Normally, it is believed that men are more likely to be more wicked due to their strong heart nature, than women who are most likely seen as angels. This is not entirely true. Although, it is in the woman’s nature to be loving, caring and graceful, not all women possess these charming feminine attributes. A couple of women in history have shown that women can be anything they choose to be – wicked, loving, devilish. The brutal acts of these women overly horrified the world – they enjoyed partaking in gruesome torture, murders, rape and abuse for one reason or the other. This articles briefly highlights ten truly evil women in the world’s history of crime and murder.
10. Myra Hindley
Myra Hindley was born in 1942, she was an English serial killer who partnered with her boyfriend, Ian Brady, to commit several rape and murder crimes. The Roman Catholic convert ran away from home and fell in love with Ian who had a huge negative influence on her. In July 1964, they both killed Pauline Reade who they claimed was their first victim. Four months later, 12-year-old John Kilbride disappeared, and then 12-year-old Keith Bennett followed. These two monsters kidnapped, abused and murdered three children under the age of twelve and two teenagers. Hindley’s 17-year-old brother-in-law tipped her off to the police. She pleaded not guilty to all of the murders, but was found guilty and jailed for life. She was never released from prison, she died there in 2002.
9. Isabella of Castile
Isabella was born 1451 and died 53 years after. She was a Catholic and the queen of Castile and León. Isabella was a staunch Monarch who desperately wanted to reform her kingdom that had undergone drastic drift in the previous years before she ascended the throne. Because of this she imposed laws and measures to her subject and anyone who failed was killed immediately. She was seen to be more inclined to justice than to mercy, and indeed far more unforgiving than her husband Ferdinand. As part of her evil deeds, she completed the Reconquista, ordering exile of her Muslim and Jewish subjects.
8. Irma Grese
Irma Ida Ilse Grese was born in October 1923, in Wrechen, Germany. She was a warden of the women’s section of Nazi concentration camps of Ravensbrück and Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen. She loved torture via different painful methods and wore heavy boots as a habit. She also carried a pistol for the facilitation of her various purposes. She was nicknamed “the Beast of Belsen”, “The Beautiful Beast”, and “Die Hyäne von Auschwitz” She was convicted for crimes against humanity at the Belsen Trial and was sentenced to death on 13 December 1945, at the age of 22, making her the youngest woman to die judicially under English law in the 20th century.
7. Queen Mary I of England
Mary I was the Queen of England and Ireland from July 1553 until her death. She was the only surviving child born of the ill-fated marriage of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon. Her brutal persecution of Protestants caused her opponents to name her “Bloody Mary”. Mary is mostly remembered for temporarily and violently returning Catholicism to England. Many prominent Protestants were executed for their beliefs while out of fear 800 Protestants left the country and didn’t return until her death.
6. Mary Ann Cotton
Mary Ann Cotton is Britain’s first serial killer. She was born in Low Moorsley, County Durham in 1832. She was married to William Mowbray and they both had five children who all died of gastric fever and stomach pains. The couple moved to the north-east, gave birth to three more children and they all died too alongside with their father. After the death of William, Mary Ann married again, and the husband died of same stomach fever.
The British Prudential noticed a pattern and started an investigation. The local newspapers discovered also that as Mary Ann moved around northern England, she lost three husbands, a lover, a friend, her mother and a dozen children, all dying of stomach fever. On March 24, 1873, she was hanged for murder by arsenic poisoning. The hangman used too short a drop for a clean’ execution, making Mary Ann feel death in a slow painful way.
5. Belle Gunness
Standing six feet tall and weighing over 91 kg, a physically strong woman, Belle Gunness was one of America’s most degenerate and productive female serial killers. She killed both her husbands and all of her children at different times. She also murdered most of her suitors, and boyfriends all because of greed. She killed them, stole their life insurance policies and assets and those became her major source of income. Report says she has killed more than twenty victims over several decades.
4. Ilse Koch
September 1906 born Ilse Koch was also known as “Die Hexe von Buchenwald” the Witch of Buchenwald, or “Buchenwälder Schlampe” the Bitch of Buchenwald. She was one of the first prominent Nazis to be tried by the US military. Ilse was the wife of Karl-Otto Koch and he gave her absolute power which got into her head like wine. She loved torture and obscenity and was known for her souvenirs which were skins of murdered inmates who had tattoos. She built an indoor sports arena in 1940, with 250,000 marks stolen from inmates and was promoted to chief overseer of the female guards at Buchenwald. Ilse committed suicide by hanging herself at Aichach women’s prison on September 1, 1967.
3. Beverly Allitt
Beverley Gail Allitt is known as The Angel of Death. She is an English serial killer and was convicted of murdering four children, attempting to murder three other children, and causing bodily harm to a further six children. Beverly was a state enrolled nurse at Grantham and Kesteven Hospital, Lincolnshire. She worked in the children ward and committed all these crimes in a space of 59 days – between February and April 1991. She administered large doses of insulin to two victims and a large air bubble was found in the body of another. In May 1993, at Nottingham Crown Court, she received 13 life sentences for the crimes and was detained at Rampton Secure Hospital in Nottinghamshire. She will be spending her entire life there and there is no likelihood of her being considered for release, ever.
2. Katherine Knight
Katherine Mary Knight was born in October 1955. She was the first Australian woman to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, and she continues to serve in the prison. She was known for her violent acts and has had four spouses. She mashed the dentures of one of her ex-husbands and slashed the throat of another husband’s puppy right in front of him. Her last relationship was with John Charles Thomas Price who she killed with a butcher’s knife.
She stabbed him 37 times, both front and back. She then skinned him and hung his “suit” on the door frame, then she cut off his head and put it in a soup pot, baked his buttocks, and prepared gravy and vegetables to go with it. This meal and a vindictive note were set out for her children, but luckily for them the police discovered and came to their rescue. Katherine was convicted for murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
1. Elizabeth Bathory
Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed was born in 1560 and died in 1614. She was a countess from the renowned Báthory family of nobility in the Kingdom of Hungary. She has been labeled the most prolific female serial killer in history and although the number of murders is debated, she is remembered as the “Blood Countess.” She was the infamous serial killer of Hungary. She used to kill peasant girls through severe beatings, burning, mutilation of body parts, chewing off the face etc. She was on house arrest and was not put to trial because of her status till the day she died.