Many stories inspired me to write, The Gold Fish Bowl, the first of which was a CBC film called Vicky about a woman who snapped and tragically killed her children. Canadian actress, Jackie Burroughs, won an ACTRA for playing Vicky who was hospitalized for years for the homicides, then released. The real life story of Francine Hughes (played by Farah Fawcett in The Burning Bed) drew me into the complexities of spousal abuse. Research for my character, Mara Winterin The Gold Fish Bowl uncovered interesting theories and studies about people who just snap. Here are some things I read:
"The association between mental illness and snapping is controversial, some say. Most people with mental illness are not violent, said Dr. Roland Segal, a forensic psychiatrist in Phoenix, Arizona."
"When people who are not psychotic are committing a homicide, some dehumanize or blind themselves to the person they're shooting, Ash said. 'It's striking when you talk to people who have done things like this, how they're really preoccupied with their own feeling and have in their mind stopped thinking of the other person as real full human being,' he said."
"Because of the many differences in behaviors and motivations between men’s and women’s violence, as discussed here, interventions based on models of male violence against women may not be effective for many women. Gender-specific interventions tailored to the needs of women who are violent are more likely to be successful in creating behavior change."
"Why some people snap and others don't is still a mystery, experts say."