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September 25, 2006 - 9:18 am

What is it about this September that is bringing female baby snatchers and killers out of the woodwork? So far, a woman has had her a href=”http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/news/nation/15561104.htm”throat cut by a woman and her baby stolen /ain Missouri (the good news–the baby was found) and now another a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14984707/”woman in Illinois has been killed along with her fetus /aand three children by a female baby-sitter. What is suprising to me is that no one seems overly frightened or concerned by this behavior, possibly because these crimes were committed by women. Face it, if two similar crimes this close together had been committed by males against females and their babies (take the Scott Peterson case, for example), the press coverage would be different, with the horrors of the perpretrator being discussed — and with good reason given the nature of these crimes. But with the female perpretrators, the first thing called for is a a href=”http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,215481,00.html”psychological evaluation/a and, of course, a href=”http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14984707/”a little understanding/a: br /br /blockquoteOn Sunday, the community turned to prayer to understand the slayings at a service for the slain family.br /br /“This is an opportunity for people to turn to God,” said Debra Kenton, a member of the New Life Community Church. “Who else can explain things like this?”/blockquotebr /br /I doubt very much that the female killer, Tiffany Hall, in the Illinois case will get death by lethal injection like Scott Peterson, despite possibly having killed five people. Tell me, if you can, what is the difference?

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