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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Another sad story

I watched the "Today" show in horror this morning, as Couric and company related the story of a mother in California who dropped her three young children off a pier into the cold bay. It was reported she had mental problems (duh), but this seems to happen to typically "stable" women more and more.

It's one of those things too sad to dwell on.

But I heard Jodie Foster say something interesting related to men and women and their patterns of criminal violence. She said the reason most serial killers are men is because they focus their rage outward. Women tend to look at themselves in fits of rage, perhaps judging their own mothering skills, and strike those closest to them.

I'm not sure what I think about that as a rule, but it's certainly a thought-provoking insight. Thoughts, anyone?

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Blogger girlfriday said...

I don't have a strong opinion either way. I'm not a man and I don't know why most serial killers are men.

As for trying to understand women who pitch their children into the San Francisco bay, or drown them in a bathtub one at a time, or drive a car full of them into a lake--I don't think it's worth evaluating how these people manage anger differently than others. Some people are nuts.

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