ByBrian Salisbury, writer at
Brian Salisbury

I'm not sure what it says about us as a culture that nothing seems to intrigue audiences like true crime. In any event, the forensic psychology major in me can't help but be interested in this latest serial killer flick in development. 's A7SLE Films has option the rights to M. William Phelps' The Devil's Rooming House. The book chronicles the life and crimes of Amy Archer-Gilligan, who is known as the most prolific female serial killer in U.S. history. She ran a nursing home wherein numerous boarders were poisoned between 1907 and 1917.

Female serial killers don't get a lot of attention in true crime cinema, mainly because, frankly, there weren't that many of them. Most female serial killers were either half of a spree-killing team, killed for profit, or were classified as black widows or angels of death. Archer-Gilligan wasn't killing out of mercy, but rather for profit.

This story has actually already been turned into a film, but oddly it was the 1944 comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. I'm willing to bet the new film will be decided less chuckle-worthy.


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