When it comes to some of the most evil figures in world history, usually people mention men like Ivan the Terrible, Jack the Ripper, or Adolf Hitler. However, the world has seen women whose cruelty may have surpassed that of men.
1) Let’s start with Dagmar Overbye, yeah?
She was a Danish serial killer who murdered up to 25 children including one of her own – during a seven year period from 1913 to 1920. Dagmar was working as a professional child caretaker, caring for babies born outside of marriage.
Out of the babies she killed, some were strangled, some drowned, and the rest burned to death in her masonry heater. In March 1921, Overbye was convicted of nine murders, as there were no proof of the others. Her lawyer based the case on Overbye being abused herself as a baby but that did not impress the judge, so she was sentenced to death. Overbye died in prison in 1929, aged 42. She felt it was her responsibility to end the lives of these children since legal abortion was not a thing and illegal abortions were highly risky
2)Queen Ranavalona I
AKA the Mad Queen of Madagascar, Ranavalona I is considered one the cruelest female political leaders in history. She had no children with her then Husband/King Radama so the rightful heir was the King’s Nephew Rakotobe. Following her husband’s death she seized the palace and had the remaining members of the royal family, including the Rakotobe, killed. At first, her actions were logical, rather than mad. She strongly opposed efforts at colonization, fending off the advances of both the British and the French in Madagascar.
Her actions favored her people but later in life, she became progressively more extreme with her actions, actively persecuting, torturing and executing Christians. Several thousands of Christians were killed during her reign.
3) Delphine Lalaurie, an evil serial killer who tortured and murdered her black slaves. Her hobby was discovered accidentally when rescuers responded to a fire at her mansion and found bound slaves in her attic who showed evidence of cruel, violent treatment over a long period.
Lalaurie’s house was then sacked by an outraged mob of New Orleans citizens. However, the murderess managed to escape to France.
4) Mary Tudor
AKA Bloody Mary was the only child of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon to survive into adulthood, Mary Tudor was the very first queen of England. she is remembered as one of the most bloodthirsty, tyrannical, and evil women in English history.
Popularly known for her brutal religious persecutions of Protestants and the executions of over 300 subjects in a vain attempt to restore Roman Catholicism in England. She also had her first cousin, Lady Jane Grey, who also wanted to claim the throne, beheaded.
5) Myra Hindley
Once branded “the most hated woman in Britain,” Myra Hindley and her twisted boyfriend, Ian Brady, shocked the world with terrifying crimes in the 1960’s. In the case known as “The Moors Murders,” the couple raped, tortured, and killed five children aged between 10 and 17 in and around Manchester, England. Hindley was sentenced to two concurrent life sentences. She died in jail in November 2002, aged 60, after suffering respiratory failure following a heart attack.
6) Miyuki Ishikawa, a Japanese midwife who killed between 85-169 babies in the 1940’s with the aid of her husband ofcourse.
When she was tried in court, she argued that it was the parents who were responsible for their deaths as they had deserted the children and it worked because the court only gave her 8 years of prison for her crimes
7) Belle Gunness AKA Black Widow
She was one of America’s most productive female serial killers. She killed both her husbands and all of her children together with most of her suitors and her boyfriends. The total number of Gunness’ victims is estimated to be between 25 & 40.
8) Ilse Koch
AKA the Witch of Buchenwald, she is considered one of the worst villains of the Holocaust. Ilse Koch was a nymphomaniac who tortured prisoners in the concentration camp. She became known for her extremely evil and sadistic behavior and enjoyed beating the prisoners forcing them to perform sexual activities, and even skinning those who had distinctive tattoos. She would then use the tattooed skin to cover her books in it.
9) Ameila Dyer,
the baby butcher, was one of the most prolific serial killers in history who killed about 300-400 infants that she was supposed to take care of.
10) Elizabeth Bathory drank the blood of girls she had imprisoned.
She was known as the Countess for being one of most prolific serial killers of all time. She thought that the blood of other girls on her skin made her look fresher and better she was responsible for the death of 650 girls whose blood she drank, but not before physically abusing them and parading them naked on the streets.
Do you know the story of Aileen Wuornos?
Does she deserve a spot on this list?
I mean it would be argued that she only killed the men who had previously raped her or who tried tothey are much more than this, women like;