Female Murderers

Rank the Most Wicked Female Murderers

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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 
Mary Bell
(Murder Convict)
Mary Bell
29
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.
 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 
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. 
 5 
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.
 6 
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.

 7 
Ruth Ellis
(The Last Woman to be Hanged in the UK)
Ruth Ellis
18
Birthdate: October 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rhyl, Denbighshire, Wales
Died: July 13, 1955

Ruth Ellis began her career as a nightclub hostess as a teen and was also a nude model for a while. She later also worked as an escort. She became the last woman in the UK tot be hanged after she shot and killed her lover, race-car driver and affluent socialite David Blakely.

 8 
Katherine Knight
(Australian Murderer)
Katherine Knight
10
Birthdate: October 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tenterfield, Australia
 9 
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. 

 10 
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. 

 11 
Martha Beck
(Serial Killer)
Martha Beck
17
Birthdate: May 6, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milton, Florida, United States
Died: March 8, 1951
 12 
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
 13 
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. 

 14 
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.

 15 
The Freeway Phantom
(American Serial Killer)
The Freeway Phantom
5
Birthplace: United States
 16 
Sada Abe
(Geisha, Criminal)
Sada Abe
7
Birthdate: May 28, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kanda
 17 
Alyssa Bustamante
24
Birthdate: January 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: California
 18 
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)
 19 
Minnie Dean
(Serial killer)
Minnie Dean
7
Birthdate: September 2, 1844
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greenock, Scotland
Died: August 12, 1895
 20 
Jean Harris
(Author)
Jean Harris
12
Birthdate: April 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 23, 2012
 21 
Caril Ann Fugate
13
Birthdate: July 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
 22 
Martha Needle
(Australian Serial Killer)
Martha Needle
10
Birthdate: April 9, 1863
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Morgan, Australia
Died: October 22, 1894
 23 
Olga Hepnarová
(Czechoslovak Rampage Killer Who Killed Eight People with a Truck in Prague)
Olga Hepnarová
9
Birthdate: June 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: March 12, 1975

Olga Hepnarová was a Czechoslovak rampage killer. On 10 July 1973, she killed eight people with a truck in Prague. She was eventually sentenced to death and was executed in 1975. She was the last woman executed in Czechoslovakia. She was a troubled young woman with psychiatric problems and expressed no regret for the crime at her trial.

 24 
Marie Lafarge
(First French Person to be Publicly Convicted Based on Direct Forensic Toxicological Evidence for Murdering Her Husband)
Marie Lafarge
1
Birthdate: January 15, 1816
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 7, 1852

Marie-Fortunée Lafarge, a beautiful and cultured French woman, gained notoriety for being tried and convicted of murdering her husband by arsenic-poisoning. Her trial generated much interest and curiosity and became a cause célèbre leading many to arrive from across Europe to witness it. The case had a great-impact on the French society with spectators divided into pro- and anti-Marie factions.  

 25 
Madame de Brinvilliers
(French Aristocrat Who Was Sentenced to Death On Being Accused of Killing Her Father & Brothers)
Madame de Brinvilliers
4
Birthdate: July 22, 1630
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 16, 1676

Madame de Brinvilliers was a French aristocrat who was sentenced to death by the French government after being accused of killing her father and brothers to inherit their estates. Speculated of having poisoned more than 30 sick people in order to test out her poisons, Madame de Brinvilliers' life, killings, and execution inspired many works of art.

 26 
Jean Lee
(Australian Murderer)
Jean Lee
2
Birthdate: December 10, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dubbo, Australia
Died: February 19, 1951
 27 
Styllou Christofi
(Murderer)
Styllou Christofi
3
Birthdate: 1900 AD
Birthplace: Cyprus
Died: December 15, 1954
 28 
Irina Gaidamachuk
(Serial killer)
Irina Gaidamachuk
27
Birthdate: September 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nyagan, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Soviet Union
 29 
Linda Carty
(Convicted of murder)
Linda Carty
3
Birthdate: October 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Kitts and Nevis
 30 
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.
 31 
Sally Basset
(Declared guilty and burned at the stake in June 1730 for the poisoning of three individuals)
Sally Basset
0
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: June 21, 1730
 32 
Suzane von Richthofen
(Brazilian woman who was convicted of murdering her parents)
Suzane von Richthofen
2
Birthdate: November 3, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil
 33 
Waltraud Wagner
(Austrian Murderer)
Waltraud Wagner
2
Birthplace: Austria
 34 
Mariette Bosch
(Murderer)
Mariette Bosch
0
Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: South Africa
Died: March 31, 2001
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 35 
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
 36 
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.
 37 
Linda Mulhall
(Criminal)
Linda Mulhall
0
Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
 38 
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.

 39 
Martha Rendell
(Australian Murderer)
Martha Rendell
11
Birthdate: August 10, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Australia
Died: October 6, 1909
 40 
Jennifer Pan
(Vietnamese Canadian Criminal)
Jennifer Pan
20
Birthdate: June 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Markham, Ontario, Canada
 41 
Nora Parham
(Only woman known to have been executed by Belize)
Nora Parham
0
Birthdate: January 1, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Punta Gorda, Belize
Died: June 5, 1963
 42 
Marie-Josephte Corriveau
(Murderer and Well-known Figure in Québécois Folklore)
Marie-Josephte Corriveau
2
Birthdate: 1733 AD
Birthplace: Saint-Vallier, Canada
Died: April 18, 1763
Marie-Josephte Corriveau was a murderer and well-known personality in Québécois folklore. She was sentenced to death in 1763 for the murder of her husband and was hanged on April 18, 1763. Her life and career inspired several works of art, including novels, ballet, and plays.  
 43 
Mimi Wong
(Bar hostess)
Mimi Wong
1
Birthdate: November 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Singapore
Died: July 27, 1973
 44 
Birgit Hogefeld
(Red Army Faction)
Birgit Hogefeld
4
Birthdate: July 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany
 45 
Daisy de Melker
(Serial killer, Nurse)
Daisy de Melker
11
Birthdate: June 1, 1886
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Eastern Cape, South Africa
Died: December 30, 1932
 46 
Maria Petrova
(Spree killer)
Maria Petrova
0
Birthdate: May 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
 47 
Charlotte Mulhall
(Murderer)
Charlotte Mulhall
0
Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
 48 
Kate Webster
(Murderer of Julia Martha Thomas)
Kate Webster
1
Birthdate: 1849 AD
Birthplace: Ireland
Died: July 29, 1879
 49 
Marcia Mistress
(Mistress)
Marcia Mistress
2
Birthdate: May 5, 0167
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Anagni, Italy
 50 
Pilar Prades
(Spanish Maid & Last Woman to be Executed in Spain)
Pilar Prades
3
Birthdate: 1928 AD
Birthplace: Bejís, Spain
Died: May 19, 1959