This work presents a case study of two drastically different personas of female murderers, Aileen Wuors and Andrea Yates. It explores the striking ideas presented in Berrington and Honkatukia's (2002) comparison of the trials of torious female murderers. Using their distinction of the mad or bad media portrayal of the female offender, the current manuscript examines this unique dichotomy as it exists in America. By focusing on Labeling, Amie, and Chivalry theories, this work offers social critiques as to why the media chose to depict Wuors and Yates in markedly different lights. America's seemingly blind criminal justice system is challenged by the ticeably disparate sentences received for equally heius crimes.
Dr Georgie Ann Weatherby, Jamie Blanche, Rebecca Jones