People who watch a lot of news that broadcast violent

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crimes and take more precautions against them. People who watch a lot of news that broadcast violent crimes will believe that crime is more widespread than it statistically is. In the crime of the giggling granny in 1954 , Nannie Doss, 49 years old, of Tulsa Oklahoma was found guilty of poisoning her husband Samuel Doss 8 . There are pictures of her 6 McRaney, D. (2014). You are now less dumb: how to conquer mob mentality, how to buy happiness, and all the other ways to outsmart yourself . New York: Gotham Books. 7 Dowler, K. (2003). Media consumption and public attitudes toward crime and justice: the relationship between fear of crime, punitive attitudes, and perceived police efectiveness. Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, 10 (2), 109-126. 8 Jackson, S. E., & Pittman, N. R. (2015, August 27). Throwback Tulsa: Charming, friendly Nannie Doss poisoned four husbands. Retrieved November 08, 2017, from http://www.tulsaworld.com/blogs/news/throwbacktulsa/throwback-tulsa-charming-friendly-
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smiling in the courtroom right after plead guilty of her charges. She was not sentenced to death because the judge did not want Doss to be the first woman sentenced to death in Oklahoma. In other words she slid past the death penalty on the basis of her gender, while others convicted of the same charges at that time would have been sentenced to death. Nannie Doss killed four of her husbands with rat poison. Her two daughters and mother have also mysteriously died while under nannie’s care. In 1954 she was thought to be Tulsa’s most infamous serial killers. Society would not typically think that an elder lady would be capable of being a serial murderer, due to people’s low exposure to older aged criminals in the media. Along with age, appearance also plays a crucial role in how criminals are charged. Primarily in court, appearance is one of the main determinant in how the jury will view the defendant. While a person’s facial features help determine whether the jury will depict the defendant, that person’s clothing also plays a crucial role. In other words, the halo effect plays full effect in court trials. For example, when a person is dressed professionally in a suit and tie or pant suit, have a clean shaved face, and have their hair and rest of appearance put together then they are less likely to be perceived as a criminal than someone who is not. In a study, researcher Efran found that those on the jury were more likely to sympathize and give lenient charges to a physically attractive person rather than a less physically attractive person even when it was for the same crime 9 . Now flipping the scripts and moving on to the opposite side of crime, to the victim’s side.
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