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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 32-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-Thurtday, October Ann Landers Women becoming more involved in crime and violence Two women on FBI's 'ten most wanted' list Dear Ann Landers: Please print this Open Letter to My Neighbors: Hi There: Hunting season is here and I know all you "sports'' are polishing up your favorite 30-36, 375 Weatherby or British 500 double-barrel elephant gun and heading for the hills to slay that mighty deer, el, bear or maybe your best friend, by mistake. For many years you've been bringing us meat half rotten from being dragged three miles behind your trail bike, or slung over a horse, or hung up in a camp for three days while your buddies got their game. You then ground it up with hamburger or pork and mixed in some sage and pepper to get rid of the godawful taste. Please, friends, this year take a camera along and snap a picture of good ol' Smokey, Bambi or your guide leaning against a tree. Send the pic- tures to me and the meat to Ann Landers. You Know Who Dear You: Ann Landers doesn't want the meat either. Thanks a heap. Dear Ann Landers: A young "widow" just left my office in tears. Her "husband" had been killed at work only a few days before. But that was only part of her agony. She and her "husband" were not married. They "eloped" to another state for appearances' sake, but were unable to get married because his divorce was not final. They lived as husband and wife for over ten years before his sudden death, intending all the while to marry. But they kept putting it off, fearful that it might get into the papers and their children, family and friends would know they had been liv- ing together without benefit of clerby. Because of this terrible mis- take in judgment and the procrastination that followed, this woman may be deprived of Workman's Compensation and Social Security benefits and she may also have to ex- plain to her family why she is not eligible for the additional income. All of this could have been avoided if that woman and her sweetheart had known they could have been married secretly at any time after his divorce was final. All that is required is a valid ceremony before a judge or a justice of the peace. Many jurisdictions do not publish licenses, and if they do, a lawyer's request that no publicity be given the marriage would certainly be honored. Will you please inform your readers? It could save a lot of anguish for others who are in similar situations. Attorney Who Wishes To Be Anonymous Dear Attorney: Your letter could be very helpful to many of my readers. Thank you for taking the time out of your hnw rtav tn write it. j j Dear Ann Landers: My sister was widowed at the age of 32. Her husband left her with two sons. One suffered a brain injury at birth and had to be hospitalized when he was five. The other boy is slightly retarded, but the doctors say he can stay in regular schools for a while at least. That boy is now nine years of age. Last month we learned that my sister has terminal cancer. There is no one else who can take the older boy and I feel it is my responsibili- ty to raise him. I have already told my sister that I would, so it's settled. My husband is a wonderful person but he is concerned about the problems that face us. First, our own son and daughter (10 and 13) do not get along very well with one another, and they both resent the presence of their nine- year-old cousin. (He is staying with us while his mother is in the hospital for treatment) I try to get them to be patient with the lad but they are real- ly mean to him. Last night the girl was teas- ing the boy because he wets the bed. He went into the clothes closet and I heard him sobbing. Please, Ann, tell me how I can equip myself for the job ahead. I need help. Worried About The Future Dear Friend: First: Contact your local mental health facilities "about family counselling. I believe you could all profit from it. Next: send for a subscrip- tion to "The Exceptional P.O. Box 964, Manchester, N.H. 03105. This magazine is for parents of 'handicapped children. It deals with family-life issues, sibling relationships, sex education, and has a wealth of informa- tion on how to cope with problems of children who are emotionally disturbed as well as physically handicapped. I recommend it highly. Dear Ann Landers: My brother's son is to be married soon. The girl's parents, at her insistence, are giving her a big wedding, complete with white gown, veil, reception, etc. The joke is that the couple has been living together for four years. I refuse to attend the wedding and am being severely criticized. Several relatives have reminded me that it is everyone's right to choose his own lifestyle. I agree, but I also maintain that it is MY right to refuse to honor or reward a lifestyle which I consider immoral by contributing my presence or my presents. I am pleased the couple has decided to marry, but I believe it should be done hi a quiet ceremony. At the very least, the girl should have the decency not to wear a white bridal gown. This is becoming a family crisis. Your opinion, please. C.M. Dear C.M.: You were in- vited to be a guest, not to sit in judgment on the couple's lifestyle. In that same contex- t. what the bride chooses to wear is up to her. If you refuse to attend this wedding you will cast a small cloud over the day for your brother and his family. That cloud will hang over your head for a long time to come. If you take my advice you'll go. By CHARLES FOLEY London Observer LOS ANGELES On a quiet North Hollywood side street one recent night, a man about to enter the block of flats where he lived was suddenly confronted by what appeared to be two male bandits. As he made a dash for safety, the pair dressed in dark shirts and trousers grabbed him. In the struggle that followed, the victim was stabbed seven times with a Bowie knife but he managed to tear off the masks worn by his assailants and found himself facing two women. They were later caught and booked by police on suspi- cion of assault and attempted robbery. Surprise, surprise: but not, it would seem, to law enforcement agencies, who report that rapidly increasing numbers of women are becoming involved in crime and violence in the United States. One out of every ten serious crimes today is com- mitted by a woman, while one arrest in every six involves a woman. The ladies still have some way to go before they catch up with men in this field, but they're moving last. The latest FBI crime statistics show that between 1968 and 1973 the number of women arrested for "major" crimes car theft, armed robbery, murder, etc. increased by 52 per cent. The rise for men in the same period was 8 per cent. Women are doing more embezzling (up to 136 per more forging and counterfeiting (up to. 99 per more drunken driving (up 211 per and getting arrested more often for drug offences (up a hand- some per cent since Perhaps the most