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History has seen some incredible, cut-throat politics and lurid scandals, including the reign of Queen Elgiva: a teenage Saxon princess who was caught enjoying a threesome (along with her mother!), in the bed of King Eadwig, on the day of his coronation and at a time when he should have been discussing affairs of state with his noblemen and courtiers.
Elgiva faded from the pages of history just four years later when King Eadwig conveniently died (he was probably murdered) and was replaced by his brother Edgar.
King Eadwig (Public Domain)
Known as King Edgar the Peaceable (or Peaceful), he went on to rule for 20 years and, according to one historian, enjoyed a reign “singularly devoid of recorded incident.” This is not exactly true, as according to legend there was one very dark secret in Edgar’s life that was to have disastrous consequences for the Kingdom of England!
Eadwig’s brother, Edgar became King
The King’s Dark Secret
Edgar, in common with most Saxon kings of this era, practiced what we’d now call “serial monogamy.” Kings would only have one wife or mistress/concubine at a time, but they would be discarded – the consanguinity rules (viz that they were too closely related) were a popular way of ending no longer convenient marriages – and sent to a nunnery when the monarch took a fancy to another woman.
- The Wicked Queen and Her Scandalous Daughter: How Murder & Mayhem Took a Saxon Princess from Palace to Poverty
- Putting the Sex Back in Wessex: The Scandalous Reign of Queen Elgiva & Her Clash with a Demon-Fighting Bishop
- Witch of Eye Burned Alive at the Stake: Did She Use Black Magic to Bewitch a King in a Game of Thrones-Style Plot?
So, for example, Edgar had a relationship with a woman called Aethelflaed (Ethel) by whom he had a son Eadweard (Edward). Then he had a relationship with Wulfthryth (Wifrida) by whom he had a daughter Eadgyth (Edith). And then along came Aelfthryth (Elfrida) by whom he had two more sons: Edmund, who died while still an infant, and Aethelraed (Ethelred).
Edgar’s dark secret relates to how he first met and wooed Elfrida. The king had heard that an ealdorman (earl) called Ordgar, in what is now Devon, had a beautiful daughter whose mother was a member of the royal family of Wessex. As he was looking for a queen, Edgar commissioned an East Anglian thegn (thane/nobleman) called Aethelwold to visit her and offer her a royal marriage—if she really was as beautiful as everyone said.
She was as beautiful as everyone said but, concealing his true mission from both her and her parents, Aethelwold wooed and married the girl himself, reporting back to Edgar that Elfrida was a “vulgar and common-looking” and “unworthy of a royal marriage”.
Initially Edgar accepted this explanation, but as he continued to hear reports of her beauty, he decided to visit the happy couple himself. News of the pending royal visit threw Aethelwold into a panic and, while begging Elfrida to make herself as unattractive as possible and wear her plainest clothes, he inadvertently revealed how he had deceived both her and the king.
As all contemporary reports suggest Elfrida was an ambitious woman, the realization she had missed out on becoming queen did not go down at all well. Repaying Aethelwold’s deceit in kind, she agreed to appear dowdy, but she actually went in the opposite direction and was presented to the king wearing the Anglo-Saxon equivalent of hair extensions, spray tan, and a gown that showed plenty of cleavage and was split to the thigh.
The Gruesome Origins of Classic Fairy Tales
O nce upon a time, long before Gus Gus and Prince Charming, fairy tales were brimming with murder and torture. True love's kiss and happily ever afters were child's play for the writers that came before Walt Disney. Giambattista Basile, Hans Christian Andersen, J.M. Barrie and the Grimm Brothers much preferred a haunting tale over a romantic one, but a few of their most harrowing details have been lost in translation. Do you know Cinderella's wicked secret? How did Sleeping Beauty really wake up, and what's the price for the Little Mermaid's legs? What happened to Snow White's evil queen? Do you know why Peter Pan's Lost Boys never grew up? Keep reading to find out.
Illustration by Edmund Dulac
Cinderella can be traced back to China in 9th century A.D., but the western world first met the beloved beauty in 1634 when the story appeared in The Pentamerone by Italian writer Giambattista Basile. With over four centuries between Basile's story and Walt Disney's animated film, there were bound to be some changes to Cinderella's tale. like skipping over all the murder and bodily mutilation.
". she snaps her step-mother's neck with the lid of a dressing trunk."
In Basile's story, titled The Cat Cinderella, Cinderella's father was indeed a widower who remarried, but what modern adaptations don't tell us is that she in fact snaps her step-mother's neck with the lid of a dressing trunk. Sure, her governess told her to, but she's still a cold-blooded killer. Cinderella's conniving governess then marries Cinderella's father, widowed for a second time, and banishes Cinderella to the kitchen.
Basile's Cinderella is indeed granted a wish and attends a grand feast dressed as royalty. She does lose a slipper (though it's patent and fur, not glass) and she is indeed pursued by a dashing King. In Basile's version, the lost slipper fits Cinderella's foot and the murderer gets her happily ever after. In other early versions, such as Scotland's Rashin Coatie, Cinderella's step mother is a little more determined - she cuts off pieces of her daughters' feet so they might fit the lost slipper. In the Grimm Brothers' 18th century adaptation Aschenputtel, the sisters mutilate their own feet and songbirds peck out their eyes.
The 1950 Disney film was in fact based on French storyteller Charles Perrault's 1697 adaptation. Perrault, a storyteller to the French court, removed the vulgarities and added many magical elements, like the fairy godmother and the pumpkin coach. His Cinderella is as pure and innocent as they come.
Illustration by Edmund Dulac
Sleeping Beauty first appeared alongside The Cat Cinderella in Basile's Pentamerone. Then titled Sun, Moon, Talia, the 1634 story begins much the same as the animated Disney adaptation released in 1959. Upon birth, Princess Talia is cursed with the threat of a splinter, and, when grown, is pricked and falls into an eternal slumber. Heartbroken, her father lays her in a velvet chair and leaves the castle forever. Here's where things go awry.
Everyone knows Sleeping Beauty was awoken by true love's kiss, but Basile tells a different tale. A King from a nearby kingdom happened upon the abandoned castle and Talia's lifeless body. Taken by her beauty, the King raped and impregnated the slumbering princess. In her slumber, Talia gives birth to twins, Sun and Moon. Searching for breast milk, a baby sucks the splinter out of his mother's finger and she wakes up. The King returns to see Talia again and is delighted to discover the fruits of his conquest.
". the Queen discovers her husband's infidelities and orders his babies to be cooked and fed to him."
It's only a matter of time before the Queen discovers her husband's infidelities and orders his babies to be cooked and fed to him. Unbeknownst to the Queen, the cook hides the children and serves goat, instead. When the Queen attempts to throw Talia into a burning fire, the King intercepts and burns his wife alive. Talia marries the King and they live happily ever after as predator and wife.
It was Charles Perrault who introduced fairies to The Sleeping Beauty, or Little Briar Rose, and he replaced the married King with a dashing bachelor Prince. The Prince's mother took on the role of evil queen, and instead of feeding the twins to someone else, she threatened to eat them herself. When the Queen attempted to throw Sleeping Beauty into a pit of vipers the Prince herocially saved his bride while his mother jumped to her death.
The Little Mermaid
Illustration by Edmund Dulac
The Little Mermaid was created by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen in 1837, about 150 years before Ariel was singing Under the Sea with Sebastian and Flounder. Andersen's little mermaid endured a far grislier life than the bright-eyed Ariel we know, and her desire to be human is far more dramatic than Disney lets on.
They say everything's better where it is wetter, but in 1837 our little mermaid certainly didn't think so. Andersen's mermaids were soulless creatures destined to dissolve into sea foam when they died, whereas humans were promised a beautiful afterlife. Terrified of her abysmal fate, the little mermaid wanted nothing more than a human soul, but as her grandmother explained to her, the only way a mermaid can grow a soul is to wed a man who loves her more than anything, and should the man not marry her, she will die. An impossible task for a girl with a fish tail, no?
