25 Infamous Female Murderers Throughout History

When the subject of murderers and serial killers comes up, it’s usually men who are mentioned- Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Jeffery Dahmer – but few people can mention more than one or two notorious female killers.

Some killed for love, some for money, but most were just absolutely insane and sadistic. Interestingly, a few have either been set free or will be soon. In the interest of equality, here’s a list of 25 Infamous Female Murderers Throughout History.

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Ilse Kotch

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Ilse joined the Nazi party in Germany in 1932, and she earned the reputation of “Bitch of Buchenwald” at the concentration camp she oversaw with her husband, Karl Otto Kotch. Ilse liked to make household objects out of the skin of prisoners she tortured and had a particular affinity for making skin with tattoos into lampshades. She committed suicide in prison in 1967.


Delfina and Maria de Jesus Gonzales

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These ladies ran a prostitution ring in centeral Mexico in the 1950’s and 60’s, largely staffed with girls they’d kidnapped. When the girls would become to ill or ugly from being force fed drugs, the sisters would kill them. The sisters also killed several clients and infants. Delfina died while serving out the sentence for her crimes, and Maria disappeared after her release.


Christiana Edmunds

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Christiana Edmunds, born in 1828 in England, had a weird hobby. She would buy chocolates from a shop, poison them with strychnine, and then return them to the shop. Other people would buy them and become ill. In 1871, a 4 year old boy died from eating one of the chocolates she had poisoned. She died in a psychiatric hospital in 1907.


Jane Toppoan

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Toppoan was a nurse in New England who injected her patients with morphine until they died. She claimed her goal in life was to, “have killed more people – helpless people – than any other man or woman who ever lived,” and confessed to killing over 100.


Rosemary West

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Rosemary is currently serving out a life sentence in Durham, England, for her part in torturing and killing at least ten women, along with her husband Fred West, in the 1970’s and 80’s. One of the last murders the two committed was their 16 year old daughter, Heather in 1987.

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