Monday, July 28, 2014

Female Serial Killers Who Committed Suicide

1809 – Anna Zwanziger – Bavaria, Germany (attempts)

Attempted suicide twice [Vickie Jensen, Women Criminals: An Encyclopedia of People and Issues, 2011]

1847 – Mary Ann Milner – Lincoln, England

The unfortunate woman hung herself in her cell a few hours before the appointed time.

1858 – Phebe Westlake – Goshen, New York, USA

Mrs. Phebe Westlake, formerly of Ulster county, whose maiden name was Irwin, aged about 45 years, died at Chester, in Orange county, N. Y., on the 7th inst., no doubt from the effect of poison taken for the purpose of self destruction.

1875 – Sophie Gautié Bouyou – Bourg, France (attempt)

Sophie Gauthié murdered seven of her own babies and a granddaughter, all under the age of one year. Before her arrest, she tried to commit suicide by using the same method she used on her children. She was found guilty and executed by guillotine.

1891 – Rosalie Schneider – Vienna, Austria (attempt)

The woman Schneider, who was arrested with her husband for decoying and murdering servant girls, attempted to commit suicide. Her recovery is hopeless. [Note: She did, in fact, recover, and go on trial.]

1895 – Mrs. Julian Butler – Hamburg, Michigan, USA

Mrs. Butler attempted suicide by taking laudanum, and, failing in her purpose, another poison was brought into play, which concluded the job.

1895 – Gaetana Stimoli ("Stomoli") – Aderno, Catania, Sicily (attempt)

“As the crowd tried to enter the prison and lynch the poisoner, the woman was brought to Catania. Here she made an attempt to cut open her veins with a broken windowpane.”

1896 – Amelia Dyer – Reading, England (attempt)

In November 1891, she was admitted to Gloucester Asylum following a bungled suicide attempt.

1902 – Hattie Whitten – Dexter, Maine, USA

While in custody Hattie Whitten tied together two towels and hanged herself to a bed post.

1906 – Mary Maher – Dunkitt, County Kilkenny, Ireland – age 11 when discovered (3 murders, 1 attempted murder; suicide)

1906 – Rosa Vrzal – Chicago, Illinois, USA

“By December, 1906 police issued warrants for the arrest of Herman Billick and Rosa Vrzal. All six bodies were exhumed and autopsies determined that they had all died of arsenic poisoning.   Though they were able to arrest Billick, Rosa managed to escape them by committing suicide with arsenic before she could the police could catch up with her.”

1908 – Jeanne Weber – Paris, France

Credited with at least ten murders, she survived two years in captivity before manually strangling herself in 1910.

1911 – Louise Vermilya – Chicago, Illinois, USA (attempt)

Discovery was made Nov. 4, 1911, that Mrs. Louise Vermilya, who is under police guard at her home charged with poisoning Policeman Arthur Bissonnette, had attempted to take her own life with arsenic. A quantity of the poison was found in her bedroom in a pepper shaker.

1912 – Enriqueta Martí – Barcelona, Spain (attempt)

Murdered by fellow jail inmates soon after suicide attempt. 

1913 – Isabella Newman – Melbourne, Australia

Sensational developments occurred this afternoon in connection with the investigations by detectives into the mysterious disappearances of several babies adopted by the woman Isabella Newman, who committed suicide at her house in Mordialloc, after detectives had placed her under arrest.

1920 – Raya & Sekina Aly Hammam – Alexandria, Egypt – attempt by Raya

“When Raya was finally landed in a cell after a fight in which she all but succeeded in driving a dirk into her breast she was placed in solitary confinement.”

1923 – Maria Torosian – Fresno, California, USA (mother of  Potegian)

Mrs. Maria Torosian committed suicide by hanging at the Torosian ranch home west of Fresno.

1923 – Elize Potegian – Fresno, California, USA (attempt) (daughter of  Torosian)

A close guard is being maintained today [Nov. 5, 1923] over Mrs. Eliza Patigian [error, “Potegian” in most sources], charged with poisoning her step-daughter, following an attempt to commit suicide by strangulation in the county jail here yesterday afternoon. The attempt by Mrs. Patigian to end her life followed receipt of word that her mother, Mrs. Maria Torosian had committed suicide by hanging at the Torosian ranch home west of Fresno.

1924 – Annie Hauptrief – San Marco, Texas

Mrs. Hauptrief’s body was found in the morning shortly after 7 o’clock suspended from a narrow band from her cell door in the Hayes County jail, where she had been during the last five months on a charge of poisoning her four stepchildren and attempting to poison her husband.

1925 – Anna Cunningham – Crown Point, Indiana, USA (attempt)

Mrs. Cunningham, recovering in a hospital from an attempt to strangle herself, has admitted the poisoning of three children.

1929 – Julia Fazekas – Nagyrev, Hungary

A number of bodies were exhumed and arsenic was found in them. Police inquiries quickly broke down the wall of fear which had so strangely protected the guilty, and several people confessed. The evidence against Madame Fazekas piled up so quickly broke down that she was on the point of being arrested when she took her own life.

1929 – Suzi Olah – Nagyrev, Hungary

Susi [Suzi] refused to talk and was released. She made her way to her home village and visited several of her women friends. She told them to keep their mouths shut. Unknown to Susi, the police had let her go, hoping she would lead them to the other conspirators. The scheme worked. All the women were taken into custody. All except Susi. When the police called at her home, there was no answer. They found the mass murderer in a closet. She had hanged herself. Thirty-one women were placed on trial in Szolnok for the arsenic poisonings.

1929 – Christine Czordas (Chordas) – Nagyrev, Hungary

The confessions showed that the widow [of] Balint Czordas [Christine] was the second in command, a sort of vice-president of the murder syndicate. She confessed to having helped poison twenty husbands and, also, during the hungry years, just after the war, a few children who were hard to feed. The morning after her confession the authorities wished to ask one or two more questions, but she had committed suicide during the night. Three other widows, sharing her cell, had watched Balint make a rope from bedding and hang herself, without interfering.

1939 – Carina Favato – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

“Additional precautions were taken last night to guard a confessed woman principal in a widespread insurance-poison ring who twice attempted suicide while shouting “witches” were chasing her. High police officials said no official report had been made, but guards declared on one occasion they found Mrs. Carina Favato with a handkerchief knotted around her neck. Several hours later, they said, she plunged a safety pin into her arteries.”

1948 – Josefa Idler – Berlin, Germany

Police ordered an autopsy in the death in her prison cell on Aug. 25, of Josefa Idler. She was sentenced to death Aug. 24 for the poison slaying of two of her four husbands.

1950 – Mrs. Schaub – Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Charles Schaub, 43, who lived in the house from 1912 until May of last year told police his step-mother, Anna, killed herself by gas in 1928.

1957 – Mary Perkins – Selma, Alabama, USA (attempt)

At the start of the probe, Mrs. Perkins shot herself in the chest in a suicide attempt, but was hospitalized and recovered.