"As if the pain of a sword passing through her wasn't enough, the witch cuts off the little mermaid's tongue for payment."
When the little mermaid spots a handsome dark-haired prince on shore, her desire to be human only worsens, and as desperate times call for desperate measures, the mermaid visits the Sea Witch to strike a deal, but first she must travel through thousands of polypi, who cling to anything including skeletons and a mermaid they had caught and strangled.
Without even asking her wish, the Sea Witch offers the little mermaid a draught that will give her legs at a high cost: I will prepare a draught for you, with which you must swim to land tomorrow before sunrise, and sit down on the shore and drink it. Your tail will then disappear, and shrink up into what mankind calls legs, and you will feel great pain, as if a sword were passing through you. at every step you take it will feel as if you were treading upon sharp knives, and that the blood must flow. If you will bear all this, I will help you.
As if the pain of a sword passing through her wasn't enough, the witch cuts off the little mermaid's tongue for payment.
What follows is nothing but heart break. The prince loves the little mermaid, but not more than anything, and he marries another woman. The only way the little mermaid can save herself from her imminent death is to stab the prince to death, but she refuses, ending her life on earth and ocean.
Illustration by Franz Jüttner
Walt Disney's 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarves closely resembles early versions by Giambattista Basile and the Grimm Brothers, but just a few small tweaks turn this tale from charming to gruesome.
In some early versions, the Evil Queen is in fact Snow White's biological mother which makes her behavior all the more sinister. Disney didn't censor the Evil Queen's attempted murders, but this text from the Brothers Grimm story is horrifying: Finally she summoned a huntsman and said to him, 'Take Snow White out into the woods to a remote spot, and stab her to death. As proof that she is dead bring her lungs and her liver back to me. I shall cook them with salt and eat them.'
Now imagine that Snow White is the Queen's own flesh and blood: Just then a young boar came running by. He killed it, cut out its lungs and liver, and took them back to the queen as proof of Snow White's death. She cooked them with salt and ate them, supposing that she had eaten Snow White's lungs and liver.
"They put a pair of iron shoes into the fire until they glowed, and she had to put them on and dance in them. Her feet were terribly burned, and she could not stop until she had danced herself to death."
In the end Snow White does get her happily every after, and when the Evil Queen attends her wedding, Snow White tortures her to death: They put a pair of iron shoes into the fire until they glowed, and she had to put them on and dance in them. Her feet were terribly burned, and she could not stop until she had danced herself to death.
How's that for sweet revenge?
Illustration by Arthur Rackham
Peter Pan debuted as an infant in The Little White Bird, a novel written by J.M. Barrie for adults in 1902. Readers loved Pan, and his popularity led Barrie to write the 1904 play Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. The play, starring the likes of Captain Cook and Tinkerbell, was later adapted into the well-known book.
". and when they seem to be growing up, which is against the rules, Peter thins them out."
We know Peter doesn't want to grow up, but what Disney doesn't mention is the length to which he's willing to go to fight it. In Barrie's works, Pan is more villainous than mischievous. This excerpt is particularly chilling: The boys on the island vary, of course, in numbers, according as they get killed and so on and when they seem to be growing up, which is against the rules, Peter thins them out but at this time there were six of them, counting the twins as two.
If it's not explicit enough for our readers, let us summarize: Peter kills the Lost Boys to keep them from aging.
While we like to think of Pan as obsessed with youthfulness, in fact, he's obsessed with death. It's believed this comes from Barrie's own childhood experience of losing his brother. Barrie's work includes grisly scenes, including Wendy nearly dying after being shot with an arrow, Peter being left to drown, and Hook being eaten by a crocodile. To die would be an awfully big adventure, says Peter Pan in one of the novel's most famous lines.
Being burned at the stake was typical punishment for heresy.
Protestants being burnt at the stake during the Reign of Queen Mary I.
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First, it’s important to understand that heresy was considered by all of early modern Europe to be an infection of the body politic that had to be erased so as not to poison society at large. All over Europe, the punishment for heresy was not only death, but also the total destruction of the heretic’s corpse to prevent the use of their body parts for relics. Therefore, most heretics were burned and their ashes thrown into the river and Mary’s choice of burning was completely standard practice for the period.
Her sister, Elizabeth I, was a little more savvy: in her reign those convicted of practicing Catholicism by training as priests or sheltering them were convicted as traitors and punished accordingly, by being hanged and quartered. The idea behind the different crimes was that, while people could dispute religious belief, no one could ever possibly agree that treason was permissible.
If one person can be held responsible for Mary’s reputation, however, it is the Protestant “martyrologist,” John Foxe. His bestselling work, The Actes and Monuments, better known as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, was a detailed account of each and every martyr who died for his or her faith under the Catholic Church. It was first published in 1563, and went through four editions in Foxe’s lifetime alone, testament to its popularity.
The 1555 execution of Bishop Nicholas Ridley and Father Hugh Latimer, as depicted in the "Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe.
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Although the work covered the early Christian martyrs, the medieval Inquisition, and the suppressed Lollard heresy, it was the persecutions under Mary I that got, and still receive, the most attention. This was partly due to the custom-made, highly detailed woodcuts depicting the gruesome torture and burning of Protestant martyrs, surrounded by flames. In the first, 1563 edition, 30 out of the 57 illustrations depict executions under Mary&aposs reign.
The power of Foxe’s work arose also because of the intensely poignant way in which those martyrs were alleged to have gone to their fates. Whether his sources were accurate or not (and many believe they were not always entirely accurate), it is hard to not feel emotion at this typical account of some of the early Marian martyrs, the bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley:
“Then brought they a fagot kindled with fyre, and layd the same downe at D[octor]. Ridleyes feete. To whom M. Latymer spake in this maner: of good comfort M[aster]. Ridley, and play the man: we shall this day lyght such a candle by Gods grace in England, as (I trust) shall neuer be put out.’”
As the fire took hold, Latimer was suffocated and died quickly, but poor Ridley was not so fortunate. The wood burned too furiously against his feet and so he writhed in agony and repeatedly cried out, “‘Lord haue mercy vpon me, intermedling this cry, let the fyre come vnto me, I cannot burne.’”
Elfrida: The First Crowned Queen of England
Source: Free copy from Amberley Publishing for the purpose of review.
Elizabeth Norton embarks on a historical figure that sparse solid information is known. The history that has been passed down through the ages is Elfrida is believed to have murdered her step-son. She may not have held the weapon, but is believed to have been involved in the plotting. Norton wanted to look past Elfrida&aposs infamous past and find other "attributes" that would define her, this was not an easy task.
Elfrida is the La Source: Free copy from Amberley Publishing for the purpose of review.
Elizabeth Norton embarks on a historical figure that sparse solid information is known. The history that has been passed down through the ages is Elfrida is believed to have murdered her step-son. She may not have held the weapon, but is believed to have been involved in the plotting. Norton wanted to look past Elfrida's infamous past and find other "attributes" that would define her, this was not an easy task.
Elfrida is the Latin name for the old English name AElfthryth. She was born in the mid 940s. Her father was a wealthy land owner. As an only daughter it is acknowledged she was spoiled. Married twice to men who were attracted to her beauty. Elfrida gave birth to three sons. She lived to be an elderly woman. Her personality was assertive, bold, ambitious, head-strong, arrogant. As a result she offended people. Elfrida's strong personality in an age when women were to be submissive and obedient rubbed people the wrong way and helped create a tarnished legacy.
Norton utilized the writings of a historian named Geoffrey Gaimar (1100s).
I'm impressed with Norton's ability to write a biography on a historical character that is both notorious and slight on information. She poured through records, especially from the Anglo-Saxon chronicle of Gaimar. Carefully she ascribed her work. It would have been easy to write a book on the authors thoughts and leanings instead Norton focused on the facts. She is transparent is stating when something was a probability, or fact.
