Free Thinking 2009
As part of Radio 3's Free Thinking ideas festival, Philip Dodd introduces a discussion in front of an audience at the Sage, Gateshead about women's involvement in major crimes - including those involving children.
From the infamous Myra Hindley to the shocking recent case of paedophile Vanessa George, society is both fascinated and horrified by the minds of women involved in these most serious crimes - especially when they involve abuse of children. How could a woman do such things?
In a talk called 'the woman's right to be evil', Dr Gwen Adshead, consultant psychotherapist at Broadmoor high-security psychiatric hospital, who works with the violent and the mentally disturbed, attempts to confront some of the most uncomfortable implications of our attitudes to violent women
This programme contains some disturbing images of violent crimes.