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A Journal on Forensic Medicine




Minerva Medicolegale 2006 March;126(1):93-9

language: Italian

Women as authors of homicides in Turin, between 1989-2001

La Sala E. 1, Viazzi F. 1, Blancato I. 2

1 Dipartimento di Medicina Legale Area Criminalistica, Ospedale Gradenigo, Torino
2 Agape Mare dell’Accoglienza Torino


This paper is based on a statistical study on the incidence of voluntary homicides committed by women in Turin and its province, between 1989 and 2001. The difference, though, from other studies carried out in the past in the same field is that the present paper tasks itself with opposing female and male criminality. Therefore, we will illustrate the main criminal, sociological and psychological theories, that, since Cesare Lombroso, have emerged over the years, to try to explain the difference in trends between male and female criminals. This difference being a lesser incidence of female criminality compared to males. It will consist, in the end, in examining the women’s homicidal patterns, specifying how and through which means they act, what are the determining factors causing such behaviours, the motives which animate them and their reactions after committing an homicide. Ultimately, we will dress a panorama of different typologies of female assassins, detailing for each typology the motivations and victims of predilections.

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