1975 – Betty Jakim – Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

1984 – Ada Wittenmyer – Dickson, Tennessee, USA

While awaiting trial, she hanged herself with a prison bedsheet on Aug. 8, 1984, and left a note saying “at last I have found peace.”

1994 – Aleata Beach – Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA

1998 – María Concepción Ladino Gutiérrez – Bogota, Colombia (attempt)

2002 – Anne Grigg-Booth – Keighley, West Yorkshire, England

Aug. 31?, 2005, died at home of an overdose of anti-depressants before trial scheduled for April 2006 on 13 charges

2002 – Julia Lynn Turner – Marietta, Georgia, USA

Autopsy results on Julia Lynn Womack Turner showed she died from the "toxic effects of the prescription medication propranolol, a blood pressure medication that Ms. Turner had been prescribed," according to Georgia's chief medical examiner.

2004 – Sonya Caleffi – Como, Italy

Three attempted suicides.

2007 – Shirley Winters – New York state, USA

Suicide attempts.

2009 – “Ota Ward Tokyo Serial Killer Mother” – Ota Ward, Tokyo, Japan

After the unnamed woman’s suicide, the skeletal remains of four newborns were found in her home.

2012 – Miyoko Sumida “The Piranha Family” – Amagasaki, Hyogo prefecture, Japan

Arrested on Dec. 5, 2012; choked herself in her cell despite being on suicide watch Dec. 12, 2012.

2013 – Joanna Dennehy – Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England (attempt)

Aug. 16, 2018 – Serial killer Joanna Dennehy is believed to have tried to kill herself in jail after apparently making a grisly suicide pact with her prison girlfriend. Dennehy, 35, is understood to have been found with her throat slit, while her lover had cut her wrists. A source told The Sun: “When the guards found them they were entwined on the floor, which was covered in blood.” [Daily Mail, Aug. 16, 2018]

2014 – Angeline Mabhiza – Zimbabwe; 5 (4 own babies; cousin), suicide.


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Female Serial Killers Who Were Prostitutes

1761 – Dorcas "Darkey" Kelly – Dublin, Ireland

Systematic murder of her customers, buried on site at the bordello.

1807 – Ching Shih – China

Ching Shih, also known as Cheng I Sao, was a Chinese pirate during the early 18th century. Ching Shih was a former prostitute who married the infamous pirate Cheng I.

1808 – Catherine Bouhours ("Auguste Manette") – Paris, France

One of the most remarkable of all female serial killers: a dedicated misandrist; cross-dressing; a unique murder weapon and sophisticated modus operandi.

1809 – Anna Zwanziger (Nannette Schoenleben) – Sanspaareil, Bavaria, Germany

"Anna was one of the successful upmarket escort gorls of her day." [Carol Ann Davis, Women Who Kill: Profiles of Female Serial Killers, 2001, Alison & Busby, London, p. 17]

1861 – Ruddah – India

Ruddah was head of a a gang of murderous prostitutes.

1868 – Anne Gaillard Delpech – Montauban, France

Delpech was an especially cruel baby farmer who murdered infants.

1875 – Minnie Taylor – Humboldt, Tennessee, USA

Murdered three men on separate occasions.

1883 – Mary Ganole – Flemingsburg, Kentucky, USA

Mary Ganole murdered two men and deliberately allowed the lynching of an innocent man, executed for the murder that she herself had committed.

1896 – Amelia Dyer – Caversham, England

She did not have any need to beg since her double work as a procurer and prostitute gave her sufficient money to live well.

1904 – Elizabeth Wiese – Hamburg, Germany

As she had to distance herself from dealing in babies, Wiese forced her daughter Paula into prostitution. Paula fled to London, but became pregnant. She returned to Hamburg and gave birth in a cellar. Immediately after the birth Wiese drowned Paula's baby and burnt the body in the stove. [Wikipedia]

1906 Emma LeDoux (McVicar) – Jamestown, California, USA

1906 – Wilhelmenia Eckhardt – New York, New York, USA

“When [Marie Schoch] came to this country she found her mother [Wilhelmenia Eckhardt] conducting a disorderly house [house of prostitution] and she declared that her mother sought to have her become an inmate of the place. She refused.”

1909 – Olga Ivanova Tamarin – Kurdino village, Novaya Ladoga, Russia 

A mother, her 17-year-old daughter and accomplices robbed, murdered, mutilated and cannibalized 27 persons. According to one report, the daughter was, or posed as, a prostitute to lure the victims.

1910 – Maria Piaszta – Mitrovitz, Serbia

1912 – Louise Lindloff – Chicago, Illinois, USA

“Evidence that Mrs. Lindloff also conducted a house of ill fame in Milwaukee was obtained Saturday night, the officials asserted.” [The Milwaukee Journal (Wi.), Oct. 27, 1912, p. 1]

1912 – Enriqueta Marti – Barcelona, Spain

“The Vampiress of Barcelona, Enriqueta Marti was An occult cannibal pedophile child-trafficker who once forced a girl to eat the flesh of one of the children she had murdered.

1924 – Marie Krueger (Krüger) – Hammer (near Berlin), Germany

1927 – Alma Theede – Memphis, Tennessee, USA

1938 – Moulay Hassen – Fez, Morocco

Hassen, once a famous dancer became a “madame” for prostitutes. This woman kidnapped, tortured and serially murdered many young women (as well as boys). She was discovered to be a serial killer following the discovery of dismembered body parts of one of her victims. She fed human flesh to her cats. She was convicted and sentenced to death, but due to her powerful political connections she was freed to continue her criminal career. Convicted of new crimes she was sentenced to only 15 years in prison.

1944 – Louise Peete – Pacific Palisades, California, USA

Louise Peete was recidivist murderess with a long career as a predator who was eventually executed. 

1960 – Magdalena Solis – Yerba Buena, Chiapas, Mexico – “The High Priestess of Blood”

“Magdalena Solis also known as the High Priestess of Blood, was a serial killer, a member of a cult in Mexico that was responsible for orchestrating several murders, and participated in drinking the blood of the victims. She was convicted of 8 murders and sentenced to 320 years in prison. Magdalena played a role similar, in some respects, to a pimp or procuress. Santos and Cayetano Hernandez recruited Magdalena Solis and her brother Eleazor to pose as mystical gods so their gang could exhort money and sex from their followers. Early in 1963, the Hernandez brothers convinced the remote village of Yerba Buena that the Inca gods of the mountain were willing to give them fabulous wealth in exchange for their undivided loyalty and sexual favors. The men and women of the village became sexual toys for the brothers in the hopes of bringing good fortune to the village.” [Wikipedia, excerpt]

1964 – Carmen, Delfina, & Maria Luisa de Jesús González San Francisco del Rincón, Mexico

“The Bordello from Hell”

1968 – Mary Bell – Scotswood, Newcastle, England – daughter of a prostitute.“Bell’s mother, Betty, was a prostitute who was often absent from the family home, travelling to Glasgow to work. Mary was her first child, born when she was sixteen years old.”

