Why men kill women
13 July 2016, 11:32
Two British criminologists have explained the forces driving men to kill women who are either their intimate partners or strangers in their book When Men Murder Women.
The duo, also a couple - Professors Rebecca and Russell Dobash from the University of Manchester authored the book based on their 10-year research on factors contributing to women murders.
They analysed 866 homicide file cases and conducted in depth interviews with 200 prisoners convicted of murder in seven British prisons. The study extended its investigation into their childhood and adulthood lives.
They looked into three categories of murders namely intimate partner murder, sexual murder and murder of women aged over 65. From their findings, the key driving forces were the controlling trait, jealousy and possessiveness.
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In intimate partner murder, they looked into murders of wives or girlfriends while sexual murders involved those in which the man killed a woman who was not an intimate partner. They found out that men kill their partners because of sexual jealousy.
Further, these kind of murderers experienced difficulties in adulthood; particularly alcoholism and joblessness. However, there were those who had a contrary life story as they were employed, sober and easy childhood.
Sexual murderers exhibited the controlling trait. There are those who were found to be lurking on women for sex. When they ambush them and they resist, they viciously assault them with kicks, punches, tramping over them and choking them to death. They were found to have very troubled backgrounds, more than intimate partner murderers. Also, they were dependent and alcohol consumers.
For murder of the over-65 women, the researchers established that 40 percent of the murderers were perpetrated by strangers who targeted the women because of their vulnerability. Worryingly, the murderers do their background checks to establish whether they got company at home before attacking them. They were found to be frequent substance abusers.
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