Women and crime do match, sometimes and men are abused, sometimes.


A new article titled “Lethal Ladies: Revisiting What We Know About Female Serial Murders” is in Homicide Studies by Farrell, Keppel, and Titterginton. It’s a good article. And I get the need to draw people in with catchy titles, even in an academic journal. But language matters.

My problem with the titling of this article is the word ladies. Ladies carries such heavy connotations of gendered expecations. A lady should be nice, sophisticated, stylish, feminine, polite, unobtrusive, sensitive, caring, classy, and quiet. It is the juxtaposition of these connotations with the term lethal that makes the title catchy.

I understand that female offenders occupy a strange place in the imaginations of academics and the general public. There is the sexualization of female inmates, the invisibility of the typical female offender, and the demonization of non-gender conforming killers like Aileen Wuornos. Don’t think that gender-conforming female convicts have an easy time…

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  1. […] Female Serial Killers Are Not “Lethal Ladies” (justiceforraymond.wordpress.com) […]



    • Thank you for visiting Justice for Raymond and leaving your comment. I found your site to be very enlightening. Another court date yesterday that I will write about today.
      Again, thank you for your visit and your work on another subject that needs more coverage.



  2. Using such a catchy label as “Lethal Ladies” devalues and mocks the seriousness of the fact that women can be murderers, too! Women can be serial killers. Lots of sociopaths are women who have babies and get married and commit crimes and murder their spouses. I HATE the series SNAPPED for this very reason. It makes it out like women suddenly go nuts and THEN kill. No. The women, just like the men, who are committing murder and fraud are dangers to society way before they commit the crime that puts them in prison or at least under the microscope. Women and men who are physically, emotionally, and sexually abused snap. People who commit crimes for the sake of committing them and getting away with them are dangerous and sick and are mostly motivated by an idea of “winning.” I’ve just started reading your blog. I am very sorry for your loss.



    • Thank you Paula for visiting the site, Justice for Raymond. I also post documents and photos on http://www.denied-justice.com that are related to this case. It is ongoing, just returned from our two hour trip (one way) to court in Norristown, PA just to find that the pre-trial had been cancelled and will be re-scheduled once again.

      The charging documents are also posted, listing the charges for my son’s widow and another three people who were involved with forging a will, a letter requesting New York Life Ins Co change the beneficiary to herself and more….

      There is another link to the autopsy, the redacted reports and altered toxicology reports by someone that the coroner refuses to identify.

      You also have a great site and I hope to spend some time reading your work. Again, thank you for your comment and I hope you will stop by again.



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