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The Most Famous Female Serial Killers

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This list of notable or famous female serial killers includes photos and other information on women serial killers as well. These are among the most infamous female serial killers in history, with many of these women's stories having been adapted into films, which are included on the list of the best serial killer movies ever. Most, but not all, of these notorious female murderers are from the USA. While this is not a comprehensive list of all worldwide female serial killers and women killers, you could certainly find your top 10 and more here - including Jeanne Weber and, of course, Aileen Wuornos.

From the first woman serial killer to other women murderers, this list has some of the most violent and brutal killers in history. While there are fewer known female serial killers than male, the women on this list of female serial killers rank among the worst serial killers of all time and committed thousands of murders collectively.

A woman serial killer might be more rare than men, but they still dot the pages of history and have left their mark. Whether you're interested in female mass murderers and women killers from a historical standpoint, want to know where they've come from, or what drove them to kill, there's a wealth of information below.

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  1. She killed at least 10 newborns between 1957-1960. For her crimes, of which only two she was convicted of, she was executed by hanging.


    Marie Fikáčková was a Czech serial killer.more

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    • Age: Died at 25 (1936-1961)
    • Birthplace: Sušice, Czech Republic
    • Cause Of Death: Hanging
  2. Vera Renczi was a Romanian or Hungarian woman known as a serial killer who allegedly poisoned 35 individuals—including her husbands, lovers, and one son—with arsenic during the 1920s. In 1972, the Guinness Book of World Records found no authoritative sources to support the claim that 35 people were ...more

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    • Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
  3. Ballesteros killed her two daughters and her husband, with the first daughter dying in 1990 and the other two murdered in 2004. If that wasn't enough the she attempted to kill her son as well. She was sentenced to 84 years in jail.


    Francisca Ballesteros is a Spanish murderer who between 1990 and 2004 killed her two daughters and her husband and attempted to kill her son.more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
  4. Along with her husband David, they killed four women in the 1980s, which was known as the Moorhouse murders.">Birnie was sentenced to life in prison.


    Catherine Birnie is a serial killer.more

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    • Age: age 64
  5. Jones, a former pediatric nurse, killed a number of (one confirmed, could be up to 90) infants and children in her care. She used injections of several drugs to cause the kids to get gravely ill, and she'd save them to gain praise. She's in jail until 2017.


    Genene Anne Jones is a former pediatric nurse who killed somewhere between 1 and 46 infants and children in her care. She used injections of digoxin, heparin and later succinylcholine to induce medical crises in her patients, with the intention of reviving them afterward in order to receive praise and ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Nurse
  6. The first female serial killer in the US, Lavinia Fisher teamed her husband to murder men staying in their Charleston, SC hotel after which they would collect whatever cash and goods the guests had on them. The two were hanged in 1820.


    Lavinia Fisher is reported by some legends to be the first female serial killer in the United States of America. Her origins are unknown; however, Fisher resided in the United States for much of her life. She was married to John Fisher, and both were convicted of murder and robbery. Historians have ...more

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    • Age: Died at 27 (1793-1820)
    • Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America
    • Cause Of Death: Capital punishment, Hanging
  7. A black widow from South Africa, Daisy de Melker married and killed two plumbers to collect on their inheritance. Sometime into her marriage to a third plumber, she poisoned and killed her son, bringing suspicion from one of the dead men's brothers. She was convicted and hanged in Johannesburg in 1932 after confessing to the murders.


    Daisy Louisa C. De Melker simply known as Daisy de Melker, was a trained nurse who poisoned two husbands with strychnine for their life insurance while living in Germiston in the central Transvaal, and then poisoned her only son with arsenic for reasons which are still unclear. She is the second woman ...more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1886-1932)
    • Birthplace: Eastern Cape, South Africa
    • Cause Of Death: Hanging
    • Place Of Death: Pretoria, South Africa
  8. Dorothea Puente ran a boarding house for the elderly in Sacramento, CA for years in the 1980s before it was discovered she was skimming money from her boarders' benefit checks and burying them in her backyard when they died from what she claimed to be natural causes. She died in prison in 2011 at age 82.


    Dorothea Helen Puente was a convicted American serial killer. In the 1980s, Puente ran a boarding house in Sacramento, California, and cashed the Social Security checks of her elderly and mentally disabled boarders. Those who complained were killed and buried in her yard. Newspapers dubbed her death ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1929-2011)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Place Of Death: Chowchilla, California, United States of America
  9. Along with Cathy Wood (called the Lethal Lovers), she killed five elderly women in a suburb of Grand Rapids, Mich. They would smother their victims where they were nurses at the Alpine Manor nursing home in 1987, where they both worked as nurse's aides.