A strong point of this book is it gave me a better view of life in England during the later years of the Viking raids and before William the Conqueror invaded. These ancient Saxon years when men were valiant and women were damsels. Elfrida was not what I would call a damsel, but an audacious noblewoman and queen.
In 10th century England, the wife of the king was not necessarily crowned and anointed. This is a much deserved biography on the first queen of England to be crowned, Elfrida (aka Ælfthryth, Alfrida, or Elfthryth) who is better remembered for the accusations against her of murdering her step-son to put her own son on the throne. The third wife of Edgar the Peaceful, she was a key figure in the strengthening of the Church in England, and as regent for her young son.
Due to a lack of primary source In 10th century England, the wife of the king was not necessarily crowned and anointed. This is a much deserved biography on the first queen of England to be crowned, Elfrida (aka Ælfthryth, Alfrida, or Elfthryth) who is better remembered for the accusations against her of murdering her step-son to put her own son on the throne. The third wife of Edgar the Peaceful, she was a key figure in the strengthening of the Church in England, and as regent for her young son.
Due to a lack of primary sources, biographies on women of early English history often wind up being more about the people and events around them then about the women themselves, but that did not feel like the case here. Never dull or dry, it gave a thorough view on who Elfrida was and why she not only deserves her own biography, but deserves to be given the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the accusations of murder against her. It really illuminates this period of history too, giving you a complete picture of the politics of the time.
This biography proves that Elfrida's much overlooked story is ripe for a historical drama.
Generally, I’m a sucker for English history, esp when I know little about the subject. I had never heard of Elfrida, the Anglo-Saxon, first crowned Queen of England. She is apparently famous for murdering her stepson so that her own son could be king, and for tenth-century religious reform. Quite an unlikely combo in one woman!
It turns out that little is known about Elfrida, so the book is slim and the amount of factual information is even slimmer. What is known could have been presented less d Generally, I’m a sucker for English history, esp when I know little about the subject. I had never heard of Elfrida, the Anglo-Saxon, first crowned Queen of England. She is apparently famous for murdering her stepson so that her own son could be king, and for tenth-century religious reform. Quite an unlikely combo in one woman!
It turns out that little is known about Elfrida, so the book is slim and the amount of factual information is even slimmer. What is known could have been presented less drily as well. Elfrida sounds like a prototype for George RR Martin’s Cersei Lannister in this book, we barely meet Elfrida, much less develop any feeling for her, love or hate. . more
I thought this was fairly well done given the fact that there&aposs not really any source material to go on. It was interesting.
Frustrating because everyone&aposs names kept blending together and there actually had to be a family tree made at one point, but otherwise, no real complaints. I thought this was fairly well done given the fact that there's not really any source material to go on. It was interesting.
Frustrating because everyone's names kept blending together and there actually had to be a family tree made at one point, but otherwise, no real complaints. . more
This isn&apost a bad book, but it does suffer a few shortcomings. These are structural and historical.
It doesn&apost stay focussed on Ælfthryth that much, but is a life and times. Some background is useful, but you don&apost come away feeling that you know that much more about her than you did at the beginning.
The spelling of names. Norton simplifies these, which can be seen as either making it more accessible to people, or dumbing down. Take your pick. However, Elfrida isn&apost that much more alien This isn't a bad book, but it does suffer a few shortcomings. These are structural and historical.
It doesn't stay focussed on Ælfthryth that much, but is a life and times. Some background is useful, but you don't come away feeling that you know that much more about her than you did at the beginning.
The spelling of names. Norton simplifies these, which can be seen as either making it more accessible to people, or dumbing down. Take your pick. However, Elfrida isn't that much more alien to most folk than Ælfthryth and Ethelred not a zillion miles from Æthelræd and it would be better if she were more consistent, as in the quotes from original sources, the original spellings are maintained.
There are no maps showing the location of significant places in relation to each other, no time line showing events and above all no genealogical tables, which for a book that focuses so much on family relationships is a real missed opportunity.
Whilst not full of spelling mistake and grammatical issues, there are still things such as Ecgwynn being spelt correctly once, but rendered as Ecgwyna the next couple of times and a monastery having clerks instead of clerics. Insert your own scriptorium gag in triplicate here.
There are also a few oddities like the Morgengifu being described, but not actually named and a murderous 9th century Queen of Wessex described, but also not named, only to be actually named in another chapter (Eadburh wife of Beorhtric who married in 789 and was probably better described as 8th Century). Neither are big issues, but could have just been dealt with a little bit better.
At times it becomes a sea of names, similar names and although I followed who was who, I've read a few books on Anglo-Saxon history, but to new comers, it must be quite a challenge to remember who is who.
There is a lot of supposition in this book, such as saying that: Ælfthryth's father in law was a man used to getting his own way and 'Given that Ælfthryth was unlikely to tolerate another queen at court'. Neither have their place in a history book and there are more of these.
There are also some inaccuracies, such as losing a generation when describing who was a great-great-grandson, although she does get that correct a few paragraphs later, so this is also an editing issue.
She mentions Ælfweard being murdered – but I think she was actually thinking of the claims that Edwin was murdered (something she takes more seriously than many). In a similar vein, she gives the late stories of Edith being approached to rule more weight than most would, too.
Norton believes that Æthelræd's first wife is unknown, but it was Ælfgifu.
Norton uses a lot of late and self evidently problematic sources and I can understand why given the paucity of material on Ælfthryth. She does comment on their reliability, but after a while you get a bit fed up with reading something that you know is of limited historical value to the period and is more of a guide as to how she was seen much later. Other people may see this as being close to filler.
On the positive side, Norton is pretty decent on the role of women in later Anglo-Saxon England. She also quotes original sources and it doesn't feel as if it's been patched up from just reading the works of other historians. It's a valiant effort to write about a poorly sourced person, even if I don't think it really comes off. . more
Disney skipped over what happens with those organs
In this Disney version, the Queen asks for Snow White's heart, but it's never stated that it's for anything other than proof of Snow White's untimely demise. She seems to just kind of . hang on to it, presumably because she's an evil monarch and that's just what evil monarchs do. After the Magic Mirror calls it out as a fake, though, it never comes back up in the rest of the movie. Presumably she disposes of it before heading out to try to kill Snow White herself.
However, the fairy tale version of the Queen wants Snow White's organs, her lungs and liver, for a far more disturbing reason. She intends to cook them and eat them. Yes, really. The Queen wants to kill Snow White, then cannibalize her remains, which is pretty monstrous, even for the Brothers Grimm.
The Huntsman delivers the lungs and liver, and the Queen has the castle cook boil them with salt, and then she eats them. Yeah, she thinks she's consuming her stepdaughter's insides. The fact that the organs came from a boar is really just incidental. The Queen, conscientiously and with premeditated thought, planned to eat an innocent girl's entrails just because she was prettier than her. That is next-level messed up, and it makes an already evil bad guy absolutely barbaric.
The 52 minutes long TV film which was the basic pilot to the show covered 4 cases of women throughout history who committed murders by poison. The TV film was narrated by Marsha Crenshaw.
Pilot: 2003 Edit
|Ep||No.||Title||Directed by:||Written by:||Original air date|
|0||0||"Poisonous Women"||Chris Thorburn||TBA||October 21, 2003 ( 2003-10-21 )|
|Between 1927-1954, Nannie Doss poisoned to death 4 of her husbands, 2 of her kids, her mother, one of her mothers-in-law and 2 of her grandsons. She received the nickname "The Giggling Granny" because she seemed to giggle when she confessed the murders. Avoiding the death penalty because of her gender, she was sentenced to life in prison on May 17, 1955, and remained in prison until she died 10 years later, in 1965. |
In the United Kingdom during the early 1870s, Mary Ann Cotton murdered by poison 21 people, including 3 of her husbands, her mother, a lover, a friend and 12 children, 11 of them were her own. She was executed by hanging at the age of 40 on March 24, 1873.
