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    Women Who've Murdered Their Husbands: A Comprehensive List Compiled by Our Sleuthers

    Far more men then women are arrested and convicted for murdering their spouse or significant other. But women also murder their spouses. Do you think they are more likely to get away with it? I think women who murder are far more cunning then men. They often use poison or some non violent (i.e. bloody) means of committing the crime. And when they are caught, their sentences are often far less than men receive for a similar crime. Sometimes this is warranted because of physical abuse from the husband, and sometimes not.

    http://www.glennsacks.com/domestic_violence_a_2.htm :

    Nor do husbands murder their wives significantly more than wives murder their husbands. A 1994 Department of Justice study analyzed 10,000 cases and found that women make up over 40 percent of those charged in familial murders. And because women who murder their husbands tend to use less detectable or traceable methods--such as poisoning (which are often ruled "heart attacks") and hiring others to do the killing (which usually aren't counted as "murders by wives" in official crime statistics), these murders are far less likely to be noticed than murders by men, which are usually committed with guns.


    Nonetheless, I thought it would be interesting to list the females who have murdered their husband's or boyfriends:

    1. Pamela Smart
    2. Betty Broderick
    3. Kristin Rossum
    3. Clara Harris
    4. Lynn Turner - twice! One her husband the other a boyfriend
    5. Larissa Schuster
    Last edited by Pepper; 02-15-2006 at 11:36 AM. Reason: Correct spelling, change name

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    Interesting post.

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    That information is from 1994. That's about 12 years old. I'm sorry, but I think the information has changed quite a bit. Not saying women don't murder too, but it's far more often that the husband murders the wife.
    Rest in Peace to my best buddy and baby, Buster ~ He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Jan. 3, 2011. I miss you, Buster and love you with all my being.

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    Clara Harris (local here in Houston - ran hubby over with car)
    Francis Newton (who was executed recently)
    Jennifer Wright (local here in Houston)

    I'll think of more and add...

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    Velma Barfield
    Dorthea Puente
    Madeleine Smith
    Yvonne Chevallier
    Nancy Kissel

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    I'd be interested in seeing this research that prove these statistics because I know of a big story that was uncovered years ago where the numbers were greatly inflated with homeless people to serve their cause. When so much info was brought to the public during the Laci Peterson case it was reported that most states don't distinguish that a murdered woman was pregnant so even though those calculations weren't included the number of murdered pregnant women are very high.

    My daughter told me she saw on a show like dateline or 20/20 don't remember the show but that they claimed many more men go missing every year in this country than women but the media doesn't pick up these stories and report them like they do with females. I don't believe it and again I'd like to see the proof of that. I simply see otherwise and I think when these research groups do their studies they're out to prove what's contrary to common belief and by ommiting certain info it can be molded into what they want the results to be. For instance children and teenagers, male and female I have seen females under the age of 18 listed as adults whereas a 19 year old boy will be classified as a teen.

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    Strach - by FAR many more men go missing than women. Just look through missing persons sites, it's predominantly men.

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    I could be wrong because I haven't put aLOT of thought behind this (still working on my morning coffee) but I think the circumstances of women killing their spouse/sig. other is different than mens. It seems women are scorned and men want to get out of the relationship???????

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    Quote Originally Posted by detectivewannabe
    I could be wrong because I haven't put aLOT of thought behind this (still working on my morning coffee) but I think the circumstances of women killing their spouse/sig. other is different than mens. It seems women are scorned and men want to get out of the relationship???????
    I think probably more men kill their wives/girlfriends because the women are leaving them. Those ones don't make national news for weeks, because there's no mystery involved and it's just kind of grisly, but that seems to me to be the usual cause.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KatherineQ
    I think probably more men kill their wives/girlfriends because the women are leaving them. Those ones don't make national news for weeks, because there's no mystery involved and it's just kind of grisly, but that seems to me to be the usual cause.
    You're probably right KQ (like I said, still working on morning coffee) but do you agree with women kill because of being scorned or do you think otherwise? Just curious.


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    Clara Harris, man i watched the video of her running him over and over, i couldnt believe it, with his daughter in the car!! That was crazy!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by michelle
    Clara Harris, man i watched the video of her running him over and over, i couldnt believe it, with his daughter in the car!! That was crazy!!
    I, too, have seen the video. Gotta say the woman just snapped! Poor thing. How devastated she was to find out he hadn't ended the affair. I really think she was just completely overcome with rage and snapped, however, if the jury had given her a light sentence, men would never walk anywhere..... I just feel so bad for their kids and his daughter who was in the car. She had no business being with Clara for that confrontation anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jules
    I, too, have seen the video. Gotta say the woman just snapped! Poor thing. How devastated she was to find out he hadn't ended the affair. I really think she was just completely overcome with rage and snapped, however, if the jury had given her a light sentence, men would never walk anywhere..... I just feel so bad for their kids and his daughter who was in the car. She had no business being with Clara for that confrontation anyway.
    She still says she didnt know she was running him over. I think she snapped, no doubt! I think she really loved him and her seeing him with that woman at the hotel, well she freaking lost it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by michelle
    Clara Harris, man i watched the video of her running him over and over, i couldnt believe it, with his daughter in the car!! That was crazy!!
    As far as I'm concerned her sentence was way too light. She only got something like 20 years. IMO, she should have life in prison. I understand her rage, but to murder him???? No way.

    I remember the day the verdict came in. We were having dinner with friends and one of the wives said she was sad that Clara was convicted at all. This woman was almost in tears over it. She said it was David's fault that he was dead because he was having an affair and he deserved what Clara did to him. I almost came out of my chair at her because I had never heard something so profoundly stupid come out of her mouth. My husband literally held my legs on my chair with his hands under the table. He could tell I was about to make a scene. Needless to say we don't socialize with this couple anymore. To this day she believes Clara was wrongly convicted.

    I do feel sorry for Clara's children and her step-daughter because they have lost their parents, but this was Clara's doing and she must pay the consequences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewMom2003
    As far as I'm concerned her sentence was way too light. She only got something like 20 years. IMO, she should have life in prison. I understand her rage, but to murder him???? No way.

    I remember the day the verdict came in. We were having dinner with friends and one of the wives said she was sad that Clara was convicted at all. This woman was almost in tears over it. She said it was David's fault that he was dead because he was having an affair and he deserved what Clara did to him. I almost came out of my chair at her because I had never heard something so profoundly stupid come out of her mouth. My husband literally held my legs on my chair with his hands under the table. He could tell I was about to make a scene. Needless to say we don't socialize with this couple anymore. To this day she believes Clara was wrongly convicted.

    I do feel sorry for Clara's children and her step-daughter because they have lost their parents, but this was Clara's doing and she must pay the consequences.
    Oh she deserves to be in jail. But I can understand her rage too, but to run him over with his daughter in the car, she is crazy! Also, I think that betty broderick is right where she belongs too, she was methodical in her killing she took the gun there she knew what she was going to do. I watched that movie the other day on lifetime. I seen it a million times and always seem to watch it when its on, lol...

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