scariest female criminals

HISTORY'S SCARIEST FEMALE CRIMINALS

HISTORY'S SCARIEST FEMALE CRIMINALS

These women will be remembered for the worst reasons. They showed unimaginable cruelty. Some of the best-known examples have been depicted on the big screen. Take a look through the gallery and learn about the worst female criminals!

MYRA HINDLEY

MYRA HINDLEY

With her boyfriend Ian Brady, Myra killed five children between the ages of 10 and 17 in England in the 1960s. She was sentenced to two life sentences and died aged 60 in 2002.

MA BARKER

MA BARKER

Ma Baker is one of the most famous criminals in the history of the United States. At the beginning of the 1930s, Barker planned numerous robberies, murders, and kidnappings with the Barker Gang, which included her two sons. In 1935, she was killed by the FBI in the house where she was hiding. Curious sightseers still visit the house.

MARY I OF ENGLAND

MARY I OF ENGLAND

Known as Bloody Mary, the Queen of England was responsible for the persecution of Protestants and the death of more than 300 people.

MIREYA MORENO CARREON

MIREYA MORENO CARREON

Mireya Moreno Carreon was a drug trafficker for the Los Zetas cartel in Mexico. She used to be a police officer until she joined the cartel and became a head of the organization. She was arrested in 2011

KLARA MAUEROVA

KLARA MAUEROVA

This Czech woman belonged to a religious cannibal cult. Along with other members, she tortured one of her children, making him eat his own flesh. Klara was sentenced to nine years in prison in 2008.

JUANA BARRAZA

JUANA BARRAZA

Born in 1957, she was a professional wrestler and one of Mexico's most famous killers. Juana Barraza killed between 42 and 48 elderly women. She was arrested in 2006 and condemned to 759 years in prison.

DARYA SALTYKOVA

DARYA SALTYKOVA

She was a noblewoman and serial killer in 18th century Imperial Russia. She tortured and murdered more than a hundred serfs.

GRISELDA BLANCO

GRISELDA BLANCO

This Colombian woman was a famous drug trafficker and one of the main players in the Medellín Cartel. Blanco is thought to be responsible for more than 200 murders.

AMELIA DYER

AMELIA DYER

Born in Bristol, England in 1837, Amelia Dyer was an infamous killer. Over 20 years she killed hundreds of children. She was detained in 1869 and later hanged.

DELPHINE LALAURIE

DELPHINE LALAURIE

This New Orleans woman tortured and murdered her household slaves. When she was discovered, Delphine LaLaurie fled to France.

CHRISTIANA EDMUNDS

CHRISTIANA EDMUNDS

This English woman used to buy chocolates, fill them with strychnine, and then return them to the store, where they were bought by other people. In 1871, a child died after eating some of these poisoned chocolates. Edmunds was condemned to death. Later, the sentence was reduced to life in prison.

MIYUKI ISHIKAWA

MIYUKI ISHIKAWA

She is one of Japan's most infamous killers. During the 1940s, with the help of numerous accomplices, including her husband, she is thought to have killed more than 100 abandoned children. At trial Ishikawa blamed the parents of the children for deserting them. She was sentenced to just eight years in prison.

GERTRUDE BANISZEWSKI

GERTRUDE BANISZEWSKI

This American woman tortured a girl to death. Later, it was discovered that she committed the crime with the help of her children and four other neighborhood kids. In 1965 she was convicted of first-degree murder.

KARLA HOMOLKA

KARLA HOMOLKA

Along with her husband, this Canadian woman kidnapped and killed two young women in the early 1990s. She was arrested but released in 2005 for testifying against her now ex-husband. She changed her name and now lives in Montreal with a new husband and three kids.

ILSE KOCH

ILSE KOCH

Nicknamed the B---h of Buchenwald, Ilse was the wife of a commander at the Buchenwald concentration camp. She beat prisoners, forced them to do unthinkable things, and abused those with tattoos.

AILEEN WUORNOS

AILEEN WUORNOS

Aileen Wuornos was an American sex worker who killed seven men between 1989 and 1990. She was executed by lethal injection in 2002.

RANAVALONA I

RANAVALONA I

Ranavalona I ruled the island nation of Madagascar for over 33 years. She's considered one of the cruellest leaders of all time. Thousands of people died under her strict and brutal regime.

BELLE GUNNESS

BELLE GUNNESS

Also known as the Black Widow, Belle Gunness was born in 1859 in Norway. After emigrating to the US, she killed two husbands and all of her children. It is thought that she killed more than 40 people in total.

DAGMAR OVERBYE

DAGMAR OVERBYE

This Danish serial killer is thought to have killed more than 25 children between 1913 and 1920. In 1921, she was condemned to death. That sentence was later reduced to life in prison. She died in 1929.

CATARINA DE'MEDICI

CATARINA DE'MEDICI

This Italian noblewoman was queen consort of France from 1547 until 1559. Some say she was the mastermind of the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre. It is estimated she killed thousands of people on that occasion.

LEONARDA CIANCIULLI

LEONARDA CIANCIULLI

Between 1939 and 1940, Leonarda Cianciulli murdered three women and made cakes and soap out of their remains. She allegedly committed these crimes to break a curse on her family.

IRMA GRESE

IRMA GRESE

Irma Grese was an SS guard at Ravensbrück and Auschwitz concentration camps. She was in control of around 30,000 prisoners, whom she tortured physically and psychologically. Irma wore jackboots and always had a pistol and a whip on her. She was hanged for her crimes by the allies aged just 22.

CHARLENE GALLEGO

CHARLENE GALLEGO

Along with her husband Gerald Gallego, Charlene killed 10 people between 1978 and 1980. She was sentenced to 16 years in prison but freed after testifying against her husband.

ELIZABETH BATHORY

ELIZABETH BATHORY

Nicknamed the Blood Countess or Countess Dracula, Elizabeth was a Hungarian countess who tortured and killed hundreds of young women at the turn of the 16th century. She liked to bathe in the blood of her victims, which she believed kept her young.

TILLIE KLIMEK

TILLIE KLIMEK

This Polish-American serial killer was active in Chicago during the first half of the 20th century. Between 1912 and 1923, she poisoned nearly 20 people with arsenic. Some victims recovered, while others, including all four of her husbands, died. In 1923 she was sentenced to life in prison.

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