Crazy Bitches on Trial

SPOTTED COUCH

“… Criminals are an exception among civilised people and women are the exception among criminals… As a double exception, then, the criminal woman is a monster.” – Cesare Lomroso, Italian Criminologist, 1893

The public’s fascination with women who murder is palpable, if not dangerously obscene. Apart from its statistical rarity, female killers (or those accused) fascinate us because we are shocked to see such beauty contort into the face of a monster. Simply put, stories of vicious vixens, blue-eyed butchers and crazy bitches on trial turn our cranks. In literary terms, they also stir up the power of myth, so elegantly explored by the late Joseph Campbell.

medusa, femme fatale, jodi arias Anonymous Artist

As American author Nancy Friday discovered in her research for Men in Love, straight male fantasies often weave together the love and hatred of women. In modern culture, this pathology can be greatly observed in the way that real life women accused of murder are spun…

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