Saturday, February 25, 2017

Martina Johnson, War Criminal - “Operation Octopus,” Liberia, 1992

Belgian police arrested Martina Johnson in Ghent on September 17, 2014. She is charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the First Liberian Civil War (1989-1997). The arrest resulted from a 2012 complaint – which focused heavily on Operation Octopus – made against Johnson filed in Belgium by Liberian victims.

Included in these crimes specifically those which occurred on October 20 and 23 during the 120-day long “Operation Octopus”

Martina Johnson was identified as one of the leaders of Operation Octopus, launched on October 15, 1992 by the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) headed by ex-president Charles Ghankay Taylor, “a brutal battle for Liberia’s capital city, Monrovia, in 1992 that killed thousands and saw extensive rapes and looting by the NPFL’s Small Boys Unit.”

According to Barbie Latza Nadeau, of The Daily Beast, “The nuns were allegedly murdered under the sinister direction of Martina Johnson, one of Taylor’s only female artillery chiefs and a frontline commander who allegedly carried out many of his hits during Operation Octopus.”

Among the war crimes were the assassinations of five American nuns which took place October 20 and 23, 1992:

Oct. 20, 1992 – “Sister Barbara Muttra and Sister Mary Joel Kolmer were shot in their vehicles along with a Liberian colleague and two relief workers, apparently as part of the Operation’s agenda to rid Liberia of whites and those who worked with them.”

Oct. 23, 1992 – “fighters came to the convent where the remaining sisters lived and first attacked Sister Kathleen McGuire when she was summoned to unlock the gate by a killer identified as Mosquito, who shot her first and then shot the other two before mutilating their bodies with a machete.”

The bodies of the murdered nuns were only discovered a month later, after the fighting had lulled.

She is only the second person to be charged for crimes relating to the country’s two civil wars that spanned 14 years. In 2012 Charles Taylor, at the age of 64, was convicted some of the “most heinous and brutal crimes in human history” and sentenced to 50 years in prison.


EXCERPT: Massacre in Margibi – Summary Execution at Horton’s Farm, Kakata, Margibi County in October 1992: Martina Johnson, NPFL artillery commander ordered the execution of 23 persons arrested in Bong Mines as suspected fighters of ULIMO. Massacre at Firestone plantation, Margibi county on December 26, 1992: Joseph Zackor, alias “Gen. Zack”, Nixon Gayor, Francis Duanna and men assigned with them massacred 35 persons at the Firestone Plantations, division No. 31 while escaping the ULIMO incursion in Kakata. [Josephus M. Gray, “Let Justice Prevail In the Spirit of TRC Not Amnesty,” Front Page Africa, Oct. (?) 2015]


Patric Foryoh, “Belgium arrests Liberian ex-rebel commander,” The On Line Salone Report, Sep. 19, 2014.
Barbie Latza Nadeau, “Caught: Female Assassin Who Allegedly Murdered Five American Nuns,” The Daily Beast, Sep. 22, 2014.





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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ana María Ruíz Villeda & Rodolfo Infante Jímenez, Mexican Serial Killer Couple – 1991

Rodolfo Infante Jímenez (born 1963 in San Benito, Texas, United States) and Ana María Ruíz Villeda (born 1971 in San Luis Potosí, Mexico) beat, robbed, raped and murdered at least eight girls and young women between the ages of 15 to 23 from August through October 1991 in Matamoros area of Tamaulipas state, Mexico. They strangled the victims throwing their bodies into the Rio Grande or in irrigation ditches, and in one case was discarded close to the residence of the killers.

The couple lured their victims, who were mostly from rural areas, from downtown Matamoros with offers of a job at work at El Ebanito, a communal farm 10-20 miles from the city. Two of the girls an offer to assist with learning English and getting a U. S. work visa was offered.