In 1996, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northampton, Massachusetts, nurse Kristen Gilbert injected poison into 6 of her patients, causing the death of 4 of them. She was sentenced to life in prison without parole on March 27, 2001, and is currently serving her sentence at Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas.
In Australia, Annmarie Hughes attempted to murder her husband by poison she made of her potted plant, but eventually, the poison didn't make it into his heart and he survived. Remorseful, she turned herself into the police, but was eventually acquitted, for the facts that her husband didn't die and she did regret her actions.
Each of the three original episodes covered the cases of various groups of men who were united by the central theme of the episode. These three episodes of the show were narrated by Marsha Crenshaw.
Season 1: 2005 Edit
|Ep||No.||Title||Directed by:||Written by:||Original air date|
|1||1||"Obsession"||Chris Thorburn||TBA||February 8, 2005 ( 2005-02-08 )|
|Elizabeth Báthory was a Hungarian noblewoman in the 16th century. According to legend, Báthory murdered as many as 650 young women, because she believed that bathing in their blood would preserve her youth. Báthory, who became known as the "Blood Countess", was imprisoned in 1609. |
In Romania during the 1920s and 1930s, Vera Renczi poisoned her husbands, lovers, and her son with arsenic before placing their bodies in zinc-lined coffins in her wine cellar.
In New Orleans during the early 19th century, French socialite Delphine LaLaurie beat, tortured, and performed medical experiments on slaves in the basement of her mansion.
In the state of Washington, Linda Burfield Hazzard, a quack doctor and a self-proclaimed "fasting specialist", believed she could heal her patients through exhausting diets and starvation. Hazzard's practice of starvation resulted in the death of a visiting English heiress in 1911 and many others. Linda died by using the fasting diet on herself in 1938.
|2||2||"Greed"||Chris Thorburn||TBA||February 15, 2005 ( 2005-02-15 )|
|In the early 1900s, on a small farm in La Porte, Indiana, Norwegian immigrant Belle Gunness used strychnine to poison her boyfriends before feeding their remains to the hogs. Gunness's motive was to collect life insurance, cash and other valuables from her victims. |
Between 1907 and 1917, in Windsor, Connecticut, nursing home proprietor Amy Archer-Gilligan purchased life insurance policies on her elderly residents before poisoning them with arsenic.
In Cordele, Georgia, in the 1960s, Janie Lou Gibbs poisoned her three sons, her grandson, and her husband for the purpose of collecting life insurance.
During the 1880s in Liverpool, England, sisters Catherine Flannigan and Margaret Higgins poisoned their family members in an attempt to claim insurance payouts. The two sisters became known as "The Black Widows of Liverpool". Catherine and Margaret were executed by hanging in 1884.
|3||3||"Revenge"||Chris Thorburn||TBA||February 22, 2005 ( 2005-02-22 )|
|In 2000, Katherine Knight, who has borderline personality disorder, stabbed her partner John Price before dismembering him and using parts of his body to cook a stew Knight was later sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, becoming the first woman in Australia to receive that sentence. |
Blanche Taylor Moore used arsenic poisoning to kill people close to her for over 20 years. She repeatedly poisoned her boyfriend, Raymond Reid. She was later sentenced to death.
In 1955, bar hostess Ruth Ellis shot her boyfriend, David Blakey, to death after he punched her in the stomach and caused her to miscarry. She was the last woman to be executed in the United Kingdom.
The Lainz Angels of Death murdered at least 38 of their patients between 1983 and 1989 by morphine overdose or by forcing water down their lungs.
Deadly Women resumed production of Season 2 in 2008, with slight changes. There is a new narrator, Lynnanne Zager, and each episode now features three cases instead of four.
Season 2: 2008–09 Edit
|Ep||No.||Title||Directed by:||Written by:||Original air date|
|1||4||"Thrill Kills"||John Mavety||Paul Hawker||December 24, 2008 ( 2008-12-24 )|
|Melinda Loveless, Laurie Tackett, Hope Rippey and Toni Lawrence – On January 10, 1992, Loveless, with the help of the 3 other schoolgirls, kidnapped, tortured, and murdered 12-year-old Shanda Sharer in Madison, Indiana. Lawrence, the only one who refused to participate in the murder, was sentenced to 20 years, but was released on parole on December 14, 2000 Rippey was sentenced to 60 years, but was released on parole on April 28, 2006 Tackett, who also participated in the physical violence towards Sharer, was sentenced to 60 years, but was released on parole on January 11, 2018, the 26th anniversary of Sharer's death and Loveless, the one who led the whole murder, was sentenced to 60 years in prison, but she was released on parole on September 5, 2019. |
Brenda Spencer – On January 29, 1979, when she was 16 years old, Spencer opened fire on a schoolyard in San Diego, killing the principal and custodian and wounding eight children and a police officer. She told a reporter that she did it because she did not "like Mondays" (the case inspired the song "I Don't Like Mondays" by Irish punk rock group The Boomtown Rats). She was sentenced to 25 years to life. Spencer has been denied parole four times.
Tracey Wigginton – In Brisbane, Australia, in 1989, an obsession with the occult culminates in a murder. Wiggington was sentenced to life in prison, but was released on parole on January 11, 2012.
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|Diane Downs – On May 19, 1983, in Springfield, Oregon, Downs shot her three children, killing one of them. She was pursuing a romantic relationship with a married man who didn't want children and refused to leave his wife. She was sentenced to life imprisonment. |
Martha Wise – In Medina County, Ohio in 1925, Wise, who was mentally ill, poisoned three of her family members to death and injured more than a dozen with arsenic. She was sentenced to life in prison and died in 1971.
Valerie Parashumti and Jessica Stasinowsky – On December 18, 2006, in Perth, Australia, the couple drugged, bludgeoned, and strangled their 16-year-old flatmate Stacey Mitchell to death, after only knowing Stacey for three days. Both women pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 24 years in prison.
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|Sylvia Seegrist – Driven by a rage from untreated schizophrenia, Sylvia Seegrist opened fire on innocent shoppers in a Philadelphia-area mall on October 30, 1985. She has three consecutive life sentences. |
Christina Marie Riggs- On November 4, 1997, in Sherwood, Arkansas, Riggs smothered her own children and attempted suicide afterwards. Riggs was executed in May of 2000.
Bobbie Sue Dudley – In St. Petersburg, Florida, Dudley (a registered nurse with Münchausen syndrome by proxy) murdered 12 nursing home residents by overdosing them with insulin injections. She was found guilty of second degree murder and was sentenced to 65 years in prison, but died in prison during her sentence.
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|Judy Buenoano – Over a 12-year period, the Starke, Florida-based serial killer murdered her husband and son and attempted to murder a second husband to claim on insurance policies that she had set up in advance. Buenoano was executed in the electric chair on March of 1998. |
Eugenia Falleni – Born a woman, but living as a man under the name "Harry Crawford" in conservative turn-of-the-20th century Sydney, Australia, Falleni killed her partner, Annie Birkett, in 1917 to keep her true gender concealed. She also attempted to murder Annie's son, also named Harry. She was sentenced to death in 1920, but was released from prison after 11 years and lived the rest of her life as a cisgender woman.
Genene Anne Jones – In Kerrville, Texas, the pediatric nurse killed as many as 46 infants left in her care between 1980 and 1982. She was originally given a 99-year sentence. However, due to developments in the case since this episode originally aired, she may be released as early as 2018. UPDATE: In April 2018, a judge denied a request to dismiss five new murder indictments against Jones.  On January 16, 2020, Jones pleaded guilty to the murder of 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer on December 12, 1981 as part of a plea deal in which four other charges were dropped.   She was sentenced to life in prison. She won't be eligible for parole until she's roughly 87 years old. 