shocking aspect is that the sharpest increase in female crime is among girls of 18 and under: they are now frequent participants in assault, robbery, murder and even rape. Two women are on the FBI's "ten most wanted" list, and dozens more appear on the "wanted" posters rows of mugshots with brief descriptions that hang in tattered, well- thumbed files on the walls of U.S. post of- fices. "Women have been involved in bank robberies in the says Mr. Roy Gerard, assistant director for correctional programmes at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. "But always as lookouts, "or driver of the getaway car. Now they carry guns: they're inside, robbing the Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst wanted by the FBI for allegedly robbing a San Francisco bank in the company of several other young women, members of the radical terrorist "SymMonese Libera- tion Army" is only the most famous ex- ample of a female who openly boasts that she's in the bank robbery business to finance revolution. In Los Angeles last month, a young black woman, convicted of robbing ten banks in an 18-day period, declared that she did it "to help bankrupt the Federal Govern- ment and feed the poor in Watts" this city's black ghetto. The woman, Leaster Smith, is the former common-law wife of "Soledad Brother" John Cluchette, a noted black militant. New prostitute breed The revolutionaries, however, are a small, if well-publicised minority in the ranks of women criminals. A violent new breed of prostitutes is at work in big cities across the country. They don't do much, work on their backs: they prefer the tourist-trodden pavements of San Fran- cisco, or the corridors of New York hotels, where they rob, swindle, and even murder would-be clients. The techniques are simple and effective. They range from knocking on random doors in hotel corridors and threatening to scream rape if the lone male doesn't part with a bill (the prominent visitor from the provinces pays up rather than see his name in the morning to robbery with, violence: some innocent businessman from Idaho is lured to a trick apartment by girls who fling his clothes down the stairwell and speed off with his wallet, secure in the knowledge that their victim will not create a scene in the nude on the stairway of a strange hotel. One Japanese businessman lost to two young women in a robbery of this sort in San Francisco recently. A few days earlier, a compatriot from Tokyo was knifed by a prostitute he had taken back to his hotel room. She fled with 000 yen about learned enough of the language to proposi- tion potential customers; others carry small cue cards to initiate a deal. A woman arrested this summer carried a complete list of wealthy Japanese guests at a major San Francisco hotel. Explanations for the phenomenon of female crime fall roughly into three categories: increased use of drugs; the breakdown of social inhibitions in America's "permissive and the influence of "women's With heroin addiction rampant in major cities, drugs are no doubt to blame for part of the trouble: crime is virtually the only way to support a debilitating, habit. But psychoanalysts, policemen, lawyers and women's libbers alike seem to agree that the more significant cause is "women's Women are catching up with men in so many fields: a balance between the sexes in crime as well was almost inevitable. Women more ruthless Dr. Margaret Mead, the anthropologist, warns that women, whether as revolutionaries or criminals, may turn out to be more ruthless and savage than men. "Females have fought to save their young over the says Dr. Mead. "They have fought to kill. They have no built-in chivalry. They will be fiercer than the males, less amenable to rules, more likely to carry fighting to deadlier lengths." And Betty Friedan, a founder of the women's movement, says that as women become more assertive, and find themselves still barred from many oppor- tunities, economic and social, to create a better life, "they are likely to take agressive and hostile actions." Superintendent Dorothy Am of the Ohio Reformatory for Women, while agreeing that women, work habits, and society are all changing, and that the change is reflected in the rising crime figures, believes that drugs are an important contributing factor. "More and more women are coming in with drugs in their says Supt. Arn. "They become involved in prostitution, embezzlement or forgery to support the habit." Other prison authorities report that up to 60 per cent of younger female inmates are inside for nar- cotics or some drug-related crime. A mutual drug addiction is the basis of many a pimp-prostitute relationship. Although criminologists believe that women, on the whole, are being exploited by men in crime as in other fields, there are many signs of a new-found independence. Not all women criminals resemble the doggily devoted girls who belonged to Charles Manson's cult and were jailed in 1971 for carrying out a series of brutal murders at his direction. "The old breed used to kill husbands, boy friends, and their says a Californian prison official. "The new kind murders perfect strangers." And, on oc- casion, rapes them, although this seems destined to remain chiefly a field dominated by males. Middle-aged men cautious, not open about feelings VANCOUVER (CP> It's a neighborhood party and a group of middle-aged men stand in a circle at one end of the room talk- ing about things like sports, business and politics. That is only one example, says Lilly Jaffe, of a middle-aged Brian's tendency to communicate on safe levels. "They prefer to discuss something that doesn't really involve them deeply as human beings. "The middle-aged man will tend to be cautious and not open about his feelings. If he feels anger or fear of displacement, for example, the chances are he won't talk about these things. directly. He'll use substitutions about what he's feeling." Ms. Jaffe said these men are polite and indirect and lend to develop routines in their life. "After a while, there are no more surprises. It's what I call the routimzation of communication." Ms Jaffe. who has done extensive work in personal com- munications, is exploring communication in the middle-aged man in a course this fall at the Vancouver YMCA. She caractcnzed the middle-aged man as one who is in a rut. has everything planned and channelled, minimizes spontaneity or is fearful of change He suffers from a sense of aloneness due to his inability to communicate. She said he tends to use liquor as a crutch for communicating and is unwilling to bjvak out of his cultural environment to ex- periment with the unknown. 'How often have you known a middle-aged man to try yoga or to inquire into an Eastern She said middle age is state of mind and has little to do with physical age. Her course tries to help men open up by dealing with ideas such as non-verbal communication, hitening skills and re- sponding to other people and not their roles. 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