The investigation was prompted when on the morning of October 16, 1991 Alma Lilia Rostro, 17, ran off from the farm after discovering the door had been left unlocked. She ran to matamoros and reported to police that her friend Marina Hernandez Lopez, 14, was missing. Josefina had seen one victim of beatings and repeated rapes, later found dead, and escaped the farm shack where she had been placed and went to the Matamoros police. The girl had been captive on the farm for ten days, always kept locked in a shack when the couple were not there to watch her, before her escape.

The killer couple was arrested on October 16, 1991. The pair confessed to all eight killings, but later they changed their story, each blaming the other. Ana depicted herself as a passive victim of a bullying boyfriend. Yet Alma Lilia described how, before she had the slightest suspecion about the couple, Anna had wrapped a sheet around her neck and started tightening it. At the time the girl wrote off this behavior as merely a peculiar sense of humor.

Each faced to 30-40 years in prison, the maximum allowable sentence in the state of Tamaulipas. At present, no news reports on the actual sentencing have been located.

It must be noted that there are various inconsistencies in the various available sources. The following detailed article with interviews with relatives seems to be the most reliable: Maggie Rivas, “Border nightmare: Couple held in 8 Matamoroas slayings blame each other,” The Arizona Daily Star (Phoenix, Az.), Oct. 20, 1991, p. C-2.

[Robert St. Estephe; Sep. 22, 2017]


Guillerimina Sanchez Galacia (or, Guillerimina Sanchez Morales),
Marina Hernandez Lopez,  14.
Cecilia Obispo
Orfelinda Juarez Castillo
Isabel Ventura
Rita Hernandez
Enriqueta Vega Rocha (cousin of survivor Alma Lilia Rostro)
Aug. 1991 – first body found, near El Sabibo; raped, beaten, strangled.
Aug. – 3 days later, 2nd body found, Rio Grande; raped, strangled.
Sep. – 3rd body found.
Oct. 12, 1991 – 4th body found; Orefelinda Castillo, robbed of equivalent of $13.30.
Oct. 16, 1991 – morning; Alma Lilia Rostro, 17, discovers discarded shoes, escapes, notifies Matamoros police.
Oct. 16, 1991 – body of Enriqueta Vega Rocha, cousin of Alma Lilia Rostro found; raped.
Oct. 16, 1991 – couple arrested; confess to eight murders (later retracted, and the couple then accuse one another).
Oct. 19, 1991 – Guillerimina Sanchez Galacia (or, Guillerimina Sanchez Morales), body found.
Oct. 19, 1991 – Infante confesses to three of the murders.
Oct. 1991 – maximum possible sentence: 40 years in prison, for 8 counts of kidnapping plus 8 murders. Prosecutor Luis Ernesto Gracia Ramirez stated that the couple faced at least 30 years in prison if convicted of the homicides.

[Maggie Rivas (Knight-Ritter writer), “Couple charged with 8 murders,” Herald & Review (Decatur, Il.), Oct. 19, 1991, p. D-6]
[Maggie Rivas, “Border nightmare: Couple held in 8 Matamoroas slayings blame each other,” The Arizona Daily Star (Phoenix, Az.), Oct. 20, 1991, p. C-2]
 [Eduardo Montes, “Police: Couple Killed Girls Lured to Farm,” Associated Press, Oct. 17, 1991]
[“Matamoros Couple held in connection with 8 slayings,” The Galveston News Tx.), AP, Oct. 18, 1991, p. 3-A]
Newton, Michael (1993). Bad Girls Do It!: An Encyclopedia of Female Murderers. USA: Loompanics Unlimited, p. 174.

English spellings: Rodolfo Infante Jimenez, Ana Maria Ruiz Villeda.




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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lyudmila Spesivtseva, Cannibal Serial Killer Mom – Siberia, Russia 1996

Novokuznetsk, Siberia – Lyudmila Spesivtseva, an employee of a Soviet government school, was sentenced to life in prison (or 13 years according to some accounts) for luring teenage girls for the pleasure of her son, so that he could rape, torture and dismember them. Mom and son lived together. Lyudmila took the body parts of the girls she procured for her boy and in her kitchen whipped up some creative meals for the little household. Lyudmila was convicted for her part in four murders. The some was sentenced to death, but was found insane (and presumably is not to be executed).