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|Beverley Allitt – In 1991, the British nurse murdered four children and injured five others by injecting them with insulin or potassium, causing cardiac arrest. Allitt has to serve a minimum of 30 years. |
Stella Maudine Nickell – In 1986, the Seattle-based nurse poisoned her husband and an innocent shopper by planting cyanide-laced pain-relief capsules on drug store shelves in an intricate plan to cash in her husband's life insurance policies. Nickell has a 90-year sentence.
Kathleen Folbigg – On a killing spree that lasted from 1989 until 1999, the Australian serial killer murdered four of her children by suffocating them. She is serving a 30-year sentence.
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|Aileen Carol Wuornos – The famed Monster serial killer shot and killed seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990. Wuornos was executed in October of 2002. |
Dorothea Puente ran a boarding home and preyed on her guests in Sacramento during the 1980s. Puente was accused of poisoning her victims, stealing their Social Security checks, then burying seven of their bodies in her backyard. Puente is sentenced to life in prison and maintained that she was innocent until her death on March 27, 2011.
Anna Marie Hahn, a German immigrant, killed fellow Germans in Cincinnati during the 1930s. Hahn poisoned her victims and stole money from them, killing five people. She was executed in the electric chair on December of 1938.
Season 3: 2009–10 Edit
Mary Bell – Bell strangled 4-year-old Martin Brown to death on May 25, 1968, just one day before her 11th birthday, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom. Two months later, at age 11, Bell murdered 3-year-old Brian Howe with her friend Norma Bell (no relation). Norma was acquitted, but Mary was convicted and sentenced to life in prison however, she was released in 1980 at age 23.
Holly Harvey – In Fayetteville, Georgia, troubled teen lovers Holly Harvey and Sandra Ketchum are forbidden from seeing one another by Holly's grandparents. Holly resents her grandparents and their strict rules, and with the help of Sandra, the two teens decide to murder the elderly couple by stabbing them to death on August 2, 2004. Both girls are sentenced to life in prison with parole, Sandra after 14 years and Holly after 20 years.
Paula Cooper – In Gary, Indiana, Cooper and her friends robbed 78-year-old Bible teacher Ruth Pelke under the pretense of asking for Bible lessons. Upon allowing the girls into her home, Ruth Pelke is brutally stabbed to death by Paula Cooper in 1985. Paula was sentenced to death, later commuted to 60 years behind bars.
Eva Coo / Martha Clift – In 1934, they drove Henry Wright, a coworker and disabled man she vowed to take care of, to an isolated location in Oneonta, New York. There, Eva bludgeoned him with a mallet and Martha ran over him with a car. Coo and Clift's motive for murder was simply to collect the life insurance that had been purchased on Wright. Clift's confession saved her from the death penalty and she received 13 years in prison. Coo was executed by the electric chair in June 1935.
Celeste Beard – In Austin, Texas, Beard conspired to murder her husband, a retired television executive and self-made multi-millionaire, in order to get his $50,000,000 fortune, with her lover Tracey Tarlton, whom she manipulated to shoot her husband. Beard maintained her innocence and will be eligible for parole on April 1, 2042 at the age of 79.
Sarah Makin – In Australia during the 19th century, Sarah and her husband John murdered innocent infants while collecting money from the children's mothers, relocating often to avoid detection. Sarah was sentenced to life in prison, was released in 1911. Makin passed away on September 13, 1918 at the age of 72. John was hanged on August 15, 1893 at the age of 48.
J.R. Richardson – In Medicine Hat, Alberta, "J.R.", age 12, and her 23-year-old boyfriend Jeremy Steinke brutally slaughtered her parents and brother, Marc, Debra and Tyler Jacob Richardson, so they can run off together.  J.R. was given a 10-year sentence.
Sharee Miller – The businesswoman from Flint, Michigan used the Internet as a tool to manipulate her lover, police officer Jerry Cassaday, into killing her husband, Bruce, in 1999. Cassaday committed suicide and Sharee's sentence was life without parole.
Kristin Rossum – The Memphis, Tennessee-based toxicologist murdered her husband in order to hide her affair with her boss and addiction to crystal meth in 2000, staging the murder as a scene from the movie American Beauty. She is serving life without parole.
Myra Hindley – In the middle of the 1960s in the United Kingdom, Myra and her sadistic boyfriend Ian Brady murdered five children, burying their victims in the couple's favorite place – the English moors. The couple was sentenced to life in prison, and Myra died in prison on November 15, 2002. Ian Brady died in Ashworth Hospital on May 15, 2017.
Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten – In August 1969, the three women slaughtered seven prominent people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate, in the Hollywood hills. All three women were disciples of infamous cult leader Charles Manson. Initially sentenced to death, the group's sentence was commuted to life in prison. Charles Manson died in prison on November 19, 2017. Susan Atkins died on September 24, 2009 and Krewinkel and Van Houten were denied parole multiple times as they "pose a danger to the public".
Tania Herman – In 2005 in Australia, Herman killed Maria Korp, the wife of her lover Joe Korp, because Joe had asked her to do so.
Lisa M. Montgomery – In 2004 in Melvern, Kansas, she faked a pregnancy, and to avoid being exposed, she murdered a pregnant woman so she could steal her unborn baby. The baby girl survived and was safely returned to her father when police caught Montgomery the next day at her home. Montgomery received a death sentence. UPDATE: Lisa Montgomery was executed by lethal injection on January 13, 2021.
Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme – The best friends were so obsessed with each other and their fantasy world, they killed Parker's mother in Christchurch, New Zealand to protect their friendship in 1954. They were arrested and since they were too young to face the death penalty, they each served five years, and were released separately.
Catherine Birnie was hopelessly in love with a sexually sadistic serial killer and became one herself the two of them killed four people in 1986. Both were sentenced to four terms of life imprisonment. David died in 2005.
Rosemary West – In a period spanning almost 30 years, West and her husband raped, tortured and murdered at least 11 women in the United Kingdom before burying them under their backyard. Fred committed suicide. Rosemary was sentenced to life in prison.
Martha Beck – On Long Island, Beck helps her boyfriend trick women, and three lives (two women and a toddler) are cut short as a result. Martha Beck was executed in the electric chair on March 7, 1951. Her execution was one of the most gruesome in history, requiring four applications of electricity before she was pronounced dead.
Erika Grace Sifrit – goes to Ocean City, Maryland with her husband Benjamin, invites a couple back to her condo, and murders them together with her husband. Erika is sentenced to life in prison, and Benjamin is sentenced to 38 years.
Barbara Opel – In a 2001 murder that took place in Everett, Washington, Opel talked children (including her own daughter, Heather) into brutally murdering a helpless old man who generously helped them during trying times. Heather was sentenced to 22 years and Barbara to life without parole.
Kate Bender – The Wild West murderer was prepared to help her family of serial killers, killing lodgers and robbing them. She would flirt and talk to the victim, while one of the male family members whacked the victim from behind with a hammer Kate would then kill them by slitting their throats. It is unknown what happened to the Benders.
Sante Kimes – The grifter led her son Kenny into a life of crime in Oklahoma City, and they left a trail of frauds, scams, bills, and bodies behind them. Sante was sentenced to 125 years in prison and Kenny was sentenced to 120 years.
Season 4: 2010 Edit
Karla Faye Tucker – The angry and vengeful drug addict and prostitute used a pick axe to murder her friend's abusive boyfriend and a woman he was having a one-night stand with in Houston. Upon being sentenced to death, however, she experienced a profound spiritual change that transformed her and other people who came into contact with her. Pope John Paul II, among many other spiritual leaders and lay people, requested her sentence be commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Then-Governor George W. Bush refused to do so, thus making her execution one of the most controversial in United States history. She was executed in February of 1998.
Jessica McCord – She lured her ex-husband and his wife into a trap where her current husband Jeff would shoot them both in Hoover, Alabama. Jessica and Jeff both received life in prison.
