Press TV - Iranian police arrest the country's first suspected female serial killer who says patterned crimes on the stories of English crime novelist Agatha Christie.
The 32-year-old suspect, called 'Mahin,' stands accused of killing at least six people, including five women in the city of Qazvin, about 160km (100 miles) northwest of Tehran.
"Mahin in her confessions said that she had taken patterns from Agatha Christie books and had been trying not to leave any trace of herself," Mohammad Baqer Olfat, the Qazvin prosecutor, told Iranian journalists.
Mahin also confessed that she carefully chose her victims, targeting middle-aged and elderly women and offering them lifts after picking them up at shrines where they had been praying.
She offered the victims poisoned fruit juice which contained anesthetics, strangled them to death to steal their jewelry and possessions. She later dumped the bodies in secluded spots.
Mahin claimed that she committed the crimes between February and May as she was in desperate need of money to pay her debts of more than $25,000.
Detectives have also detained two men who were involved in the crimes by selling illegal drugs to the murderer.
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