Female Serial Killers

Female serial killers

    Serial killers are some of the most demented people in the world. Many people think that only men are able to pull of the disgusting acts that come with being a serial killer.  Well …… they’re wrong. 16 percent of serial killers are female. Although that isn't much, that’s 1 in every 6 women. Although female serial killers are thought to be less common than males, they certainly do exist. They are also just as brutal as men. Here are just some examples of these cold blooded killers.

    Aileen Wournos was a sex worker who was convicted and executed for the murders of six men between December 1989 to November 1990. She eventually confessed to shooting the men who picked her up while she was hitchhiking in self-defense after she claimed they beat and raped her, a claim that she later recanted. Wournos was sentenced to death and was executed by lethal injection on October 9, 2002.

    Jane Toppan was a nurse who was secretly experimenting on her patients with drugs such as morphine and atropine. She started experimenting on specific people in her life, one of them being her foster sister, Elizabeth Bringham. She confessed to Elizabeth's murder in 1902, she said “I held her in my arms and watched with delight as she gasped her life out.” She later admitted to killing at least 31 others but the jury found her not guilty by reason of insanity, so Toppan was sent to Tuanton State Hospital for life.

    Gesche Gottfried was arrested and sentenced to death in 1831 for murdering 15 people over the span of 14 years. Gottfried is said to have murdered her parents, two ex husbands, her significant other, her children and even some of her friends. She was beheaded in front of a crowd of 35,000 people in Bremen, Germany, and was the last person to be publicly beheaded in the city.

    Leonarda Cianciulli ran a small shop in Italy in the 1930’s. She was warned by a fortune teller that her children were in danger and she came to believe she needed a human sacrifice. Cianciulli lured three women into her shop, drugged them, killed them with an axe, and disposed of their remains by boiling them in caustic soda. She turned one of the women’s remains into soap that she gave out to her neighbors, which earned her the nickname “la Saponificatrice di Correggio,”  which translates to “the soap-maker of Correggio.” She was diagnosed as “manic” but could still stand trial and was sentenced to 30 years in prison and 3 years in a criminal asylum. She died in 1970.

    These are only some of the women who have commited disgusting crimes throughout history. Although these women may have seemed to be innocent, these are some of the most horrible acts commited by women. Not only are these stories interesting, but people can learn a lot from these incidents. Stay tuned to see what disturbing things i talk about in my next article.

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