“Independent accounts from family members suggest strongly that Betty had attempted to kill Mary and make her death look accidental more than once during the first few years of her life.” []

1985 – Griselda Blanco – USA & Colombia

Blanco, a major international organized crime figure, resorted to prostitution for a few years in Medellín, until age 20.

1991 – Aileen Wuornos – Port Orange, Florida, USA

1994 – Rosemary West – Gloucestershire, England

With her husband Frederick as her crime partner, she murdered and sexually abused 11 women, including her own daughter and step-daughter.

2000 – Credonia Mwerinde – Kunungu, Uganda

She was both a serial killer on an individual basis and a serial mass murderess on an epic scale. "Credonia Mwerinde (1952-2000), [was] a barmaid with some reputation for sexual promiscuity (who later claimed to be a former prostitute: most probably a false claim, and a conscious attempt to replicate the role of Mary Magdalene.)" [Massimo Introvigne, “Tragedy in Uganda: the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, a Post-Catholic Movement,”, updated Apr. 5, 2000]

2003 – Jaroslava Fabiánová – Decin, Czech Republic

A recidivist who served time for murder and was released to murder vagain, she is an avowed misandrist: “The Czech Aileen Wuornos.”

2004 – Caroline Peoples & Angela Ford-Wright – Chicago, Illinois, USA

2015 – Tamara Samsonova – St. Petersburg, Russia

Samsonova, suspected of 11 murders in which she dismembered the victims’ corpses,  lied to police about her background, claiming she was a retired actress and a graduate of the Vaganov Ballet Academy, when in fact she was a former Soviet “monitor” who surveilled hotel guests at the Grand Hotel Europe, which was once regarded the most luxurious hotels in the world. The description of Samsonova’s job “monitoring” hotel guests describes what in the Soviet era was a KGB-employed prostitute. Prostitution was illegal in the Soviet era, yet prostitutes were used by the KGB as informants, assigned to hotels to collect information on foreign guests.

2016 – Juana “La Peque Sicaria” – Baja California, Mexico

Female Serial Killers of Latin America

1650 – Catalina de Erauso – Spain & New Spain
1852 – Margaret Waldegrave – USA & Havana, Cuba
1884 – Leonarda Martinez – Quetaro, Mexico
1887 – Anastaa Rubio de Pascadera – San Antonio, Zacatecas, Mexico
1892 – “Chihuaha Cannibal Female Serial Killer” – Chihuaha, Mexico
1892 – Guadalupe Martinez de Bejarano – Mexico City, Mexico
1909 – Augustina Mora – Vera Cruz, Mexico
1912 – Maria Reyes – Mexico City, Mexico
1929 – “Brazilian Black Widow” – Fernando Noronha, Brazil
1930s – “Chiapas Black Widow” – Chiapas, Mexico
1932 – “The Paraiba Serial Child-Eater” – Paraiba, Brazil
1938 – Maria Gomes de Oliviera, “Maria Bonita” – Pernambuco State, Brazil
1941 – Felícitas Sánchez Aguillón (or Sánchez Neyra) – Mexico City, Mexico
1941 – Magdalena Castel Parma, Argentina
1944 – Carmen Matamoros de Tejeda – Panzacola, Tehuantepec Dist, Oaxaca, Mexico
1960 – Magdalena Solis – Yerba Buena, Chiapas, Mexico
1964 – Delfina, María, Carmen & Maria Luisa de Jesús GonzálezSan Francisco del Rincón, Mexico
1979 – Yiya Murano (Bolla, Bernardina Maria de las Mercedes Aponte) – Murano, Argentina
1989 – Sara María Aldrete – Matamoros, Mexico
1989 – Maria Teresa Quintana Matamoros, Mexico; cult, (with Aldrete)
1991 – Anna Villeda (w. Rudolfo Infante) – Matamoros, Mexico
1998 – María Concepción Ladino Gutiérrez – Bogota, Colombia
2000 – Priscila Souza Ferreira – Victoria da Conquista, Brazil
2003 – Valentina de Andrade – Altamina, Brazil
2009 – “Sao Paulo Girl” – Sao Paulo, Brazil
2006 – Juana Barraza – Mexico City, Mexico
2010 – Laura Michelle Reese – Bocas del Toro, Panama
2010 – Cristina Soledad Sánchez Esquivel – Nuevo Garcia Leon, Mexico
2011– “La Perris” – Medellin, Colombia
2011 – Sandra Nataly Giraldo – Medillin, Colombia
2011 – Verónica Mireya Moreno Carreon – San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León, Mexico
2011 – Nancy Manriquez Quintanar – Ecatepec, Mexico
2011 – Yadira Narváez Marin – Forencia, Colombia
2011 – Emilsen Yulima Nataly Rojas – Medellin, Colombia
2012 – Maria Guadalupe Jimenez Lopez Monterrey, Mexico
2012 – Silvia Meraz – Nacosari, Sonora, Mexico
2012 – Bruna Oliveira da Silva & Isabel Cristina Pires – Garahuns, Brazil
2012 – Cristina Soledad Sánchez Esquivel “La Matataxistas” – García (Nuevo León), Mexico
2013 – Esneda Ruiz Cataño – Ebéjico, Antioquia, Colombia
2013 – Dr. Virginia Helena Soares de Souza – Curitiba, Brazil
2014 – Mónica Belén Martínez Morales & Evelyn López García – Mexico City, Mexico
2014 – Claudia Ochoa Felix – Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
2015 – Joselyn Alejandra Nino (Niño) – Lauro Villar, Matamoros, Mexico
2015 – Melissa Margarita Calderón Ojeda – Bellavista, Baja California Sur, Mexico
2015 – “La Degolladora” – Chimalhuacán, Mexico
2016 – Yuri Patricia Sanchez – Monteria, Cordoba prov., Colombia
2016 – Juana “La Peque Sicaria” – Baja California, Mexico
2018 – Patricia Martinez Bernal Ecatepec, Mexico


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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Agnes Parr, Philadelphia Professional Baby-Killer - 1877

Note: As with all other known baby farmer prosecutions in the United States for infanticide it was impossible for the prosecution to meet the evidentuary standard.


FULL TEXT: Agnes Parr, the alleged “baby farmer,” was put upon trial in Judge Thayer’s Court, yesterday, for infanticide, in causing, through neglect, the death of a small babe, which had been intrusted to her keeping by an unknown mother. The Commonwealth alleged that Mrs. Parr, who lived in Rementer court, back of 932 Arch street, had several small children, all in a sickly condition, in her care for rearing. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children attention was brought to her institution and their agenty paid her a visit. Two small children were taken from her and placed in the Almshouse, where they subsequently died – one of them supposedly by reason of her neglect and ill-treatment. At the trial, yesterday, these facts were testified to. The defense, which was represented by Thomas B. Price and Maxwell Stevenson, showed, upon cross-examination of the nurse in the Almshouse who had charge of Mrs. Parr’s babies, that almost invariably all infants brought to that institution would, afer a few days, die. It was also testified by the supposed baby farmer’s neighbors that she was kind to her young charges and respected by all who knew her. Judge Thayer, in charging the jury, said that the prosecution had failed to connect the child’s death with Mrs. Parr’s alleged ill-treatment, and therefore the evidence was not strong enough to warrant a conviction. The Judge then inquired of her counsel whether she was still carrying on the same business, and being told no, he ordered her discharge, with the remark that he otherwise would have held her to bail to keep the peace.

