“Well behaved women never made history”- This quote aptly highlights the injustice done against women who did great things and yet were lost in time. Ironically, there had been some women who were so evil that they made their way into history for being “bad”. Their tales of horror, horrified the world so much that they forced the people to reconsider their views about women in general. It is my endeavor to shed light on some women who were so horrendously evil that they are still remembered with disgust and contempt. This list contains the dark history of women who loved to murder, abuse, torture, etc. for fun. So, without further ado, Read on to know about the top 16 most evil women who have struck terror and caused tragedies to the lives of people throughout history!
16. Irma Grese (1923-1945)
Irma Grese was known as the “Bitch of Belsen” for her sincere dedication to her “work” in the German concentration camp during World War II. She was soon promoted to Senior Supervisor, the 2nd highest rank of the female guards in the year 1944. Her work included, setting her dogs on prisoners, sexual excesses, sadistic beatings and selecting prisoners for the gas chamber. She reveled in her work and enjoyed both physical and mental torture of over 30,000 Jews in the concentration camp.
15. Maria Leon (1966-Active)
Maria Leon was a drug kingpin of Mexican descent who ran one of the most dangerous gangs in the history of Los Angeles, USA. She oversaw countless murders and illegal trafficking of drugs via intimidation and fear during 2005-2008. She didn’t leave her children out of this, and made them higher ranking members in her gang. She ran a criminal enterprise (just like Jim Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes) and considered herself above law, until she was arrested for her crimes.
14. Mary Ann Cotton (1832-1873)
“Death has its benefits”- Mary knew it too well. When she found out that she would receive paychecks for the death of a family member, she wasted no time at all. She killed over 30 people, including her 12 daughters to make a quick buck. She killed her husbands and didn’t even spare her own mother by poisoning them with arsenic! She was hanged in 1873, England, after people grew suspicious of all her family members dying of stomach problem.
13. Beverly Allitt (1968- Alive)
“Fondly” called as the “Angel of Death”, Beverly Allitt is one of the Britain’s best known serial killers. She worked as a pediatric nurse in a nearby hospital in England, until one day she “cracked”. She went on a rampage and killed 4 children while injuring 5 other infants who were under her care. She used to inject lethal dosage of insulin in children over a period of two months, until she was caught red handed. Convicted for murder in nine cases, she was also known for attacking 13 children under her care.
12. Aileen Wuornos (1956-2002)
Due to physical abuse in her childhood, Aileen Wuornos grew up to be a “Man-hater”. Her obsession with seeing men in pain, made her a cold hearted serial killer in America. She committed petty crimes like shoplifting and stealing cars to attract men towards her, after which she used to kill them in cold blood. During her crazy lifetime, she killed many men and was eventually arrested and killed in 2002.
11. Myra Hindley (1942–2002)
Myra Hindley was responsible for the “Moor Murders” occurring in Manchester, Britain in 1960s. She along with an accomplice were responsible for kidnapping, sexual abuse and murder of three children under the age of twelve. This monster even recorded the abuse on these children which later emerged as an evidence to put this woman behind bars. In the final days before her incarceration, she developed an arrogant and uncaring attitude which amplified her maligned character.
10. Lizzie Borden (1860-1927)
Lizzie Borden was accused of murdering her own family with an axe due to which she gained nationwide attention. Witnesses allegedly identified her as her parents’s killer, with no ulterior motive whatsoever. However, she was acquitted of all charges due to lack of evidence and sketchy description by the witnesses. But, her guilt is still widely assumed to be true.
9. Belle Gunness (1859-1908)
Belle Gunness was America’s very own “Millionaire” serial killer. She killed her three children and husband, and used the insurance money to buy a house! She didn’t stop here, she remarried and killed her new husband and infant daughter the same way. Then she took her horrific tale to a new level when she posted a local ad as a widow seeking “suitor” for marriage. Everyone who came to ask her hand in marriage met the same fate as her previous husbands. What is more horrific is that after 40 counts of murder, she left the country and was never found!
