Sociology Female serial killer profiles

Discussion in 'Sociology' started by mscbkc070904, Mar 27, 2005.

  1. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    I was reading info on Black Widow Serial Killers, which are women that kill. I was astonished by the various groups they placed them in now. So I thought I would share the info I got off the crime library.

  2. mscbkc070904

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    An Angel of Death sets herself up as God, preying on those who in her estimation are already marked for natural death the sick in hospitals or an aged relative whose daily support has been left in her hands. Her weapons are either chemical, such as a lethal injection of potassium, or suffocation with a pillow, both means hard to trace. A classic example of an Angel of Death comes to us from Grantham, England. In 1991, 23-year-old nurse Beverly Allitt killed at least four children and injected twenty-plus others with potassium or insulin with an intent to kill. She was convicted by a Magistrate's Court in 1993 and is now serving thirteen life sentences.
  3. mscbkc070904

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    Sexual Predators are, as their name indicates, driven by sexual fantasy. Aileen Carol Wuornos, one of the very few women who fit this category, murdered at least seven men between 1989 and 1990. After having sex with them, for pay, she pumped bullets into each client, driving off with their cars and personal effects. In 1992, she was sentenced to death. There is some reason to debate whether sexual fantasy had any part in Wuornos' motivations. There is evidence to suggest that revenge, hatred of men, and petty theft were stronger motivations. Wuornos' homosexuality seems to dilute the notion that she killed men as part of some sexually-motivated fantasy.
  4. mscbkc070904

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    Revenge Killers are typically obsession-driven; hate or love or jealousy are the most common factors. They are as rare as sexual predators but, when pushed, they strike with a vengeance. While many female killers are usually much younger the average age is mid-20s to early 30s Martha Wise of Ohio committed her crimes at the age of forty. A spinster when she found her true love, she was overjoyed. But, her family objected to her choice, as did her minister. (Her beau, Walter Johns, was a much younger man.) In revenge, she fed three of the more vocal family members a deadly dose of cyanide and torched the church. When apprehended and her crimes became public knowledge, the press dubbed her "Lady Borgia of America" after the infamous Italian noblewoman whose actions she emulated. Wise told the judge that the devil made her do it, but the State of Ohio, being unable to catch the devil, threw the total blame on her and locked her away for life.
  5. mscbkc070904

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    Profit Killers kill strictly for monetary gain; they hire out as (to be direct) "hit women". Whereas the equally greedy Black Widows choose their own victims (friends and relatives) and contrive their own killings, female profit killers commit murders for others usually, jealous wives who want their cheating or abusive mate six feet under. Because they are "silent witnesses," their careers may go on for years. Take Russia's quiet professional, Madame Alexe Popova. Her first murder taking place in 1879, this hit-woman poisoned some three hundred men other women's husbands and boyfriends until she was caught and executed by a firing squad in 1909.
  6. mscbkc070904

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    Team Killers come in assorted shapes and sizes, and comprise two-thirds of the entire female serial killer rank and file. There are three types of female team killer groups. The most predominant is the "male/female" duo, consisting of one woman and one man; in most cases, they are nothing but thrill-seeking lovers. The second most common genus is the "female/female" bonding, made up of two or more women usually two engaged in a murder pact. Finally, there is the "killing family" of three or more people joined together on a death-dealing joyride.

    It was stated earlier that a female serial killer generally avoids bloody havoc; that is, that her crime is of a "quiet" nature involving poisons and suffocation. That is true when she acts alone. However, that rule of thumb does not always hold up when she is in a partnership with someone else, especially a male who tends to do the thinking and the rough stuff for her.

    When 24-year-old Cynthia Coffman sided with James Gregory Marlow in 1986, the pair's modus operandi was robbing, then strangling, their victims. They were eventually sentenced to death for the murder of four women. Forty years earlier, buxom Martha Beck and her pipsqueak lover, Ray Fernandez, shot, drowned and garroted at least a dozen innocent women (probably as many as twenty) before the two killers were executed at Sing Sing in 1951.

    Female/female teams tend to follow the more familiar pattern of murder-through-subtlety. Lesbian lovers Gwendolyn Graham and Catherine May Wood, both nurses, suffocated five elderly patients at a Grand Rapids, Michigan, nursing home in 1987. Throughout the 1980s, Maria Gruber, Irene Leidolf, Stepanija Mayer and Waltrand Wagner together or separately lethally injected more than two hundred patients under their care at Leinz General Hospital, Vienna.

