American Female Criminals

Rank the Most Wicked American Female Criminals

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 1 
Bonnie Parker
(Bank Robber)
Bonnie Parker
99
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.

 2 
Aileen Wuornos
(American Serial Killer)
Aileen Wuornos
198
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.

 3 
Patricia Krenwinkel
(American Convicted Murderer and Member of the Manson Family)
Patricia Krenwinkel
20
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.

 4 
Anne Bonny
(Irish Pirate Operating in the Caribbean and One of the Few Female Pirates in Recorded History)
Anne Bonny
16
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. 

 5 
Diane Downs
(American Criminal Who Murdererd Her Daughter and Attempted to Murder Her Other Two Children)
Diane Downs
24
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. 
 6 
Darlie Routier
(Murderer)
Darlie Routier
33
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.
 7 
Susan Smith
(Murderer)
Susan Smith
42
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.

 8 
Belle Gunness
(Serial Killer)
Belle Gunness
29
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.
 9 
Susannah Martin
(Witchcraft)
Susannah Martin
1
Birthdate: September 30, 1621
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: England
Died: July 19, 1692
 10 
Ma Barker
(Matriarch of the Barker Family)
Ma Barker
13
Birthdate: October 8, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ash Grove, Missouri, United States
Died: January 16, 1935
 11 
Virginia Hill
(American Organized Crime Figure)
Virginia Hill
17
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.

 12 
Susan Atkins
(American Murderer and Member of Charles Manson's Crime Family)
Susan Atkins
46
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. 

 13 
Belle Starr
(Outlaw)
Belle Starr
8
Birthdate: February 5, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carthage, Missouri, United States
Died: February 3, 1889
 14 
Genene Jones
(Nurse Who Killed Several Infants)
Genene Jones
35
Birthdate: July 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Texas
 15 
Karla Faye Tucker
(American Convicted Murderer)
Karla Faye Tucker
11
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 
Zerelda Mimms
(Jesse James' Wife)
Zerelda Mimms
8
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. 

 17 
Sally McNeil
(American Former Professional Bodybuilder Who Was Convicted for the Murder of Her Husband Ray McNeil)
Sally McNeil
4
Birthdate: September 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
 18 
Jane Toppan
(American Serial Killer)
Jane Toppan
8
Birthdate: March 31, 1854
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 17, 1938
 19 
Martha Beck
(Serial Killer)
Martha Beck
17
Birthdate: May 6, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milton, Florida, United States
Died: March 8, 1951
 20 
Doris Payne
(Jewel Thief)
Doris Payne
6
Birthdate: October 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Slab Fork, West Virginia
 21 
Mary Surratt
(Criminal, Businessperson)
Mary Surratt
3
Birthdate: 1823 AD
Birthplace: Waterloo, Maryland, United States
Died: July 7, 1865
 22 
Barbara Graham
(Criminal)
Barbara Graham
7
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. 

 23 
Mary Brunner
(Criminal)
Mary Brunner
6
Birthdate: December 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 24 
Alse Young
(Witchcraft)
Alse Young
3
Birthdate: 1615 AD
Birthplace: New Windsor, Berkshire, England
Died: May 26, 1647
 25 
The Freeway Phantom
(American Serial Killer)
The Freeway Phantom
5
Birthplace: United States
 26 
Debra Lafave
(Teacher)
Debra Lafave
11
Birthdate: August 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riverview, Florida, United States
 27 
Alyssa Bustamante
24
Birthdate: January 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: California
 28 
Jodi Arias
(American Convicted Murderer of Her Ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander)
Jodi Arias
16
Birthdate: July 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Salinas, California, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 29 
Caril Ann Fugate
13
Birthdate: July 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
 30 
Leslie Van Houten
(American Convicted Murderer and Member of the Manson Family)
Leslie Van Houten
30
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.

 31 
Jean Harris
(Author)
Jean Harris
12
Birthdate: April 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 23, 2012
 32 
Theresa Knorr
(Murderess)
Theresa Knorr
11
Birthdate: March 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sacramento, California
 33 
Sabrina De Sousa
(Criminal and Diplomat)
Sabrina De Sousa
0
Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
 34 
Pamela Smart
(Murder Conspiracy Convict)
Pamela Smart
12
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.
 35 
Linda Carty
(Convicted of murder)
Linda Carty
3
Birthdate: October 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Kitts and Nevis
 36 
Gypsy Rose Blanchard
(Masterminded Her Own Mother’s Murder)
Gypsy Rose Blanchard
59
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.
 37 
Angela Raiola
(Reality TV personality)
Angela Raiola
7
Birthdate: June 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: February 18, 2016
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 38 
Estella Marie Thompson
(Prostitute)
Estella Marie Thompson
10
Birthdate: August 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, USA
 39 
Mary Eastey
(Convicted of witchcraft)
Mary Eastey
3
Birthdate: August 24, 1634
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Great Yarmouth, England
Died: September 22, 1692
 40 
Sara Jane Moore
(Woman Who Attempted to Assassinate US President Gerald Ford)
Sara Jane Moore
15
Birthdate: February 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Charleston, West Virginia, United States
 41 
Elizabeth Holmes
(Former CEO of Health Technology Company 'Theranos' Who Was Convicted of Fraud)
Elizabeth Holmes
127
Birthdate: February 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

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.

 42 
Kristen Gilbert
(American Serial Killer and Former Nurse)
Kristen Gilbert
12
Birthdate: November 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts, United States

Kristen Gilbert is an American serial killer who worked as a nurse. She was convicted of two attempted murders and four murders of patients admitted to the Northampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Massachusetts. Nicknamed The Angel of Death, Kristen Gilbert was found guilty of inducing cardiac arrest in patients at the hospital.

 43 
Lynette Fromme
(Woman who attempted to assassinate Perisdent Gerald Ford)
Lynette Fromme
12
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.
 44 
Yolanda Saldívar
(Murder Convict of Singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez)
Yolanda Saldívar
60
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.
 45 
Assata Shakur
(American Political Activist and Member of the Black Liberation Army Who Was Convicted in the First-Degree Murder)
Assata Shakur
35
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.

 46 
Carol M. Bundy
(Serial killer)
Carol M. Bundy
17
Birthdate: August 26, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: United States
Died: December 9, 2003
 47 
Mary Kay Letourneau
(American Teacher Who Pleaded Guilty in 1997 to Two Counts of Felony Second-Degree Rape of a Child)
Mary Kay Letourneau
15
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.

 48 
Amy Fisher
(Best Known for Shooting and Severely Wounding 'Mary Jo Buttafuoco', the Wife of Her Lover 'Joey Buttafuoco')
Amy Fisher
25
Birthdate: August 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States

Amy Fisher, who came to be known as The Long Island Lolita, made headlines when in 1992, she shot and injured Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of her lover, Joey Buttafuoco. After serving her sentence, she released sex tapes and books such as If I Knew Then.

 49 
Evelyn Frechette
(American Woman Known for Her Personal Relationship With the Bank Robber John Dillinger)
Evelyn Frechette
2
Birthdate: September 15, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Neopit, Wisconsin, United States
Died: January 13, 1969
 50 
Andrea Yates
(Criminal)
Andrea Yates
14
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.