Index: Female Serial Killers


 Myths about Female Serial Killers 

“I don't think there’s much different between male and female serial killers. I think women have got away with it for a lot longer. ” – Martina Cole, Britain’s most popular crime writer, presenter of BBC series on female serial killers in 2008

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Wikipedia currently (Dec. 2011) asserts that “Female serial killers are rare.” “Rare” is a vague term and its use here is not explained. In contradiction to this claim two points should be noted: 1) the vast majority of female serial killers (of victims other than babies, whose corpses were often secretly discarded or destroyed) leave corpses which are believed by others to be the result of non-homicidal causes, thus making serial-killer victims and perpetrators much more difficult to estimate than in cases of male serial killers, where victims are usually easily identified as murder victims. 2) Very little historical research has been done on female serial killers. A study by the editor of The Unknown History of MISANDRY, using only fragmentary English-language newspapers and google as sources, has turned up 660 cases beyond the 140 collected in the longest published list of female serial killer cases, that in Peter Vronsky’s 2007 book. A more ambitious research effort should be expected to increase the number substantially above the current count of about 730.

Wikipedia’s assertion that “most female serial killers murder for money or other such material gain” is not a very useful generalization. “Most” can mean 51%, thus “most” can mean little more than “about half.” Cases of prolific serial killers Bathory, Jager, Popov, Souliakotis, Toppan, demonstrate motives which are sadistic or ideological (in the case of Popov). The case of Martí can be classed as profit-motivated yet the child sexual abuse and cannibalism involved suggests the sadistic motive was paramount, or at least equal to the financial. Tann, who is likely to have murdered thousands of babies was also a sexual pervert who employed other perverts to molest the children she sold for profit. She was also ideologically motivated, holding eugenics beliefs about who was worthy and who was not. Tann, like Bathory, another homicidal sadistic sexual pervert, was one of the most prolific serial killers of either sex. Soulakiotis, murderess of 177 young women engaged, as did Bathory, in ritualized torture of her victims. Child-strangler Weber killed for pleasure. Renczi killed sex partners with a motive that is clearly a proprietary; victims were her “possessions” which she refused to share with the world and whose corpses were fetishistically collected. Popov and Foedi each professed misandric motives, with Popov claiming, implausibly, that each of her 300 victims were determined by her investigations to be of the “abusive” sort, thus justifying their murders, while Foedi similarly expressed a hatred of men in general and offered women assistance in murdering any husband they wished to be rid of. Although Foedi was on at least one occasion well-compensated for the crime, on other occasions was willing to murder for a pittance. Popov charged very little for her services, seeing herself as offering a valuable social service to the community. Gaetana Stomoli murdered 23 children in order to exact “revenge” according to her viewpoint and the “Dahr-al-Ahmur Serial Killer” murdered 8 children with a similar motive. Even in cases where profit motive is clear-cut (insurance scams, property inheritances) there needs to be additional severely pathologically antisocial mental factors before there can be a series of  premeditated carefully orchestrated crimes of homicide.

TEMPORARY NOTE: The list is being updated to include all cases (over 860 at this point), regardless of whether the case is included on UHoM, and will include city identifications.

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 Index of Female Serial Killer Posts 

Note: Peter Vronsky's book on female serial killers lists 140 cases. The Unknown History of MISANDRY has collected more than 500 additional cases, of which only a portion are as yet posted.

