The penalty is death : U.S. newspaper coverage of women's executions / Marlin Shipman.

"In "The Penalty Is Death," Marlin Shipman examines the shifts in press coverage of women's executions over the past one hundred and fifty years. Since the colonies' first execution of a woman in 1632, about 560 more women have had to face the death penalty. Newspaper respon...

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Main Author: Shipman, Marlin.
Format: Book
Published: Columbia, Mo. : University of Missouri Press, ©2002.
Table of Contents:
  • Part I. Murdered family members and other schemes. Ch. 1. viragos and unnatural mothers: Nineteenth-century mothers
  • Ch. 2. The demons decline: Twentieth-century mothers
  • Ch. 3. Husbands and other family members
  • Ch. 4. Other schemes
  • Part II. Jazz journalism and the execution story as drama. Ch. 5. Excesses in 1920s Louisiana
  • Ch. 6. Female mass murderers in the late 1930s
  • Ch. 7. Execution stories as serial dramas. Part III. Race, ethnicity, and sexual preference. Ch. 8. Pre-civil war press and slave executions
  • Ch. 9. Twentieth-century Black defendants
  • Ch. 10. The Irish: More animal than human?
  • Ch. 11. Sexual preference: Changes during the past fifty years. Part IV. Hollywood, female "tough guys," and love triangles. Ch. 12. Southern California defendants
  • Ch. 13. The female "tough guy"
  • Ch. 14. Little attention for "first" executions.
  • Ch. 15. Love triangles
  • Ch. 16. Little support for changes to execution laws
  • Ch. l7. Government secrecy of executions under federal authority. Part V. The late 1990s and beyond. Ch. 18. The high-tech media at the end of the twentieth century.