A woman can be as sweet as honey; but there are also those as venomous as lethal snakes. Throughout history there have been women who have been known for their vile acts. While you discuss men like Hitler, you must not forget that the fairer-sex too has had its share of sadistic figures. Serial killers, merciless torturers and sexual abusers, sadly the female community has had a shared of it all, though in far lesser numbers but still quite a few. So here’s a list of some evil women known for tainting the pages of history.
10. Charlene Adelle Gallego:
She along with her partner Gerald Armond caused havoc in Sacramento, California between 1978 and 1980. About 10 victims were killed by them whom they kept as sex slaves prior to killing for evoking excitement in their sex life. She was apprehended in November 1980 and testified against her partner in return of not being charged in California. She pleaded guilty to murders and received a sentence of sixteen years and eight months in Nevada.
9. Ilse Koch:
She was the wife of Karl-Otto Koch, commandant of the Nazi concentration camps Buchenwald and Majdanek. Toutedas the “the concentration camp murderess“,she tortured and killed prisoners without empathy. She was sadistic and often kept souvenirs from the skin of murdered inmates with distinctive tattoos. “The Witch of Buchenwald”and”The Beast of Buchenwald”were some of the tags that she had earned from inmates due to her cruelty.
8. Beverly Allitt:
She is an English serial killer who was convicted of murdering 4 children. And also charged with attempting to murder 3 other children, and causing grievous bodily harm to a further 6 children. She committed these crimes between February and April 1991 in the children’s ward at Grantham and Kesteven Hospital, Lincolnshire. Her position as a nurse at the hospital helped her in these crimes. A serious danger to society, she was awarded 13 life sentences for the crimes.
7. Belle Gunness:
She was a Norwegian-American physically strong woman serial killer. Her suitors, boyfriends, two daughter and probably both her husbands and all of her other children were killed by her. She is believed to have killed around 25 to 40 people in a timeline spreading decades. She would split the head of her victims with a meat chopper or simply chloroform her sleeping victims. She was the true American female Bluebeard.
6. Myra Hindley:
She along with Ian Brady was responsible for the Moors Murders between July 1963 and October 1965 in and around present day Greater Manchester, England. Children aged between 10 and 17 were their victims and atleast four of them had also been sexually assaulted. She had been labeled”the most evil woman in Britain” by the press. Even after her repeated appeals against her life sentence she was never released and died at 60 in the year 2002.
5. Irma Grese:
Nicknamed the Beast of Belsen or the Hyena of Auschwitz, she was employed at the Nazi concentration camps of Ravensbrück and Auschwitz. She was the warden of the women’s section of Bergen-Belsen. She became the Senior Supervisor by the end of 1943, in charge of around 30,000 Jewish female prisoners whom she tortured and often murdered in cold blood. She was captured by the British in 1945 and executed for crimes against humanity at the age of 22.
4. Queen Mary I:
She is known for the brutal persecution of Protestants. Under her reign over 280 religious rebels burned at the stake. Dubbed as the Bloody Mary, she was the only surviving child of the ill-fated marriage of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon. She ruled as the Queen of England and Ireland from July 1553 until her death. She was the fourth monarch of the Tudor dynasty, remembered for her restoration of Roman Catholicism for a brief period until her death.
3. Rosemary West:
She was a British serial killer who is now imprisoned in Durham. She was convicted in 1995 of 10 murders, which she committed along with her husband. She was convicted for murders she committed between April 1973 and August 1979. It was the disappearance of Heather West, their daughter that led to a thorough investigation on the couple and their subsequent conviction. Heather’s body was later found at 25 Cromwell Street along with other bodies.
2. Elizabeth Bathory:
She was a Countess from the renowned Báthory family in the Kingdom of Hungary. She is one of the most discussed female serial killer in history also labeled as the “Blood Countess“. She along with four of her partners had been accused of committing over 650 murders. And that’s not all torture was also an integral part of their ritual. Though she was never tried or convicted, she remained confined in a set of rooms in Čachtice Castle upon her arrest in 1610 until her death.
1. Mary Ann Cotton:
She was convicted to have murdered up to 21 children through arsenic poisoning. She first married William Mowbray. Four out of their five children died from gastric fever and then Mowbray died too due to an intestinal disorder. Her second husband too died of intestinal disorder. But she didn’t stop there and any anyone she lived with or married died of intestinal disorders too. The downfall of history’s most evil women came with the death of Charles Edward Cotton and she was hanged in 1873.