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Before 1600 BC – Queen Ji Xia – China
5th c BC – Parysatis – Persia
316 BC – Queen Olympias – Macedonia
1st c BC – Princess Laodice of Cappadocia – Kingdom of Pontus, Anatolia
42 BC – Anula of Anuradhapura – Sri Lanka
48 AD – Valeria Messalina – Rome
59 AD – Julia Agrippina – Rome
69 AD  Locusta – Rome
275 Zenobia Syria
705 – Empress Wi Zetian – China
800 – Queen Eadburgh – England
940 – “White-necked Crow” – China
1010 – Freydis Ericsdotter – Early (Viking) America
1196 – Mahaut de Bourgogne – France
1200 – Ta-Ki – China
1315 – Queen Margaret of Burgundy – France
1324 – Alice Kyteler – Ireland
1300s – Sultana Khadeejah – Maldives
1542 – Margaret Davey – England
1587 – Walpurga Hausmännin – Germany
1610 – Elizabeth Báthory – Hungary
1613 – Dona Catherina – Sri Lanka
1600s – La Toffana –Italy
1635 – Elizabeth Evans – England
1650 – Catalina de Erauso – Spain & New Spain
1658 – Hieronyma Spara – Italy
1658 – Gratiosa – Italy
1660 – Catalina de los Ríos y Lisperguer – Chile
1761 – Dorcas Kelly – Ireland
1673 – “The Cruel French Lady” – France
1673 – Louise Mabre – France
1675 – “The Bloody Innkeeper’s Wife of Pultoe” – England
1676  Brinvilliers, Marquise de – France
1679 – Marie Bosse – France
1679 – Catherine Deshayes – France
1679 – Madame Vigoreux – France
1684 – Elizabeth Ridgway – England
1693 – Mary Compton, Mary Compton the Younger, Ann David – England
1740 – Elizabeth & Mary Branch – England
1750 – (Finland:10 cases, 1750-1896) (names yet to be collected and added)
1762 – Darya Saltykova – Russia
1763 – Hadfield’s Maid” – Italy
1772 – Luisa de Jesus – Portugal
1788 – Giovanna Bonnano – Italy
1792 – “English Black Widow” – England [discredited, a legend]
17th c – “Lady Guilfort” (“Princess Jabirouska”) – France
1800s – Mme. Bonhours – France
1803 – Sophie Ursinus – Germany
1807 – Ching Shih – China
1808 – Mary Bateman – England
1809 – Anna Zwanziger (Nannette Schoenleben) – Germany
1814 – “Malága Black Widow” – Malaga, Spain
1816 – Susannah Holroyd – England
1819 – Ane Nielsdatter – Denmark
1828 – Ranavalona the Cruel, Queen – Madagascar
1828 – Jane Scott – England
1829 – Patty Cannon – USA
1831 – Gesche Gottfried – Germany
1835 – Fanny Billing & Catherine Frary – England
1835 – Margarete Jäger (Jaeger, Joyer) – Germany
1840 – Hanna Hanson Kinney – USA
1843 – Sarah Dazley – England
1843 – Elizabeth Eccles – England
1844 – Eliza Joyce – England
1845 – Sarah Freeman – England
1845 – Elizabeth Reed – USA
1846 – Mary Pimlett – England
1847 – Sarah Chesham – England
1847 – Mary Ann Milner – England
1848 – Mary May – England
1848 – Rose Theyre – France
1849 – Mary Ann Geering – England
1849 – Rebecca Smith – England
1850s – “Hungarian Husband-Poisoners” (60) – Hungary [unconfirmed]
1850 – Canadian Indian Cannibal Serial Killer – Canada
1850 – Madame Segard – France
1851 – Mary Emily Cage – England
1851 – Nancy Farrer – USA
1851 – Hélène Jégado – France
1852 – Nancy Hufford – USA
1852 – Margaret Waldgrave – USA & Cuba
1854 – Marie Gagney – France
1854 – “Villa Vico Baby Farmer” – Portugal
1857 – Polly Frisch – USA
1857 – Elizabeth Routt – USA
1858 – Lydia Studley – USA
1858 – Phebe Westlake – USA
1860 – Mary Jane “Bricktop” Jackson – New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
1860 – Elizabeth McCraney – USA
1861 – Rudduah – India
1862 – Marianne Dumollard – France
1862 – Josepha Perez – Spain
1862 – Catherine Wilson – England
1863 – Madame Rossner – USA
1865 – Maria Oliviero – Italy
1865 – Martha Grinder – USA
1865 – Mrs. Perkins – Canada, England
1865 – Charlotte Winsor – England
1866 – Madame Balouzat – France
1867 – Madame Julien – France
1867 – La Gizzi – Italy
1868 – Marie Jeanneret – Switzerland
1869 – Madame Delpech – France
1869 – “Gardiner, Maine Black Widow Serial Killer” – USA
1869 – Madame Mizard & Anne Dupin – France
1869 – Mrs. Wahle – USA
1869 – Mrs. White – USA
1870 – Margaret Waters – England
1871 – Catherine Batchelor – USA
1871 – Ann Burns – England
1871 – “Dahr-al-Ahmur Serial Killer” – Lebanon
1871 – Frances Rogers – England
1871 – Lydia Sherman – USA
1871 – Agnes Norman – England
1871 – Elizabeth Wharton – USA
1872 – Charlotte Lamb – USA
1872 – Pètronillo Schimonska – Poland
1873 – Kate & Katie Bender – USA
1873 – Mary Ann Cotton – England
1873 – Sarah Earhardt – USA
1873 – Rose Porro & Margarite Coraldi – Italy
1873 – Wilhelmina Waltmann – Germany
1873 – Mrs. York – USA § (discredited)
1874 – Henrietta Weibel – USA (exception, 15-years-old)
1875 – Marie Bouriant – France
1875 – Brigitte Burckel – France
1875 – Julia Fortmeyer – USA
1875 – Marguerite Léris Grieumard – France
1875 – Mary Reignolds – USA
1876 – “Grey Nuns of Montreal” – Canada
1876 – Margaret McCloskey – USA
1877 – Elizabeth Kirkbride – England
1877 – Agnes Parr – USA
1877 – Rozilla Worcester – USA
1878 – Sallie Hardman (Gibbs) – USA
1878 – Mrs. David Drake – USA
1879 – Catherine Barnes – England
1879 – Alice Danbrough – USA
1879 – Bapistine Philip – France
1879 – Frances Shrouder – USA
1880s – Sultana Pangyan Inchi Jamela – Philippines
1881 – Honora Dunn – Australia
1881 – Margaret Messenger – England
1881 – Jeanne Raies – Switzerland
1881 – “Silesian Serial Killer” – Germany
1881 – Nellie Webb (Nancy French) – USA
1882 – Sophia Ivanovitch & Anna Minify – Hungary
1882 – Kathi Lyukas – Hungary
1882 – Thekla Popov – Hungary
1882 – Sally Story – USA
1882 – Phyllis Wright – USA
1883 – Mrs. Christian – USA
1883 – Emma Stillwell – USA
1883 – Maria Swanenburg (Van der Linden) – Netherlands
1884 – Angenette Haight – USA
1884 – Nellie Horan – USA
1884 – Leonarda Martinez – Mexico
1884 – Emily Charlotte M'Kenzie – England
1884 – Symenthe S. Nivison – USA
1884 – “Varanda, Hungary Black Widow” – Hungary
1885 – Mary Kleman – USA
1885 – Rachel Ostrovoskafa – Ukraine
1885 – Rebecca Samuels – Barnesville, South Carolina (age 12; 2 murders)
1886 – Mary Ann Britland – England
1886 – Persa Czirin – Serbia
1886 – Sarah J. Dockery – USA
1886 – Mary Hart – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1886 – Pauline Mittlestedt – Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
1886 – Harriet Nason – Rutland, Vermont, USA
1886 – Sarah Jane Robinson – Summerville, Massachusetts, USA
1886 – "Silesian Black Widow" – Silesia (Germany) 
1886 – Mrs. Stevens – Wangaratta, Australia
1887 – “Aingula Poisoner” – Aingula, Croatia
1887 – Cynthia McDonald – Rochester, New York, USA
1887 – “Odessa Baby Farmer” – Odessa, Ukraine

