The multitude outside the courtroom in Phoenix exploded in cheers when the jury came back with “guilty” verdict in the capital murder case of Jodi Arias. Arias was convicted of an extremely heinous killing of boyfriend, Travis Alexander, by shooting him in the forehead, stabbing him 30 times and slicing his throat from ear to ear to the point of nearly decapitating him.
As if to further confirm her guilt, Arias did not say she would fight the conviction with appeals but rather stated in an interview after the trial that she’d rather die than spend the rest of her life in prison. Some are still reeling from the fact that a woman could commit such a gruesome, heartless act.
It wasn’t until modern times that the nation could wrap its brain around the concept that women could be responsible for perpetrating the type of cold-blooded killing sprees that seemed the sole domain of deranged men. Of course, many of the most notorious serial killers and mass murders are white males in their 20s or 30s such as Ted Bundy, Charles Manson and John Wayne Gacy.
But now we know better. Anyone can be a reprobate and no single gender or ethnicity has a monopoly on evil. Here are some of the worst female murderers and serial killers of all time with the help of criminaljusticeusa.com and ranker.com.
Aileen Wuornos was not born a Monster, as played brilliantly in an Academy Award-winning performance by Charlize Theron. As a child, Wuornos was repeatedly raped by her grandfather, who then passed her off to other men as a sex toy and was even made her have sex with her own brother. Somewhere along the way of this treacherous, horrific childhood, her mind snapped. She began getting in trouble for assault against various men and turned to prostitution for her means of support. She would hitchhike to pick up her johns, asking them to drive to a secluded place but instead of selling them sex, she would rob them at gunpoint. She murdered nine men before she was finally caught and sentenced to the death penalty.