One of my newest favorite tv shows is Snapped, on the Oxygen network. My sister turned me on to it. I was laid up with a cold on Sunday and came across a Snapped marathon while I was channel-surfing. Each episode is a profile of a murder case where the killer is a woman. Each year, approximately 16,000 people are murdered in the United States. Only 7% of the killers are female (FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program). I'm assuming that since murder by a woman is so rare, this is why Snapped explores the crime and, more interestingly, the lives of the women who did the killing. Who are these women and what drove them to kill?
From what I can tell, the majority of the cases are about a woman who killed her husband or boyfriend. Part of me is embarrassed that I now watch this show. I mean, imagine if the shoe was on the other foot. Suppose there was a show with a tongue-in-cheek name about men who killed women? I'd be horrified.
I saw a stat somewhere that 1500 women in the U.S. are killed by their Read more: