10 of the Most Evil Women in History

Traditionally, women are often thought to be weaker, less aggressive, and much less violent than their male counterpart. Women are assumed to be more caring, nurturing, and much more compassionate than men.So, it’s absolutely shocking when a woman breaks the stereotype to commit such a heinous crime.

Here is a list of ten women whose actions are filled will such evil, that it’s nearly impossible for a ordinary human being to understand:


1.Gertrude Baniszewski

Known as the Torture Mother,GertrudeBaniszewski had a creepy passion for abusing others. An Indiana divorcee, Baniszewskiinstigated and facilitated the prolonged torture, mutilation, and murder of Sylvia Likens, a teenage girl she had taken into her home.What makes Baniszewskiso evil is that she coerced her own seven children and other neighborhood kids to beat, torture and sexually abuse Sylvia.In one particular incident, Baniszewski even forced Sylvia to rape herself with a Coke bottle.

Indianapolis police laterfound Sylvia’s dead body on a mattress, starved, bruised, bleeding, and burned.

Baniszewski, her daughter Paula, her son John, and two neighborhood youths, Coy Hubbard and Richard Hobbs, were tried and convicted of torturing and murdering Sylvia Likens.

2.Mary Ann Cotton

Mary Ann Cotton was an English serial killer who was responsible for the deaths of her two husbands, three lovers, her mother and at least 11 of her 13 children. It is likely that she murdered three of her four husbands in order to collect on their insurance policies. Her secret murder weapon was arsenicpoisoning, which causes gastric pain and rapid decline of health. 

Cotton was hanged at Durham County Gaol in March 1873. It was a slow and agonizing death for her. Rather than her neck breaking, she died of strangulation from the rope being too short, possibly done intentionally.

3. Myra Hindley

Myra Hindleywas a British serial killer who kidnapped, raped, tortured, and killed five children alongside her boyfriend, Ian Brady.

Three of the children they killed were under the age of 12 and two were in their mid-teens.

Hindley’s 17-year-old brother-n-law notified police of her crimes. She was arrested and pled not guilty to all of the murders. But she was found guilty of three murders and imprisoned for life after an audio recording emerged of her egging Brady on.

She died in jail in 2002.

4.Belle Gunness

Belle Gunnessswas a Norwegian-American serial killer who was reported to have murdered more than 40 people before disappearing without a trace.  A physically strong woman, she stood six feet tall and weighed over 200 pounds. 

Gunness killed most of her suitors and boyfriends, as well as her two daughters, Myrtle and Lucy. She was thought to have also killed both of her husbands and all of their children. Her apparent motives involved collecting life insurance, cash and other valuables, and of course, getting rid of any witnesses.

5.Irma Grese

Irma Grese was a female SS guard at the Nazi concentration camps of Ravensbrück and Auschwitz, and was the most notorious of the female Nazi war criminals. In fact, she was nicknamed by the camps’ inmates “the Hyena of Auschwitz”. Grese also served as warden of the women’s section of Bergen-Belsen.

She was convicted for crimes against humanity and sentenced to death at the Belsen trial. She was executed at the age of 22, and was the youngest woman to die judicially under British law in the 20th century.

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