21 Female Serial Killer Stories I Don't Recommend You Read Late At Night

Warning: Graphic and disturbing content ahead including mentions of sexual assault, abuse, and murder.

1.Nannie Doss, aka "Giggling Granny" and the "Lonely Hearts Killer," who was responsible for the deaths of at least a dozen people between the 1920s and 1950s, including four husbands, two children, and other family members.

Nannie doss in court

2.Miyuki Ishikawa, aka the "Demon Midwife", who was charged with murdering many infants (possibly even over 100) through purposeful neglect. Her crimes were committed with accomplices during the 1940s in post-World War II Japan.

Miyuki covering her face with her jacket as she leaves a court house

3.Aileen Wuornos, aka "The Damsel of Death," a serial killer who murdered and robbed six men (and possibly a seventh) while doing sex work in Florida from 1989–1990.

Mugshot of Aileen with shoulder length hair and dark eyes

4.Belle Gunness, a Norwegian American serial killer active in Illinois and Indiana from 1884–1908, suspected of killing up to 15 men for insurance. Her children died in a house fire in 1908 and it's unclear if the body of a woman found with them was Belle.

Belle with her children siting for a portrait

5.Sara María Aldrete, aka "La Madrina," a convicted serial killer who also ran a drug-smuggling and human sacrifice cult with a man named Adolfo Constanzo in Mexico during the '80s.

photo portrait of Sarah with shaggy hair, and a black turtle neck

6.Amy Archer-Gilligan, a serial killer who also ran a nursing home, murdered at least five people by poisoning them in Windsor, Connecticut during the early 1900s.

old poison bottles lined up on a shelf

7.Kristen Gilbert, a former nurse who worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northhampton, Massachusetts in the late '80s. She was convicted of four murders and two attempted murders of patients.

school photo of kristen smiling with short hair

8.Stacey Castor, a convicted murderer from Weedsport, New York who killed her husband with antifreeze, attempted to kill her daughter with crushed pills mixed into a drink and was also suspected of killing her first husband in the 2000s.

Stacey in court

9.Dorothea Puente, who ran a boarding house in Sacramento, California where she killed various elderly people and people with mental disabilities in the '80s. The total victim count reached nine confirmed murders and six unconfirmed.

Dorothea in court, in a prison jumpsuit

10.Marybeth Tinning, whose nine children died suspiciously under her care in New York during the 1970s. It is believed she poisoned them over a span of several years. Before being caught, she managed to convince people her children had died of different things like acute meningitis, seizures, cardiac arrest, sudden infant death syndrome, acute pulmonary edema, and bronchial pneumonia.

Marybeth appearing in court in handcuffs

11.Elizabeth Báthory, a Hungarian countess who is believed to have tortured and killed hundreds of young women in the 16th and 17th centuries. The lore is that the countess thought bathing in her victims' virginal blood would give her eternal youth.

oil painting of bathory in an ornate gown, holding a handkerchief

12.Myra Hindley who was called "the most evil woman in Britain" in the press for her involvement in killing five children with her partner Ian Brady in the 1960s.

mugshot of Myra with very short blonde hair

13.Karla Homolka, a serial killer who acted as an accomplice with her husband Paul Bernardo (also a serial killer) in the rapes and murders of at least three teenagers, including her own sister from 1990–1992.

Karla in a car on the way to a trial with long blonde hair

14.Tillie Klimek, who claimed to have "precognitive dreams" predicting her victims' deaths. She is believed to have poisoned and killed three husbands as well as neighborhood children in Chicago during the 1920s along with an accomplice.

Tillie wearing a large hat and a fur trimmed coat

15.Frances Knorr, aka the "Baby Farming Murderess," an English woman who moved to Australia, became a baby farmer, and is believed to have killed, by strangulation, multiple children in the late 1800s.

Sydney in the 1800s with horse and buggies roaming the dirt roads

16.Linda Hazzard, aka "The Starvation Doctor," who was responsible for at least 15 deaths in the state of Washington in the early 1900s.

closeup of linda

17.Rosemary West, a serial killer in England who murdered, sexually assaulted, and tortured at least nine women (possibly more) along with her husband, Fred, from 1973–1987.

Rosemary mug shot with short brown hair and glasses

18.Beverley Allitt aka "The Angel of Death," who was convicted of killing four children, attempting to murder three more, and causing grievous bodily harm to six others at a hospital in Lincolnshire, England between February and April of 1991.

Allitt with short blonde hair, looking out a window as she's driven away

19.Amelia Dyer, a baby farmer turned serial killer in England who adopted and then murdered many children over a 30-year period in the late 1800s.

Old drawing of a baby farm

20.Blanche Taylor Moore, a suspected serial killer who was convicted of poisoning her boyfriend and was also believed to be responsible for the death of her first husband, father, and mother-in-law.

Blanche in court with short, wavy hair

21.Finally, Joanne Dennehy who committed a series of murders in Cambridgeshire, England in March 2013. All three of her victims were male and she had killed them by stabbing.

Joanne sitting on an armchair holding an ornate knife