omen who commit serial killings are a rare but well-documented phenomenon. While men are typically more likely to engage in serial killing, women are capable of committing these crimes as well. While the motivations of female serial killers can vary, many have been found to have a history of abuse, either as a victim or perpetrators. They may also have a history of mental illness or disorders. Additionally, some female serial killers have been found to have a history of financial gain as a motivation for their killings, such as in the case of Dorothea Puente.
It is important to note that the number of women who commit serial killings is relatively small compared to men and it is not a new phenomenon. However, women who commit serial killings can be just as dangerous and ruthless as their male counterparts, and their crimes should not be dismissed or minimized.
10. Beverley Allitt
Beverly, also known as “the Angel of Death,” was found guilty in 1993 of killing five infants by inducing insulin overdoses in them. She was identified as having Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a mental illness in which a caretaker intentionally makes a child ill in order to get attention for themselves.
9. Rosemary West
Several youngsters, including Rosemary’s own daughter, were tortured and sexually assaulted by Rosemary and her husband Fred. They underwent this horrifying treatment before being killed and dismembered. When the couple was detained in 1994, West received a life sentence and Fred committed suicide.
8. Amy Archer-Gilligan
In the 1900s, Amy managed a nursing home in Connecticut. A number of the patients had designated her as the beneficiary of their insurance plans, and eventually, the authorities learned that at least 48 people had passed away while under her care. Gilligan used arsenic to kill her victims, although she was only ever charged with one homicide. In 1917, she received a jail term but was later sent to a mental institute. She passed away in 1962 at age 89.
In the 1960s, Myra killed five kids in England with the help of her lover, Ian Brady. Before they passed away, several of the young children suffered sexual assault, and the pair maintained records of their victims’ voices and images. In prison, Hindley passed away in 2002.
6. Dorothea Puente
For poisoning her tenants in order to steal their Social Security cheques, Dorothea was detained in 1988. On her terrace, there discovered the remains of three males and four women. She was given a life sentence, however, she passed away at the Central California Women’s Facility at the age of 82.
5. Nannie Doss
Doss was given a life sentence in jail in 1955 after confessing to using arsenic to kill her four husbands. In addition, she had killed her mother, sister, nephew, and mother-in-law. In 1965, she passed away in jail from leukemia.
4. Kristen Gilbert
When Gilbert was a nurse, she killed four of her patients—all veterans of the conflict. Kristen administered epinephrine injections to her victims. Despite the fact that the prosecution sought the death penalty, she was given a life term in jail in 2001.
3. Amelia Dyer
2. Juana Barraza
She was dubbed “La Mataviejitas” (literally, “the murderer of elderly women”) and received a 759-year jail term on 11 counts of murder. They discovered numerous elderly ladies who had been strangled in Mexico City in the early 2000s and later identified them as Juana’s victims. Experts think that her mother’s drinking caused her to act in this way when she traded her for three beers to a man. She was molested by the same man when she was just 13 years old.
1. Judy Buenoano
She was killed in the electric chair in 1998 and was known as “the Black Widow.” She drowned her own son, who had partial paralysis, and poisoned her husband with arsenic. She also attempted to detonate a bomb to kill a third person. Evidently, the goal was to collect the life insurance proceeds.