Forensic Psychiatrist: Women Kill More Creatively Than Men


Elizabeth Bathory

Sigrun Rossmanith and Spiegel Online talk about gender roles and the underestimated shadow of women.

via Spiegel Online International

Women rarely commit murder, but forensic psychiatrist Sigrun Rossmanith has treated many female killers. She tells SPIEGEL ONLINE that women’s dark side is underestimated.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Frau Rossmanith, in your book you pose the question of whether women make better murderers than men. Is that the case?

Rossmanith: They are certainly more creative than men. More inventive. Take the revenge incident that I describe in the book: An unfaithful wife from Asia passionately kisses her partner — and in doing so slips a cyanide capsule into his mouth, which he is forced to swallow. She combines an act of love with the murder. Would a man come up with such an idea?SPIEGEL ONLINE: Hard to say. Are women perhaps more creative with murder because they lack the physical strength for more heavy-handed violence?

Rossmanith: Naturally, they must compensate for a lack of physical strength. Often they render their victims defenseless in order to actually carry out the act. A frequently used tool is incidentally the knife, a distinctly European trait compared with the United States, where firearms are predominantly used. Naturally, one must also say that women rather rarely become killers. Men kill something like ten times more frequently than women.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Is it true that when women kill, it’s almost always friends or relatives?

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    “An té nach bhfuil láidir, caithfidh SÍ bheith glic.”

  • Hadrian999

    killing should be a means not an end

    • Liam_McGonagle

      “Kill only what you can eat,” eh?

      Apart from the prion-ogenic madness that typically seems to ensue from a cannibal diet, I’m with you all the way.

      • Hadrian999

        killing to eat or to achieve an objective is one thing, killing to kill is poison.

        • Liam_McGonagle

          Reasons are pretty flimsy articles.

  • rhetorics_killer

    YEAH, women can be very scary.. I remember an encounter with a cop-woman, once, who carried the shit out of me, sneaking all around my mind and business –a loadpack of weed actually was deposed in a safety box just in front of us; one I was about to open when she prompted right on the corner of the street and engaged me on a tricky confrontation concerning my way around the area.. No cop-man would have done the same as well..! She failed to faith her intuition, otherwise would have pierced my stand and get me good for a few months in.

  • Chaos_Dynamics

    Silent. Patient. Efficient.

    They marry every day.