[“Agnes Parr’s Troubles. – She is Tried For ‘Baby Farming’ and Acquitted.” The Philadelphia Times (Pa.), Nov. 22, 1877, p. 1]


For more cases of “Baby Farmers,” professional child care providers who murdered children see The Forgotten Serial Killers.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Astini (aka Bu Lakri), Indonesian Female Serial Killer Executed - 1996

FULL TEXT: Indonesia on Sunday [Mar 20, 2005] executed a 51-year-old housewife found guilty of murdering and mutilating three women within four years. Astini, also known as Bu Lakri, was shot by a 12-member East Java Police firing squad at 1:20 a.m. local time, said A.F. Darmawan, chief of the special crime unit at the area’s High Prosecution Office. Astini’s lawyer, Ida Sampit Karo Karo, and a police doctor were among those present at the execution.

A district court convicted Astini in Surabaya, the capital of East Java province, in 1996 - the same year the murders were discovered after the head of the third victim, Puji Astutik, was found in a river near Astutik’s house in Surabaya about 800 kilometers (500 miles) east of the capital, Jakarta. Astini’s first victim, Rahayu, was killed in 1992 and the second, Sri Astuti Wijaya, in 1993. Astini mutilated their bodies and dumped them in separate places.

Astini, who pleaded guilty to the murders, told the court she had been angry with the victims because they frequently came to her house collecting debts. Like many Indonesians, Astini goes by a single name. Her final attempt to avoid execution failed last year, when then-President Megawati Sukarnoputri turned down her appeal for clemency.

“The execution was carried out at 1:20 WIB (1820 GMT Saturday), but I cannot disclose the location of the execution,” Darmawan said on Sunday at a news conference. “The late Astini was shot by 12 members of firing squad of police, with only six of them using live bullets aimed at her heart from a distance of five meters (16 feet),” Darmawan said, adding that she was executed “in sitting position.” At Surabaya’s Dr. Sutomo Hospital where Astini’s body was taken for an autopsy. Relatives of the last victim, Astutik, said they had come to make sure Astini was dead.

“You’re dead, Astini! We are satisfied even though we have been waiting for nine years,” shouted Astutik’s brother, Agus Purwanto.

Indonesia routinely uses execution to punish murder and drug trafficking, and about 65 people are on now death row. Many come from other Asian countries or Africa, and have been sentenced to die for drug offenses. Astini’s execution was Indonesia’s fourth since August, when an Indian citizen, Ayodhay Prasad Chaubey, faced a firing squad for smuggling heroin into the country.

A month later, two Thai citizens - Saelow Praseart, a 58-year-old man, and Namsong Sirilak, a 32-year-old woman - were executed for similar offenses.

[“Indonesia executes 51-year-old woman for murder, mutilation,” The China Post, March 20, 2005]

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Female Serial Killers of Asia

Before 1600 BC – Queen Ji Xia – China
42 BCAnula of AnuradhapuraSri Lanka
705 – Empress Wu Zetian – China
940 – “White-necked Crow” – China
1200 – Ta-Ki – China
1300s – Sultana Khadeejah – Maldives
1520 – "Sámána Threefold Murderess" – Sámána, Punjab, India
1613 – Donna Catherina – Ceylon
1807 – Ching Shih – China
1861 – Rudduah – India
1880s – Sultana Pangyan Inchi Jamela – Philippines
1902 – “Osaka Baby Farmers” – Japan
1906 – “Osaka ‘Devil Woman’” – Japan
1908 – Dowager Empress Cixi (Tsi Si) – China
1908 – “Shui Hing Black Widow Serial Killer” – Shui Hing prefecture, China
1909 – Ischi Minogata & Akino Kawabarg – Osaka, Japan
1921 – Ineigo Kaneiko – Japan
1924 –  "Old Mother" Djao – Ichowfu, Shantung, China
1924 – Mrs. Tanaka – Japan
1948 – Miyuki Ishikawa – Japan
1951 – Lala Wanh – India
1953 – Yoke Ying – Singapore
1976 – Jiang Qing – China
1987 – Chen Kao Lien-yen – Taiwan
1993 Kazuko Hatayama – Japan
1995 – Sachiko Eto – Japan
1996 – Anjanabai Gavit & Shinde, Renuka KiranIndia
1996 – Astini (aka Bu Lakri) – Indonesia
1999 – Dao Ruiying – China
2000 – Seema PariharUttar Pradesh, India
2001 – Li Huijie & Tian Xueqin – China
2002 – Junko Ogata – Japan
2002 – “Toda Serial Killer Mother” – Japan
2004 – Kusuma Nain – Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, India
2004 – Le Thanh Van – Vietnam
2005 – Wang Fang – China
2006 – Zhang Zongqin – Fuling District, Chongqing, China
2007 – K. D. Kempamma – India
2008 – Babita – India
2009 – Kanae Kijima – Japan
2009 – “Ota Ward Tokyo Serial Killer Mother” – Ota Ward, Tokyo, Japan
2009 – Miyuki Ueta – Japan
2009 – Lin Yuru – Taiwan
2012 – “Indonesian Cannibal Female Serial Killer” – Indonesia (discred., apparently a hoax)
2012 – Miyoko Sumida – Japan
2012 – Veerama – Rajendfra Nagar, Delhi, India
2013 – Chiemi Tonuma – Ota Ward, Tokyo, Japan
2014 – Chisako Kakehi – Kyoto, Japan
2015 – Noh (husbands: Lee; Kim) – South Korea
2016 – “Maria” (Filipino Hitwoman) – Manila, Philippines


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Miyuki Ueta, Serial Dater/ Serial Killer – Japan, 2009

On Dec. 4, 2012 Miyuki Ueta, a 38-year-old bar hostess in Japan, was convicted for the murders of two men she had “dated.” The court sentenced her to death.

Originally, the charge she was arrested for on November 2, 2009 was not homicide. She was taken into custody for having defrauded a woman out of 1.26 million yen by falsely claiming that the victim’s son had been lent money. Her 46-year-old male roommate was also taken into custody for swindling a tractor dealer. Separate fraud charges were added against the pair on November 20.

As the investigations proceeded it became clear that the men whom she had been dating, including one who had to wed her, had been dropping like flies soon after making her acquaintance. Insurance policies had been taken out on some of the dead. Police attempted to build murder cases around at least three of the six deceased, and two of these ended up being prosecuted. Miyuki Ueta denied involvement in the deaths of the two men she was tried for killing: trucker Kazumi Yabe, 47, and electronics store owner Hideki Maruyama, 57.

