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The Little Old Lady KillerThe Sensationalized Crimes of Mexico's First Female Serial Killer$

Susana Vargas Cervantes

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479876488

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479876488.001.0001

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The Little Old Lady Killer

Susana Vargas Cervantes

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  • Names: Vargas Cervantes, Susana, author.
  • Title: The little old lady killer : the sensationalized crimes of Mexico’s first female serial killer /
  • Susana Vargas Cervantes.
  • Description: New York : New York University Press, [2019] | Series: Alternative criminology |
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Identifiers: LCCN 2018045002| ISBN 9781479876488 (cloth : alk. paper) |
  • ISBN 9781479853083 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • Subjects: LCSH: Barraza Samperio, Juana Dayanara, 1954– | Women serial murderers—
  • Mexico—Case studies. | Serial murders—Mexico—Case studies.
  • Classification: LCC HV6535.M4 V37 2019 | DDC 364.152/32092—dc23
  • LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2018045002
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