Women Currently on Death Row in the United States

There are 51 women currently on Death Row in the United States, with women on Death Row in 17 states, along with one woman awaiting execution for federal crimes. The crimes of female Death Row inmates always include murder, but usually under special circumstances that juries feel merit the ultimate punishment.

Many of the women given the death penalty either killed children, masterminded conspiracies, tortured their victims, or committed a number of crimes at the same time. Most have histories of abuse, dysfunctional families, mental instability, or drug addiction. A number of the women slated for execution conspired with boyfriends or husbands to kill men preventing them from being together, while others killed their families for insurance money. Whatever the circumstances, one of these women were able to use their past histories as mitigating factors to not be sentenced to death.

Here are all 51 women on Death Row in various states in America, and what they did to wind up there.
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  • Robbed a home for drug money and stabbed a 9-year-old girl 57 times.

  • Margaret Allen

    Tortured and murdered her housekeeper after accusing her of stealing money.
  • Brenda E. Andrew

    Conspired with her boyfriend to murder her husband.

  • Bludgeoned, stabbed, and poisoned her terminally ill husband.

  • Patricia Blackmon

    Murdered her 28-month-old adopted daughter.

  • Debra Brown

    Sentenced to death in two states for participating in a killing spree with her boyfriend, Alton Coleman.

  • Tina Lasonya Brown

    Beat, shocked, and burned a woman to death in a disagreement over a man.

  • Dora Buenrostro

    Stabbed her three children to death after a fight with her ex-husband.
  • Kimberly Cargill

    Murdered her children's babysitter to prevent her from testifying in a custody hearing.
  • Orchestrated the kidnapping and murder of a woman to steal her newborn son.

  • Ana Maria Cardona

    Beat her 3-year-old son to death with a bat and dumped his body.

  • Socorro Caro

    Shot and killed three of her four children in a violent rage.
  • Virginia Susan Caudill

    Beat an elderly woman to death during a robbery and then burned her body.

  • Emilia Carr

    Helped murder her boyfriend's estranged wife.

  • Celeste Carrington

    Shot and killed men in two separate robberies.
  • Lisa Jo Chamberlin

    Killed a Mississippi couple and stuffed their bodies in a freezer.
  • Conspired with her boyfriend to murder four women in 1986.

  • Conspired to rob a Florida couple, whom she then helped bury alive.

  • Along with three others, tortured and murdered a woman in a trailer park for thrills.

  • Shot and killed her four children after a drug-fueled fight with her boyfriend.
  • Shawna Forde

    Planned and took part in a home invasion that killed a man and his young daughter.

  • Former New Orleans police officer who participated in a triple murder during a robbery.

  • Tierra Capri Gobble

    Killed her 4-month-old son through extensive abuse.

  • Veronica Gonzales

    Along with her husband, tortured and murdered her young niece in a thrill killing.

  • Robbed, beat, and stabbed an elderly man nearly 60 times.