Female Criminals

Throughout history, there have been many women criminals who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female criminals such as Aileen Wuornos, Griselda Blanco, Ilse Koch, Jodi Arias, Karla Homolka.The women criminals featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Aileen Wuornos

Aileen Wuornos
84
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
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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 Griselda Blanco

Griselda Blanco
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Famous As: Drug Lord
Birthdate: February 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cartagena, Colombia
Died: September 3, 2012
Griselda Blanco, also known as La Madrina and the Black Widow, was the first billionaire female drug lord. As part of the Medellin Cartel, she smuggled cocaine from Colombia into Miami, New York, and Southern California. She spent 15 years in jail and was shot dead by an unidentified motorcyclist.

 4 Elizabeth Báthory

Elizabeth Báthory
16
Famous As: Countess, Serial Killer
Birthdate: August 7, 1560
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nyírbátor, Hungary
Died: August 21, 1614
Known as The Blood Countess and Countess Dracula, Elizabeth Báthory was a Hungarian noblewoman who was accused of killing at least 650 young women from 1590 to 1610. She was also accused of cannibalism and bathing in the blood of her victims. She evaded punishment and died in house arrest.

 5 Karla Homolka

Karla Homolka
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: May 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Port Credit, Mississauga, Canada

Karla Homolka raped and killed three minors along with her ex-husband Paul Bernardo. After their arrest, Bernardo was sentenced to life imprisonment, while Homolka served 12 years in prison following a plea bargain. Although she had claimed that she was an unwilling accomplice to the killings, a videotape that surfaced after the plea bargain suggested otherwise, resulting in public outrage.

 6 Anne Bonny

Anne Bonny
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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. 

 7 Mary Bell

Mary Bell
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Famous As: Murder Convict
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.
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 8 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.

 9 Myra Hindley

Myra Hindley
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: July 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Crumpsall, Greater Manchester, England
Died: November 15, 2002

 10 Delphine LaLaurie

Delphine LaLaurie
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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.

 11 Susan Atkins

Susan Atkins
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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. 

 12 Susan Smith

Susan Smith
13
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.

 13 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.

 14 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. 

 15 Anna Delvey

Anna Delvey
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Famous As: Fraudster
Birthdate: 1991 AD
Russian-born German citizen Anna Sorokin made headlines when she was convicted of duping people by posing as a fictitious heiress named Anna Delvey. She would dine at fancy restaurants and check into luxury hotels, making her companions pay for her and then wouldn’t pay them back. She inspired a Netflix drama.

 16 Patricia Krenwinkel

Patricia Krenwinkel
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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.

 17 Irma Grese

Irma Grese
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Famous As: Nazi Guard
Birthdate: October 7, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Feldberger Seenlandschaft, Germany
Died: December 13, 1945

Irma Grese, or the Hyena of Auschwitz, served as an SS guard at the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Ravensbrück. She was also the warden of the ladies’ section of the Bergen-Belsen camp and ended up being convicted of torture and murder of prisoners. She was executed at 22.

 18 Ching Shih

Ching Shih
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Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: September 16, 1775
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Xinhui, Guangdong, Qing China
Died: December 21, 1844

Ching Shih went from being a prostitute who worked in a Canton brothel to a notorious pirate who controlled the Red Flag Fleet. Legend has it that pirate Zhèng Yi, or Cheng I, had married Ching Shih when he raided her brothel, and she had then taken over his fleet.

 19 Mary Ann Cotton

Mary Ann Cotton
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: October 15, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Low Moorsley, England
Died: March 24, 1873

 20 Amelia Dyer

Amelia Dyer
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: 1837 AD
Birthplace: Bristol
Died: June 11, 1897

 21 Phoolan Devi

Phoolan Devi
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Famous As: Politician, Brigand
Birthdate: August 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Uttar Pradesh
Died: July 25, 2001

Phoolan Devi was an Indian bandit who later on became a politician. She was a victim of child marriage and later on gang raped by a group of upper caste men. To  avenge her humiliation she went on to become the leader of gang of bandits  Later on she became a politician and served as Member of Parliament. She was assassinated by an upper caste man. 

 22 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.

 23 Assata Shakur

Assata Shakur
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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.

 24 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.

 25 Beverley Allitt

Beverley Allitt
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Famous As: Serial Killer
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.

 26 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

 27 Ilse Koch

Ilse Koch
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Famous As: Nazi Concentration Camp Overseer, War Criminal
Birthdate: September 22, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: September 1, 1967
Ilse Koch was the wife of Karl-Otto Koch, the Nazi commandant of the Buchenwald and Majdanek concentration camps. Also known as Beast of Buchenwald, The Bitch of Buchenwald, and Butcher Widow, she was tried by the U.S. military for her sadistic abuse of war prisoners. She died of suicide.

 28 Ruth Ellis

Ruth Ellis
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales, UK
Died: July 13, 1955

 29 Leonarda Cianciulli

Leonarda Cianciulli
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: April 18, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montella
Died: October 15, 1970

Leonarda Cianciulli was an Italian serial killer who murdered three women and turned their bodies into soaps and tea cakes. She is also known as the "Soap-Maker of Correggio." Between 1939 and 1940, she killed three of her neighbors--all of them middle-aged women--as part of human sacrifices. She was eventually found guilty of her crimes and sentenced to prison.  

 30 Karla Faye Tucker

Karla Faye Tucker
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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. 

 31 Virginia Hill

Virginia Hill
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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.

 32 Genene Jones

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

 33 Katherine Knight

Katherine Knight
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Famous As: First Australian woman to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole
Birthdate: October 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tenterfield, Australia

 34 Grace Marks

Grace Marks
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Famous As: Maid
Birthdate: June 30, 1828
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ulster
Died: 1873 AD

 35 Anne Perry

Anne Perry
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England, UK

Juliet Hulme, better known as Anne Perry, is the bestselling author of the widely popular William Monk and Thomas Pitt series of novels. She changed her name after a 5-year sentence for killing her friend’s mother at age 15. She has also worked as a flight attendant.

 36 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

 37 Mary Read

Mary Read
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Famous As: Pirates
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.  

 38 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

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. 

 39 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

 40 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

 41 Jennifer Pan

Jennifer Pan
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: June 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Markham, Ontario, Canada

 42 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

 43 Mary Brunner

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

 44 Sada Abe

Sada Abe
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Famous As: Geisha, Criminal
Birthdate: May 28, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kanda

 45 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

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. 

 46 Doris Payne

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

 47 Theresa Knorr

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

 48 Mary Jane Kelly

Mary Jane Kelly
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: 1863 AD
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
Died: November 9, 1888

 49 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, United States

 50 Lynette Fromme

Lynette Fromme
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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.