Female Murderers

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Rank the Most Wicked Female Murderers

 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
24
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 Mary Bell

Mary Bell
10
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.

 4 Darlie Routier

Darlie Routier
8
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.

 5 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. 

 6 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.

 7 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.

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 8 Diane Downs

Diane Downs
7
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. 

 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 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. 

 12 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

 13 Katherine Knight

Katherine Knight
1
Famous As: First Australian woman to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole
Birthdate: October 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tenterfield, Australia

 14 Grace Marks

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

 15 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.

 16 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

 17 Jennifer Pan

Jennifer Pan
3
Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: June 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Markham, Ontario, Canada

 18 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

 19 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. 

 20 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

 21 The Freeway Phantom

The Freeway Phantom
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Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

 22 Mary Jane Kelly

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

 23 Marguerite Alibert

Marguerite Alibert
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Famous As: Courtesan
Birthdate: December 9, 1890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 2, 1971

 24 Jean Harris

Jean Harris
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 23, 2012

 25 Olga Hepnarová

Olga Hepnarová
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Famous As: Murderer
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.

 26 Sabina Eriksson

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

 27 Madame de Brinvilliers

Madame de Brinvilliers
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Famous As: Aristocrat
Birthdate: July 22, 1630
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 17, 1676

 28 Minnie Dean

Minnie Dean
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Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: September 2, 1844
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greenock, Scotland
Died: August 12, 1895

 29 Linda Carty

Linda Carty
1
Famous As: Convicted of murder
Birthdate: October 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Kitts and Nevis

 30 Styllou Christofi

Styllou Christofi
1
Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: 1900 AD
Birthplace: Cyprus
Died: December 15, 1954

 31 Martha Rendell

Martha Rendell
1
Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 10, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Australia
Died: October 6, 1909

 32 Marcia Mistress

Marcia Mistress
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Famous As: Mistress
Birthdate: May 5, 0167
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Anagni, Italy

 33 Tisiphone

Tisiphone
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Famous As: Muderer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 34 Idoia López Riaño

Idoia López Riaño
1
Famous As: Terrorist
Birthdate: March 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain

 35 Jean Lee

Jean Lee
0
Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: December 10, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dubbo, Australia
Died: February 19, 1951

 36 Linda Mulhall

Linda Mulhall
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland

 37 Kathy Boudin

Kathy Boudin
1
Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: May 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York, United States

 38 Martha Needle

Martha Needle
1
Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: April 9, 1863
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Morgan, Australia
Died: October 22, 1894

 39 Marie Lafarge

Marie Lafarge
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: January 15, 1816
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 7, 1852

 40 Sally McNeil

Sally McNeil
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Famous As: Bodybuilder
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: United States

 41 Christine Papin

Christine Papin
5
Famous As: Maid Murderer
Birthdate: March 8, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: France
Died: May 18, 1937

 42 Daisy de Melker

Daisy de Melker
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Famous As: Serial killer, Nurse
Birthdate: June 1, 1886
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Eastern Cape, South Africa
Died: December 30, 1932

 43 Birgit Hogefeld

Birgit Hogefeld
1
Famous As: Red Army Faction
Birthdate: July 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany

 44 Maria Barbella

Maria Barbella
1
Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: October 24, 1868
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ferrandina, Italy
Died: 1902 AD

 45 Pilar Prades

Pilar Prades
0
Famous As: Maid
Birthdate: 1928 AD
Birthplace: Bejís, Spain
Died: May 19, 1959

 46 Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Gypsy Rose Blanchard
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Famous As: Masterminded Her Own Mother’s Murder
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.

 47 Christine Schürrer

Christine Schürrer
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: June 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany

 48 Jodi Arias

Jodi Arias
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: July 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Salinas, California, U.S.

 49 Alyssa Bustamante

Alyssa Bustamante
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: January 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: California

 50 Yolanda Saldívar

Yolanda Saldívar
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Famous As: Murder Convict of singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez
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.