The Penalty is Death: U.S. Newspaper Coverage of Women's Executions

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University of Missouri Press, 2002 - 336 strani
In 1872 Susan Eberhart was convicted of murder for helping her lover to kill his wife. The Atlanta Constitution ran a story about her hanging in Georgia that covered slightly more than four full columns of text. In an editorial sermon about her, the Constitution said that Miss Eberhart not only committed murder, but also committed adultery and "violated the sanctity of marriage." An 1890 article in the Elko Independent said of Elizabeth Potts, who was hanged for murder, "To her we look for everything that is gentle and kind and tender; and we can scarcely conceive her capable of committing the highest crime known to the law." Indeed, at the time, this attitude was also applied to women in general. By 1998 the press's and society's attitudes had changed dramatically. A columnist from Texas wrote that convicted murderess Karla Faye Tucker should not be spared just because she was a woman. The author went on to say that women could be just as violent and aggressive as men; the idea that women are defenseless and need men's protection "is probably the last vestige of institutionalized sexism that needs to be rubbed out."
 

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Introduction
1
Murdered Family Members and Other Schemes
25
The Demons Decline
42
Jazz Journalism and the Execution Story As Drama
85
Race Ethnicity and Sexual Preference
147
More Animal Than Human?
171
Sexual Preference
183
Hollywood Female Tough Guys and Love Triangles
191
Little Attention for First Executions
224
Love Triangles
240
Little Support for Changes to Execution Laws
253
Government Secrecy of Executions under Federal Authority
272
The Late 1990s and Beyond
283
The HighTech Media at the End of the Twentieth Century
285
Epilogue
303
Works Cited
311

Southern California Defendants
193
The Female Tough Guy
209

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