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Updated on Sep 1, 2018. Posted on Nov 8, 2017

21 Murders Committed By Women That’ll Fuck You Right Up


We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which female murderer creeps them out the most. Here are the horrifying results.

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1. Waneta Hoyt

Murderpedia, Fair Use

This New York mom seemed distraught over the mysterious deaths of her five babies in the mid-'60s to early '70s. But when a forensic psychologist became suspicious of Hoyt's stories, an investigation led to her admitting that she suffocated each child in an effort to make them "quiet down." She was sentenced to 75 years in prison in 1995.


2. Tamara Samsonova, the "Granny Ripper"

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Samsonova is a Russian woman who murdered and ate at least 11 people and kept a diary where she detailed her crimes. She killed a friend by drugging her salad with sleeping pills and using a handsaw to dismember her while she was still alive. She's currently in a psychiatric hospital.


3. Jane Toppan

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She was a nurse in the early 1900s who "experimented" with drugs on her patients, leading to 31 confirmed deaths — though she's suspected of killing over 100. While on trial, she said, "If I had been a married woman, I probably would not have killed all of those people. I would have had my husband, my children, and my home to take up my mind."


4. Dorothea Puente

Wikipedia Commons / Fair Use, Murderpedia

Puente ran a boarding house for elderly people in Sacramento in the '80s, before authorities learned she was drugging them, killing them, then stealing their money. After seven bodies were found buried in her backyard, she was given two life sentences in prison and another 15-to-life sentence. She died in prison in 2011.


5. Theresa Knorr

Investigation Discovery, Murderpedia

She killed two of her children in California in the '80s. One girl was locked in a small closet without food or water and left to die. Another daughter was taken to a field where she was tied up and burned alive. Knorr was given two life sentences, starting in 1993.


6. Delphine LaLaurie

Wikipedia Commons / Public Domain

She was a socialite who often opened up her New Orleans home for parties, so when there was a fire in her house in 1834, police were shocked to find chained-up slaves inside, most of them dead from the smoke or flames. Following the fire, more and more stories of her abuse began to spread throughout the town. She died in the late 1890s. She inspired Madame LaLaurie in American Horror Story: Coven.


7. Mary Ann Cotton

Wikipedia Commons / Public Domain, Murderpedia

Better known as the "Black Widow" of Britain, she was found guilty of killing her stepson, 11 of her own kids, three of her husbands, her mom, and one other man in the mid-1800s. She was executed in 1873 for her crimes.

—Beth Ann, Facebook

8. Elizabeth Báthory

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Also known as "The Blood Countess" in the 1600s, Báthory is often referred to as the most prolific female serial killer OF ALL TIME. She killed over 650 young women with the help of four other people, and would supposedly bathe in the blood of virgins to stay young.


9. Genene Jones

Murderpedia, The Biography Channel

Jones was a nurse in Texas in the '80s, suspected of giving 40 to 60 fatal injections, though only one murder has been proven: that of a 15-month-old infant, for which she was given 99 years of jail time. Just this year, she was served another murder warrant, for the death of another baby.


10. Dagmar Overbye

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The Danish professional child caretaker killed up to 25 babies by strangulation, burning, or drowning between the years of 1913 and 1920 — and one of her victims was her own child. She died in prison at the age of 42.


11. Marybeth Tinning

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The upstate New York mom had nine kids between 1967 and 1985, and each died within months of being born. Though she was arrested under suspicion of killing each and every one of them, police could only prove she smothered one to death. She was sent to prison for 70 years starting in 1987.


12. Belle Gunness

Wikipedia Commons / Public Domain

She'd lure men to her farm, take out life insurance policies on them OR have them bring a bunch of money (so they could "invest in her growing property"), kill them, then feed them to her pigs. She also killed most of her boyfriends, her two husbands, and both of her daughters. She was not fucking around.


13. Karla Homolka

CBC News, Murderpedia

She was married to the Scarborough Rapist, Paul Bernardo. They raped and murdered three women — including Homolka's little sister, who was "given" to Bernardo by Homolka as a Christmas gift. While recording the entire evening, they drugged her, raped her, and left her for dead. Homolka was released from her 12-year prison sentence in 2007, while Bernardo remains in prison in Canada.


14. Jeanne Weber

Wikipedia Commons / Public Domain

In the early 1900s, this French woman strangled 10 children while working as a babysitter. She got caught two times, but was released because she had a fantastic lawyer — only to kill again. Once she was finally imprisoned, she was found hanging by a rope in her cell in 1910.


15. Mary Bell

Bell was 10 years old in 1968 when she committed her first murder, strangling a 4-year-old boy, and the following year strangling a 3-year-old boy. For the second murder she had an accomplice and they carved their initials on the boy's body, as well as cut off his genitals. She now lives in England under a new name.


16. Beverley Allitt

Murderpedia, The Biography Channel

This British nurse tried to kill 13 patients in the early '90s, but only succeeded in murdering four of them. No one was suspicious of the deaths that happened under her care, until people began noticing the hospital logs were missing from the nights she was on duty. She's been in prison since 1993.

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17. Miyuki Ishikawa

Wikipedia Commons / Public Domain, Fair Use

During the 1940s, this Japanese midwife would murder the infants of families who didn't want their children. She'd reel these sadistic parents in by telling them that raising a child cost much more than paying a bounty. She only got a four-year prison sentence.

—Marlee Price, Facebook

18. Juana Barraza


Also known as the "Little Old Lady Killer," Barraza would supposedly seek out lonely older women in Mexico City, gain access to their homes, then strangle them using whatever she found inside. She only confessed to one murder, but was found guilty of 16. Barraza was given a 759-year prison sentence in 2008.

—Sarah Weber, Facebook

19. Diane Downs

Wikipedia Commons / Public Domain, Murderpedia

In 1983, she drove her blood-filled car to an Oregon hospital with her three kids in the backseat: One had been fatally shot and the others were in critical condition. She claimed a "man in the woods" was to blame. Months later, police found her diary, where she'd written that she was "obsessed" with a man who didn't want her kids around. This led to her arrest, and she's been in prison since 1984.


20. Amy Archer-Gilligan

Wikipedia Commons / Public Domain, The Hartford Courant

She ran a home for the elderly in Connecticut, which would later be dubbed her "murder factory." Locals noticed she'd begun buying large amounts of arsenic in the early 1900s to control her home's rat problem — this arsenic was later found in over two dozen bodies buried in her yard. She was found legally insane and died in a psychiatric hospital in 1962.

—Annie Fleitsch, Facebook

21. Nannie Doss

Murderpedia / Flickr Creative Commons / Andrew Kuznetsov

Four of her five husbands died from poison she put in their food. Her first husband didn't die at her hands, but he said he left her because she scared him. Once caught, she seemed excited to spend life in prison, and often smiled and "giggled" when describing her crimes.


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