In the trial presided over by Takushi Noguchi, Ueta was found guilty of drowning Yabe in the sea in April 2009 and Maruyama in a river in October the same year, both in Tottori Prefecture, by drugging them first with sleeping pills. Ueta, who was also charged with 16 other crimes, including fraud and theft, owed Yabe ¥2.7 million ($26,000 US) and Maruyama around ¥1.23 million ($12,000 US), for the purchase of electrical appliances, according to the court. Judge Noguchi said "capital punishment is unavoidable" for the perpetrator of such heinous crimes.

Her lawyers filed an appeal and on Mar. 20, 2014 her death sentence upheld by the appelate court.


Suspected victims:

2004 – Akira Seo, 42, journalist, struck by train.
2004 – Shinichi Furuta, 27, security guard, drowned.
Feb. 2008 – Houitsu Sakai, police officer, hanged, “suicide.”
Apr. 2009 – Kazumi Yabe, 47, truck driver, drowned (conviction).
Oct. 2009 – Kazumi Taguchi, 58, unemployed.
Oct. 2009 – Hideki Maruyama, 57, electrician, beaten, found in river (conviction).


Nov. 2, 2009 – Arrested on fraud charge with male roommate.
Jan. 2010 – arrested for the Hideki Maruyama murder.
Mar. 3, 2010 – warrant for murdering Kazumi Yabe.
Dec. 4, 2012 – Convicted, sentenced to death by hanging.
Mar. 20, 2014 – death sentence upheld.





For links to other cases of woman who murdered 2 or more husbands (or paramours), see Black Widow Serial Killers.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sadism & Female Serial Killers

This by no means an exhaustive collection.


5th Century BC – Parysatis of Persia – Persian Empire.

The long catalogue of her cruel and bloody deeds without a parallel even in the history of Oriental despotisms.

316 BC – Queen Olympias – Macedonia.

Proxy violence (murders by command) committed with excessive cruelty against female rival and her child as well as hundreds of others.

1200 – Ta-Ki – China.

When a female rival appeared on the scene she had her killed and sent the body, cut into pieces, to the murdered woman's father, whom she also caused to be assassinated.

1610 – Elizabeth Bathory – Čachtice Castle, Hungary.

Court testimony showed that: “on some days Elizabeth had naked girls laid flat on the floor of her bedroom and tortured them so much that one could scoop up the blood by the pail afterward.” When the Countess was too ill to leave bed in order to participate in her usual pastime she demanded that a victim be brought to her and held. “Elizabeth rose up on her bed and bit the girl on the cheek. Then she turned to the girl’s shoulders, where she ripped out a piece of flesh with her teeth. After that, Elizabeth proceeded to bite the girl’s breasts.”

During Chile’s colonial period, she was noted for her extreme cruelty to her inquils (tenants), accused and tried for over 40 murders, becoming an icon of colonial abuse and oppression.

1684 – Elizabeth Ridgway – Leicestershire, England.

“Ridgeway seemed to kill for petty reasons and almost for the pleasure of exercising her own devious power.” [Randall Martin Women, Murder, and Equity in Early Modern England, 2007, p. 152]

1762 – Darya Saltykova – Moscow, Russia.

Saltykova was a Russian noble from Moscow who became notorious for torturing and killing and torturing 138 female serfs. She beat them with logs and rolling pins and reportedly mutilated their genitals.

1809 – Anna Zwanziger (Annette Schoenleben) – Bavaria.

Zwanziger’s “ admitted motive was sheer malevolent pleasure – at her trial in 1828, she confessed that the sight of her victims’ death agonies threw her into a transport of ecstacy.” [Harold Schechter, The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers]

“It amused her [Anna Zwanziger] to see the contortions of her victims.” [Jared Sparks, Edward Everett, James Russell Lowell, Henry Cabot Lodge, The North American Review, Volume 161, 1895, p. xx]

1828 – Queen Ranavalona the Cruel – Madagascar.

“With a fanaticism that would have made Mary Tudor proud, she came up with creative and inventive ways to eliminate any one caught practicing Christianity. They were tortured, flung from cliffs, boiled in water, poisoned, flung off cliffs or beheaded if they didn’t recant.”

1831 – Gesche Gottfried – Bremen, Germany.

By her own confession, it is evident that she revelled in the sense of power she enjoyed from the possession of this secret and murderous weapon. From the gratification it afforded her, she grew actually to love it for its own sake. When, in prison, a parcel of arsenic was placed before her, her eyes glistened with the passionate desire to possess it; and when she was about to be executed, she avowed that her death would be a happy event for mankind, as she was sure she never could have renounced the pleasure of using it. [Catherine Crowe, Light and Darkness: or, The Mysteries of Life, 1850, London: Henry Colburn, pp. 64-85]

1851 – Helene Jegado – Rennes, France.

The prisoner appeared to have been actuated by a thirst for destruction, and to have taken pleasure in witnessing the agonies of her victims.

1862 – Josepha Perez – Galicia, Spain.

An 1862 news clipping reports: “A woman known as the ‘She Wolf’ has been the terror of Gallicia and the neighboring provinces for the last twenty years. Always on horseback, and followed by a small number of bandits, she was at the head of all the robberies and murders committed in that part of Spain.” Josepha was noted for her predilection for torturing her victims. She was arrested after her hide-out was discovered during the search for a different criminal.

1865 – Marie-Françoise Bougaran – Brest & Lesneven, France.

A servant girl, she murdered three children in two different families in an astonishingly disgusting and brutal manner and confessed she had a compulsion that would have led to murdering the rest of the children in the household she was serving in at the time of her arrest.

1865 – Maria Oliviero – Cattanzaro, Italy.

A bandit, barbarity is her chief characteristic, and the sight of blood renders her as excited as a wild beast.

1865 – Mrs. Perkins – Bratford, Canada.

Indirect quote: “She said she had a mania to destroy human life, and it was by the greatest self-denial that she could restrain herself from secretly poisoning all persons with whom she was on terms of friendship.” (6 victims)

1867 – Madame Julien – Le Puy, France.

The Court of Assizes of the Haute-Loire has just been engaged in the trial of a midwife of Le Puy named Julien, and her husband, a carpenter, on numerous charges of ill-treatment, and murder of infants under circumstances of the most revolting cruelty. The female prisoner accustomed to receive children of unmarried women, and which for a certain sum, varying from 200 f. to 400 f., she undertook to bring up or get place in some orphan asylum. They were then subjected by the woman to such barbarous usage that their death ensued in a very short time – in some cases by absolute starvation. These facts at length came to the knowledge of the authorities, and an outcry was made by the police. On searching a cupboard about six feet long by four feet widow, a little girl about two years old was found lying on a heap of rotten straw covered by filth; the body was one mass of putrid sores; two toes of the left foot had dropped off, and the bones of the rest could be seen exposed through the decomposing flesh. One witness, who had lodged in the house for three days, proved that the child had not been once moved all that time, and that at last it had not sufficient strength to cry out. By proper attention it has, however, now recovered.

1866 – Martha Grinder – Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA.

