Television Serial Killers: No Such Thing as Typical (Part 2 – Arsenic and Old Lace)
Since my latest book: “Skipping Childhood: A Novel” is about a serial killer I’ve been thinking a lot about the different kinds of serial killer movies I’ve seen. This is part two in a continuing series that I’ve devoted to the topic.
I’m really not the only one in my family who’s interested in multiple murders. My older sister likes to watch classic whodonits and all kinds of mystery movies and shows. Just the other day, she was looking at one of her favorites: “Arsenic and Old Lace”.
Talk about one of the classic serial killer movies; you can’t get more original than this. It’s all about two elderly women who have a nasty habit of poisoning lonely old men. This post is not a summary or review of the movie, no more than to mention the fact that the women were serial killers and they were definitely not text book murderers.
I’ve seen the movie before in the past, and never really cared for the kind of comical element to it (though Cary Grant does a great joy). Oddly enough, I never really thought of the “sweet old ladies” as actual serial killers. They certainly don’t appear menacing or nefarious looking. But say what you will about an innocent appearance, the fact still remains that they were in reality serial killers, and they had the body count to prove it!
If you’ve never seen this old classic and you enjoy serial killers who are off the beaten path be sure to check this movie out. While you’re at it, be sure to order a copy of my book: Skipping Childhood: A Novel (From Abused Foster Child to Adolescent Serial Killer). I’m pretty sure you’ll find my character Deandra Baxter to be a different kind of serial killer also. Buy the book and come back and let me know what you think.