Turn the pages of history and you will come across a long list of villains, murderers and killers. You would be hardly surprised to find that most of such notorious characters are men. What about women? Are there any? Yes. Here is a list of the ten most evil women in our history.
1. Lizzie Borden - The Fall River Murders (July 19, 1860 – June 1, 1927)
On August 4, 1892, at the age of 32, Lizzie Borden, an unmarried English woman, brutally murdered her father and stepmother. The murders were famously named as The Fall River Murders, because they occurred in Fall River, Massachusetts in the United States. The trial of the murders gained much popularity with media’s involvement. The incident has achieved much hype in the American pop culture and criminology. Even though the only suspect to be held on trial was Lizzie Borden, yet in the American folklore she remains one of the most famous criminals. Moreover, till this date, no one knows for sure the real identity of the killer or killers.
2. Audrey Marie Hilley - Secrets and Lies (June 4, 1937 - February 26, 1987)
Audrey Marie Hilley lived in Alabama in the United States. She murdered her husband in 1975 and attempted to kill her daughter three years later. In both instances, she tried to do so by injecting arsenic. What really caused Audrey Marie Hilley to kill her near ones still remains an unsolved mystery. Most conspiracy theorists believe that it was for money, however, she did not gain much from her menacing endeavors. Audrey Marie Hilley was imprisoned for her sadistic and cruel crimes. On February 1987, the prison where she was incarcerated never got to see her again. Four days after her escape, she was found meandering outside in the marshes and soon died of hypothermia.
3. Valeria Messalina - A Roman Lolita (17/20 – 48)
Valeria Messalina was the third wife of the Roman Emperor Claudius. When she was the reigning empress, she was quite powerful and a highly influential woman of her time. She had a great reputation of immorality. The reason why she is listed as one of the most evil women in our history pages is because she conspired to kill her husband. Upon the discovery of her plot to murder her husband, she was executed.
4. Agrippina The Younger - Empress of Poison (15-59 AD)
She was a Roman Empress, known for her exquisite beauty. She was the great grand-daughter of the emperor Augustus. She was the fourth wife of Emperor Claudius. After the execution of Messalina, Agrippina saw it as a great opportunity to win Claudius’ heart and become the next Roman Empress. With time, Claudius became fond of her and married her. Agrippina being an intelligent and a cunning woman took the reins of power from Claudius as he was aged and nearing the end of his life. As time went by, Agrippina persuaded to adopt her son Nero from a previous marriage and make him the next Emperor of Rome. She guarded her own position at the Roman court by having all those women that Claudius praised, murdered. When she finally thought the time was right for Claudius to be removed from the throne, she did so by poisoning him.
5. Tz’u-Hsi - The Dragon Empress (29 November 1835 – 15 November 1908)
She was an extremely powerful figure who became the ruler of the Manchu Qing Dynasty in China for 48 long years. She was a conformist ruler. She did not bend towards establishing new reformist ways of ruling. She was extremely rigid and very arrogant in ruling the Qing Dynasty. Historians have redeemed her to be a despot and a complete villain who was the main reason for the fall of the Dynasty.
6. Queen Ranavalona I - Bloody Mary of Madagascar (1782 – 16 August 1861)
Ranavalona I, was Queen of Madagascar, after succeeding her husband Radama I when he died. During the time of her reign and even to date, she has been given the titles of the Bloody Mary of Madagascar, the Mad Queen and Wicked Queen. The colossal death of nearly more than half of the population, particularly due to torture during the time she ruled is seen as a rare cultural idiosyncrasy. Her aims of exterminating the Christian population are typically seen as a demonstration of her extreme madness, torture and death.
7. Mary Ann Cotton - The Black Widow (1832 – 1873)
Mary Ann Cotton, hanged in Durham in 1873 was a Victorian Black Widow. Killing for greed, she murdered her three husbands, step children, her mother and even twelve of her own children. In July 1832, Mary Ann Cotton was arrested after the disbelieving death of her son, Charles. She was held in a court for trial and was consequently hanged at Durham on March 24, 1873.
8. Marie Noe - An Unlucky Parent
Born in 1928, Marie Noe, an American national has been condemned for murdering eight of her children, in 1999. Amid 1949 and 1968, eight out of ten children of Marie Noe died surprisingly, most of the deaths were said to be caused by sudden infant death syndrome. All of her eight children were perfectly healthy at birth. Two of her other children died of causes that were seemingly natural. In June 1999, Marie Noe, pled guilty to all the eight murders of her children to second degree murder. She has been sentenced to twenty years’ probation.
9. Rose West - The House of Horror
Born to the Zodiac sign of Scorpio, Rosemary Pauline West was born on November 29th 1953 in a small British country-side town of Barnstaple. Rose is not your average serial killer. Her antics were gruesome and worth their mention to say the least about the diversity of an evil human mind. She is presently an inmate at HMP Low Newton, Brasside, Durham, after being convicted of 10 murders in 1995. HM Prison Low Newton is a Category A prison for female adults, juveniles and young offenders. After being convicted of 10 murders in 1995. She was married to a man by the name of Fred, who committed suicide in prison while awaiting trial. It is believed that he collaborated with her in the gruesome torture and murder of at least 10 young innocent women. What is even more appalling is that many are believed to have been murdered at the couples home in the British County of Gloucestershire. Out of all the murders Fred West is known to have carried out at-least 12 murders. However, Rosemary had no involvement in the first two, as she had not met Fred at the time.
10. Aileen Carol Wuornos - Damsel of Death (1956-2002)
Aileen Carol Wuornos was an American National who was convicted of being a serial killer, having brutally murdered seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990. In her appeal, she later claimed that she did so only in defense, as they raped or attempted to rape her while she was working as a prostitute. She was found guilty of six murders out of the seven, and was executed through a deadly injection on October 9, 2002.