“Pittsburg’s arch murderess slew her victims for the pleasure of seeing them die. She planned her work with deadly patience, and thought no labor too hard that brought to her the chance of seeing some unsuspecting man, woman or child, writing in the horrible agony of dissolution, brought about by the poison she had administered. There was not the slightest motive of gain or animosity in any of her murders. She killed them, and admitted so at the last, simply for the love of taking life, and of seeing suffering. She was an expert in administering the poison, her skill no doubt being gained by her long practice, and she graduated her doses so as to cause her helpless victims the greatest and most protracted suffering. Their deaths were always, it is said by persons who remember, of a most horrible character, enough to move a heart of stone.”

1868 – Anne Gaillard Delpech – Montauban, France.

“She confessed having murdered nine infants, entrusted to her to nurse. Her baby farming consisted in drowning the little darlings in a basin of water, then cutting them up into morsels in her lap, and burying the remains in her kitchen under the stairs, or in the water-closet. All this she confessed with a savage glee, describing the process in full court, and in the presence of the skeletons of seven of her massacred innocents.”

1868 – Marie Jeanneret – Geneva, Switzerland.

She was a clever woman with a highly nervous and excitable organization, and she seems to have no other motive for her crimes than a morbid love of the excitement of murder and a grim delight in witnessing the sufferings of her victims.

1871 – Agnes Norman – London, England.

Arrested at age 15. Two or three children, a dog, two cats, six or eight birds, and some gold fish, had all fallen victims to her unnatural propensity for destruction before her crime was discovered. One little boy, aged eleven years, testified that one night he awoke by feeling something hurting him, and upon looking up found this delectable young woman, who lived as a servant in the same house, stooping over him with one hand on his mouth, and the other tightly grasping his throat.

1871 – Lydia Sherman – New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

Like others of her breed, she was a confirmed predator, addicted to cruelty and death. Making other people die -- and deriving sadistic delight from their torments -- was a pleasure she couldn’t easily do without. (H. Schechter)

1873 – Mary Ann Cotton – West Auckland, Durham, England.

Cotton: The court documents from her murder trial suggest an element of real sadism at work. Mary Ann’s neighbour Jane Hedley was one of those who witnessed the excruciating death of Nattrass. Under oath, she told Durham Crown Court: ‘I was very friendly with The Prisoner, I assisted … during the time of the illness. I saw him have fits, he was very twisted up and seemed in great agony. He twisted his toes and his hands and worked them all ways. He drew his legs quite up.’ She describes how he ‘threw himself about’ and how his murderess – presumably in the guise of caring for him – was obliged to restrain him with force. It is clear from Jane Hedley’s account that, by this stage at least, Mary Ann had the confidence to kill right under the noses of the doctors. It is hard not to believe that there was some element of enjoyment at the control she exercised – that she was, in other words, a psychopath. I believe she would have enjoyed holding down Nattrass as he died writhing in agony. [David Wilson (Professor Of Criminology At Birmingham University)She poisoned 21 people including her own mother, children and husbands. So why has no-one heard of Britain’s FIRST serial killer, Mary Ann Cotton?”

1875 – Marguerite Léris Grieumard – Saint-Vincent, France.

Marguerite Léris had a vile disposition and fought constantly with her neighbors. She verbally and physically violent towards her husband and other family members. She had had brutalized her daughter, Marguerite, daily since childhood, once so wounding the child so badly that she was permanently scarred.  On one occasion she once pulled out hair and part of the skin of the child’s scalp. She hated her daughter so much that she once asked her husband to take the girl out to the woods and leave her to die. She was likewise violent towards her grandson, Jean-David, who, like little Marguerite, was left scarred by her attacks.

1879 – Marie Bleirs – Vienna, Austria.

Passage which describes the most shocking of Marie Bleirs’ crimes: “And the crippled boy – who was he? Her own child by Louis Lemberg. In a moment of horrible passion she severed the limbs of the infant at the joints, and then gave him to a miserable hag to extort charity. Afterward the idea seized her that she would like him to repose with the rest, and so she took him to her dwelling and would have ended his fate but for the timely intervention of the domestic.”

1883 – Maria Swanenburg (Van der Linden) – Leiden, Netherlands.

She “laughed aloud at the torments of her victims on her sick beds, this woman could not be responsible for her acts.”

1886 – Harriet E. Nason – Rutland, Vermont, USA.

“It is now believed that Mrs. Nason also poisoned her late husband, and that she did some of her crimes simply from love of poisoning.”

1891 – MilaPožarevac, Serbia.

A female brigand named Mila is being tried for some of her crimes at Posezarez [Požarevac], Servia. She has been for a number of years a terror to the people of that region, and her crimes and cruelties far exceed those of ordinary brigands in Turkey and Servia. Mila is accused of fourteen murders and numerous robberies, and a peculiarly unfeminine feature of her deeds of blood was that she horribly mutilated her victims. In audacity and cruelty she had no equal among outlaws. She is not good-looking and has a nose like a hawk.

1892 – Guadalupe Martinez de Bejarano – Mexico City, Mexico.

She sexually tortured and murdered 3 orphan girls.

1893 “Warasdin Baby Farmers” – Varasdin (Warasdin), Croatia.

A recent telegram from London states that some shocking revelations have been made in connection with baby-farming at Warasdin, a town 36 miles from Agram, the capital of Croatia (Austria). Several miscreants had been arrested, who, it was ascertained, systematically practised shocking cruelties on children in order to produce various kinds of deformity for the purpose of exciting sympathy of the public. In some cases it was discovered that children were purposely crippled so that they might accompany beggars on their rounds. Children were found whose legs and arms had been deliberately broken while others had had their eyes gouged out so as to make them blind. One unfortunate child was found with its body bent double, and kept in that position by being placed between boards tightly screwed together. Various horrible implements of torture intended to be used for producing deformity in children were also brought to light.

1901 – Jane Toppan – Boston, Massachusetts, USA

No one could have guessed that during her tenure at a Massachusetts hospital the amiable “Jolly Jane” was morbidly obsessed with autopsies, or that she conducted her own after-hours experiments on patients, deriving sexual satisfaction in their slow, agonizing deaths from poison. (Harold Schechter, Fatal)

1903 – Anna (Caroline) Przygodda – Allenstein, East Prussia.

The evidence showed that all the husbands were healthy young men when they married. Each in succession suddenly lost his health, complained of terrible pains in all his limbs, violent headaches, loss of appetite and growing weakness. The wife administered arsenic to each of the victims in small quantities, mixing it in meat, soup and various dishes. She watched them one after another literally sinking into the grave, and their sufferings left her unmoved. She calculated how long the poison would take to complete its fatal work, and all four husbands died about a year after she began administering the poison. … Several experts entrusted with the task of examining the prisoner’s mental condition came to the conclusion that she murdered her husbands from sheer delight in homicide.

1908 – Jeanne Weber – Paris, France (and provinces).

She got her kicks from strangling children, including her own. Chivalrous lawyers and doctors, with big reputations, protected her from conviction twice, which allowed her to go on murdering children.

1909 – Martha Rendell – Perth, Australia.

Rendell brutally abused Morris’ children, once beating Annie so brutally that she could not walk. Arresting officer Inspector Harry Mann said “she delighted in seeing her victims writhe in agony, and from it derived sexual satisfaction.”

