Murder in the Hotel Room. Good luck putting the pieces together on this mystery of who killed British businessman Neil Heywood. In China, Gu Kailai, a lawyer by training, has not contested the guilty charge, reports Bloomberg. Since she understands the Chinese legal system and likely wants to escape the death penalty, she might have figured out this was the shrewd option.
The media coverage leading up to Kailai's trial was the typical kind for women who are ambitious. Lady Macbeth, that famous character created by Shakespeare, has been a symbol of how ambitious women poison the system, including those around them. In a sense, ambitious women are viewed as poison. Heywood had been poisoned.
For this reason, ambitious women with high emotional intelligence have made it their business to come across in line with society's expectations of woman as nurturer, gracious hostess, helpmate to spouse, and mother. One example of such a Norman Rockwell type creature had been the late Queen Mother in England. She got the life she wanted, on her own terms, and still was well loved.
Other ambitious women who had hit walls with too masculine a persona have learned to soften the edges. Those range from Hillary Clinton to conservative Connecticut candidate for the U.S. Senate Linda McMahon.
Probably all lawyers worth their salt will tell their female clients in trouble to act like a typical woman before the legal system.