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.

 1 Yolanda Saldívar

Yolanda Saldívar
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Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: September 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes
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Famous As: Business Woman
Birthdate: February 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 3 Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Gypsy Rose Blanchard
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: July 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 4 Aileen Wuornos

Aileen Wuornos
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: February 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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 Myra Hindley

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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: July 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: November 15, 2002

 6 Griselda Blanco

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Famous As: Drug Lord
Birthdate: February 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Colombian
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.

 7 Leslie Van Houten

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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: August 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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 Lizzie Andrew Borden

Lizzie Andrew Borden
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: July 19, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: June 1, 1927

 9 Susan Atkins

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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: May 7, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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. 

 10 Phoolan Devi

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Famous As: Politician, Brigand
Birthdate: August 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
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. 

 11 Karla Homolka

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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: May 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian

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.

 12 Darlie Routier

Darlie Routier
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: January 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 13 Rosemary West

Rosemary West
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: November 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 14 Andrea Yates

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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: July 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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 Diane Downs

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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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. 

 16 Amy Fisher

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 17 Patricia Krenwinkel

Patricia Dianne Krenwinkel
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: December 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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.

 18 Susan Smith

Susan Smith
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: September 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 19 Assata Shakur

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Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: July 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Cuban, American

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.

 20 Lynette Fromme

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Famous As: woman who attempted to assassinate Gerald Ford.
Birthdate: October 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 21 Beverley Allitt

Beverley Allitt
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: October 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 22 Sandra Ávila Beltrán

Sandra Ávila Beltrán
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Famous As: Drug trafficker
Birthdate: October 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Mexican

 23 Mary Surratt

Mary Surratt
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: April 30, 1823
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: July 7, 1865

 24 Pamela Smart

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Famous As: Murder Conspiracy Convict
Birthdate: August 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 25 Valerie Solanas

Valerie Solanas
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: April 25, 1988

 26 Magda Goebbels

Magda Goebbels
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Famous As: Joseph Goebbels' Wife
Birthdate: November 11, 1901
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German
Died: May 1, 1945

 27 Mary Bell

Mary Bell
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Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: May 26, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 28 Anne Bonny

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Famous As: 18th Century Pirate
Birthdate: March 8, 1702
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Irish, American
Died: April 22, 1782

 29 Samantha Lewthwaite

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Famous As: Suspected Terrorist
Birthdate: December 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
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.

 30 Irma Grese

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Famous As: Nazi Guard
Birthdate: October 7, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German
Died: December 13, 1945

 31 Anna Anderson

Anna Anderson
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Famous As: Impostor
Birthdate: December 16, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Polish
Died: February 12, 1984

 32 Estella Marie Thompson

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Famous As: Prostitute
Birthdate: August 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 33 Belle Gunness

Belle Gunness
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: November 11, 1859
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Norwegian, American
Died: April 28, 1908

 34 Ruth Ellis

Ruth Ellis
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British, Welsh
Died: July 13, 1955

 35 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
Nationality: American

 36 Ching Shih

Ching Shih
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Famous As: 19th Century Pirate
Birthdate: 1775 AD
Nationality: Chinese
Died: 1844 AD

 37 Virginia Hill

Virginia Hill
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 26, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Austrian, American
Died: March 24, 1966

 38 Mary Read

Mary Read
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Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1685 AD
Nationality: British
Died: April 28, 1721

 39 Ma Barker

Ma Barker
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Famous As: Matriarch of the Barker Family
Birthdate: October 8, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 16, 1935

 40 Ilse Koch

Ilse Koch
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Famous As: Nazi Concentration Camp Overseer
Birthdate: September 22, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: September 1, 1967

 41 Anne Perry

Anne Perry
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 42 Mary Brunner

Mary Brunner
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: December 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 43 Felicia Pearson

Felicia Pearson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 18, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 44 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
Nationality: American
Died: February 3, 1998

 45 Sada Abe

Sada Abe
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Famous As: Geisha, Criminal
Birthdate: May 28, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Japanese

 46 Caril Ann Fugate

Caril Ann Fugate
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: July 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 47 Jane Toppan

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

 48 Julianna Farrait

Julianna Farrait
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Famous As: Frank Lucas' Wife
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Puerto Rican

 49 Genene Jones

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

 50 Martha Beck

Martha Beck
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: May 6, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: March 8, 1951