Many movie goers don't realize that Arsenic and Old Lace was based upon the case of a Windsor, CT serial killer, s "saintly" who was running a home for the aged. M. William Phelps has published a book, The Devil's Rooming House, discussing the crimes and the relationship to the movie and play.
America's deadliest female serial killer performed her deeds a century ago. As with most of such murderers, Amy Archer Gilligan, proprietor of a home for the aged in Windsor, CT, projected a benign image of generosity and good citizenship. And, as with many woman who kill, she used poison as her weapon of choice. Gilligan was formally accused of five murders, but tried and convicted for only one. In all likelihood, she was responsible for more than forty deaths in her nursing home. … more
After 21 years as a school psychologist, I now work part-time at two local historical museums, giving tours and teaching special programs. This leaves me more time to enjoy my little grandchildren, and … more
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Acclaimed crime writer M. William Phelps tells the true story of a turn-of-the-century, Bible-thumping caretaker and entrepreneur of the nursing home industry who became one of history's most evil female serial killers.