhoff who died before revealing where the bodies of her victims (including her own niece) were.
Farber sets each case against the backdrop of the different eras and regions of 20th and early 21st century SA the women operated in. Her writing style is lighter than the subject matter might suggest and Blood on her Hands will keep you reading until late at night – probably with your lights on.
The women featured also include Dina Rodrigues, Phoenix Racing Cloud Theron, Marlene Lehnberg, Chane van Heerden and Celiwe Mbokazi.
Tanya Farber is an experienced journalist who currently works at the Sunday Times. She has won international journalism awards (including two Lorenzo Natali Awards from the EU for Human Rights Journalism and one CNN African Journalism Award), and locally has won print feature writer of the year at the Vodacom Journalism Awards. Tanya has an MA degree in journalism from Wits University, co-wrote photographer Alf Kumalo's biography with him (Alf Kumalo: Through my Lens), and has also written two resource books on writing and journalism for the Open Society Foundation.
- Article provided by Jonathan Ball Publishers