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also known as Battered Women Who Kill

The Perfect Victim2012

  • 3.9
For over thirty years, three women have languished in Missouri State prison under unjust sentences for killing their abusive husbands. Denied the opportunity to enter the abuse into evidence, each of the women represents a system broken by outdated and media-sensationalized stereotypes. When a greater understanding of the “battered” syndrome change legal practices in 2000, Missouri’s Governor crafts a new law demanding the parole board reevaluate each woman’s case. But nothing comes easy to the women who have been abused twice, first by their husbands and then by the notoriously secretive board who control their fate. Now they must fight back to not be THE PERFECT VICTIM.

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This doc will make you angry. Tragic example of miscarriage of "justice" that

sent abused women in Missouri to jail for 3 decades for killing their abusers. Trials that didn't allow abuse to be discussed, lawyers that were corrupt and incompetent, court systems that were ignorant and criminal justice parole boards that were all of the above. Shattered lives of powerless women - wrongly treated but still championed by a small group of courageous legal fighters that would not give up their efforts to free them. Ultimate victories never balanced the great injustices done to these women - a story the film makers can be thanked for bringing to the light of day, much like Erroll Morris's " A Thin Blue Line". Recommended viewing - particularly for people that think we live in a classless society where justice is equality delivered. Justice is indeed blind but not in the way we might want it to be.

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This doc will make you angry. Tragic example of miscarriage of "justice" that

sent abused women in Missouri to jail for 3 decades for killing their abusers. Trials that didn't allow abuse to be discussed, lawyers that were corrupt and incompetent, court systems that were ignorant and criminal justice parole boards that were all of the above. Shattered lives of powerless women - wrongly treated but still championed by a small group of courageous legal fighters that would not give up their efforts to free them. Ultimate victories never balanced the great injustices done to these women - a story the film makers can be thanked for bringing to the light of day, much like Erroll Morris's " A Thin Blue Line". Recommended viewing - particularly for people that think we live in a classless society where justice is equality delivered. Justice is indeed blind but not in the way we might want it to be.

1 member likes this review
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A fantastic expose. Hard to believe the story.

I thought it was powerful and extremely well done. I would recommend it to anyone.

Justice delayed is justice denied..........