1887 – Anastaa Rubio de Pascadera – SAn Antio, Zacatecas, Mexico
1887 – Martha Ryckman – Bampton, N. B., Nova Scotia, Canada
1887 – Annie Snoots – Cambridge, Ohio, USA
1888 – Louisa Collins – Botany, Australia
1888 – Eva Micsik – Csoka, Hungary
1888 – Sarah Whiteling – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1889 – Ellen Batts Waverly, Australia
1889 – Lizzie Brennan – Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA
1889 – Miss Delaware – Waihora, New Zealand
1889 – Marie Doiselet – Bar-Sur Aube, France (age 13; 2 murders)
1889 – Mary Glynn – Pittston, Pennsylvania, USA
1889 – Jessie King – Stockbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
1889 – Jennie Seiffert – St. Louis, Missouri, USA
1889 – Sophie von Mesko – "Lipes," Hungary
1889 – Amelia Winters – Deptford, England
1889 – Annie Zachoegner – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
1890 – Catherine Claus – Long Island, New York, USA
1890 – Esther Sarac – Mitrovitz, Serbia ("Hungary")
1890 – Marianne Skoublinska – Warsaw, Poland
1890 – Makrena Stankovic – Erdevik, Serbia
1891 – Evelyn Abbott – Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA
1891 – Mrs. Thomas Austin – Louisville, Kentucky, USA
1891 – Jane Dorsey – Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
1891 – Frau Kernaez – Szent Tamas, Serbia ("Hungary")
1891 – Stojsits Kurjakow – Szent Tamas, Serbia ("Hungary")
1891 – Frau Pionieski (Rivnicski) – Szent Tamas, Serbia ("Hungary")
1891 – Mila – Pozarevatz, Serbia
1891 – Rosalie Schneider – Vienna, Austria
1891 – Marie Sorgenfrie  – Rome, New York, USA
1892 – Mary Ann Armagost – David City, Nebraska, USA
1892 – Bedwarska – Lodz, Poland
1892 – “Berlin Baby Farmer” – Berlin, Germany
1892 – “Chihuaha Cannibal Female Serial Killer” – Chihuaha, Mexico
1892 – Mary Ann Hall – Manchester, England
1892 – Annie Hanson – Chicago, Illinois, USA
1892 – Nellie Haven & Hattie Graham – San Francisco, California, USA
1892 – Ella Holdridge – Tonawanda, New York, USA
1892 – “The Limburg Baby Farmer” – Limburg, Germany
1892 – Sarah Jane Makin – Sydney, Australia
1892 – Guadalupe Martinez de Bejarano – Mexico City, Mexico
1892 – Frau Myer – Bockenheim, Germany
1892 – Feige Noskina – Vilna, Lithuania ("Russia")
1893 – Madame Barthian – Rittencourt, Lorraine, France
1893 – Lizzie Halliday – Burlingham, New York, USA
1893 – Frances Knorr – Brunswick, Australia
1893 – Belinda Laphame – San Francisco, California, USA
1893 – Mrs. D. H. Meyer – South Bend, Indiana, USA
1893 – “Przemysi Baby Farmers” – Przmyski, Austria
1893 Mattie C. Shann – Princeton, New Jersey, USA
1894 – Mrs. Julian Butler  – Hamburg, Michigan, USA
1894 – Mary Cowan – Dixmont, Maine, USA
1894 – Martha Needle – Richmond, Australia
1894 – “Nijni Novgorod Serial Killer” – Nijni Novgorod, Russia
1894 Annie Wagner – Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
1895 – Minnie Dean – Invercargill, New Zealand
1895 – Marie Hevesy – Pecska, Hungary
1895 – Marie Therese Joniaux-Ablay – Antwerp, Belgium
1895 – Niryauhi V Kanjogera – Tutsi Tribe, Rwanda
1895 – Gaetani Stomoli – Aderno, Sicily
1896 – Queen Ashantehemaa Yaa Akyaa – Kumanni, Ashanti Kingdom (Ghana)
1896 – Amelia Dyer – Caversham, England
1896 – Rulo – Peraleda, Spain
1896 – Fanny Scofield – Mexico Village, New York, USA
1896 – Hermann Springstein & Auguste Bock – Prenzlau, Germany
1896 – "Viennese Dissection Serial Killer Couple"  – Vienna, Austria
1897 – Frau Czordus – Hodmezovassarhely, Hungary
1897 – Maria Jager – Hodmezovassarhely, Hungary
1897 – Jennie Layton & Mary Sammon – Camden, New Jersey, USA
1897 – Marie Ret – Paris, France
1897 – Nancy Staffleback – Galena, Kansas, USA
1898 – Margaret Ann Smith – West Perth, Australia
1898 – Ann Spinks – Tottenham, England
1898 – Mary Tressa – Trieste, Austria (Italy)
1899 – Henrietta Bamberger – St. Louis, Missouri, USA
1899 – Amy M'Neil Douglas – Chingford, England
1899 – Lulu Johnson – Enid, Oklahoma Territory, USA
1899 – Lisa Triku – Zesbeley, Romania ("Hungary"
1900 – Nikola Bettuz – Kissoda, Romania ("Hungary")
1900 – Marie Bonelli – Rome, Italy
1900 – Ada Chard-Williams – London, England
1900 – “Golden Wig Female Serial Killer” – England
1900 – Mrs. (Limeburner) Herrick – USA
1901 – Fru Andresen – Christiana (Oslo), Norway
1901 – Fru Johannsen – Christiana (Oslo), Norway
1901 – Fru Olsen – Christiana (Oslo), Norway
1901 – Jane Toppan – Boston, Massachusetts, USA
1901 – Belle Witwer – Dayton, Ohio, USA
1902 – Nellie Campbell – Chicago, Illinois, USA
1902 – “Christiana Baby Farmers” – Christiana (Oslo), Norway
1902 – Jennie O. Guild – Sheldonville, Massachusetts, USA
1902 – “Osaka Baby Farmers” – Osaka, Japan
1902 – Romanian Bandit Queen of Jassy” – Jassy, Romania
1902 – Amelia Sach & Annie Walters – Finchley, England
1903 – Caroline Collins – New Lathrop, Michigan, USA
1903 – Caroline Finity – Wanakoneta, Ohio, USA
1903 – Emily Gobay & Emma Kitchen – Atlanta, Georgia, USA
1903 – Madame Guzovska – Warsaw, Poland
1903 – Mary McKnight – Kalkaska, Michigan, USA
1903 – Mrs. A. H. Miller – Wichita, Kansas, USA
1903 – “Cairo Cannibal Female Serial Killer” – Cairo, Egypt
1903 – Caroline Pryzgodda – Bobbau, Allenstein, East Prussia (Germany)
1903 – Elizabeth Wiese – St. Pauli (Hamburg), Germany
1904 – Elizabeth Ashmead – Philadelphia, Pa., Melville, NJ, Wilmington De., USA
1904 – Annie Batten – Perth, Australia
1904 – Jeanne Bonnaud – Chatain, Haute, Vienne Dept., France
1904 – Rachel Galtie – Auch, France
1904 – “Harbin, Manchuria Serial Black Widow” – Harbin, Manchuria (Russia)
1904 – Mary Lowry – Omaha, Nebraska, USA
1904 – Catherine Miller – Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania, USA
1905 – Balapa – Hodmezo-Vasarhely, Hungary
1905 – Mary Bellears – Euora, Australia
1905 – “Czongrad Serial Killer” – Czongrad, Hungary
1905 – Lizzie Geisler – Salt Lake City, USA
1905 – Rae Alderman Krauss – Blackford City, Indiana, USA
1905 – Frau (Ziesig) Manko – Lyck, West Prussia (Germany)
1905 – Malvina Roester – Kristyor, Hungary
1905 – Frau Sivacky – Zenta, Serbia ("Hungary")
1906 – Catherine Biber – Kneez, Temesvar, Romania ("Hungary")
1906 – Bridget Carey – Centralia, Pennsylvania, USA
1906 – Wilhelmena Eckhardt – New York, New York, USA
1906 – Mrs. Gustav Holmen (alias) – Stockholm, Sweden
1906 – “Knez Four-Time Black Widow” – Kneez, Temesvar, Romania ("Hungary")
1906 – Marianne Konopkova – Wieliczka, Poland
1906 – “Osaka ‘Devil Woman’” – Osaka, Japan
1906 – Martha Petromany – Knees, Temesvar, Romania ("Hungary")
1906 – “Paris Baby-Killers” – Paris, France
1906 – Ida Schnell – Munich, Bavaria, Germany
1906 – Lillian Thorman – York, Pennsylvania, USA
1906 – “Vivienne Midwife” – Vivienne Quartier, Paris, France
1907 – Ernestine Feige – Grunau Hirschberg, Silesia (Germany)
1907 – Marie Vere Goold – Marseilles, France
1907 – Frau Hazyok – Knees, Temasvar, Romania, ("Hungary")
1907 – “Kursk Female Serial Killer” – Kursk, Russia
1907 – Alice Mitchell – Perth, Australia
1907 – Mrs. Fred West – Des Moines, Iowa, USA
1908 – Grete Beier – Brand, Saxony, Germany
1908 – Dowager Empress Cixi (Tsi Si) – China
1908 – Madge Clayton – Preston, Australia
1908 – Jeanne Gilbert – St.-Amand-Montrand, France
1908 – Belle Gunness – LaPorte, Indiana, USA
1908 – Francesca Herrera – Seville, Spain
1908 – Jeanne Weber – Paris, France
1909 – Augustina Mora – Vera Cruz, Mexico
1909 – Madam Popov – Samara, Ukraine
1909 – Martha Rendell – Perth, Australia
1909 – Maud Turner – Toronyo, Canada
1910 – Esteis Liberis – Barahona, Haiti
1910 – Marie Semit – Smolensk province, Russia
1910 – Mattie Troy – Topeka, Kansas, USA
1911 – Clementine Barnabet (Bernebet) – Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
1911 – Edith Agnes Bingham – Lancaster, England
1911 – Annie Crawford – Atlanta, Georgia, USA
1911 – Marie Gerzan – Szegedin, Hungary
1911 – Linda Burfield Hazzard – Seattle, Washington, USA
1911 – Rachel Lynn – Atlanta, Georgia, USA
1911 – Agnes Orner – El Paso, USA
1911 – Jane Taylor Quinn – Chicago, Illinois, USA
1911 – Carrie Bodie Sparling – Ubly, Michigan, USA
1911 – Louise Vermilya – Chicago, Illinois, USA
1912 – Matilda Connelly – Lancasterm Illinois, USA
1912 – Mary T. Godau – Mobile, Alabama, USA
1912 – Frau Kapuczan – Lippa, Romania, "Hungar"
1912 – Louise Lindloff – Chicago, Illinois, USA
1912 – Enriqueta Martí – Barcelona, Spain
1912 – Maria Reyes – Mexico City, Mexico
1912 – Ivanova & Olga Tamarin – (Kurdio?, Kulda?, Estonia?)
1912 – Frieda Trost – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1913 – Cynthia Buffom – Little Valley, New York, USA
1913 – Ellen Etheridge – Meridian, Texas, USA
1913 – Madame Kusnezowa – Archangel, Russia
1913 – Ida Leckwold – Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
1913 – Isabella Newman – Melbourne, Australia
1914 – “Edinburgh Serial Baby-Killing Mom” – Edinburgh, Scotland
1914 – Gertie Kidd-Williams – Oklahoma, USA
1914 – Minnie Wallace Walkup – Emporia, Kansas & Chicago, Illinois, USA