Clara Harris – Responds to her husband's ongoing affair with his receptionist by attacking them in Nassau Bay, Texas at a four-star hotel and running over him with her car in the parking lot. Her sentence was a 20-year sentence with a $10,000 fine.
Griselda Blanco – The infamous drug lord had roughly 100 people murdered by her hand or her order during the Drug Wars in Miami, but outdid herself by putting a contract on one of her hitmen and killing his two-year-old son by mistake in a drive-by. Blanco received a 10-year prison sentence.
Barbara Graham – Pistol-whipped a lonely widow to death in Oakland, California, turning what was supposed to be a robbery into a murder. She was executed in 1955.
Juanita Spinelli – A woman who proclaimed herself to be the "Queen of Thieves" fostered young teens and taught them to become her henchmen, but when they accidentally kill an innocent man, she murdered one of her helpers to keep him from talking. Spinelli was executed in 1941 at the age of 52.
Mary Winkler – A preacher's wife, Winkler shoots her sleeping husband in Selmer, Tennessee, claiming she was subjected to physical, sexual and emotional abuse. After a trial that gained national attention, her sentencing would become one that would divide the nation. She was charged with manslaughter and now is released and has full custody of her three daughters.
Season 5: 2011–12 Edit
Christina Walters – In Fayetteville, North Carolina, this 20-year-old defied the odds by becoming a gang leader and attempted to earn the Crips' tear tattoo under an eye, meaning that they have killed. As a deadly initiation, Christina and her gang kidnapped three women in two separate abductions and shot them like lambs to the slaughter. The seemingly senseless murders would have remained unsolved if it were not for one thing – one woman was still alive. Walters was sentenced to death.
Judith Neelley – At age 15, she married her husband Alvin, and they immediately began a crime spree. After being released on armed robbery charges, Judith and Alvin commit the most heinous of crimes by abducting, raping, torturing and murdering two people, one of them Lisa Ann Millican, a 13-year-old girl, in Fort Payne, Alabama and 22 year old Janice Kay Chatman. One extraordinary breakthrough led to an eyewitness confession and one detail ultimately led to their arrest. Both Neelleys were sentenced to death, which later was commuted to life. Alvin died in prison in 2005.
Tiffany Cole – In Jacksonville, Florida, Tiffany Ann Cole, her boyfriend, Michael Jackson, and friends, Bruce Nixon and Alan Wade kidnapped and buried alive an elderly couple who had helped care for her as her father was dying from terminal cancer and stole their money. Upon their arrest and conviction, Jackson, Cole and Wade were all sentenced to death and Nixon, who agreed to lead authorities to the gravesite and testify against his cohorts, is serving 45 years.
Shonda Dee Walter – Seeking initiation into the notorious street gang, the Bloods, Shonda Dee Walter butchered a Pearl Harbor survivor with an ax without mercy in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Walter received a death sentence, and in August 2016, her sentence was commuted to life without parole.
Lydia Sherman – A mother and wife laced food and drinks with arsenic in Burlington, New Jersey, killing three husbands and all of her children. Sherman got a life sentence.
Paula Sims – A young mother murdered her two young daughters in Brighton, Illinois, but let her son live due to her personal view that the girls were unwanted. Sims is not eligible for parole.
Darlie Routier – Jealous of the attention given to her children, a Rowlett, Texas housewife stabbed two of her sons and staged a break-in to get that attention back. She now awaits execution on Texas' death row.
Frances Elaine Newton – In 1987, Frances cold-heartedly shot her husband and two young children for their life insurance money. She was executed in September of 2005 by the state of Texas.
Louise Peete – A Southern belle shot and killed multiple partners, leaving a trail of blood and bodies behind her before the state takes her life in the gas chamber.
Jane Dorotik – Instead of divorce, horse owner Jane Dorotik chose to murder her husband so she would not have to share the money she planned on using for her own ranch. Dorotik is serving a 25-year sentence.
In order to kill her father through a hitman, Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong coerced an acquaintance to rob a bank for her under the pretense that he was a hostage and had a bomb around his neck, although he was unaware that the bomb was real. Armstrong was sentenced to life without parole and died in prison on April 4, 2017.
Rosie Alfaro stabbed her friend's nine-year-old sister over 50 times in Anaheim, California to rob the house and then trade the items and money stolen in exchange for drugs and booze. Rosie is sentenced to death.
Amber Cummings, a woman from Belfast, Maine, shot her abusive, white supremacist, child-pornography-watching, Nazi-obsessed husband to save her daughter from being sexually assaulted. Afterward, the authorities discovered that her husband had been planning a terrorist attack at the inauguration of then President-elect Barack Obama, and that Cummings might have saved not only her daughter, but also the President. Cummings did not serve time in prison.
In 1879, maid and thief Kate Webster murdered her employer, Julia Martha Thomas, and disposed of the body by dismembering and boiling it. She was executed by hanging. Thomas' skull remained undiscovered for 130 years.
Self-proclaimed voodoo queen Josephine Gray terrified her husbands and killed them in Baltimore, but due to lack of evidence, locking her up called for some very drastic actions. Gray eventually got 40 years in prison without parole.
Elisa McNabney and Sarah Dutra had a bond so strong that it left Elisa's husband the third person in his marriage. Money and pure selfishness motivated them to execute Larry. Elisa committed suicide in prison and Sarah was released from prison.
Robin Lee Row needed money to pay off her excessive spending. Her solution was to set her Pocatello, Idaho house on fire with her husband and two kids inside. But her watertight alibi led police on a wild goose chase for clues and a conviction – leading to dark secrets from her past and only one way to expose her. Row was sentenced to death.
Marybeth Tinning of Duanesburg, New York loved the attention that she received after her third child died of meningitis as a baby. To keep receiving that attention, she quietly killed her other eight children over a span of years. She was seen as a woman with a series of unfortunate events, until she went one step too far by smothering an adopted child. Tinning got a 20 years to life sentence after being denied parole several times, she was eventually released in 2018.
Rachel Wade and Sarah Ludemann engaged in an online battle for the affections of a boy in Pinellas Park, Florida and the battle entered into the real world. When Sarah took one risk too many by confronting Rachel, Rachel was armed with a knife and used it to effectively kill Sarah. Wade is serving a 27-year sentence.
Caroline Young was so upset at the thought of losing her grandson to his biological father, she stabbed both her grandkids (ages six and four) and also stabbed herself (but survived) – all while her grandson's mother was watching. She was sentenced to death and died in prison.
After learning her first husband had an illegitimate child, Raynella Dossett Leath began to control every aspect of her new husband's life in Knoxville, Tennessee, including his death when she was overcome by greed. Soon afterwards, another shocking secret was revealed. Leath received 51 years to life in prison, but was released in 2017 when the case was thrown out.
In Las Vegas, Margaret Rudin was sick of her husband wasting all of his money on alcohol, guns and sleeping with other women and decided to shoot and dismember him before going on the run. She soon discovered that her efforts were for naught, as her husband had changed his will and completely disinherited her. Rudin was eventually caught and received a life sentence with possibility of parole after serving 20 years.
Sarah Mitchell of Oakland, California lived rent-free in the house of her hard-working, well-to-do older sister Stevie. When Stevie cut her off after learning Sarah had been stealing money and writing checks in her name, Sarah's plans go from devious to diabolical by killing, dismembering and re-emerging from a fire as her sister. Mitchell is not eligible for parole.
Two twins, wholesome schoolteacher Peggy Lowe and flashy, audacious nurse Betty Wilson found themselves caught in a web of deception and mystery after a man that they both met murdered Betty's ailing husband Jack (a well-loved eye doctor whom Betty married for his money) and claimed that they both made him do it. The truth was one that shook Huntsville, Alabama to its core. Despite Peggy believing that her sister was innocent, Betty was sent to spend the rest of her life in prison.
In 1760s London, respected midwife Elizabeth Brownrigg secretly abused her servants and ruthlessly tortured, beat and starved them. It was not until one girl was found dying from numerous open sores that this woman was finally unmasked and she was branded a monster for centuries to come. She was put to death by hanging.
