Female serial murderers: a critical review of the state of the literature

García de Ceca González, Andrea (2016) Female serial murderers: a critical review of the state of the literature. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The purpose of this literature review is to provide a comprehensive overview of the research concerning female serial murderers. This project presents the most relevant areas and themes in the study of these offenders. First, a review of the research developed by the School of Feminist Criminology is offered, followed by the most prominent theories regarding female criminality, and lastly the issues brought upon by the narratives developed regarding female criminals. The chapter concludes with the proposal of the application of a gender neutral perspective to illustrate the potential processes these serial murders might follow. Second, the definitional and taxonomical characteristics and the issues of serial murder are described; additionally, the limitations observed in both the conceptualisations and the existing classifications of serial murder are analysed and discussed. This is followed by an outline of the most prevalent themes in the study of serial murderers, succeeded by a summary of the preceding studies examining female serial killers. Third, an exploratory analysis was completed on 105 female serial murderers acting alone, and the subsequent findings are presented and discussed. To conclude, an evaluation of the material exposed throughout this thesis is presented, alongside a potential future endeavour in the study of female serial murder.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 14:59
    Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 14:59
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/24456

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