1915 – Frona McMahon – Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
1916 – Amy Archer-Gilligan – Windsor, Connecticut, USA
1917 – Leopoldine Kasparek – Vienna, Austria
1917 – Annie Monahan – New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1918 – Taytu Betul – Addis Abbaba, Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
1920 – Raya & Sakina Abdel-Aal – Alexandria, Egypt
1920 – Frau Buchmann ("Backman") – Geneva & Zurich, Switzerland
1920 – Dagmar Overbye – Copenhagen, Denmark
1920 – Ann Tomaskiewicz – Northhhampton, Massachusetts, USA
1921 – Clara Carl – Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
1921 – Mary Demmer – Chicago, Illinois, USA
1921 – Iniego Kaneiko – Kumakura, Japan
1921 – Ekaterina Pishianova – Chita, Russia
1921 – Lyda Trueblood Southard – Twin Falls, USA
1922 – Edith Murray “The Cleveland Black Widow” – Cleveland, Ohio, USA
1922 – Martha Cooper – Bewlands, New Zealand
1922 – Tillie Klimek – Chicago, Illinois, USA
1922 – Nellie Sturmer Koulik – Chicago, Illinois, USA
1923 – Abertina Blomqvist – Stockholm, Sweden
1923 – Clothida Cravana (Maria Clothida Gaione, nee Cravino) – Turin, Italy
1923 – Mary Frances Creighton – Newark New Jersey, USA
1923 – Sofia Komaroff – Moscow Russia
1923 – Eliza Potegian – Fresno, California, USA
1923 – Marie Torosian – Armenia
1924 – Annie Hauptrief – San Marcos, Texas, USA
1924 – Marie Krueger – Berlin, Germany
1924 – Euphemia Mondich – Detroit, Michigan, USA
1924 – Anastasia Permiakova – Perm, Russia 
1924 – Mrs. Tanaka – Tokyo, Japan
1924 – Erna Warz – Berlin, Germany
1925 – “Constantinople Female Serial Killer” – Istanbul, Turkey
1925 – Anna Cunningham – Chicago, Illinois, USA
1925 – Helen Geisen-Volk – New York, New York, USA
1925 – Mrs. Dvoracek – Iglau, Czechoslovakia
1925 – Dinorah Galou (suspected) – Agen, Lot et Garrone, France
1925 – Pearl Jackson – Birmingham, Alabama, USA
1925 – Vera Renczi – Yugoslavia (Romania)
1925 – Antoinette Sierri ("Scierri") – Nimes, France
1925 – Julia Shepherd – Chicago, Illinois, USA
1925 – Della Sorenson – Dannenborg, Nebraska, USA
1925 – Birdie Strome – Springfield, Ohio, USA
1925 – Martha Wise – Valley City, Ohio, USA
1926 – Rennette Cure Bussey – New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
1926 – Elsie Bible Malinsky – Flora, Illinois, USA
1926 – Josefa Szanyi (Josephine Tzany) – Budapest, Hungary
1927 – Diana Lacroix – Hull, Quebec, Canada
1927 – Alma McClavey (Theede) – Memphis, Tennessee, USA
1927 – Sophie Safrine – Navoia, Russia
1927 – Leontina Tydrich – Vialystock, Poland
1928 – Daisy Ellen Chivers – Brighton-on-Sea, England
1928 – Bertha Gifford – Catawissa, Missouri, USA
1928 – Stana Ludushka – Banat region, Serbia (Jugoslavia)
1928 – Annuja de Poshonja (Anna Pistova) – Valadimirovac, Yugoslavia (Serbia)
1928 – Mme. Tamara – Athens, Greece
1929 – “Brazilian Black Widow” – Fernando Noronha Island, Brazil
1929 – Christine Chordas – Nagyrev, Hungary
1929 – Maude Dieden – Chicago, Illinois, USA
1929 – Julia Fazekas – Nagyrev, Hungary
1929 – Juliana Foeldvary – Nagyrev, Hungary
1929 – Maria Kardos – Nagyrev, Hungary
1929 – Lisa Karl – Rhiems, France
1929 – Ethel Lewis & Okal Gorham – St. Joseph, Michigan, USA
1929 – Julianne Lipka – Nagyrev, Hungary
1929 – Suzi Olah – Nagyrev, Hungary
1929 – Mrs. Louis Oser – Skolnock, Hungary
1929 – Frau Palinka – Nagyrev, Hungary
1929 – Julia Sijj – Nagyrev, Hungary
1929 – Hattie Stone – Belair, Maryland, USA
1929 – Esther Szabo – Nagyrev, Hungary
1930 – Maria Aszendi – Skolnock, Hungary
1930 – Agnes Bittner – Brobruschka, Czechoslovakia
1930 – Julia Dari – Nagyrev, Hungary
1930 – Kathleen Riefer – Saarbrucken, Rhenish Prussia, Germany (exception, 12-years-old)
1930 – “Shanghai Female Jack the Ripper” – Shanghai, China (2 victims)
1930 – Maria Varga – Nagyrev, Hungary
1931 – Alice Mason – Pekin, Illinois, USA
1931 – Madame Stanke – Levice, Slovakia
1931 – Margaret Summers – Chicago, Illinois, USA
1931 – Rose Veres – Detroit, Michigan, USA
1932 – Anna Allas, Mary Chalfa & Gizella Young – USA
1932 – Daisy de Melker – Johannesburg, South Africa
1932 – Camille Tounie – Saint Saveur, France
1932 – Elizabeth Ziolkowski – L'Anse, Michigan, USA
1933 – Florica Duma – Villagos, Arad, Romania
1933 – Ilona Kovacs – Villagos, Arad, Romania
1933 – Viktoria Foedi Rieger – Pista, Hungary
1934 – Amelia Rivers Webb Waldrop – Cochocton, Ohio, USA
1935 – Dora Bullock Frost – Houston, Texas, USA
1935 – Julianna Nagy – Pista, Hungary
1935 – Milka Pavlovich – Belovar, Yugoslavia
1936 – Lila Gladys Young – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
1937 – Agnes Joan Ledford – St. Helens, Oregon, USA
1938 – Anna Marie Hahn – Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
1938 – Marie Becker – Liege, Belgium
1938 – Martha Marek – Vienna, Austria
1938 – Mary Eleanor Smith – Pocatello, Idaho, USA
1939 – Rose Carina – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1939 – Carina Favato – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1939 – Victoria Lefebvre – Fitchberg, Massachusetts, USA
1939 – Frau Petcovic – Krepoinija region, Yugoslavia
1939 – Anna Louise Sullivan – Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
1939 – Bertie Wrather – Nashville, Tennessee, USA
1941 – Leonarda Cianciulli – Reggio Emilia, Italy
1941 – Felícitas Sánchez Aguillón (or Sánchez Neyra) – Mexico City, Mexico
1942 – Dorothy Hahn – Adelaide, Australia
1943 – Helen Moeller – Berlin, Germany
1943 – Bernice Williams – Denver, Colorado, USA
1944 – Louise Peete – USA
1945 – Hermine Braunsteiner – Ravensbruck, Germany
1945 – Irma Grese – Auschwitz, Germany
1946 – Valentina Bilien – Velpke, Germany
1946 – Marjorie Coleman – Camperdown, Australia
1946 – Marguerite D’Andurian – France, Syria
1946 – Anna Katschenka – Vienna, Austria
1946 – Lottie Lockman – Dupont, Indiana, USA
1946 – Herta Oberheuser – Germany
1946 – Ella Schmidt, Liesel Bachor & Kathe Pisters – Germany
1946 – Marianne Tuerk (Türk) & Margarethe Heubsch – Germany
1947 – Bertha Gosset Hill – Rome, Georgia, USA
1947 – Lillie Winter – Fairfield, Illinois, USA