    Gwendolyn Graham and Cathy Wood are American serial killers convicted of killing five elderly women in a suburb of Grand Rapids, Michigan in the 1980s. They committed their crimes in the Alpine Manor nursing home, where they both worked as nurse's aides.more

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    • Profession: Nursing Assistant
  10. An Austrian-born black widow, Elfriede Blauensteiner poisoned her victims to collect their inheritance. She confessed to the murders of five people including her husband, two former lovers, and two other men. She died in prison in 2003 from a brain tumor at age 72.


    Elfriede Blauensteiner, dubbed the "Black Widow", was an Austrian serial killer who murdered at least three victims by poison. In each case, she inherited the victim's possessions.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1931-2003)
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Place Of Death: Vienna, Austria
  11. Kathleen Megan Folbigg is an Australian serial child killer. Folbigg was convicted of murdering her three infant children, eight-month-old Patrick Allen, 10-month-old Sarah Kathleen and 19-month-old Laura Elizabeth. Folbigg was also convicted of the manslaughter of a fourth child, Caleb Gibson, aged 19 ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Australia
  12. Ogata was an accomplice to notorious serial killer Futoshi Matsunaga. Together, theykilled at least seven people between 1996 and 1998. Originally sentenced to death, Ogata was eventually condemned to life in prison.


    Junko Ogata is a Japanese woman who acted as an accomplice to serial killer Futoshi Matsunaga.more

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    • Age: age 53
  13. Along with Annie Walters, Sach was known as The Finchley Baby Farmers. The duo would advertise for a "lying-in" home in London where they'd take in babies for adoption, but what they did was kill the babies and keep the money they charged for boarding them. Sach was convicted and ultimately hung for her crimes on February 3, 1903.


    Amelia Sach and Annie Walters were two British murderers better known as the Finchley baby farmers.more

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1867-1903)
    • Cause Of Death: Hanging
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    Gesche Gottfried
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    Between 1813-27, Gesche Gottfried murdered her parents, two husbands, her fiance, and her children (a total of 15 people) before being caught and sentenced to death. She killed with arsenic and was executed by hanging.


    Gesche Margarethe Gottfried, born Gesche Margarethe Timm, was a serial killer who murdered 15 people by arsenic poisoning in Bremen and Hanover, Germany, between 1813 and 1827. She was the last person to be publicly executed in the city of Bremen.more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1785-1831)
  15. Ottilie "Tillie" Klimek was a Polish American serial killer, active in Chicago. According to legend, she pretended to have precognitive dreams, accurately predicting the dates of death of her victims, when in reality she was merely scheduling their deaths. Actually, while contemporary accounts tell her ...more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1876-1936)
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    Amelia Dyer
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    Born in England in 1838, Amelia Dyer was only convicted for one death, though she is known to be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of infants and children at the baby farm she worked at.


    Amelia Elizabeth Dyer was one of the most prolific serial-killers in history, murdering infants in her care over a 20 year period in Victorian England. She was tried and hanged for one murder, but there is little doubt she was responsible for many more similar deaths—possibly 400 or more.more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1837-1896)
    • Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom
    • Place Of Death: Newgate Prison, London, United Kingdom
  17. Partnering with Ameila Sach, Walters opened a house where generally out of wedlock babies could be dropped off for a fee. But instead, they'd kill the babies and were known as the Finchley Baby Farmers. She was executed for her crimes on February 3, 1903.


    Annie Walters was a serial killer and known as one of the Finchley baby farmers. more

  18. Carol M. Bundy killed her lover by stabbing and beheading him, which was discovered shortly after she went to the police to claim that her current lover, Doug Clark, had killed several women with a gun she purchased. She initially claimed that she had no knowledge of Clark's murders, but later admitted to being present when Clark (or Bundy, as Clark claimed) shot and beheaded a prostitute who was giving him oral sex. She died in prison in 2003.


    Carol M. Bundy was an American serial killer. Bundy and Doug Clark became known as "The Sunset Strip Killers" after being convicted of a series of murders in Los Angeles during the late spring and early summer of 1980. The victims were young prostitutes or runaways.more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1942-2003)
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction
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    Madame de Brinvilliers
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    Marie-Madeleine-Marguerite d'Aubray, Marquise de Brinvilliers was a French aristocrat accused of three murders. She was convicted on the strength of letters written by her dead lover and a confession obtained by torture, so her guilt remains uncertain.more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1630-1676)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Cause Of Death: Decapitation
    • Place Of Death: Paris, France
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    Enriqueta Martí
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    Enriqueta Martí i Ripollés was a Spanish child murderer, kidnapper and procuress of children.more

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    • Age: Died at 45 (1868-1913)
    • Birthplace: Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Spain
    • Cause Of Death: Capital punishment, Murder
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