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Welcome to the Criminally, a podcast, I'm Holly Fry, and I'm Maria Tomoaki.
And together we're exploring the margins of history and specifically at the intersection of history and true crime.
Our first season of the show is all about lady poisoners. History has not been kind to ladies. Women have been marginalized. They've been vilified. They're falsely accused and often just plain misunderstood time and time again. But sometimes women take power for themselves and they make their voices heard and sometimes they do it through murder.
Support has often been called a woman's weapon, and that's despite the fact that roughly two thirds of the poisonings committed throughout history have been the work of men.
So Maria and I wanted to get our hands dirty and dig in and start looking at these women accused of using poison for nefarious means and try to figure out their motivations and see what patterns develop.
So we're going to cover everything from Caligula's sister, Agrippina.
Was she a killer or was she just ambitious enough to seem automatically suspicious to a law made in 19th century England making it illegal for women to buy arsenic, which was just rat poison, even though it was men doing most of the killing through poison at the time to a 1920 Chicago case where Tili clinic was given a much harsher sentence than prettier women with similar rap sheets.
So the takeaway is, if you're going to commit crime, be cute about it. Yes, some of these women absolutely were guilty, but some of them were probably labeled as criminals when that was not the case.
And all of them were viewed through society's lens as sitting at this often sensationalized intersection of being both killers and the fairer sex.
But how many were truly villains and how many were just misunderstood? Join us on Criminal as we untangle their stories on the I Heart radio app, Apple podcast or wherever it is you listen.