The Most Famous Female Serial Killer: Ranking Infamous Notoriety

Choose the female serial killer you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 08:10
Step into the chilling world of notoriety and intrigue as we delve into the twisted minds of history's most infamous female serial killers! Cast your vote on StrawPoll and help us unravel the enigma of these deadly femme fatales. Who will top the list as the most notorious - Aileen Wuornos, the "Monster" or Elizabeth Bathory, the "Blood Countess"? Or perhaps you have a dark horse in mind that deserves the title? Join our spine-tingling quest to rank the most famous female serial killers and contribute your opinions as we unveil the sinister secrets behind these lethal ladies. Don't forget to share your thoughts and suggest any missing names that should be added to our macabre hall of fame. Remember, every vote counts in this deadly game. Enter at your own risk, and let the bloodbath begin!

Who Is the Most Famous Female Serial Killer?

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    Aileen Wuornos

    Aileen Wuornos
    Aileen Wuornos is perhaps the most well-known female serial killer due to the 2003 film "Monster" which is based on her life. She was convicted of killing seven men between 1989 and 1990.
    Aileen Wuornos was an American serial killer who was active from 1989 to 1990. She targeted and murdered seven men, most of whom she claimed had either raped or attempted to rape her. Wuornos became one of the most infamous female serial killers in history.
    • Birth Date: February 29, 1956
    • Death Date: October 9, 2002
    • Number of Victims: 7
    • Method of Killing: Firearms
    • Motivation: Claims of self-defense against rape or attempted rape
    Aileen Wuornos in other rankings
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    Elizabeth Bathory
    Unknown authorUnknown author · Public domain
    Elizabeth Bathory, also known as the "Blood Countess," was a Hungarian noblewoman who is believed to have killed hundreds of young girls in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
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    Mary Ann Cotton
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    Mary Ann Cotton was a British serial killer who poisoned at least 21 people, including her own children, in the mid-19th century.
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    Belle Gunness
    Unknown authorUnknown author · Public domain
    Belle Gunness was an American serial killer who is believed to have killed at least 14 people, including her own children, in the early 20th century.
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    Karla Homolka, also known as "The Ken and Barbie Killer," was a Canadian serial killer who, along with her husband, was responsible for the deaths of at least three young girls in the early 1990s.
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    Dorothea Puente was an American serial killer who ran a boarding house in Sacramento, California in the 1980s. She is believed to have killed at least nine of her tenants and buried their bodies in her yard.
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    Nannie Doss, also known as "The Giggling Granny," was an American serial killer who killed four of her husbands, two of her children, her two sisters, her mother, and her mother-in-law between 1927 and 1954.
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    Myra Hindley was an English serial killer who, along with her boyfriend, Ian Brady, was responsible for the death of five children in the 1960s.
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    Rosemary West was an English serial killer who, along with her husband, Fred West, was responsible for the deaths of at least 12 young women in the 1970s.
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    Leonarda Cianciulli, also known as "The Soap-Maker of Correggio," was an Italian serial killer who killed three women in the 1930s and turned their bodies into soap.
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Ranking factors for famous female serial killer

  1. Number of victims
    The total number of confirmed victims that the woman has killed is an important factor.
  2. Manner of killing
    The way the victims were killed and the level of cruelty involved can also be considered.
  3. Infamy/Notoriety
    The extent to which the killer has gained notoriety and media attention is another factor to consider.
  4. Motivation
    Understanding the killer’s motivation for committing the crimes can also play a role in ranking their infamy.
  5. Historical Context
    The time period in which the crimes were committed, and their impact on society can also contribute to overall fame or notoriety.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous female serial killer. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or murderess is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!

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A participant may cast an up or down vote for each murderess once every 24 hours. The rank of each murderess is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

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More information on most famous female serial killer

Section: Background Information Female serial killers are a rare phenomenon in the world of crime. However, the ones that do exist have left a significant impact on society due to the gruesome and disturbing nature of their crimes. When we think of infamous serial killers, names like Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer come to mind; however, there are a few notorious female killers who have made headlines for their heinous acts. One of the most famous female serial killers is Aileen Wuornos, also known as the "Damsel of Death." She was convicted of killing seven men between 1989 and 1990 in Florida. Wuornos was a prostitute who claimed that she killed her victims in self-defense after they tried to rape her. Her story inspired the movie "Monster," which won Charlize Theron an Academy Award for her portrayal of Wuornos. Another infamous female serial killer is Elizabeth Bathory, a Hungarian noblewoman who was accused of torturing and killing young girls in the 16th century. She was known as the "Blood Countess" and was believed to have killed more than 650 victims. Bathory's story has inspired countless books, movies, and TV shows, making her one of the most notorious female killers in history. Other notable female serial killers include Mary Ann Cotton, who killed 21 people, including her own children, in the 19th century, and Belle Gunness, who is believed to have killed at least 14 people on her Indiana farm in the early 1900s. Although female serial

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