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The Most Famous Female Serial Killers

Updated February 22, 2021 3.2m views60 items

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. You might also enjoy this list of people who married convicted serial killers and killers who poisoned their victims. 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 America's most famous serial killers of all time and committed thousands of murders collectively. Featuring Black lady serial killers and American's worst psychopaths, this list has them all! 

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 - then once you're hooked on reading about female killers, check out this list for more information on these deadly women.

  • Between 1989 and 1990, prostitute-turned-killer Aileen Wuornos murdered seven johns who had the misfortune of looking for a little extra-marital action. Wuornos was eventually arrested and executed in 2002 for her crimes.


    • Myra Hindley and her lover, Ian Brady, plotted and carried out the rape and deaths of five young children England between 1963 and 1965.

      The pair were turned in to the police by Hindley's brother-in-law who had witnessed Brady killing a boy with an axe. Hindley died in prison in 2002 at age 60.


      • Photo: Unknown / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

        Jane 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.


        • Nannie 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.