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FEMALE KILLERS: Nannie Doss, the Giggling Grandma

FEMALE KILLERS: Nannie Doss, the Giggling Grandma

March 13, 2020

This podcast examines the construct of female serial killers' behavior versus what we would expect with male serial killers. In particular, we focus on the female serial killer named Nannie Doss, otherwise known as “the giggling grandma”.

When it comes to female serial killers, one of the weird things is that for a long time a lot of people didn't even believe that women were capable of serial murder. A lot of the early definitions of the term serial killer were limited to murders that involved a sexual component, but the crimes of female serial killers rarely involve a sexual component. Some experts have argued that there's no such thing as a female serial killer. We see that 98% of female serial killers are white, and they start at around age 31 to 38. They tend to kill female and male victims with about equal frequency. The average number of victims of female serial killers is about 6 and the average victim age is around age 48. In terms of targeting, we see that 30% of female serial killers killed both and children, 45% killed only adults, and 25% killed only children. We also see that female serial killers generally murder within their local area. Female serial killers tend to kill victims by poisoning, suffocation, and staged accidents.

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Citations

Harrison, M. A., Murphy, E. A., Ho, L. Y., Bowers, T. G., & Flaherty, C. V. (2015). Female serial killers in the United States: means, motives, and makings. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 26(3), 383–406.

Harrison, M. A., Hughes, S. M., & Gott, A. J. (2019). Sex differences in serial killers. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences.

Frei, A., Völlm, B., Graf, M., & Dittmann, V. (2006). Female serial killing: review and case report. Criminal Behaviour & Mental Health, 16(3), 167–176.

FEMALE KILLERS: Gypsy Rose Blanchard and Munchausen by Proxy

FEMALE KILLERS: Gypsy Rose Blanchard and Munchausen by Proxy

March 6, 2020

This episode examines the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case, as well as questions like was her sentence fair? Should she be released early? What was the role of Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy (Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another)?

In 2016, Gypsy Rose Blanchard was convicted of second-degree murder for the 2015 murder of her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard. In 2018, Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s conspirator, Nicholas Godejohn, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. The case has attracted attention because it has been alleged that Dee Dee Blanchard had symptoms of Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy and abused Gypsy Rose Blanchard for years.

Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy is a rare disorder where a perpetrator, usually the parent or other caregiver, intentionally induces, falsifies, or exaggerates manifestations of physical or mental health symptoms in another person under his/her care and in which no obvious external incentives (e.g., financial gain) are involved.

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Citations

Sokmensuer, H. (2017). A Daughter Trapped, a Mother Murdered Fatal Family Secrets. People, 87(22), 64. https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/cri...

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