‘Snapped’ is an interesting tv series shown on the free-to-air ‘Bravo’ channel. Although suffering from American production style with too much repetition, it’s quite well done in general, not too hyped up, very factual, including real footage of police interviews and detailed descriptions of the police investigations and evidential developments.
The series focuses on murders of men committed by women, usually wives or partners but sometimes boarders or women whom the murdered men were helping out.
The most frequent reasons for the murders included financial gain through insurance or control of the man’s existing financial assets, hiding or avoiding consequences for the woman’s pattern of theft or misuse (usually to feed addictions) of money provided by the man, or getting rid of the man to free up an extramarital relationship the woman had been indulging in (though usually the murder was still motivated by financial considerations). A few but not many of the murders were revenge for the man’s extramarital affair(s), and a few but not many were to prevent the man from maintaining custody of children which he gained because of the woman’s substance abuse and/or inadequacy as a parent.
Notable in many cases is the police initial reluctance to suspect that the woman may have committed the murder, and/or the half-hearted investigation and gathering of evidence for this. For example, a recent episode showed evidence mounting that the wife committed the murder but police failing to prosecute because the evidence wasn’t sufficient. Then more than a decade later a keen detective picked up the case and found that bank records showed the woman had been diverting to her own account money the husband had been providing to pay the mortgage and the murder happened when the bank was about to inform him of the problem. This evidence was then used to successfully prosecute the woman for murder, but it seemed that the original police investigation could easily and should have found that evidence.
Notable also is the frequency with which the murdering woman eventually admits to killing the man (after she had lied repeatedly and feigned grief and confusion about ‘finding’ her husband murdered) but then claims she did it in reaction to long term abuse from him or sexual abuse of the children by him, even though there had never been any previous indication of this and even though the children deny any such thing. In some cases these retrospective claims lead the Court to reduce the woman’s sentence.
Notable also is the frequency with which the murdering women eventually ask for a plea bargain and end up getting more lenient sentences. Related to this is the almost zero frequency with which the murdering women are sentenced to death in states that routinely do so for males.
The series highlights women’s ruthless violence propensity and the falsehood of feminist propaganda that portrays men as the violent ones. It’s worth a watch.