The convicted "Milkshake Murderer" Nancy Kissel went over the top. At her trial in Asia this one-time blonde dyed her hair brown and simulated the look of an Asian woman. To the delight of many of us, she was back in court a few times later with appeals. She appeared frail and in a wheelchair.
It's unlikely Kissel will return to public view. But now we know we might have the return of alleged almost-murderer Dalia Dippolito. The Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled she is entitled to a new trial.
Essentially, that's because of possible juror contamination in her first one, a conviction, in 2011. The basis of that was all the publicity surrounding the alleged attempted murder. Here are the details of the appeal.
At the time a newlywed in Florida, Dippolito was accused of paying a supposed hit man $3,000 to murder with a gun her husband. Allegedly she wanted his townhouse and to get rid of a $90,000 debt. The hit man turned out to be an undercover cop.
She contends that the whole enchilada was a plot line put in play by her husband who was trying to be a reality star.
Why we, including the media, love our female killers and alleged wannabes has myriad reasons.
Of course, at the top of the list is the expectation that women be incapable of violence. For example how titillating were the news reports that Liza Minnelli allegedly beat up her husband and the same about Liz Taylor.
Secondly, given the wide range of a female's emotional tool kit, we are transfixed by the devices, ranging from tears to shut-down.
Third, we put ourselves in the victim's shoes. That victim may be another female or a male. Should we keep our own antenna up for signs that some woman is trying to off us?
The stock market may plummet to half its current value. Ebola may become an pandemic like Influenza had been. Our President may or may not win the lawsuit filed against him by the U.S. House of Representatives. But what we can count on is that some female for some reason will off or plan to off her spouse. In court, a good time will be had by all, including probably the defendant who relishes the role of star.