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Author Pearson, Patricia, 1964-

Title When she was bad : violent women & the myth of innocence / Patricia Pearson.

Published New York, N.Y. : Viking, 1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  303.6082 PEAR    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 288 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [244]-278) and index.
Contents Girls Will Be Girls: The Nature of Female Aggression -- Maybe You Mistook Me for an Angel: Perceptions of Female Violence & the Vocabulary of Motive -- The Problem That Still Has No Name: Women Who Aggress Newborns & Infants -- Medea in Her Modern Guise: The Use of Children as Pawns -- Balancing the Domestic Equation: When Women Assault Their Spouses or Lovers -- Woman as Predator: Methods of the Multiple Murderess -- What's Love Got to Do with It?: Women as Partners in Violent Crime -- Island of Women: The World of the Female Prison -- Let the Gun Smoke: Holding Ourselves Accountable of Our Deeds.
Summary "Our culture, argues award-winning journalist Patricia Pearson, is in denial of women's innate capacity for aggression. We deny that women batter their husbands. We forget that the statistics prove that children in America are abused mostly by women. We ignore the 200 percent increase in crime by women during a period in which most crime statistics are dropping. Instead, we transform female violence into victimhood by citing PMS, battered wife syndrome, postpartum depression as the sources of women's actions."--BOOK JACKET.
"When She Was Bad tells the stories of such women as Karla Homolka, who raped and killed three women, including her own sister, then blamed it on battered wife syndrome; Dorothea Puente, who murdered several elderly tenants in her boardinghouse before attracting any attention; and Marti Salas-Tarin, an ex-con who runs a halfway house for women just out of prison. Pearson weaves these and other stories with the results of research by criminologists, anthropologists, and psychiatrists to examine the facts of women's violence and to demolish the myth of female innocence."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Violence in women -- Case studies.
Women -- Psychology -- Case studies.
Abusive women -- Psychology -- Case studies.
Aggressiveness -- Case studies.
Violent crimes -- Case studies.
ISBN 0670859257 (alk. paper)