5. Rosemary West
Rosemary West, born 1953, is a particularly notorious British serial killer who tortured and murdered 10 people along with her husband Fred West. One of her victims were Fred’s daughter Charmaine, whom she killed while Fred was in prison. Most of the murders were committed in the couple’s own home in Gloucester and were done for nothing more than sick pleasure. Fred committed suicide before he could be properly charged, but Rose went to trial and was found unanimously guilty of the murders. The judge in charge of the trial said he hopes she will never be released.
4. Jane Toppan
Jane Toppan, known as Jolly Jane despite being born Honora Kelley in 1857, was an American serial killer who confessed to killing 33 people. Toppan is regularly quoted as having said that she dreamed of killing more people than any man or women ever to have lived. The killings started during a period where Toppan was working as a nurse, where she would kill patients with a variety of drugs. However, she soon stepped out of the workplace and killed her landlords, her foster sister, and a number of other victims she came across. She was arrested in 1901 but was found not guilty for reasons of insanity. She was committed for life and died in the Taunton Insane Hospital.
3. Aileen Wuornos
Aileen Wuornos, born in February of 1956, was a well known American serial killer who murdered seven men in the state of Florida between 1989 and 1990. All of Wuornos’ victims were shot at point blank range, with Wuornos claiming they had either raped or tried to rape her while she was working as a prostitute. Wuornos has a troubled upbringing and life, and by the time of the murders, she already had quite a rap sheet. She went on to be convicted of seven counts of 1st-degree murder and then died by lethal injection in 2002. Several films and TV movies have been made about her life.
2. Myra Hindley
Myra Hindley was one half of a murderous pair who became known in England as the Moors murderers. Between 1963 and 1965, Myra Hindley and her partner Ian Brady murdered five children between the ages of 10 and 17. At least four of their victims were also sexually assaulted, before being buried on the Saddleworth Moor. One body was discovered more than 20 years after their initial trial, and one remains missing. Both Hindley and Brady were sentenced for the killings, with Hindley ultimately dying in prison in 2002, aged 60.
1. Elizabeth Bathory
There are few female serial killers who command the reputation of Elizabeth Bathory. Born in August of 1560, she is the most ancient killer on the list, and admittedly her crimes have never been proven. However, she holds the Guinness World Record for the most prolific female murderer, having thought to have tortured and killed hundreds of women between 1585 and 1609. The exact number is debated, but during her trial, it was recorded as being around 650. Bathory reportedly bathed in the blood of her victims, in an effort to retain her youthful appearance. She was imprisoned in solitary confinement in a castle, and died not long after.
There you have it, 10 more of history’s most notorious female serial killers.
Who among them scares you the most?