1948 – Balagee – Nayagli, Ghana
1948 – Miyuki Ishikawa – Tokyo, Japan
1949 – Martha Beck – Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
1949 – Marie Besnard – Loudon, France
1949Inez Brennan – Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
1949 – Marie Jeanbracq – Pyrennes Region, France
1949 – Irmgard Swinka – Cologne, Germany
1950 – Juanita Louise Carr – Fossil, Oregon, USA
1950 – Mrs. Schaub – Baltimore, Maryland, USA
1950 – Miriam Soulakiotis – Keratera, Greece
1950 – Georgia Tann – Memphis, Tennessee, USA
1951 – Lala Wanh – Bhatanta, East Punjab, India
1952 – Roberta Elder – Atlanta, Georgia, USA
1953 – Eunice Brillhart – Eritrea (USA citizen)
1953 – Caroline Grills – Gladesville (Sydney), Australia
1953 – Yoke Ying –Bentong area of Pahang, Malaysia
1954 – Daisie “Nanny” Doss – Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
1954 – Christa Lehmann – Mainz, Germany
1954 – Elsie Rodgers – Burton-on-Kent, Statfordshire, England
1956 – Virginia B. Jaspers – New Haven, Connecticut, USA
1956 – Rhonda Belle Martin – Montgomery, Alabama, USA
1957 – Mary Perkins – Selma, Alabama, USA
1957 – Mary Elizabeth Wilson – Jarrow-on-Tyne, England
1958 – Putli Bai – Chati, India
1958 – Anjette Donovan Lyles – Macon, Georgia, USA
1960 – Marie Fikackova – Susice, Czechoslovakia
1962 – Ekaterini Dimetrea – Naupilon, Greece
1962 – Sienna Engelbredht – Cape Town, South Africa
1962 – Mrs. Janos Holhos – Pereces, Hungary
1963 – Magdalena Solis – Villagran, Mexico
1963 – Mairiya Zikabuma – Blantyre, Nyasaland (Malawi)
1964 – Carmen Gonzalez Valenzuela San Francisco del Rincón, Mexico
1964 – Delfina Gonzalez Valenzuela San Francisco del Rincón, Mexico
1964 – Maria de Jesus Gonzalez Valenzuela San Francisco del Rincón, Mexico
1964 – Luisa Gonzalez Valenzuela San Francisco del Rincón, Mexico
1964 – Sharon Kinne – Independence, Missouri, USA
1967 – Janie Lou GibbsCordele, Georgia, USA
1967 – Bessie Reese – Arcadia, Florida, USA
1968 – Mary Bell – Scottswood, England
1969 – Barbara Wilkinson – Wahroonga, Australia
1972 Carolyn Elizabeth McCrary & Ginger McCrary Taylor – Athens, Texas, USA
1975 – Mrs. Emily Stone Conyers – Pamplico, South Carolina, USA
1977 – Cecile Bombeek – Wetteren, Belgium
1978 – Velma Barfield – Lumberton, North Carolina, USA
1979 – Audrey Marie Hilley – Aniston, Alabama, USA
1979 – Laverne O’Bryan – Louisville, Kentucky, USA
1980s-90s – Disabled Veteran-Targeting Black Widow – New York, New York, USA
1980 – Charlene Gallego – Sacramento, California, USA
1980 – Helen Patricia Moore – Fullwood Place, Claymore, Australia
1980 – Blanche Wright – New York, New York, USA
1982 – Shirley Elizabeth Allen (Goude) – St. Louis, Missouri, USA
1982 – Christine Falling – Blountstown, Lakeland, Florida, USA
1982 – Judith Neelley – Fort Payne, Alabama, USA
1983 – Judias Welty Buenonano – Orlando, Florida, USA >
1983 – Suzan Barnes Carson – San Francisco, California, USA
1983 – Dorothy Matajke – Idaho & Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
1983 – Maria Velten – Refeld, Germany
1984 – Emily Bell – Alexandria, Louisiana, USA
1984 – Betty Jo Green – Athens, Georgia, USA
1984 – Debra Sue Tuggle – Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
1984 – Lise Jane Turner – Christchurch, New Zealand
1985 – Mary Lou Beets – Henderson County, Texas, USA
1985 – Griselda Blanco – Miami, Florida, USA
1985 – Rosemary West – Gloucester, England
1986 – Cynthia Coffman –San Bernardino, USA
1986 – Marybeth Tinning – Schenectady, New York, USA
1987 – Chen Kao Lien-yen – Fan Liao, Taiwan
1988 – Myriam Marlein – Ostend, Belgium
1989 – Sara Maria Aldrete – Matamoros, Mexico
1989 – Maria Gruber – Vienna, Austria
1989 – Martha Ann Johnson – Clayton County, USA
1989 – Irene Leidolf – Vienna, Austria
1989 – Stephanija Meyer – Vienna, Austria
1989 – Blanche Taylor Moore – Alamance City, North Carolina, USA >
1989 – Geraldine Parrish – Baltimore, Maryland, USA
1989 – Maria Teresa Quintana – Matamoros, Mexico
1989 – Amy Lynn Scott – Phoenix, Arizona, USA
1989 – Waltraud Wagner – Vienna, Austria
1990s – “Southern Serial Killer Stripper” – USA
1990 – Diana Lumbrera – Garden City, Kansas, USA
1991 – Dorothy Williams – Chicago, Illinois, USA
1992 – Sylvia Ipock-White – Kinston, North Carolina, USA
1993 – Karla Homolka – St Catharines, Ontario, Canada
1993  Kazuko Hatayama – Honjo, Japan
1994 Dana Sue Gray  Wildomar, California, USA
1995 – Sachiko Eto – Sukakawa, Fukushima, prefecture, Japan
1995 – Filita Mashilipa – Zaire
1995 – Miyko Mikami – Kashiwa, Japan
1996 – Anjanabai Gavit, Renuka Kiran Shinde & Seema Mohan Gavit – Pune, India
1996 – Astini (aka Bu Lakri) – Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia 
1996 – Lyudmila SpesivtsevaNovosibirsk, Siberia, Russia
1997 – Agnes Pandy – Brussels, Belgium
1998 – Sante Kimes – Bahamas, Los Angeles, New York, USA
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1998 – Virginia Rearden (Reardon) – San Diego, California, USA
1998 – María Concepción Ladino Gutiérrez – Bogota, Colombia
1998 – “PK” – Europe
1999 – Darcie Jo Baum – Oren, Utah, USA
1999 – Cindy Lee Hendy – Elephant Butte, New Mexico, USA
1999 – "Kwazulu-Natal S. Africa Serial Killer" – Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
1999 – Cheryl May – Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
1999 – Marie Noe – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
1999 – Cynthia Phillips Eads, Colorado, USA
1999 – Milena Quaglini –Bascape, Italy
1999 – Dao Ruiying – Shangqui Henan Province, China
1999 – Ante Sch. – Muhltroff, Germany
2000 – Priscila Souza Ferreira – Victoria da Conquista, Brazil
2000 –  Dawn Susann Godman – Martinez, California, USA
2000 – Alison Johnson – Doncaster, England
2000 – Credonia Mwerinde – Kunungu, Uganda
2001 – Josephine Gray – Rockville, Maryland, USA
2001 – Jummai Hassan – Maiduguri, Nigeria
2001 – Li Huijie & Tian Xueqin – Henan Province, China
2001 – “Melbourne Serial Killer Nurse” – Melbourne, Australia
2001 – Anne M. Nicolai – Waterford township, Michigan, USA
