Labeled as the crime of the 1990’s, serial murder is predicted to remain the crime of the first decades of the new millennium. This book brings together the perspectives of acknowledged experts in the field along with those of emerging authorities on serial murder. The chapters offer a unique look at these crimes from a variety of viewpoints and experiences. Accessibly written, this compelling volume includes information on minorities and serial killing, as well the manner in which serial killers are traced and tracked.
Chapter 3: The Female Serial Killer
The Female Serial Killer
When thinking of serial murder, it is often presumed that the offender will be male. There are several reasons for this perception. First of all, the typical violent offender is male, and this is true for murder. In addition, because of a constant focus on male criminality, women have not been thought of as committing murder. Only since the 1970s, and as a result of an expanding women's movement, have women been the focus of research into violent behavior. Finally, publicity of serial murder, whether it be through the news media, movies, or books, has sensationalized and publicized the acts of males.
Although it is correct to attribute the majority of violent acts, including murder and serial murder, to ...