British Female Criminals

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Mary Bell
(Murder Convict)
Mary Bell
Birthdate: May 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England
Mary Bell was convicted of strangling 4-year-old Martin Brown and 3-year-old Brian Howe in 1968, when she was just 11. She committed the second crime with a 13-year-old friend named Norma Joyce Bell. After she was released in 1980, after 12 years, she took up various pseudonyms.
Mary Ann Cotton
(Serial Killer)
Mary Ann Cotton
Birthdate: October 15, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Low Moorsley, England
Died: March 24, 1873

Mary Ann Cotton was an English serial killer who was convicted for the murder of her stepson. Cotton is believed to have killed 11 of her children and three of her husbands for their insurance policies. Mary Ann Cotton was sentenced to death and was executed by hanging. 

Amelia Dyer
(English Serial Killer Who Killed Infants)
Amelia Dyer
Birthdate: 1837 AD
Birthplace: Bristol
Died: June 11, 1897

Amelia Dyer was an English serial killer who killed infants over a 30-year period. She exercised the practice of baby farming and murdered children after taking them under her care. Amelia Dyer's killings inspired a murder ballad. Her case also led to stricter laws for child protection and adoption in the UK.

Myra Hindley
(Murderer Who Raped and Killed Five Children in and Around Manchester Between 1963 and 1965)
Myra Hindley
Birthdate: July 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Crumpsall, Greater Manchester, England
Died: November 15, 2002

Myra Hindley was an English murderer accused of raping and killing five children aged between 10 and 17 along with her partner, Ian Brady. The killings, which were carried out between July 1963 and October 1965, were dubbed the Moors murders. The killings and its aftermath were dramatized and adapted into an award-winning TV film titled Longford.

Beverley Allitt
(Serial Killer)
Beverley Allitt
Birthdate: October 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grantham, Lincolnshire, England

Beverley Allitt is an English serial child killer, convicted ,of murdering four children and grievously injuring several others. Previously employed as a State Enrolled Nurse, she attacked 13 children over a 59-day period, out of which four died. She received 13 life sentences for the crimes and is detained at Rampton Secure Hospital in Nottinghamshire.

Ruth Ellis
(British Nightclub Hostess and Convicted Murderer who Became the Last Woman to be Hanged in the UK)
Ruth Ellis
Birthdate: October 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales, UK
Died: July 13, 1955
Mary Read
Mary Read
Birthdate: 1685 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: April 28, 1721

A legendary female pirate of the early eighteenth century, Mary Read took to piracy when her ship was seized by Jack Rackham in West Indies. By then, she had started dressing as a man and had served in the military, which might have helped her to become a successful buccaneer. Captured in 1720, she died in prison five months later.  

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Samantha Lewthwaite
(Suspected Terrorist)
Samantha Lewthwaite
Birthdate: December 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Banbridge, United Kingdom
Died: November 12, 2014

Called the ‘white widow’, British national Samantha Lewthwaite is one of the most wanted terrorists in the world. She has been linked to the Somali terrorist group Al Shabaab and was reportedly involved in the 2013 Nairobi Westgate shopping mall terror attack. She is the widow of one of the four suicide bombers who carried out the July 2005 London subway terror attacks.

Mary Frith
Mary Frith
Birthdate: 1584 AD
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 26, 1659
Ghislaine Maxwell
(Socialite, Sex offender)
Ghislaine Maxwell
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.

Constance Kent
(Former nurse who confessed to the murder of her half-brother, Francis Saville Kent, in 1860, when she was aged 16 and he aged 4)
Constance Kent
Birthdate: February 5, 1844
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: idmouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Died: April 10, 1944
Rosemary West
(British Serial Killer Who Killed At Least Ten Young Women)
Rosemary West
Birthdate: November 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Northam, Devon, England, United Kingdom

Rosemary West is a British serial killer Who torturing and killing at least nine women between 1973 and 1987. She committed the crimes along with her husband Fred West. She also mudered her eight-year-old stepdaughter in 1971. She was convicted of 10 murders in 1995 and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Rosemary West is currently serving her sentence at HM Prison New Hall.

Elizabeth Clarke
(Accused victim of witchcraft)
Elizabeth Clarke
Birthdate: 1565 AD
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: 1645 AD
Margaret Scott
(Accused witchcraft)
Margaret Scott
Birthdate: March 28, 1616
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Died: September 22, 1692
Throughout history, there have been many British women criminals who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female criminals such as Amelia Dyer, Mary Ann Cotton, Samantha Lewthwaite, Mary Bell, Rosemary West.