Find theories, research or typologies from psychologists to back up my conclusion below?I have produced a criminal profile for a female student, who poisoned her college teacher to death. Below...

Find theories, research or typologies from psychologists to back up my conclusion below?

I have produced a criminal profile for a female student, who poisoned her college teacher to death.

Below is one of the conclusions in my criminal profile of the criminal -

'The criminal is a female because the murder was by poisoning and females are more likely to poison their victims than males, given that females are physically weaker than males. Many of the ways of murdering people are harder for females to accomplish given their relatively weaker bodies. If a female is killing a male, it is much less likely that she could strangle him, stab him, beat him to death, or do anything else like that where the murderer has to be about as strong as the victim.'

 

Below is an example of what I am looking for to back up my conclusion -

"52% of women use poison to murder their victims" (Hickey, 1991)

Could you please find any other theories as above (I need 3, and I only have the 1 above) to back up my conclusion?

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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hi

The problem with your hypothesis is that it is way too inclusive. You cannot generalize that women's bodies are weaker and much smaller than makes when the average woman is 164 pounds (which is 20 pds heavier than 10 years ago).(Fatstats.com)

Second, if the female murdered poison a teacher (which I assume is a male), she must have been in close contact.Ever since the days of the French Revolution, arsenic and other poisons were the method of choice for disgruntal wives to dispose of their husbands.

These are the theories

Women who conform as pure, obedient daughters, wives and mothers benefit men and society (Feinman, 1994: 16). Those women who don't, that is are non-conforming, may simply be one who questions established beliefs or practices, or one who engages in activities associated with men, or one who commits a crime. These women are doubly damned and doubly deviant (Bottoms, 1996: 1). They are seen as 'mad' not 'bad' (Lloyd, 1995: 36). These behaviours frequently lead to interpretations of being mentally abnormal and unstable. Those doing the defining, by the very act, are never defined as 'other', but are the norm. As 'men' are the norm, women are deviant. Women are defined in reference to men (Lloyd, 1995: xvii). In the words of Young (1990), 'sexual difference is one of the ways in which normal is marked out from deviant' (Young, 1990: ix).

Additionally ther in the 19th century it is quoted:

in the late nineteenth century, Lombroso and Ferrero (1895) wrote a book called, The Female Offender. Their theories were based on 'atavism'. Atavism refers to the belief that all individuals displaying anti-social behaviour were biological throwbacks (Smart, 1978: 32). The born female criminal was perceived to have the criminal qualities of the male plus the worst characteristics of women. According to Lombroso and Ferrero (1895), these included deceitfulness, cunning and spite among others and were not apparent among males. This appeared to indicate that criminal women were genetically more male than female, therefore biologically abnormal. Criminality in men was a common feature of their natural characteristics, whereby women, their biologically-determined nature was antithetical to crime. Female social deviants or criminals who did not act according to pre-defined standards were diagnosed as pathological and requiring treatment, they were to be 'cured' or 'removed' (Lombroso and Ferrero, 1895: 43).

Hope this helps!

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