1912 – Clementine Bernebet (Barnabet) – Lafayette, Louisiana, USA.

It is said 300 persons have been slain by the “sacrifice sect” within the last six years. “I am the axe woman of the sacrifice sect,” she shouted from her prisoner’s stand, where she is guarded by three deputies. “I killed them all, men, women and babies, and I hugged the babies to my breast. But I am not guilty of murder.” 

1912 – Andrina-Eglantine Fortin Couturier – Saint-Aubin-sur-Gaillon, France

“She fastened her two year-old daughter to a post, and then having laid a fire set the child’s clothes ablaze. The helpless infant was burnt to death after having suffered terrible agony. The unnatural mother watched the whole affair. … Two other children of the prisoner died [the previous] year in suspicious circumstances.”

1912 – Enriqueta Marti – Barcelona, Spain.

Enriqueta kidnapped children, provided them to pedophiles and murdered them, making their blood into “elixirs.” She forced a young girl to eat portions of the body of another child she had witnessed the murder of.

1925 – Helen Geisen-Volk – New York, N. Y., USA.

Child care provider and child trafficker who abused, battered and murdered scores of children, mostly babies.

“Babies and animals should be disciplined all the same. When they become unruly, I hold them under water or push them in closets or bang them. I’ve trained children for 20 years that way.”

“Didn’t fifty-three infants die in your place?” asked District Attorney Pecora. “No,” was Mrs. Geisen-Volk’s reply. “There were only twelve or fourteen deaths.”

1925 – Alsa Thompson – Hollywood, California, USA.

1926 – “Brazilian Black Widow” – Fernando Noronha Island (Brazil’s prison island)

“She killed her first husband,” said Gaudensia, “for spending his money in grog-shops, and because she heard he was mixing with another woman.

“That unfortunate man came home one night, slightly under the influence. She tore his clothes off him, and tied him up. Then she criss-crossed him with the thin side of a razor, and rubbed salt in the wounds.

“She turned him loose, naked, to hop around with pain. She drove a red-hot poker through his skull, which seemed to be carrying it quite far enough. She ended by tying him to his donkey and starting him back for the grog-shop where the other woman could usually be found. She couldn’t read or write so that her method of sending word that she was through with him.

1926 – Antoinette Sierri (Scierri) – Nimes, France.

The only motive which the French police now hold in the mysterious poisoning of six persons by Antoinette Scierri, a nurse, is that she liked to see her victims’ death struggles. Although small sums of money were taken in several instances, it is believed that this was not the basic death motive. The nurse made wreaths for the graves of her victims and showed tender care during their last moments.

1926 – Josefa Szanyi (Josephine Tzany) – Budapest, Hungary.

An avowed predatory misandrist who sought out men, mostly married ones, to seduce and then murder 12 of them.

1928 – Axenia Varlan (Maria Varlane) Fundul Galbenei, Hîncesti District, Moldova. 

Axenia Varlan murdered at least nine persons. When police searched her premises human ears and other human remains were found. She confessed to have cut them off the corpses of her victims, to keep them as "memories." Over a period of  four years she murdered and then cut into pieces her four children, her mother, her father, her mother-in-law, her brother-in-law and a sister of the latter. At her trial psychiatrists declared her a classic sadist.

1938 – Moulay Hassen – Fez, Morocco.

Hassen, once a famous dancer became a madame for prostitutes, kidnapped, tortured and serially murdered many young women (as well as boys). She was discovered to be a serial killer following the discovery of dismembered body parts of one of her victims. She fed human flesh to her cats. She was convicted and sentenced to death, but due to her powerful political connections she was freed to continue her criminal career. Convicted of new crimes she was sentenced to only 15 years in prison.

1941 – Felícitas Sánchez Aguillón or Sánchez Neyra – Mexico City, Mexico.

Felícitas Sánchez Aguillón or Sánchez Neyra (1890 - June 16, 1941) was a Mexican nurse, midwife, baby farmer and serial killer, active during the 1930s in Mexico City, who killed babies in her care. It is estimated that Felícitas murdered children in numbers ranging from between 40 and neatly a hundred. Her victims were aged from newborn to three years old. Typically she would poison or strangle the children, according to some reports sometimes she would dismember a child while still living.

1944 – Carmen Matamoros de Tejeda – Panzacola, Tehuantepec Dist, Oaxaca, Mexico.

“When police of Mexico City swooped on an eerie house and garden in the quiet town of Panzacola to free a nude, half-crazed, 18-years-old girl, whose chained body bore savage imprints of teeth, strange welts, and hideous scars, they uncovered a cesspool seething with the paraphernalia of witchcraft and black magic. But more petrifying was the subsequent discovery of the bones and bodies of two tiny babies …”

1945 – Hermine Braunsteiner, “The Stomping Mare” – Germany.

Guard at Ravensbruück concentration camp. According to witness testimony she whipped several women to death and in other instances killed women by stomping on them with her steel-studded jackboots, earning her the nickname “The Stomping Mare.” B. was not “just following orders,” rather she was acting to serve her personal sadistic pleasure.

1945 – Irma Grese, “Beast of Belsen” – Germany.

National Socialist Party SS member, Average number of victims, 30 a day, motivated by “sport.” She murdered female inmates in the concentration camp by ordering them  to venture into forbidden zones where they would be shot by guards under strict orders to kill all trespassers. G. was not “just following orders,” rather she was acting to serve her personal sadistic pleasure.

1950 – Miriam Soulakiotis – Keratea, Greece.

177 murders attributed to the cult. “The Calendarists first hit the news columns back in 1950 when their convent’s mother superior, Miriam Soulakiotis (a former factory worker), was arrested on 23 charges that included murder, fraud, embezzlement, abduction and assault. Miss Soulakiotis became known as “The Woman Rasputin.” Sentenced to 16 years, she died in prison in 1954 at the age of 71. The Woman Rasputin preached and practiced religious beatings for her followers as the only means of obtaining salvation. She also duped many of her new recruits into signing over their property to her name since she convinced them this was the best way to get into heaven. Prosecutor Papakarius reported that the abbess amassed a fortune of some $150,000 by embezzling the dowries of Greek women who joined their convent.”

1950 – Georgia Tann – Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

During Tann’s tenure as head of the organization she founded, Tennessee Children’s Home Society, in Memphis, the region had the highest infant mortality rate in the nation. Her practice was to rid herself of those babies put in her charge she deemed unsaleable by leaving them unattended out in the sun until they broiled to death. She and her lover and male sexual deviants she employed would beat and torture children for the perverse sexual thrill of it.

According to one surviving victim, Georgia and her companion would hit the children “on the scalp so no one could see the bruises.” Favored forms of child torture at the Home included tying a rope around a child’s wrists and hang it up on a coat rack and dangling a child from a rope down the laundry chute.

1968 – Mary Bell – Scotswood, England.

11-year-old girl who murdered two boys, 5 and 4, plus several previous attempted murders; “I like to hurt people.”

