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 Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes.
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Famous As: Business Woman
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.

 2 Bonnie Parker

Bonnie Parker.
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Famous As: Thief
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 Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Gypsy Rose Blanchard.
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: July 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Louisiana
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.

 4 Aileen Wuornos

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

 5 Yolanda Saldívar

Yolanda Saldívar.
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Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: September 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
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.

 6 Susan Atkins

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

 7 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.
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 8 Karla Homolka

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

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.

 9 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.

 10 Patricia Krenwinkel

Patricia Krenwinkel.
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Famous As: Murderer
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 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

 12 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. 

 13 Mary Kay Letourneau

Mary Kay Letourneau
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Famous As: Criminal
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.

 14 Tamara Samsonova

Tamara Samsonova
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: April 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Uzhur, Russia

 15 Rosemary West

Rosemary West
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: November 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barnstaple

 16 Andrea Yates

Andrea Yates.
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Famous As: Criminal
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.

 17 Susan Smith

Susan Smith.
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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.

 18 Assata Shakur

Assata Shakur.
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Famous As: Murder Convict
Birthdate: July 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jamaica, 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.

 19 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. 

 20 Amy Fisher

Amy Fisher
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Famous As: Criminal
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.

 21 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.

 22 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.

 23 Lynette Fromme

Lynette Fromme.
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Famous As: woman who attempted to assassinate Gerald Ford.
Birthdate: October 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Monica
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.

 24 Anne Bonny

Anne Bonny.
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Famous As: 18th Century Pirate
Birthdate: March 8, 1702
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cork, Republic of Ireland
Died: April 22, 1782

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. 

 25 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.

 26 Sandra Ávila Beltrán

Sandra Ávila Beltrán
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Famous As: Drug trafficker
Birthdate: October 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baja California, Mexico

 27 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.

 28 Ursula Eriksson

Ursula Eriksson
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Famous As: Criminal, Murderer
Birthdate: November 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sweden

 29 Sabina Eriksson

Sabina Eriksson
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Famous As: Criminal, Murderer
Birthdate: November 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sweden

 30 Magda Goebbels

Magda Goebbels.
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Famous As: Joseph Goebbels' Wife
Birthdate: November 11, 1901
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 1, 1945

Magda Goebbels was one of the most important members of the Nazi Party. Due to her closeness with Adolf Hitler, Goebbels is sometimes referred to as the unofficial first lady of Nazi Germany, although she was married to Joseph Goebbels. At the end of the Second World War, Joseph and Magda Goebbels killed their six children and committed suicide.

 31 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

 32 Anna Anderson

Anna Anderson
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Famous As: Impostor
Birthdate: December 16, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Borowihlas, Pomerania, Germany [now Borowy Las, Pomorskie, Poland]
Died: February 12, 1984

 33 Samantha Lewthwaite

Samantha Lewthwaite.
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Famous As: Suspected Terrorist
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.

 34 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.

 35 Mary Brunner

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

 36 Ilse Koch

Ilse Koch.
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Famous As: Nazi Concentration Camp Overseer
Birthdate: September 22, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dresden, Saxony, German Empire
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.

 37 Virginia Hill

Virginia Hill.
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 26, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lipscomb, Alabama
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.

 38 Felicia Pearson

Felicia Pearson
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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.

 39 Mary Jane Kelly

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

 40 Mary Read

Mary Read.
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Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1685 AD
Birthplace: London, Kingdom of England
Died: April 28, 1721

 41 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

 42 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.

 43 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.

 44 Mary Surratt

Mary Surratt
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: April 30, 1823
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Maryland, United States
Died: July 7, 1865

 45 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
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
Died: February 3, 1998

 46 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

 47 Mary Ann Cotton

Mary Ann Cotton.
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: October 31, 1832
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Low Moorsley
Died: March 24, 1873

 48 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

 49 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.

 50 Grace O'Malley

Grace O'Malley
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Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1533 AD
Birthplace: Umhaill, Ireland
Died: June 18, 1603