Although half of all serial killers in the United States are semi-intelligent white men hovering just below middle age, we’ve already discussed how anybody can become a murderer. Men worldwide are responsible for 90 percent of these crimes. But hey, guess what? Women have found enjoyment in killing, too — and society gets a real kick out of telling their stories. But for some reason they fade away from memory faster. Here are a few notorious female serial killers you’ve probably forgotten about!
Judias Buenoano was the first woman executed since 1848 and only the third executed in the United States after the federal government reinstated capital punishment in 1976. Keep in mind that the U.S. hadn’t put anyone to death in 17 years before Trump ended the moratorium on capital punishment during the transition into the Biden presidency, something that had not occurred in over a century.
Buenoano was convicted after murdering her husband James Goodyear, son Michael Buenoano, boyfriend Bobby Joe Morris, and potentially two other murders as well.
Aileen Wuornos whacked at least seven men in only a year, shooting each one of them point-blank. According to statements she made after getting caught, every single one of those killings was in self-defense. Wuornos said she’d been working as a prostitute, and the men had all tried to rape her. She was tried and convicted for six of the deaths, and then sentenced to death.
Dorothea Puente was elderly herself, but that didn’t stop her from murdering elderly or mentally disabled boarders at the boarding house she ran in Sacramento, California. When she was discovered, she was quickly nicknamed the “Death House Landlady.” Authorities attributed at least nine deaths to her name, and noted that she would deposit the social security checks of the deceased in her own accounts. She died in prison at the age of 82 in 2011.
Juana Barraza was already popular when it was discovered that she was an avid killer of senior citizens. He was a Mexican professional wrestler nicknamed the “Old Lady Killer.” And that’s just what she did. After beating or strangling up to 48 elderly women (and burglarizing them too), she was finally caught in 2006. She was tried and found guilty for at least 16 of the murders.
Kristen Gilbert didn’t care whether a patient had a disability or not — she would inject victims with a fatal dose of epinephrine (which is a drug used to start hearts, not stop them). She did this at least four times successfully, and failed twice when working at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Massachusetts. Perhaps in order to add to the excitement of having killed someone, she would respond when the code was announced. She was convicted in 1998 and incarcerated for life at the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.