When a woman commits murder, she’s often given a label: “The Woman Who Snapped,” “Black Widow” or “Angel of Death.” Do these labels help us explain why women murder, or do they mask the truth? Join the true crime writer Tori Telfer as she uncovers what drives women to kill, presented by CBS All Access.
Elizabeth Bathory murdered 600 servants and bathed in their blood. At least, that’s how the story goes. In the final episode of “Why Women Kill: Truth, Lies and Labels,” we explore “Bloodthirsty Babes,” the women who kill just for the thrill of it. What makes this kind of story particularly attention-grabbing? Why are we especially shocked and fascinated by women who seem to enjoy their crimes? Join the true crime writer Tori Telfer and notable guests as they unpack the intrigue, psychology and history of the “Bloodthirsty Babe,” presented by CBS All Access.
Elizabeth Gurian is a criminologist, homicide researcher and associate professor of criminal justice and criminology at Norwich University.
Helen Gavin is a lecturer at the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England. She is co-author of the book “Female Aggression.”
Dawn Pflugradt is a psychologist specialized in forensic assessment and ethics. She's published several peer reviewed articles on violent female offenders, and is an associate professor at the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology.
Belinda Morrissey is the author of When Women Kill: Questions of Agency and Subjectivity. She is a media theorist and lecturer of literature and media studies at the Federation University Australia.
Susana Vargas Cervantes is the author of The Little Old Lady Killer: The Sensationalized Crimes of Mexico's First Female Serial Killer. She is a Fulbright Fellow at Columbia University.