Velma BarfieldVelma Barfield has the dubious distinction of being the first woman executed for her crimes when the death penalty was reinstated in the US in 1977. The five murders on her record included that of her boyfriend and mother.
- 7Nannie Doss was a black widow who went through five husbands before being caught and charged with a slew of murders including those of her five husbands, a mother-in-law, her sisters, two of their children, and her own mother. She was never put to death (because she was a woman) and died in prison at age 59 in 1965.
Bertha GiffordBertha Gifford was big on arsenic and used the poison to kill nearly two dozen friends and relatives in the late 19th/early 20th century. She plead insanity and spent the rest of her life after being caught in a mental institution.
- 9At the turn of the 20th century, Jeanne Weber embarked on a killing spree that would fell her 2-year-old sister, an 18-month-old, her sister's children, and her own child. She was found not guilty and sentenced to live in an insane asylum where she hanged herself at age 36 in 1910.
- 10Jane Toppan, a nurse with a private practice, racked up dozens of victims between 1885 and her capture near the turn of the century. While in police custody in 1901, she admitted to being aroused by the process of killing and was eventually found to be insane and not guilty of her crimes.
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