Federal death row is a lonely place for a woman. Right now there is one female in the lethal holding tank: Lisa Montgomery, found guilty of murdering a pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett, 23, while visiting her in 2004 to talk about purchasing a puppy.
Inside Stinnett’s Skidmore, Mo., home, Montgomery used a kitchen knife to cut an 8-month-old fetus from her victim’s womb and proceeded to walk around with the premature baby, claiming it was her own. Miraculously, the baby survived. Now, on Jan. 12, Montgomery could become only the sixth female federal inmate executed in US history. During the 21st century, 13 federal male inmates have met this fate. Since 1790, approximately 350 male inmates have been executed by the federal government.
Why the gender disparity? “The answer is that women don’t usually commit the crimes eligible for execution,” Mary Welek Atwell, author of “Wretched Sisters: Examining Gender and Capital Punishment,” told The Post. “Murder with certain aggravating