2001 – Angela Wells – Peoria, Illinois, USA
2002 – Timea Faludi – Budapest, Hungary
2002 – Gloria Jean Greenfield – Warren, Ohio, USA
2002 – Ann Grigg-Booth – Keighley, West Yorkshire, England
2002 – Vickie Dawn Jackson – San Angelo, Texas, USA
2002 – Noreen Mulholland – Leeds, England
2002 – Junko Ogata – Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
2002 – “Toda Serial Killer Mother” – Toda, Japan
2002 – Julia Lynn Turner – Marietta, Georgia, USA
2002 – “Zhytomyr Cannibal Female Serial Killer” – Zhtomyr, Ukraine
2003 Valentina de Andrade – Altamina, Brazil
2003 – Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong – Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
2003 – Jaroslava Fabianova – Decin, Czech Republic
2003 – Kathleen Folbigg – Mayfield, Australia
2003 – Diane O’Dell (Odell) – Rome, Pennslvania & New York, USA
2003 – Monique Olivier – Ardennes region, France
2003 – Dana Stodolova – Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
2003 – Coleen Thompson – Rockville, Maryland, USA
2003 – Duan Zhiqun – Shenzhen, China
2004 – “Anambra, Nigeria Cult Female Serial Killer” – Anambra state, Nigeria
2004 – Francisca Ballesteros – Mellilla, Spain
2004 – Francine Brunfaut – Brussels, Belgium
2004 – Sonia Caleffi – Milan, Italy
2004 – Peggy S. Crouse – Marion, Indiana, USA
2004 – “Haborocho Serial Killer Physician” – Haborocho, Hokkaido, Japan
2004 – “Hemel Nurse” - Hemel Hempstead, England
2004 – Michelle Knotek – South Bend, Washington, USA
2004 – Caroline Peoples – Chicago, Illinois, USA
2004 – Le Thanh Van – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2004 – Angel Wright-Ford – Chicago, Illinois, USA
2005 – Doris B. – Straubing, Germany
2005 – Wang Fang – Minquan County, Henan Province, China
2005 – Shirin Gul – Kabul & Jalalabad, Afghanistan
2005 – Sabine Hilschenz – Frankurt an der Oder, Germany
2005 – Jeanine Marie Miata (aka: J. M. Hanna) – Edinburg, Texas, USA
2005 – “Tullingen Nurse” – Tullingen, Germany
2006 – Gertraud Arzberger – Graz, Austria
2006 – Juana Barraza – Mexico City, Mexico
2006 – Jolanta K. – Czerniejow, Poland
2006 – Sheila LaBarre – Epping, New Hampshire
2006 – Chizuko Okamoto – Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
2006 – Remedios Sánchez – Bracelona, Spain
2007 – Rachel Baker – Butleigh, Somerset, England
2007 – Irene Becker – Berlin, Germany
2007 – Stacey Castor – Clay, New York, USA >
2007 – “Susann F.” – Plauen, Germany
2007 – Monika Halbe – Wenden-Möllmicke, Germany
2007 – Shauntay Henderson – Kansas City, Missouri, USA
2007 – K. D. Kempamma – Bangladore, India
2007 – Lydia L. – Göttingen, Germany
2007 Celine Lesage – Valognes, France
2007 – Antonie Stašková – Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
2007 – Julia Lynn Turner – Cobb County & Forsyth County, USA >
2007 – Shirley Winters – Syracuse, New York, USA
2008 – Babita – Tigra Village, Gurgaon, India
2008 – Ulisa Mary Chavers – Amerlia, Virginia, USA
2008 – Helen Golay – Santa Monica, California, USA
2008 – Betty Neumar – Augusta, Georgia, USA >
2008 – Olga Rutterschmidt – Santa Monica, California, USA
2008 – Kimberly Clark Saenz (aka: K. C. Fowler) – Lufkin, Texas, USA
2009 – Veronique Courjault – Tours, France
2009 – Kahlon, Harsimrat “Simmi” – Calgary, Canada
2009 – Kanae Kijima – Tokyo, Japan
2009 – Aino Nykopp-Koski - Helsinki, Finland
2009 – “Ota Ward Tokyo Serial Killer Mother” – Ota Ward, Tokyo, Japan
2009 – Mahin Qadiri – Qazvin, Iran2009 – Bernadette Quirk – St. Helens, England
2009 – Karina Rybalkina – Siberia (Russia)
2009 – “Sao Paulo Girl” São José do Rio Preto, Brazil
2009 – Miyuki Ueta – Tottori Prefecture, Japan
2009 – Lin Yuru – Nantou County, Taiwan
2010 – Meredith Katharine Borowiec – Calgary, Canada
2010 – Dominique Cottrez – Villers-au-Tertre, France
2010 – Irina Gaidamachuk – Yekaterinberg, Russia
2010 – “Geleen Serial Killer Mother” – Geleen, Netherlands
2010 – Michele Kalina – Reading, Pennsylvania
2010 – Sietske Hoekstra – Nij Beets, Friesland, Netherlands
2010 – Laura Michelle Reese – Panama
2010 – Angela Simpson – Phoenix, Arizona
2010 – Cristina Soledad Sánchez Esquivel – Nuevo Garcia Leon, Mexico
2010 – Elizabeth Wambui – Kiambu, Kenya
2011 – Sandra Nataly Giraldo – Medellin, Colombia
2011 – “La Perris” – Medellin, Colombia
2011 – Rebecca Leighton – Stockton, England
2011 – Nancy Manriquez Quintanar – Ecatepec, Mexico
2011 – Emilsen Yulima Nataly Rojas – Medellin, Colombia
2011 – Beate Zschäpe – Munich, Germany
2012 – Melissa Friedrich (Weeks) – USA & Canada
2012 – Annika H. – Husum, Germany
2012 – “Indonesian Cannibal Female Serial Killer” – Indonesia (discredited, hoax)
2012 – Maria Jiminez – Monterrey, Mexico
2012 – Silvia Meraz – Nacozari, Sonora state, Mexico
2012 – Bruna Oliveira da Silva & Isabel Cristina Pires – Garahuns, Brazil
2012 – Miyoko Sumida – Amagasaki, Hyogo prefecture, Japan
2012 – Dr Hsiu-Ying ‘Lisa’ Tseng – Rowland Heights, California, USA
2012 – Veeramma – Rajendra Nagar, Delhi, India
2012 – Beata Z. – Hipolitowo, Poland
2013 – Mónica Belén Martínez Morales – Mexico City, Mexico
2013 – Audrey C. – Ain, France
2013 – “Césalet Serial Killer Nurse” – Cesalet, France
2013 – Esneda Ruiz Cataño – Ebéjico, Antioquia, Colombia
2013 – Lucyna D. – Lubawa, Poland
2013 – Joanna Dennehy –Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England
2013 – Evelyn López García – Mexico City, Mexico
2013 – Yadira Naváez Marin – Florencia, Colombia
2013 – Dr. Virginia Helena Soares de Sousa – Curitiba, Brazil
2013 – Chiemi Tonuma – Ota Ward, Japan
2013 – Samantha Lewthwaite – Kenya (England)
2013 – Diane & Rachel Staudte – Spingfield, Mo., USA
2013 – Anastasia Sinelnik – Stavropol, Russia
2013 – Inessa Tarverdiyeva – Stavropol, Russia
2013 – Victoria Tarverdiyeva – Stavropol, Russia
2014 – Megan HuntsmanPleasant Grove, Utah, USA
2014 – Erika Murray – Blackstone, Ma., USA
2014 – Angeline Mabhiza – Nago 1 Village Zimuto, Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe
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 Black Widows Who Murdered only 2 persons, both husbands 