8. Queen Mary I (1516-1558)
Queen Mary was the only child of King Henry VIII to survive past infancy. Crowned after the death of Edward VI, she is chiefly remembered for “violently” bringing England back to Catholicism. This queen went berserk and ordered the execution of Protestants for their beliefs, for which she got the moniker “Bloody Mary”. Thousands of Protestants left the country in order to survive until the death of this religious maniac.
7. Ilse Koch (1906-1967)
Ilse Koch, famously known as the “Bitch of Buchenwald”, was the wife a commandant of a concentration camp from 1937-1941. This woman set a new height of debauchery and was totally drunk on the absolute power rendered by her husband. She was made the “Chief Overseer” for killing countless Jews in the concentration camp, and used to make lampshades and household items out of the skin of the murdered inmates. She committed suicide by hanging herself in 1967.
6. Katherine Knight (1955-Active)
Katherine Knight was the first ever American to be sentenced a natural life term without parole. She had a history of violence in relations which inevitably led to murders, mental torture, animal cruelty, etc. She killed her husband for falling asleep during sex, she slit a dog’s throat in front of her boyfriend and most infamously she killed a man and cooked him as dinner for her children. Luckily, the police arrested Knight before she attempted to feed the carcass to her children. Will you be able to sleep tonight? I sure in hell won’t.
5. Elizabeth Bathory (1560-1614)
The Hungarian Countess is infamous for being the worst serial killer in Slovak history! She used to lure young maidens to her castle by promising well paid jobs and facilities. The girls who went in, never returned. Several rumors reached King Mathias II and he ordered a party of men to investigate. The men found hundreds of carcasses and horribly mutilated bodies. Elizabeth Bathory indulged in piercing, burning and mutilating the face and genitalia of young women. In some cases, she used to bite off parts of victim’s face by her own teeth. She was speculated of being a vampire, which is a myth by the way.
4. Biljana Plavsic (1930-Active)
Biljana Plavsic took Racism to a new level when she commented that “Ethnic cleansing was a natural thing” and that six million Serbs needed to die. As the former President of Republika Srpska, she led Bosnia during the Serbian Genocide in 1990s. After her arrest, she bargained for a shorter incarceration duration in exchange for information and was recently released in 2009. Even after her torture and killings, she is currently aiming for a political comeback.
3. Isabella of Castile (1451-1504)
Isabelle of Castile, also known as Isabelle I of Spain, was responsible for unification of Spain under her grandson Carlos I. In 1942, she passed the Alhambra Decree which explicitly instructed the Inquisition General Tomas de Torquemada to forcibly convert Jews and Muslims. This forceful conversion and horrible punishments bestowed on them forced nearly 200,000 people to leave Spain. For her “great” work in the path of god, she was awarded “Sainthood” by Pope Paul VI in 1974.
2. Fusako Shigenobu (1945-Active)
One of the most wanted terrorists on Earth needs a little introduction, because she didn’t get enough “Air” time. Fusako started out as a student activist, bent on uniting Japan into one communist flag she went rogue! She formed the Japanese Red Army and orchestrated the 1974 attack on the French embassy in The Hague. She lent her hand in the hijacking of TWA flight 840 in 1960, which earned her the title of the “Most wanted terrorist in the world”.
1. Dorothea Binz (1920-1947)
Dorothea Binz was German who garnered enormous praise from her fellow Nazi officials who called her work in the concentration camps as “unyielding”. Due to her being a dominatrix with a whip in hand and German shepherd on her other side, inmates were terrified of her! She whipped and tortured the inmates mercilessly until they cowered at her feet. Her “work” didn’t end here, she killed many female inmates and was awarded for it by getting promoted as a supervisor to the “torture bunkers”.
These women had no compassion, sentiments and love for anyone, which ultimately cemented the notion that “Crime knows no gender”.