Police discovered an apartment with walls covered with blood and in the kitchen bowls containing human body parts. In the bathtub they found a mutilated, headless body. One victim, Olga Galtseva, was still alive, though severely mutilated. Before she died in hospital 17 hours later, the girl gave her account of the tortures she to which was subjected to a prosecutor. Of the other three victims whose remains could be identified in the blood-drenched apartment of horrors, it was learned that the son had killed one girl and forced the other two girls to cut her into pieces in the bathtub. Another girl had been killed by the family pet, a Doberman. A diary was found that documented the murders of 19 girls. The pair were suspected in a total of at least 32 murders.

There is abundant information as well as many photos available for the son, Alexander "Sasha" Spesivtsev, 26 when arrested, but no photos of mom have been found by this reporter to date.

[Robert St. Estephe]


Lyudmila Spesivtseva (Russian: Людмила Спесивцева) – Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia.

Oct. 27, 1996 – Lyudmila Spesivtseva arrested.
2008 – Lyudmila released from prison.
Jun. 22, 2013 – tried to return to her apartment on Pioneer 53, where she was with her daughter, Nadezhda, who knew what her had been brother was doing.
Jun. 2016 – A social network group “Lynch Lyudmila Yakovlevna Spesivtseva,” is gaining popularity; founded beginning of June 2016. The creators of the community are closely watching the mother of a serial killer from Novokuznetsk, maniac cannibal Alexander Spesivtseva. The group members believe she did not pay adequately for her unspeakable crimes. Now she lives in one of the villages near the town of Osinniki, the lynch group reported.






For more cases see: Cannibal Murderesses


For similar cases, see Murder-Coaching Moms


Links to more cases: Female Serial Killers Who Like to Murder Women

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

“Maria” (Filipino Hitwoman), Covert Government Executioner – Philippines, 2016

In August 2016 a married mother called by the pseudonym Maria by the press came forth and admitted to a BBC journalist on videotape that she was a contract assassin who had murdered six persons in Manila as a covert agent for President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drug cartels. She said she received orders and payments of £330 from a police officer. She was recruited into the killer-for-hire business by her husband, who is also a hired killer. She said she belonged to a team of three hitwomen.

Maria explained that female killers were especially “valued because they were able to get close to targets that men could not.” She confessed to a reporter that “If it was up to me, I really don't want to do it any longer. But my boss told us that if one of us tries to leave, we would be killed.”

On September 3rd Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos of the Philippine National Police issued an official statement that the story was unverified. “PNP Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said during Thursday’s Senate hearing on the spate of “drug killings” that as of Aug. 31, the PNP has officially tallied 929 suspects killed in police antinarcotics operations since July 1. But the tally for drugs suspects killed by unidentified gunmen usually marked by cardboard signages identifying them as drugs personalities tend to be more indeterminate, precisely because the perpetrators and their motives are officially unknown.” [PDI, Sep. 3, 2016]

During Duterte’s campaign for president he promised to kill 100,000 criminals in his first six months in office.


“Female Assassin: Meet the ruthless hitwoman hired to execute drug dealers for the Filipino president at £330 a time in his bloody crime crackdown,” The Sun (London), Aug. 26, 2016]
[Jonathan Head, “Philippines drugs war: The woman who kills dealers for a living,” BBC, 26 Aug. 26, 2016]
[Jaymee T. Gamil, PNP dismisses BBC story on female assassin,” Phillipine Daily Inquirer (Manila), Sep. 3, 2016]


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Yuri Patricia Sanchez, Colombian Hitwoman - 2016