(List – with links – of Black Widow Serial Killers including victim count of 2 or more)

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1846 – Elizabeth Van Valkenbugh – USA
1881 – “Broncho Lou” (Mrs. Yankers) – USA
1881 – Mrs. Pleasant – USA
1881 – Mrs. Gossau – Switzerland
1884 – Anna Stutt – Germany
1888 – Louisa Collins – Australia
1888 – Martha Johnson – USA
1892 – Kate Painter – USA
1894 – Ann Miniver Davis – Australia
1897 – Olive Sternaman – Canada
1898 – Mrs. Camfield – USA
1899 – Marie Nikodem – Hungary
1899 – Jerinia Zsimcsa – Hungary
1903 – Minnie Cummings – USA
1895 – Mary E. Hughson – USA
1921 – Madame Potiot – France
1924 – Annora Yeoman – USA
1929 – Rosa Holybe – Hungary
1932  Elizabeth Ziolkowski - USA
1938 – Florence Peters – USA
1926 – Laura Christy – USA
1948 – Josefa Idler – Germany
1950 – Bessie Lee Cunningham – USA
1952 – Yvonne Fletcher – Australia
1952 – Margie Zeglen – USA
1957 – Daisy Scott Lott – USA
1975 – Kathy Tyree Viets Dean – USA
1978 – Shirley Allen – USA >
1979 – Alma Wittenmyer – USA
1982 – Pauline Rogers – USA
1987 – Carrie E. Allen – USA
1987 – Anne Gates – USA
2009 – Miriam Helmick – USA § >
2002 – Natthakan Anaman – Thailand
2012 – Amy Herrera – USA
2012 – Catherine Symanowski – USA
2013 – Coleen Ann Harris – USA

