American Female Criminals

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Rank the Most Wicked American Female Criminals

 1 Aileen Wuornos

Aileen Wuornos
Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: February 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rochester, 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.

 2 Bonnie Parker

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

Best known as part of the legendary criminal couple Bonnie and Clyde, Bonnie Parker was infamous for her bank robberies with her partner Clyde Chestnut Barrow. They apparently murdered several policemen, too. Their crimes were romanticized in many movies including a 1967 film starring Faye Dunaway as Bonnie.

 3 Anne Bonny

Anne Bonny
Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: March 8, 1697
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
Died: March 31, 1721

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. 

 4 Darlie Routier

Darlie Routier
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.

 5 Susan Atkins

Susan Atkins
Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: May 7, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Gabriel, California, United States
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. 

 6 Delphine LaLaurie

Delphine LaLaurie
Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: March 19, 1780
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: December 7, 1849
Delphine LaLaurie, also known as Marie Delphine Macarty or Madame Blanque, was a socialite from New Orleans who tortured and killed countless slaves in her Royal Street mansion. Her crimes were discovered after a fire at her mansion. An outraged mob subsequently destroyed the house, while she left New Orleans.

 7 Leslie Van Houten

Leslie Van Houten
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.

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 8 Susan Smith

Susan Smith
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.

 9 Diane Downs

Diane Downs
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. 

 10 Patricia Krenwinkel

Patricia Krenwinkel
Famous As: Murderer, Member of Manson Crime Family
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.

 11 Assata Shakur

Assata Shakur
Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: July 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, 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.

 12 Belle Gunness

Belle Gunness
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.

 13 Pamela Smart

Pamela Smart
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.

 14 Ma Barker

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

 15 Karla Faye Tucker

Karla Faye Tucker
Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: November 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Died: February 3, 1998

Karla Faye Tucker was a convicted criminal who killed two people with a pickaxe during a burglary. She committed the crime with a few accomplices in 1983. She was convicted of murder the following year and sentenced to death. She was executed by lethal injection in 1998. She was the first woman to be executed in US since1984. 

 16 Virginia Hill

Virginia Hill
Famous As: Organized crime figure
Birthdate: August 26, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lipscomb, Alabama, United States
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.

 17 Genene Jones

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

 18 Caril Ann Fugate

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

 19 Zerelda Mimms

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

Zerelda Mimms was the wife of bank and train robber Jesse James. She was the daughter of a pastor. Her mother, Mary Elizabeth, and Jesse James' father, Robert S. James, were siblings, making Zerelda and Jesse first cousins. Zerelda married Jesse in 1874. The couple had four children, two of whom died in infancy. 

 20 Mary Brunner

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

 21 Jane Toppan

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

 22 Martha Beck

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

 23 Belle Starr

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

 24 Barbara Graham

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

Barbara Graham was a convicted criminal who was executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin Prison in 1955. She became the third woman in California to be executed by gas. Born to an unwed teenage sex worker, she had a troubled childhood. As a young woman, she became involved with hardened criminals and took to a life of crime. 

 25 Doris Payne

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

 26 Theresa Knorr

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

 27 Lynette Fromme

Lynette Fromme
Famous As: Woman who attempted to assassinate Perisdent Gerald Ford
Birthdate: October 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
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.

 28 The Freeway Phantom

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

 29 Linda Hazzard

Linda Hazzard
Famous As: Physician, Serial killer
Birthdate: December 18, 1867
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Carver, Minnesota, United States
Died: June 24, 1938

 30 Carol M. Bundy

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

 31 Kristen Gilbert

Kristen Gilbert
Famous As: Serial killer and former nurse who was convicted of four murders
Birthdate: November 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts, United States

 32 Jean Harris

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

 33 Sara Jane Moore

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

 34 Estella Marie Thompson

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

 35 Linda Carty

Linda Carty
Famous As: Convicted of murder
Birthdate: October 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Kitts and Nevis

 36 Clare Bronfman

Clare Bronfman
Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 37 Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Gypsy Rose Blanchard
Famous As: Masterminded Her Own Mother’s Murder
Birthdate: July 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Golden Meadow, Louisiana, United States
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.

 38 Sally McNeil

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

 39 Mary Eastey

Mary Eastey
Famous As: Convicted of witchcraft
Birthdate: August 24, 1634
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Great Yarmouth, England
Died: September 22, 1692

 40 Kathy Boudin

Kathy Boudin
Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: May 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York, United States

 41 Rasmea Odeh

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

 42 Evelyn Frechette

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

 43 Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes
Famous As: Former CEO of Theranos Who Was Convicted of Fraud
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.

 44 Mary Kay Letourneau

Mary Kay Letourneau
Famous As: Teacher who pleaded guilty in 1997 to two counts of felony second-degree rape of a child
Birthdate: January 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tustin, California, United States
Died: July 6, 2020

American teacher Mary Kay Letourneau was pleaded guilty in 1997 to two counts of felony second-degree rape of a child. She began a sexual relationship with her sixth-grade student Vili Fualaau and had two children with him. Letourneau served two prison sentences as their relationship was forbidden by law. The two got married in 2005 and got separated in 2019.

 45 Ghislaine Maxwell

Ghislaine Maxwell
Famous As: Socialite, Sex offender
Birthdate: December 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Maisons-Laffitte, France

Daughter of publishing tycoon, late Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine Maxwell is a socialite infamous for her involvement with the convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. Charged with sex trafficking of minor girls, she is under investigation by the US Virgin Islands Department of Justice.

 46 Jodi Arias

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

 47 Alyssa Bustamante

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

 48 Yolanda Saldívar

Yolanda Saldívar
Famous As: Murder Convict of singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez
Birthdate: September 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
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.

 49 Mirtha Jung

Mirtha Jung
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.

 50 Felicia Pearson

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

Best known for her role in HBO production, The Wire, Felicia Pearson started dealing in drugs as a teenager before being incarcerated for second degree murder, earning her GED while in prison. On her release, she was picked up for a role in The Wire, kickstarting her career as actor and rapper. She published her memoir, Grace After Midnight, in 2007.