108 years ago today, two twins, Michel and Edmond Navratil, saw their father for the last time as he lowered them into a boat full of strangers in a desperate attempt to save their lives. They were on Easter break with their father who unbeknownst to the twins, had kidnapped them, leaving their mother at… Continue reading SOS! She’s Hit an Iceberg!
In honor of Pride month, I decided to post a few book reviews for those interested in LGBTQ history. In my first semester of graduate school, I took a gender theory class which changed my perspective on so many aspects of queer history and gender studies. By sharing these book reviews and some analysis, my… Continue reading Charity and Sylvia: An “Open Secret” in Nineteenth-Century America
One of the most interesting aspects of my research of Civil War medicine thus far is the methods women used to achieve their agendas during the Civil War. Being opposed to women as volunteers, both Surgeon General Lawson and Finley maintained that protestant women should not be exposed to the kinds of conditions produced by… Continue reading Women Show Agency Within the United States Sanitary Commission
Historically, women have been discriminated against and have held lower social positions than their male counterpoints. This is no exception in Ancient Rome as women were both exploited and molested at the hands of their husbands and even their parents. Due to the belief that women were weak and “light-minded”, Roman laws were put in… Continue reading Women in Ancient Rome: Discrimination, Double Standards, and Agency
Entry 7: Death Row Conditions Women currently account for less than one percent of inmates on death row in the United States (DPIC). With the majority of the offenders on death row being male, it is no wonder women are housed separately. However, it is interesting that unlike men on death row, women are… Continue reading Death Row Conditions
Entry #5: Methods of Execution of Women Figure 1 The methods of execution regarding capital punishment have drastically changed since its first use in the United States in 1608. Although the rate of execution is drastically lower for women than men, women have been no stranger to being put to death by the State. Although… Continue reading Methods of the Execution of Women
Entry #4: A Brief History of the Execution of Women Since the beginning of time, the death penalty has been handed down to both men and women for death worthy offenses. Although the crimes which carry a sentence of death have changed, capital punishment has withstood the test of time. The origin of the death… Continue reading A Brief History of the Execution of Women 1632 – Present
Entry #2: Bonnie Heady and the Greenlease Case On September 28, 1953, Robert (Bobby) Greenlease sat focused at his desk at a private school in Kansas City, Mo., when he was informed his aunt had arrived to pick him up. Upon arrival at Notre Dame De Sion, a school for young boys, Bonnie Heady appeared… Continue reading The Greenlease Kidnapping and Murder
Table of Contents Introduction Women as Killers American Serial Killer: Aileen Wuornos The Greenlease Kidnapping Women on Death Row Changing the Message of the Death Penalty via State Sanctioned Suicide: Christina Riggs A Brief History of the Execution of Women Methods of Execution Pertaining to Women Gender Disparity… Continue reading A preview of what’s to come!
Entry #1: An evaluation of the film, Monster and it's depiction of Aileen Wuornos Aileen Wuornos is a household name, especially in Hollywood. From the portrayal of Aileen in the fifth season of the television show American Horror Story, to countless documentaries made about her life, it seems America cannot get enough of… Continue reading American Serial Killer: Aileen Wuornos