Madness and Murder

Gender, Crime and Mental Disorder in Nineteenth-century Ireland

Author: Pauline Prior

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 258

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This book presents the stories of men and women charged with murder in nineteenth century Ireland. Some were found guilty and sentenced to death and others were sent to the Central Criminal Asylum for Ireland at Dundrum. For those considered to be 'insane' at the time of committing the crime, their fate was an indefinite committal to Dundrum. For those considered responsible for their actions, it meant the death sentence which, in the first half of the century, was often reduced to transportation and, in the second half of the century, to penal servitude within the prison system. Drawing on her specialist knowledge of mental health policy and law, and with unique access to convict records, Prior explores these crimes within the context of criminal justice policies in Ireland at this time. Her examination of previously unexamined records shows that court judgments were highly gendered. The death penalty remained a possibility for anyone found guilty of murder and while the execution of a woman was unusual, it did occur. However, with the opening of a criminal lunatic asylum in 1850, a new approach was possible. Men who killed women and women who killed children began to use the insanity defence very successfully. For some, this was a positive outcome, leading to a short period of detention in Dundrum, but for others it led to a lifetime in an asylum. For those found guilty of the crime, the most frequent outcome was a long stretch in prison. An interesting outcome for many of these convicts was official assistance in emigrating to the US at the end of their sentences - a theme explored in the final chapter. If you are interested in crime in Ireland, in the link between mental disorder and crime, or in the impact of gender on crime and its punishment, this book is for you.
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Madness and Murder in the Bay

Author: Dawn Shanea Clark

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781546247418

Category: Fiction

Page: 114

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From the school teacher to the defense attorney, everyone has problems. When people like Melissa Fider and Fred Ethel relocate, they bring along more baggage than what's in their suitcases. Hearts are broken, lives are lost, and freedom is on the line. In Madness and Murder, Dawn Clark creatively displays issues of relationships and the madness individuals bring to their respective relationships. This book is a riveting, nail biter. It will leave you hanging on every word as if you are waiting in anticipation for the next scene in your favorite movie. Laced with humor and intrigue; this dramatic, psychological thriller is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat.
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Whatever Mother Says...

A True Story of a Mother, Madness and Murder

Author: Wensley Clarkson

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

ISBN: 1466873469

Category: True Crime

Page: 288

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To neighbors, she was the brave single mother... Raising her five kids alone in a rundown section of Sacramento, Theresa Cross Knorr seemed like the ultimate survivor. But her youngest daughter, 16-year-old Terry, told police another story: one almost too terrible to believe. But accused of imprisoning her children in a house of horrors... According to Terry, Theresa--no longer the petite brunette she once was--had turned insanely jealous of her pretty eldest daughters and enlisted the help of her two teenaged sons in a vicious campaign against their sisters. Of beating, torturing and killing her own flesh and blood... Terry's gruesome tale told how Theresa had drugged, handcuffed and shot 16-year-old Suesan, allowing her wounds to fester, until the day she ordered her sons to burn their sister alive. Next, Terry said Theresa severely beat 20-year-old Sheila and then locked her in a stifling broom closet, so that when the girl finally starved to death, her brothers dumped her body in the same desolate mountain range where they had cremated Suesan. She could be one of the most evil murderesses of our time... It took Terry five agonizing years to convince authorities to investigate her grisly accounts of burning flesh, starvation and torture...of a mother from hell, so sadistic and so deranged, she had become her children's own executioner. Wensley Clarkson's Whatever Mother Says ... is the true story of a mother, madness and murder.
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Moonshine, Madness, and Murder

Author: Christy Marie Kent

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781942930082

Category: Fiction

Page: 340

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In Quacker Holler, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, the monks make moonshine to support the school and one seventy-five-year-old nun writes and self-publishes redneck vampire nun erotica. Until someone kills her.
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The Dark History of the Occult

Magic, Madness and Murder

Author: Paul Roland

Publisher: Arcturus Publishing

ISBN: 9781848378544

Category: Occult crime

Page: 208

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Black magic murders, Satanic sex cults and demonic possession - these are the diabolical practices that grab the tabloid headlines and reinforce the myth that evil and an unhealthy obsession with the occult are to blame for our increasingly violent society. But is the truth even darker and more disturbing?
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Madness and Murder

Implications for the Psychiatric Disciplines

Author: Peter Morrall

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: N.A

Category: Medical

Page: 228

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Murder is the most malevolent of acts by humans. Not only does the slaying of a man, woman or child destroy a life, but it ravages the lives of all those associated with the person who has been killed, and foments the collective angst of the community. But the mad who kill are placed in a different socio-legal category to that of ?normal' murderers. Those regarded as insane, either at the time of their improbity or after the event, are propelled into a distinct and discreditable stratum of deviancy. They are 'unreasonably' dangerous. These miscreants are construed as 'double-trouble' - mad and bad! Is there justifiable (if exaggerated) anxiety about dangerous mentally disordered people being 'loose' in the community? Is there a genuine need to protect both society at large and the mad? Does public concern about the homicidal tendencies of the mentally disordered warrant emphatic social intervention to protect both potential victims and perpetrators? What are the merits and consequences of post-liberal mental health policies and laws, introduced at the end of the 20th century and beginning of the 21st century in response to a declared failure of previous approaches to the care of mentally disordered people and the protection of the public? How have the psychiatric disciplines of medicine and nursing contributed to a period of unprecedented public alarm in the 1990s about the mentally disordered?
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Ghost

The True Story of One Man's Descent into Madness and Murder

Author: Glenn Puit

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101485973

Category: True Crime

Page: 288

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John Patrick Addis was a state trooper, crime scene investigator, bush pilot, ex-convict, UFO fanatic, survivalist-and a pro at manipulating women. His criminal madness stretched from Alaska to Mexico-leaving countless victims in his wake.
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Deep Beyond the Reef

A True Story of Madness and Murder in the South Pacific

Author: Owen Scott

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Homicide

Page: 408

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"The brutal murders of Fiji Red Cross director John Scott and his partner Greg Scrivener in 2001 were clouded in media rumour and political mystery. Drawn back to Fiji by the tragedy of his brother's death, Owen Scott embarks on a quest for the truth, as he attempts to unravel the crime and understand the unique society in which he grew up as the son of a prominent and domineering father. From the fading splendour of colonial Fiji to the violent coups and media exploitation of the modern era, this is a ... story of love, death and memory from the heart of the Pacific" --Back cover.
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Insanity

Murder, Madness, and the Law

Author: Charles Patrick Ewing

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019532613X

Category: Law

Page: 188

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The most complex of all legal/psychological issues, the insanity defence, has been employed thousands of times, but there is still little understanding by psychologists and lawyers of its proper use. By analysing some of the most well-known insanity cases in legal history, this book sheds light on its peculiarities.
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