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'Hot blondes' are more likely to be charged with murder
11 October 2012 09:17 AM
If you thought being good-looking was a good way to get away with bad behaviour, think again. That is, if the bad behaviour in question is murdering your spouse and then blaming it on a fictitious history of domestic violence.
Researches at the University of Grenada in Spain created fictitious scenarios and ran them by 169 police officers. The results? "Contrary to the pervasive stereotypes that attractive defendants would "receive a more benevolent appraisal of criminality," in this scenario the "unattractive women defendants were attributed less criminal responsibility."
Disgruntled homicidal blondes can thank the movies for that. Apparently the Bond girl stereotype is powerful enough to cancel out other cultural influences.