National Post — Full Comment blog
2008 03 24
Violence by Proxy: “Marionette Murders”
The Stefanie Rengel case reveals a flaw in the way we categorize homicides
[Stefanie Rengel was a teen-aged girl whom a 15-year-old girl, “M.T.” (the Canadian social engineers, in their successful attempts to turn traditional moral standards upside-down, are convinced that her identity needs to be protected) whom “M.T.” convinced her boyfriend he had to kill another because “M.T.” did not like her, even though she did not personally know Stefanie.]
By Barbara Kay
…although M.T.’s case is particularly puzzling – most women murderers in “love” cases know and hate their victims for what they consider a good reason – her modus operandi is well within a gender paradigm. The crime literature on women who actively incite or tacitly endorse killing by a male surrogate – boyfriends, fathers, brothers – is extensive.
The lesson to be drawn? It is well known that spousal homicides are perpetrated in a two-to-one ratio by men against women. What is not understood is that this ratio has been established using murder statistics that deal only with direct murders. That is to say, if a man kills another man at the behest of the victim’s partner, the crime is registered as a homicide, not as a spousal killing. But in fact it is just as much a spousal killing as if the woman had done it herself, since the actual murderer – just as in the murder of Stefanie Rengel – would not have committed the crime, and has been coerced into it through sexual weakness or the threat of the loss of his relationship to the woman….(Full Story)