    Of family teams, one particular person, usually a male who sets himself up as the guru or thinker for the group, guides them all. These teams act impulsively with few set patterns. None more savagely illustrates this arrangement than the Manson "family," which ritualistically killed Hollywood actress Sharon Tate and some nineteen others in a headline spree in the 1960s. The Mansons also brutally killed a series of people in Northern California including some of their own members who tried to betray them between October, 1968, and November, 1970. Commanding the family was Charles Manson, a hypnotic-eyed felon whom his followers referred to as "Jesus Christ". Among the sixteen known members of his migratory brood were ten "apostle" females: Susan Denise Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel, Mary Theresa Brunner, Lynette Fromme, Sandra Good, Ruth Ann Moorhouse, Catherine Gilles, Nancy Pitman and Catherine Share.
  7. mscbkc070904

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    The last three classifications of female serial killers are not as tightly defined.

    Leading these categories are those very few women who have managed to escape execution through a Question of Sanity. Jeanne Weber, for instance, evaded the hangman's rope in 1908 after being apprehended on suspicion of strangling her children. Convincing a jury she was bonkers, she was institutionalized. No one will ever know. She hung herself in her cell in 1910.

    The second of this genre is that small number of women who are undoubtedly guilty of their crimes, but remain unlabeled merely because their Motives Defy Explanation. Audrey Marie Hilley is the most famous case. Having killed three family members, she might have been slotted in the Black Widow category had her motives been more crystallized. But, there seems to have been no intention of monetary profit or of anything tangible to gain. All the evidence could prove is that this normal Alabama housewife and mother suddenly, at age forty-two, went on a killing spree that lasted four years. She poisoned her victims, but she nor her accusers could ever decipher a reason.

    Trailing the long list of female serial killers are certain incidences of Unsolved Crimes suspected of having been committed by women but without a firm suspect or motive. Among these are the murders at Maryland's Prince George County Hospital between 1984 and 1985. Someone injected potassium into the IV tubes of seventeen intensive care patients, killing them instantly. When the law eventually cornered a suspect (a woman), the DA's office believed she was not guilty and set her free.

    Cold-blooded killers all, these heartless women. But, none better portray the female killer than the Black Widow, to whose attention we now turn. Throughout her long and devilish reign, she has managed to be the stuff of legend and song and even, in a very macabre way, romance.
  8. Bleys

    Bleys Phoenix Takes Flight Staff Member

    Countess Bathory

    Not just your average run of the mill #@!&%.

  9. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    There are a bunch of female serial killers out there, I thought about listing them and what they did but, there is alot of info on them and it like tells the story how they did it and so forth. Women are just as evil cause they are quiet and deceptive.
  10. Bleys

    Bleys Phoenix Takes Flight Staff Member

    How did I miss this little shot?:o

    Personally I am curious why there is such a disrepancy between the number of male vs. female killers in general.

    Is there a distinct difference in the female psyche that makes them less apt to kill? Or is it that women killers are simply better at it than our counterparts and just don't get caught?

  11. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    Looking at the way certain situations are, and how the crime is comitted and the nature of the events leading to the climax of the crime as well as the factors involved, persons involved, the mapping of how it came to be.

    IOW, males tend to act emotionally when comitting a crime, then once they are able to see that they can get away with it, the more likely they tend to become more passionate.

    Women, dont just act on rage, they skillfully plan it out and do it where it will either make them vacant of the crime completely or ensure that it was done well enough for them to have the upper hand...

    However in the serial killer role, women were not found to be the likely lead role in crimes, for ex. more males are pulled over for speeding than women, YES true statistically speaking, however, those statistics only show actually tickets handed to male drivers, when all in all, female drivers were pulled over more than males, but males reacted in a more standoffish, guilty, arogant attitude, warranting them a ticket.

    You can find this on Public safety commission boards, DMV reports etc. But the point was, is women are liekly to be seen, yet, their deameanor tends to cancel them out as being such a person to comitt a haneounes crime(s). Serial Killers are murders, they are just passionate about how they do it, ritualistic fashion.
  12. Young William

    Young William Premium Member

    it takes a bit more, m.......doesn't it?
  13. bodebliss

    bodebliss The Zoc-La of Kromm-B Premium Member

    I find women talk more violently especially when around men.

    They'd rather incite men to kill than do the deed themselves.
  14. _Angel_1991

    _Angel_1991 Premium Member

    Evil is found in both men and women. The scary thing is that usually it is usually very hard to find a serial killer just by looking. :0:0But what is really scary is the fact that WOMEN are serial killers. Women already have exceptional powers (uh..."charisma" *nudge, nudge*, etc) and finding victims probably would be very easy as many people don't want to believe that women could do such things...
  15. TruthBringer

    TruthBringer Premium Member

    reminds me of macbeth act 1 scenes 5 and 7
    lady macbeth makes macbeth kill king duncan

    Yours, Truth