Kerry Lyn Dalton discovered that, while she was in jail, her flatmate, Irene May, had sold some of her belongings to pay for crystal meth, which both women took. Kerry, high on meth, responded by torturing Irene to death via everything from electrocution to stabbing to bludgeoning. Dalton was sentenced to death.
Susan Wright was supposedly abused and controlled by her husband, Jeff, who spent days having affairs with strippers and using drugs while Susan raised their two young kids in Houston. Susan did not believe in divorce and felt the only way out was murder. Wright's sentence was 25 years, but was reduced to 20 years.
In Memphis, Alice Mitchell had plans of moving to Boston with her lover Freda Ward and living as a married couple disguised as a man, but when Freda's family stopped those plans dead in their tracks and forbade her to see Alice, an obsession began leading Alice to destroy the one that she cherished the most.
Within hours of meeting in juvenile detention, troubled teens Cindy Collier and Shirley Wolf began to plan a life together and step one in the plan included killing somebody at random. Their victim of choice: a trusting old lady with whom they spent hours chatting about her family before stabbing her.
In Norfolk, England, Lorraine Thorpe saw a father figure in a 41-year-old man in her group of alcoholics. He violently beat his girlfriend and eventually killed her, and Lorraine happily participated when Lorraine's father learned of the murder and became suspicious, they killed him too.
Tina Powell and LaFonda Foster were drunk and high when they go on a killing spree, taking five friends hostage and killing them all in different ways. The night proved to be the deadliest in the history of Lexington, Kentucky.
Melinda Harmon-Raisch was a housewife in Olathe, Kansas who fell for a student at a nearby college. She had her lover murder her husband so they could be together and they framed two black people. The two went on to marry other people and the secret was hidden for a decade.
Jane Andrews was appointed the wardrobe specialist for Sarah, Duchess of York, but was fired. After losing her job, her only connection to the high life of England was her boyfriend. When he broke things off, she murdered him in his bed. Sentenced to life imprisonment, Jane was paroled in June 2015.
Shana Parkinson had a volatile temper that prompted her husband to leave her for another woman. She stabbed him and his new fiancée to death. However, she got caught quickly due to an unlikely eyewitness who saw the murders unfold. Shana got a life sentence with 27 years minimum.
Kirsten Costas reminded her classmate Bernadette Protti of everything she wanted, but could never have. The solution to the problem was to annihilate the source of the pain by stabbing Kirsten to death. Bernadette served a seven-year sentence in juvenile hall and is now a free woman living under a new identity.
Karen Severson and Laura Doyle were friends with Missy Avila since grade school, but as they grew older, the friendship dissolved. On the pretense of wanting to reconcile with Missy, Karen and Laura took her into the woods, beat her up, cut her hair and drowned her in the lake. The crime was unsolved for years until an unexpected confession appeared as if out of nowhere. Sentenced to 15 years to life, both Karen and Laura were free on parole as of December 2012.
When Patricia Robinson-Olsen had money problems, she resorted to soliciting her teenage son Christopher into shooting her second husband Neil to death, and then attempted to have him take the fall. Patricia got life without parole and Christopher's sentence was 30 years in prison.
French immigrant Valerie Pape was a hair salon owner and a Scottsdale, Arizona socialite with an abusive husband, Ira Pomerantz. When Valerie had had enough of her husband's abuse, she turned to murder, then dismembered his corpse. His torso was found in a dumpster behind a supermarket, but the rest of his remains have never been found. Pape was given a 16-year sentence and is eligible for release in 2018.
Jean Lee was a young Australian woman who became involved with two petty criminals and then turned to a life of crime. While attempting to rob an elderly man, he wound up dead. Jean confessed to her involvement hoping for a light prison sentence, but instead, she was executed on February 19, 1951. She was the last woman to be hanged in Australia before the death penalty was abolished.
Spending most of her life in expensive British boarding schools, American teen Elizabeth Haysom was an honor student who had plans to study the arts, but her parents did not support her ambitions. Her life subsequently went off the rails, and Elizabeth, who blamed her parents for all of her troubles, got her boyfriend to destroy them both. Both Elizabeth and her boyfriend, Jens Söring, received life sentences, but were released on parole in November 2019.
Heather D'Aoust was the 15-year-old adopted daughter of a loving couple, but had depression and bipolar disorder and was briefly institutionalized. After she was caught engaging in sexual activity with a female friend, she decided to kill her mother with a claw hammer. She pled guilty to second-degree murder and got 16 years to life.
Season 6: 2012–13 Edit
Suzan Carson and her husband Michael – both of whom are mentally ill and abuse drugs – have a list of people that they think are witches that they wish to exterminate, and they go on to viciously murder three people. Both are serving 75 years to life.
14-year-old Chelsea O'Mahoney becomes involved in a gang where she and three friends attack eight people in one night while videotaping the encounters one man dies at their hands. O'Mahoney received an eight-year prison sentence and her comrades received 12 years.
Missing her mother's companionship, high school student Marie Robards poisons her loving father to move back in with her mom. She keeps it a secret for a year until her college roommate recites Claudius' guilt monologue from Hamlet, causing her to break down.
The ways of wild, promiscuous "jazz baby" Dorothy Ellingson do not mesh with those of her old-fashioned parents who try to keep her from partying. Enraged at her parents and desperate for freedom, Dorothy shoots her mother in the head and goes partying afterwards. In prison, she appears to change her ways and begins to give lectures to teenagers on the dangers of delinquency.
Brigitte Harris visits her sister and is surprised to see that also visiting is their child molester father who had been living in Liberia for several years. After he announces that he plans to return to Africa with his granddaughter Brigitte handcuffs, suffocates and castrates her father to save her niece from a dreadful fate.
After Dena Thompson attempts to murder her new third husband with the lure of sex, he barely survives and she gets three years in jail. Police eventually discover that she is a murderer after finding large amounts of poison in the exhumed body of her second husband. She is given a minimum 16-year sentence.
Turn of the century Chicago wife/necrophile Louise Vermilya uses arsenic to murder two husbands, five stepchildren and two other men for years before getting exposed. She manages to escape prison by using the poison to harm herself and spends the rest of her days paralyzed.
Frances Creighton resorts to poisoning her relatives with arsenic when they no longer become of use to her. After being acquitted of murdering her own brother, Frances moves to New York and begins an affair with a married man. Her lover's wife is a gossip who threatens to tell the neighbors about Frances' dark past, and Frances decides to silence her permanently. This time, she is convicted and sent to the electric chair.
Betty Neumar had five husbands – four of whom died suspiciously while married to Betty. For decades, no one connects any of the deaths until a cold case investigation reveals Betty's murderous deeds. She dies in 2011 before facing trial.
Elisa Baker has her online lover/husband Adam Baker and his young daughter Zahra move from Australia to North Carolina to be with her. Elisa takes delight in torturing Zahra, who earlier survived bone cancer that left her almost deaf and took one of her legs. Zahra eventually dies on September 24, 2010, and Elisa dismembers her body. Baker's sentence is 18 years in prison.
Della Sutorius comes off as a sweet, charming and beautiful woman to the men who fall in love with her, but her true colors come out after the weddings. She turns out to be a greedy, violent monster whose five husbands end up either on-the-run, abused, or (in the last husband's case) murdered for money. Sentenced to 23 years to life, Della dies in prison on November 20, 2010.
Sandy Cain leaves her life in New York to be with a bounty hunter husband named Frank in Las Vegas, whom she meets over the Internet. However, after they marry, Frank is revealed to be a manipulator who gave Sandy nothing that she had been hoping for. Feeling fed up due to his betrayal, she shoots him and tries to save herself by trying to make it look like a self-defense attempt gone wrong. Sandy pleads guilty to second-degree murder and gets 10 to 25 years.
