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This stunning hard cover photography book, featuring over 60 full colour and black and white images, illustrates how dangerous women both entice and appal us.
With pulsating red lips and a curvaceous
figure, the femme fatale is coolly criminal and dangerous to know. Sexy and seductive, she manipulates and murders on the pages of pulp fiction and on film noir screens. Meanwhile, the real female criminal, serves hard time.
Photographs of some of Australia’s most notorious female criminals provide a stark contrast to the glamorised femmes fatales of popular culture.
With rare photographs taken at Long Bay Gaol between 1914 and 1930 from the vast forensic photography archive at Sydney’s Justice & Police Museum, author Nerida Campbell introduces the brutal reality of notorious female criminals such as Eugenia Falleni known as ‘the man woman murderer’, Muriel Goldsmith the prolific thief with a string of aliases and the women who ruled Sydney's underworld in the 1920s like Matilda ‘Tilly’ Devine, a successful brothel keeper with a penchant for violence.
These women stand in stark contrast to the glamour of the film noir seductress and pulp novel siren. Campbell’s captions accompany the fictional and real-life femmes depicted in the book giving us insight into the crimes they committed.
ISBN: 9781876 991319
Published by: Historic Houses Trust of NSW
Measures: 13 x 17.5 cm