American Female Criminals

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Rank the Most Wicked American Female Criminals

 1 Yolanda Saldívar

Yolanda Saldívar.
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Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: September 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Yolanda Saldívar is serving a sentence for the murder of Latin pop star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in March 1995. Yolanda managed Selena’s fan club and fashion boutiques and was fired for embezzling money from both. When Selena confronted her, Yolanda refused to submit the financial records and shot her to death.

 2 Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Gypsy Rose Blanchard.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: July 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Louisiana
Gypsy Rose Blanchard came in the public eye after she teamed up with her boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, to murder her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard. Dee Dee was suffering from Munchausen syndrome, which made her create an illusion that Gypsy suffered from several chronic illnesses, whereas Gypsy was a normal child.
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 3 Bonnie Parker

Bonnie Parker.
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Famous As: Thief
Birthdate: October 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rowena, Texas, United States
Died: May 23, 1934

 4 Aileen Wuornos

Aileen Wuornos.
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: February 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Troy, Michigan, United States
Died: October 9, 2002

Sexually and physically assaulted by her own grandfather during her childhood and teenage years, Aileen Wuornos took to prostitution to support herself. From becoming pregnant at age 14 to engaging in sexual activities in exchange for drugs, Aileen's early life played a major role in turning her into a serial killer. Her story eventually became quite famous in popular culture.

 5 Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes.
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Famous As: Business Woman
Birthdate: February 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Elizabeth Holmes is a former businesswoman who is credited with founding the now-defunct health technology company Theranos . It was later revealed that Elizabeth Holmes had deceived her investors with false claims. The rise and fall of her company inspired a book titled Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup.

 6 Anne Bonny

Anne Bonny.
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Famous As: 18th Century Pirate
Birthdate: March 8, 1702
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cork, Republic of Ireland
Died: April 22, 1782

Irish pirate Anne Bonny is considered one of the most famous female pirates of all time. She operated in the Caribbean in the early 18th century. As a teenager, she became the partner and lover of the notorious English pirate captain Calico Jack Rackham. She was captured in 1720 when she was pregnant. Her fate remains unknown. 

 7 Susan Atkins

Susan Atkins.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: May 7, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Gabriel, California
Died: September 24, 2009

Susan Atkins was an American murderer who was convicted for participating in eight killings, including the infamous Tate murders, carried out by members of the Manson Family. Sentenced to life imprisonment, Atkins was the longest-serving female inmate in California history at the time of her death. 

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 8 Diane Downs

Diane Downs.
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Diane Downs killed her own daughter in 1983. She also tried killing her other children and then made up a story about how a man had tried carjacking her and had shot her children. She was sentenced to life plus 50 years but is eligible for parole at age 65. 

 9 Leslie Van Houten

Leslie Van Houten.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: August 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Altadena, California, United States

Leslie Van Houten is a convicted murderer. A former member of the infamous Manson Family, Houten played a major role in the Tate-LaBianca murders of 1969. Since her highly publicized court trials, Leslie Van Houten has been portrayed in several films; she has been played by actresses like Kristen Hager, Tania Raymonde, Greer Grammer, Hannah Murray, and Victoria Pedretti.

 10 Amy Fisher

Amy Fisher
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States

 11 Mary Kay Letourneau

Mary Kay Letourneau
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: January 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tustin, California, United States
Died: July 6, 2020

 12 Patricia Krenwinkel

Patricia Dianne Krenwinkel.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: December 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

A former member of the notorious Charles Manson's "Family," Patricia Krenwinkel is a criminal who has participated in multiple murders. She was part of the gang that murdered actress Sharon Tate, who was pregnant at the time of her death. Krenwinkel has been denied parole fourteen times and is currently incarcerated at the California Institution for Women.

 13 Assata Shakur

Assata Shakur.
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Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: July 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jamaica, New York, United States

Assata Shakur is a former member of the revolutionary organization 'Black Liberation Army'. Sentenced to life for murder, Shakur escaped from the 'Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women' and was eventually granted political asylum in Cuba. She is the first woman to be added to FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list. Her life inspired the documentary film Eyes of the Rainbow.

 14 Andrea Yates

Andrea Yates.
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: July 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hallsville, Texas, United States

Andrea Yates is an American woman who confessed to killing her five children by drowning them in her bathtub in 2001. Although she was initially sentenced to life in prison, she was acquitted in 2006 as she was found not guilty by reason of insanity; it was revealed that she had been suffering from postpartum psychosis, postpartum depression, and schizophrenia.

 15 Darlie Routier

Darlie Routier.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: January 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States
Darlie Routier was convicted of stabbing her 5-year-old son Damon to death in 1996 and sentenced to death by lethal injection. She was also charged with killing her other son, 6-year-old Devon, but not tried for it. Following multiple appeals by her, fresh DNA tests were ordered and are pending.

 16 Susan Smith

Susan Smith.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: September 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Union, South Carolina

Susan Smith is an American murderer who was convicted for murdering her children, Michael and Alexander, who were three-year-old and 14-month-old respectively. She falsely claimed that her kids were kidnapped by a black man before being adjudged guilty of the crime. Sentenced to life in prison, Smith is currently incarcerated at the Leath Correctional Institution in South Carolina.

