LOS ANGELES—They're leading the news... They're behind the wheel... And they're involved in unspeakable crimes... In recent weeks, the headlines have been filled with stories of women on the verge.
From the woman who led police on a two-hour car chase in a U-Haul to another high-speed pursuit woman who was spitting mad, women today are acting like tough guys!
UCLA's neuropsychiatric institute, clinical psychologist Dr. Gail Wyatt says that in these tough economic times, many women are pushed to the edge... and beyond.
It's desperation that led to the cunning and conniving of Olga Rutterschnmidt and Helen Golay -- known as 'The Black Widows.'
Right here in Los Angeles, they were convicted of killing homeless men for their life insurance. Whatever happened to the sweet grandmas of the good old days?
The tragic death of two-year-old Caylee Anthony, tainted even further by those offending photos of her partying mom Casey, simply put a frame around modern women's confused roles.
But perhaps no case is generating more water cooler talk than that of Melissa Huckaby, the Tracy, California mother charged with the rape and murder of eight-year-old Sandra Cantu, and now implicated in other crimes.
If she's convicted, perhaps some clues will surface as to what drove her.
And UCLA's Dr. Wyatt says that today, with women stepping into roles as tough, kickass action figures on TV and the big screen, it might be sending the wrong message.