Top 10 female killers

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Updated on 7 Sep, 2017 at 2:01 pm

No doubt, they have very small contribution in total criminal activities but whenever you put a light on their horrific crimes, you’ll suddenly forget their attributes of lurking in kitchens, driving children to school and attending the PTA meetings. With the expectation of your shout-outs, Topyaps lists the ten ruthless female killers based on their greed, pride and psychotic disorders.

10. Waltraud Wagner (15):


Wagner was the ringleader but only one of four nurses found guilty of causing numerous deaths through deliberate drug overdoses and other means at the Lainz hospital, Vienna, in the late 1980s. Between 42 and possibly as many as several hundred patients became the victims of the Wagner’ death squad’, for which she was sentenced to life imprisonment on charges that included 15 counts of murder and 17 of attempted murder.

9. Mary Ann Cotton (20):

Cotton, a former nurse, is generally held to be Britain’s worst mass murderess. It seems probable that over a 20-year period she disposed of 14-20 victims, including three husbands, children and stepchildren, by arsenic poisoning. She was hanged at Durham Prison on 24 March 1873.

8. Genene Jones (21):

In 1984 Jones was found guilty of killing a baby, Chelsea McClellan, at the San Antonio, Texas, hospital at which she worked as a nurse, by administering the drug succinylcholine. She was sentenced to 99 years in prison. Jones had been dismissed from the previous hospital at which she had worked after up to 20 babies in her care had died of suspicious but uncertain causes, and some authorities linked her with as many as 42 deaths.

7. Helene Jegado (23):

Jegado was a French housemaid who was believed to have committed some 23 murders by arsenic. She was tried at Rennes in 1851, found guilty and guillotined in 1852.

6. Jane Toppan (30):

Boston-born Nora Kelley, also known as Jane Toppan (1854-1938) worked as a nurse. After numerous patients in her care had died, bodies were exhumed that revealed traces of morphine and atropine poisoning. It seems probable, according to both evidence and her own confession, that she killed as many as 30 victims. She died on 17 August 1938 in an asylum at the age of 84.

5. Gesina Margaretha Gottfried (30):

Having poisoned her first husband and two children with arsenic in 1815, German murderess Gesina Mittenberg killed both her parents by the same method and then her next husband, whom she married on his deathbed, thereby inheriting his fortune. As her income dwindled, she carried out an extensive series of murders, including those of her brother, a creditor and most of the family of a Bremen wheelwright called Rumf, for whom she worked as a housekeeper. Rumf himself became suspicious and in 1828 Gottfried was arrested. After a trial at which she admitted to more than 30 murders, she was executed.

4. Bella Poulsdatter Sorensen Gunness (42):

Bella or Belle Gunness (1859-19081, a Norwegian-born immigrant to the US, is believed to have murdered her husband, Peter Gunness, for his life insurance (she claimed that an axe had fallen from a shelf and onto his head. After this, she lured between 16 and 28 suitors through ‘lonely hearts’ advertisements, as well as numerous others perhaps as many as 42 – to her Laporte, Indiana, farm, where she murdered them. On 28 April, 1908, her farm was burned down and a headless corpse found there was declared to be Gunness, killed – along with her three children – by her accomplice Ray Lamphere – but it is believed that she faked her own death and disappeared.

3. Delfina and Maria de Jesus Gonzales (91):

In 1964 the Gonzales sisters were sentenced to 40 years’ imprisonment after the remains of 80 women and 11 men were discovered on their Mexican property.

2. Susannah Olah (100):

At the age of 40, Susi Olah, a nurse and midwife, arrived at Nagzrev, a Hungarian village. Over the next few years she ‘predicted’ the demise of anything up to 100 people who subsequently met their deaths as a result of arsenic poisoning, Many inhabitants believed the woman who came to be nicknamed the ‘Angel-maker’ had prophetic powers. but her victims ranged from newborn and handicapped children to elderly people and the husbands of many of the local women – in most cases with the full complicity of their relatives, and in some instances with their help. When the law finally caught up with her in 1929, she committed suicide.

1. Countess Elizabeth Bathory (650):

In the period up to 1610 in Hungary. BMhory (1560-16141. known as ‘Countess Dracula’ – the title of a 1970 Hammer horror film about her life and crimes – was alleged to have murdered between 300 and 650 girls (her personal list of 610 victims was described at her trial) in the belief that drinking their blood would prevent her from ageing, She was eventually arrested in 1611. Tried and found guilty, she died on 21 August 1614, walled up in her own castle at Csejthe.