“The Devil Woman” (La Diabla), regarded as the most dangerous woman in Columbia, is suspected of 14 murders, half of the victims being police officers. Yuri Patricia Sánchez, 22, was arrested Monteria, in Cordoba province on June 5, 2016 and accused of carrying out contract killings, collecting and providing information to extort victims, and hiding weapons used in crimes. She is believed to have been working for the powerful Usuga Clan (also known as Los Urabenos), a gang with 3,000 members and tentacles in neighboring countries. Sanchez attracted the cartel’s attention by participating in street fights, a form of entertainment for cartel bosses. She was recruited for the Two Cobras gang, part of Usuga Clan. [Robert St. Estephe]


[Chris Summers, “'Devil Woman' arrested in Colombia: Cops detain 22-year-old assassin who they believe carried out 14 contract killings,” Mailonline, Jun. 11, 2016]
[Video: Cayó ‘la Diabla’ del Clan Úsuga en Córdoba,” 5 de Junio de 2016 (1:10 PM),]




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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Hitwomen: Female Serial Killer Assassins

1974 Jeanette van Neesen – Hoorn, Netherlands

1978 – Patricia Gregg – DeKalb County, Georgia, USA
Unconfirmed self-claim.

1980 – Blanche Wright – New York, New York, USA
Organized crime related.
1982 – Brigitte Mohnhaupt – Germany

1986 – Idoia López Riaño (Idoia Lopez Riano) – Guipúzcoa, Spain

1992 – Martina Johnson – Monrovia, Liberia
Crimes against humanity; assassinations.

2011 – Nancy Manriquez Quintanar – Ecatepec, Mexico
“La Flaca” (#1). Drug cartel related. Los Zetas. 25 when arrested. 9 (at least) murders. Accomplice of shooter.

2011 – Verónica Mireya Moreno Carreon – San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León, Mexico
“La Flaca” (#2). Drug cartel related. Los Zetas. Multiple murders.

2011 – Carolina Rueda Martinez – Tula, Hidalgo, Mexico 
"La Pantera." Cartel

2012 – Maria Guadalupe Jimenez Lopez – Mexico
“La Tosca.” Drug cartel related. Los Zetas. 26 when arrested.

2013 – Samantha Lewthwaite – Kenya & England
Islamic terror related.

2014 – Gakirah Barnes – Chicago, Illinois, USA

2014 – Claudia Ochoa Felix – Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
“La Emperatriz de Los Ántrax” Drug cartel related. Los Ántrax, enforcer branch of Sinaloa Cartel. Still at large.
2014 – Marixa Lemus – Pasaco, Jutiapa, Guatemala
2015 – Joselyn Alejandra Nino (Niño) – Lauro Villar, Matamoros, Mexico
“La Flaca” (#3). Drug cartel related. Los Ciclones. Murdered by rival gang.

2015 – Melissa Margarita Calderón Ojeda – Bellavista, Baja California Sur, Mexico
“La China.” Drug cartel related. Los Ántrax, enforcer branch of Sinaloa Cartel. 30 when arrested.

2016 – Juana “La Peque Sicaria” – Baja California, Mexico
“La Peque Sicaria.” Drug cartel related. Los Zetas. 28 when arrested.

2016 – “Maria” (Filipino Hitwoman) – Phillipines
Government covert activities related.

2016 – Yuri Patricia Sanchez Monteria, Cordoba province, Colombia
“La Diabla.” Drug cartel related. Usuga Clan (also known as Los Urabenos). 22 when arrested.

2018 – Mariam Abiola – Ilasamaja, Lagos, Nigeria

2019 – "La Diabla of Medillin" – Medellin, Colombia

2019 – Jennifer Perez "La Chata"– Northeast Mexico
2019 – Jackeline Lopez – Poniente, Mexico
"La Jaki del Poniente." Cartel.
2020 Maria Guadalupe Lopez Esquivel – Aguililla, State of Michoachan, Mexico

2020 Monica Yadira Ruiz – Tijuana, Mexico