If you’ve been keeping up with current trends in media, you know that true-crime stories are hot. Between The People vs. OJ Simpson sweeping at the Emmys, and watercooler-fodder Netflix shows like Making A Murderer, you know that men who go ballistic means amazing ratings if you’re making a television show. However, there is a gross neglect of lady killers being represented in media, and they should never be forgotten because they’re some of the most vile people to have every sharpened a knife. As an equal opportunist, I feel like it is my duty to bring to your attention to five women who were just as brutal, harrowing, and horrifying as their male murderer peers. When it comes down to it, being a psychopath doesn’t equate to what is between your legs, and sometimes the worst people are the ones who seem innocuous; like they’d never hurt a fly.
In popular culture we often think of Aileen Wuornos as that insane lady that Charlize Theron portrayed in Monster in order to win her Oscar. In reality Wuornos was as bad as they come. Between the years of 1989 and 1990 Wuornos killed seven men in Florida by shooting them after claiming they attempted to rape her while working as a prostitute. She was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 2002, but her memory lives on as a stark reminder that murder isn’t just a man’s game.
One half of the fucked up Moore murders, Myra Hindley gained notoriety after murdering five children between the ages of 10 and 17 in Manchester, England. At least four out of the five girls who were murdered were sexually assaulted by Hindley’s partner, Ian Brady, before being tortured and slaughtered. During the trail, tapes were played for the jury showing the pair painfully torturing their victims. Most people in England consider them the two most depraved murderers to ever live in the country.
Jane makes our list for being the most ambitious lady-killer to have ever lived. In 1901 she confessed to killing over 31 people, and told reporters that it was her mission to kill as many helpless people as she possibly could. Working at a hospital as a nurse, she would use her patients as her experiments, testing extreme amounts of morphine and poison in order to end their lives. She was unique because she would drug her victims, then crawl into bed with them and hold them close as they passed away in her arms. She often became known as the Angel of Death for choosing victims who were her patients, especially those who were terminally ill.
Nannie is infamous for being responsible for the deaths of 11 people between the years of 1920 and 1954. She was given the moniker “The Black Widow” because she would find men who were extremely wealthy, marry them, then poison them. When all was said and done, she had killed everyone in her immediately family, and then two more husbands before the police finally convicted her.
One of the most notorious killers in England, West was convicted of the torture and murder of 10 young women. She and her husband, Fred West would select young women before brutally sexually assaulting them, then dismembering them and hiding them under their home. The couple’s cellar became a torture chamber of the most imaginable evil, evil that some say still lives within the home. The couple were found guilty of the murders in 1995, and shortly after Fred killed himself in prison.