California’s Deadliest Women: Dangerous Dames and Murderous Moms. With illustrations by Olaf Jens, Kulczyk’s book lists crimes dating back to the 1940s committed by 28 of the state’s most lethal females – little girls, teen devil-worshippers, strung-out hippies and at least a few doctors’ wives. Some are famous, such as Betty Broderick, subject of the made-for-TV movie starring Meredith Baxter, and Brynn Hartman, wife of Saturday Night Live alum Phil Hartman. And some are lesser known, including Omaima Aree Nelson, who stabbed her husband and cooked and ate his body parts; Dana Sue Gray, who killed three elderly women to support her shopping habit; Larissa Schuster, who submerged her husband’s body in hydrochloric acid.
Sacramento-based author and crime historian David Kulczyk discusses his new book,