This list of notable or famous female serial killers includes photos and other information on women serial killers. 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 widow serial killers and America's worst psychopaths, this list has them all!
A woman serial killer might be rare, 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.
- Age: Dec. at 46 (1956-2002)
- Birthplace: Rochester, Michigan, United States of America
- Cause Of Death: Lethal injection, Capital punishment
Myra Hindley and her lover, Ian Brady, plotted and carried out the rape and deaths of five young children in 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 ax. Hindley died in prison in 2002 at age 60.
- Age: Dec. at 60 (1942-2002)
- Birthplace: Crumpsall, United Kingdom
- Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction
Jane Toppan, a nurse with a private practice, racked up dozens of victims between 1885 and her capture in 1901.
While in police custody, she admitted to being aroused by the act of killing and was eventually found to be insane and not guilty of her crimes.
- Age: Dec. at 81 (1857-1938)
- Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Nannie Doss was a black widow who went through five husbands before being caught and confessing to the murders of four of her husbands, her mother-in-law, her sister, her grandson, and her own mother.
She was never put to death because she was a woman, and died in prison at age 59 in 1965.
- Age: Dec. at 59 (1905-1965)
- Birthplace: Blue Mountain, Alabama, United States of America
- Cause Of Death: Leukemia