1969 – Susan Atkins (Charles Manson “Family”) – Los Angeles, California, USA

Atkins savagely murdered at least 9 persons (and perhaps more than 20 in total), including a pregnant woman.

“Wow. What a trip! I thought, ‘To taste death, and yet give life.’ Have you ever tasted blood? It’s warm and sticky and nice.” (V, 400)

“They didn’t even look like people... I didn’t relate to Sharon Tate as being anything but a store mannequin... [Tate] sounded just like an IBM machine... She kept begging and pleading and pleading and begging [for the life of her unborn child], and I got sick of listening to her, so I stabbed her.”

1971 – Madame Max Adolphe (Rosalie Bosquet) – Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

“According to Haiti historian Elizabeth Abbott, some of the male prisoners sometimes were subject to sexual torture by Rosalie Bosquet, also known as Madame Max Adolphe, the prison warden.”

1980 – Carol Bundy (couple) – Bundy, Carol Mary & Douglas Daniel Clark – Los Angeles, California, USA.

Carol Bundy assisted her pervert husband in kidnapping, torturing and raping young women. “Catherine Birnie, the unloved child who rarely smiled, had become a young woman who enjoyed watching other women being killed.” [Carol Anne Davis, Women Who Kill: Profiles of Female Serial Killers, Allison & Bisby, London, 2001, P. 111]

1980 – Charlene GallegoSacramento, California, USA.

On September 10, 1978, Rhonda Scheffler (age 17) and Kippi Vaught (age 16) were shopping at Country Club Plaza in Sacramento County when Charlene enticed them into their van. Gerald and Charlene raped and further sexually abused the two victims throughout the night in rural Placer County. Evidence showed that Charlene bit the breasts of one victim; and Gerald, the other. The next day, the Gallegos drove back to Sacramento County, where Gerald made Rhonda and Kippi get out of the van and walk across a field to a ditch. He hit the girls with a tire iron and shot them in the head with a 25-caliber pistol. As Gerald was walking back to the van, he saw one of the victims (later revealed to be Kippi Vaught) move; the bullet had only grazed her skull. He returned and shot her three more times in the head, killing her.

Charlene would later tell a cellmate how ecstatic she felt during this kidnap-rape.

1982 – Judith Neelley – Southern USA.

With her husband tortured, raped and murdered, by injecting drain cleaner into their blood, an estimated 15 young women.

1984 – Ada Wittenmyer – Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

A cellmate testified at trial that Mrs. Wittenmyer told her about poisoning her two husbands. “She said she was going to go through life finding men with money and poisoning them, using the lonely hearts club ads. She said that she enjoyed to see them in pain from the poison,” testified Barbara Quaranto, 46, who was convicted in Chattanooga in the shooting death of her 73-year-old husband. Canadian rancher Henry Joneson said he sent 12 letters and a $1,150 check to Mrs. Wittenmyer before learning last week that the address she had given him was the prison and not the retreat she had told him it was. The Tomahawk, Alberta, man said he answered Mrs. Wittenmyer’s ad in [an] agricultural publication in April that read: “Widow wishes to start new life – will relocate.” When Mrs. Wittenmyer telephoned him after her second poisoning conviction, Johnson said he told her,” … I found out everything and goodbye.” She committed suicide in jail awaiting trial.

1985 – Rosemary West Gloucester, England.

With her husband Frederick as her crime partner, Rosemary West she murdered, tortured and sexually abused 10 females aged 8 through 27, including her own daughter and step-daughter.

1986 – Catherine Birnie – Willagee, W. A., Australia

With her husband, David, she murdered 4 women; their fifth escaped, leading to the criminals’ apprehension.

1990s – “Southern Serial Killer Stripper” – Southern USA.

A forensic psychologist’s interview with an unnamed female serial killer offers a rare glimpse into the sadistic obsessions of a repeat murderess.

1993 – Karen HomolkaSaint Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

Pervert, raped and murdered young women, including her own sister
1996 – Michelle Martin – Marcinelle near Charleroi (Hainaut), Belgium.

With Marc Dutroux, murdered 6 teenage girls after raping and torturing them. This is the most complicated serial killer case in history, involving a large number of mysterious deaths of witnesses, police and others associated with the case during the course of the investigation as well as political intrigue at the highest levels of the Belgian government.

In mid-90′s Belgium, six young girls were raped and tortured by a wealthy antisocial man named Marc Dutroux. He kept them in the basement of one of his seven homes; his wife, Michelle Martin was aware of her husband’s activities. Two of the victims, 17-year-old An Marchal and 19-year-old Eefje Lambrecks, were drugged and buried alive. Two more, Julie Lejeune and Mélissa Russo, both 8, were starved to death. Dutroux, before going to jail for car theft, gave Martin instructions to feed them, which she disregarded. Another two, Sabine Dardenne, then 12, and Laetitia Delhez, then 14, survived. Both girls testified against Dutroux at his 2004 trial, helping to put him away for life. Another accomplice, Michel Lelièvre, was sentenced to 25 years, and the wife, Martin, to 30. [Nastacia Leshchinskaya, “Survivor Protests Release of Serial Killer’s Ex-Wife & Accomplice,” Crime Library, August 20, 2012]

2003 – Monique Olivier – Ardennes region, France.

Monique Olivier, 59, helped Michel Fourniret [apprehended Jun. 26, 2003], the so-called “Ogre of the Ardennes”, to lure young women into a van so that he could kidnap and rape them. “Using an image of happily-married respectability, Olivier would gain the confidence of the girls and women they had identified as prey.”

2013 – Inessa TarverdiyevaStavropol, Russia.

A qualified dentist, were involved in the spate of ruthless serial killings, Viktoria Tarverdiyeva, 25, and her 13-year-old daughter Anastasiya.

2013 – Joanna Dennehy – Bifield, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England.

This 31-year-old Englishwoman told her friend, “I want my fun. I need you to get my fun.” This fun consisted of finding a male stranger to stab in the heart. Ms. Dennehy was able to, over a period of several weeks, to engage in this form of amusement on five occasions, resulting in three deaths.

2014 – Daniela Poggiali – Lugo, Italy.

One of her nursing colleagues described to police Daniela’s strange behavior following the deaths of her patients: “She was particularly euphoric and wanted to have a photo next to the dead body,” as Il Corriere della Sera reports. Investigators propose the motive for the killings was that the victims “irritated her.”

2015 – Elena Lobacheva – Moscow, Russia.

25-year old sexual sadist, with her 20-year-old male accomplice, whose alternative sexuality preference involved stabbing 12 men (up to 107 times), all strangers, randomly selected, to death, and photographing them “with their stomachs cut open.” She was inspired by the movie “Bride of Chucky,” and has a tattoo of the character on her arm.

Confession: “Randomly stabbing the body of a dying human brought me pleasure comparable to sexual pleasure.”

2016 – Juana “La Peque Sicaria” – Baja California, Mexico.

Juana (“La Peque Sicaria”) Los Zetas cartel member who was in charge of executions and used blood and dismembered body parts to sexually stimulate herself.



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