 17 Lynette Fromme

Lynette Fromme.
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Famous As: woman who attempted to assassinate Gerald Ford.
Birthdate: October 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Monica
Lynette Fromme, also known as “Squeaky,” belonged to Charles Manson’s cult Manson Family. Though she was not involved in the Manson Family’s infamous Tate–LaBianca murders, she tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975. She was sentenced to life, but received parole after 34 years. She later released a memoir.

 18 Pamela Smart

Pamela Smart.
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Famous As: Murder Conspiracy Convict
Birthdate: August 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Coral Gables, Florida, United States
Florida-based Pamela Smart made headlines when she was charged with plotting the murder of her husband, Greggory Smart, with her 15-year-old boyfriend, William "Billy" Flynn, and three of his friends. She was eventually convicted and is now serving a life sentence in a maximum-security New York prison.

 19 Estella Marie Thompson

Estella Marie Thompson
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Famous As: Prostitute
Birthdate: August 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, USA

 20 Ma Barker

Ma Barker.
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Famous As: Matriarch of the Barker Family
Birthdate: October 8, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ash Grove, Missouri, United States
Died: January 16, 1935

 21 Mary Surratt

Mary Surratt
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: April 30, 1823
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Maryland, United States
Died: July 7, 1865

 22 Virginia Hill

Virginia Hill.
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 26, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lipscomb, Alabama
Died: March 24, 1966

Virginia Hill was an American woman best remembered for her association with the Chicago Outfit crime organization. She served as the outfit's courier, passing important messages between mobsters, during the mid-1930s. She became the subject of a 1974 TV film. Her relationship with mobster Bugsy Siegel was dramatized in the 1991 movie Bugsy, where she was portrayed by Annette Bening.

 23 Felicia Pearson

Felicia Pearson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

 24 Caril Ann Fugate

Caril Ann Fugate.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: July 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States

 25 Mary Brunner

Mary Brunner.
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: December 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States

 26 Karla Faye Tucker

Karla Faye Tucker.
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Famous As: First woman to be executed in the US since 1984
Birthdate: November 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
Died: February 3, 1998

 27 Belle Gunness

Belle Gunness.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: November 11, 1859
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Selbu
Died: April 28, 1908
Also known as the Mistress of Murder Farms, Norwegian-born American immigrant Brynhild Paulsdatter Storset later changed her name to Belle. The brutal murderer is believed to have seduced and then butchered her countless suitors. A headless body found recovered from her burnt house was thought to be hers.

 28 Belle Starr

Belle Starr.
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Famous As: Outlaw
Birthdate: February 5, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carthage, Missouri, United States
Died: February 3, 1889

 29 Barbara Graham

Barbara Graham
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: June 26, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: June 3, 1955

 30 Sara Jane Moore

Sara Jane Moore.
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Famous As: Woman Who Attempted to Assassinate US President Gerald Ford
Birthdate: February 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Charleston, West Virginia

 31 Martha Beck

Martha Beck.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: May 6, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milton, Florida, United States
Died: March 8, 1951

 32 Theresa Knorr

Theresa Knorr.
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Famous As: Murderess
Birthdate: March 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sacramento, California

 33 Zerelda Mimms

Zerelda Mimms.
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Famous As: Jesse James' Wife
Birthdate: July 21, 1845
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Logan, Kentucky
Died: November 13, 1900

 34 Evelyn Frechette

Billie Frechette
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: 1907 AD
Birthplace: Neopit, Wisconsin, United States
Died: 1969 AD

 35 Debra Lafave

Debra Lafave
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: August 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riverview, Florida, United States

 36 Jane Toppan

Jane Toppan.
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: March 31, 1854
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston
Died: October 29, 1938

 37 Genene Jones

Genene Jones.
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Famous As: Nurse Who Killed Several Infants
Birthdate: July 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Texas

 38 The Freeway Phantom

The Freeway Phantom
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

 39 Carol M. Bundy

Carol M. Bundy
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: August 26, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: United States
Died: December 9, 2003

 40 Teresa Lewis

Teresa Lewis
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: April 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Danville, Virginia, United States
Died: September 23, 2010

 41 Jean Harris

Jean Harris
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 23, 2012

 42 Jodi Arias

Jodi Arias.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: July 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Salinas, California, U.S.

 43 Doris Payne

Doris Payne.
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Famous As: Jewel Thief
Birthdate: October 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Slab Fork, West Virginia

 44 Mirtha Jung

Mirtha Jung.
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Famous As: Ex-wife of George Jung
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Cuba

Growing up in a notorious part of Cuba, Mirtha Jung was already a drug addict by the time she met George Jung of the infamous Medellin cartel, which smuggled drugs into the U.S. She participated in George’s dealings and was even jailed. The 2001 film Blow depicted her life story.

 45 Anna Marie Hahn

Anna Marie Hahn
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: July 7, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bavaria, Germany
Died: December 7, 1938

 46 Rasmea Odeh

Rasmea Odeh
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Famous As: Associate director of the Arab American Action Network, Chicago, Illinois
Birthdate: 1947 AD
Birthplace: Lifta, British Mandate Palestine

 47 Alyssa Bustamante

Alyssa Bustamante.
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: January 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: California

 48 Sally McNeil

Sally McNeil
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Famous As: Bodybuilder
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: United States