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Regarding Wikipedia and the “rarity” claim:

The Wikipedia page titled “Serial killer” (accessed Jan. 20, 2014) states: “Female serial killers are rare compared to their male counterparts.”

The Wikipedia list page titled “Category: Female Serial Killers” (accessed Jan. 20, 2014) contains links to 54 total cases.

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Female Serial Killers & Global Diversity

Countries from which female serial killers have been identified: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Ashanti Kingdom (Ghana), Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bessarabia (Moldova), Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, South Sudan, Denmark, Ethiopia (Abyssinia), Egypt, England, Eritrea, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana (Ashanti Kingdom), Greece, Haiti, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Maldives, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nyasaland (Malawi), Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rome, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Singapore, South Sudan, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Wales, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbamwe. [Regions: Caribbean (pirates), Swabia, West Prussia]

(Vronsky’s list includes cases from 18 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Rome, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland)

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Regarding the differences between male serial killers and female serial killers:

Female sociopaths are no less depraved than their male counterparts. As a rule, however, brutal penetration is not what turns them on. Their excitement comes not from violating the bodies of strangers with phallic objects, but from a grotesque, sadistic travesty of intimacy and love: from spooning poisoned medicine into the mouth of a trusting patient, for example, or smothering a sleeping child in its bed. In short, from tenderly turning a friend, family member, or dependent into a corpse.

To be sure, there may be other motives mixed up with the sadism – monetary gain, for example. Indeed, certain female serial killers may never admit, even to themselves, the true nature or extent of the gratification they receive from their atrocities – a windfall of insurance money, for example, or a release from the burdens of motherhood – there is, at bottom, only one reason why a woman would, over the span of years, kill off the people closest to her, one by one, in ways that are guaranteed to make them undergo terrible suffering: because she gets pleasure from doing it.

[Harold Schechter, Fatal: The Poisonous Life of a Female Serial Killer, Pocket Books, 2003, p. xviii]

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A notable new development in the development of the study of female violence is marked by the appearance of the 2011 article on female serial killers in the academic journal : Homicide Studies. Following the article abstract:

Amanda L. Farrell, Robert D. Keppel, and Victoria B. Titterington, “Lethal Ladies: Revisiting What We Know About Female Serial Murderers,” Homicide Studies, August 2011; vol. 15, 3: pp. 228-252. Abstract: Serial murderers are rare offenders, and this, coupled with challenges to accessing data about them, poses a significant challenge to empirical investigation. It is also true that female serial murderers are thought to be rarer than their male counterparts and have often been excluded from being labeled “serial murderers” due to narrowly constructed definitions. Thus, female serial murderers are an even more elusive population to study. The results of this exploratory analysis, using newspaper articles to gather data about the crimes of a subset of 10 female serial murderers in the United States, suggest that not only are these women different from men who commit serial murder but also that the scant information published about these rare offenders may have underestimated the female serial murderer in terms of both offender and offense characteristics.

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