Theresa Riggi's lack of trust in others leads her to isolate her children from society and have complete control over them. Furious at this, her ex-husband Pasquale gets four-hour visitations every week upon divorcing her and when he tries to apply for full custody, she stabs all three children and makes an unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide on August 4, 2010. Sentenced to 16 years, Theresa died in custody in March 2014 of a suspected suicide.
Elise Ledvina is known in Milwaukee as a caring Catholic mother who values setting a good example, but secretly battles with intense delusions due to schizophrenia. Convinced that she is a bad mother and that this world was a bad place for her two sons, the voices in her head drive her to bludgeon them with a baseball bat her elder son is saved due to his father's intervention, but the younger son dies. She is acquitted by reason of insanity.
Egyptian-born nanny and model Omaima Aree has a track record of manipulating men as a young woman, she begins seducing older men, then robbing them blind. In 1991, 23-year-old Omaima meets 56-year-old Bill Nelson. Instead of simply robbing her new husband, she murders him and does not stop there. She goes on to dismember and consume his corpse. Nelson was found guilty of second degree murder and was sentenced to 26 years to life. In 2006 and 2011, Nelson was denied parole. She will not be eligible for parole again until 2026.
Lyda Trueblood is an early 20th century woman with a penchant for poison. She uses arsenic to kill several relatives, including her husbands and her own daughter. After getting caught for the crimes, Lyda escapes, and almost commits another poison murder before getting caught. Lyda was paroled in 1941 and died of a heart attack in 1958 at the age of 65.
In 1983, Jacksonville, Florida woman Andrea Hicks Jackson calls police to file a report about a vandalized car, but when Officer Gary Bevel arrives on the scene, he learns that Andrea has committed the vandalism herself in a fit of rage. While Bevel attempts to arrest Andrea for filing a false report, Andrea shoots the officer five times. She is sentenced to death, but her sentence is later commuted to life in prison.
Alyssa Bustamante, who was constantly neglected by her drug-addict mother, grows into a Gothic teen with dark fantasies. On October 21, 2009, the 15-year-old lures nine-year-old Elizabeth Olten into the woods, where she uses a knife to slash the nine-year-old's throat, and uses her bare hands to strangle Elizabeth to death. Afterwards, Alyssa disposes of Elizabeth's body in a pre-dug grave. She gets a life sentence with possibility of parole.
Natasha Cornett is an outcast in her rural Kentucky town due to her Gothic appearance and devil worship. However, she soon finds like-minded friends, who decide to embark on a killing spree. In 1997, Natasha and her gang are responsible for the killings of a Jehovah's Witness family at a Tennessee rest area. Natasha and her gang each get life without parole.
Brooklyn teen Tiana Browne appeared to have a promising start in life, until she was raped and ran away from home. Taken in by her aunt, Tiana becomes roommates with her cousin Shannon, who is a straight-A student, but Tiana resists their efforts to help her get on the right track. Tiana, jealous of her cousin's success, stabs Shannon to death, then steals Shannon's sneakers and cell phone. Tiana was found guilty of second degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life.
Malaika Griffin is known as a brilliant chemist who graduated from college cum laude, but has a hot temper and harbors an intense hatred for white people. One night, she gets into a heated argument with her white neighbor, Jason Horsley, and his girlfriend. When the girlfriend leaves, Malaika shoots Jason in the back and flees while he dies, evading capture for several years. She is serving life without parole.
Ellen Etheridge is ecstatic when she gets to marry her new millionaire husband after his wife dies. However, she is not so fond of having to fight for his love due to her eight new stepchildren and finds pleasure in poisoning them with lye to get her way. She ultimately kills four children and is suspected of killing her husband's first wife as well, and is given a life sentence.
Heather Stephenson Snell is a well-educated psychotherapist by day, and a hard-laced biker gang leader by night. After a failed courtship with her lover, Heather wants revenge, and she sets her sights on her ex-lover's wife, Diane Lomax. Posing as a trick-or-treater on Halloween night, Heather attempts to shoot Diane with a shotgun, but winds up shooting a neighbor instead. Her sentence is 22 years to life.
In the 1890s, Anne Bradley becomes infatuated with married Utah Senator Arthur Brown. The two begin an affair, but Arthur is eventually forced to choose between Anne and his wife. When his wife dies, Arthur breaks up with Anne, too. Anne responds by shooting Arthur to death. Anne is tried for first degree murder, but acquitted.
Stacey Barker is at first a devoted single mother to 18-month-old Emma, but soon she spends her nights partying while her mother Susan watches Emma. When Stacey's boyfriend tells her that he does not want to be a father to Emma, she suffocates her daughter, then tries to disguise the murder as a kidnapping/rape. Barker's sentence is 25 years to life and she will be 51 years old when released.
Kelly Silk is a Christian and a mother of four children, including a two-month-old baby. However, Kelly has extreme postpartum depression and is still dealing with the trauma of having witnessed her own mother's suicide as a child. When Kelly's church does not offer help, she kills her husband, two of her children, and herself in a rage-induced frenzy.
Child abuse victim Debra Brown is a developmentally disabled young woman who has a "master/slave" relationship with her boyfriend, Alton Coleman. In 1984, the two embark on a killing spree through several Midwestern states. Both are sentenced to death Coleman was executed in 2002 and Brown's sentence was commuted to life without parole.
Janice Buttrum was neglected, abused and ostracized by her peers as a child, and at age 17, she is married, living in Dalton, Georgia, and expecting her second child. She and her husband Danny befriend Demetra Faye Parker, and in September 1980 they decide to use Demetra in a sex game. Demetra is beaten and raped, and stabbed 97 times by Janice. Both are sentenced to death, but Danny commits suicide soon afterward and Janice's sentence is commuted to life in prison in 1989.
Manling Tsang Williams' (曾玫琳 Zēng Méilín)  enjoys her freedom, finding life as a wife and mother too confining, but does not want the financial strain of divorce. Despondent after her extramarital affair ends, she turns to murder, smothering her two young sons with a pillow and slashing her husband, Neal, 97 times with his prized Japanese sword.
In mid-20th century Alabama, Rhonda Belle Martin takes the lives of two husbands, three children, and her mother, and leaves a surviving husband paralyzed, via arsenic poisoning. Her motive is that she is addicted to killing and enjoys the thrill.
Feeling lonely while her husband, Jim, works nights, Marilyn Plantz seeks solace in the arms of a lover more than half her age. At her urging, her boyfriend and his friend murder her husband by beating him to death and then burning his body to make it look like an accident, so that Marilyn can collect on his life insurance.
When Hilma Marie Witte's relationships go bad, she turns to her sons, Eric and John, to help – Eric shoots his father, Paul, and John murders his grandmother, Elaine, with a crossbow so that his mother can keep stealing Elaine's money. John exposes his mother as the mastermind of both murders, and both sons serve 11 years in prison,′ while Hilma is sentenced to 90 years.
After drug dealer Greg Smith breaks up with his girlfriend Cindy Baillee, Greg's mother, Lois "Mean Nadean" Smith, a hot-tempered bully who is fiercely protective of her son, responds to rumors that Cindy plans to turn Greg in by luring Cindy away to be sadistically tortured and killed, then has Greg and his new girlfriend, Teresa Baker, clean up the crime scene. Teresa confesses, and Lois is sent to death row. She is executed in 2001 after 19 years in prison.
In 1880s Los Angeles, wealthy womanizer Chico Forster courts virtuous teenager Lastania Abarta and convinces her to leave her fiance′ and elope with him with the promise of marriage, but he forces sex on her and then abandons her. A disgraced Lastania shoots Chico to death for stealing her virtue, and is saved from prison by a novel insanity defense.
Diane Borchardt is a well-liked teachers' aide at school, but at home, she is physically and verbally abusive to her husband, Ruben, and his children. When Ruben divorces Diane and leaves her with nothing, she manipulates three students into murdering him, but her students give her up when she is unable to pay them as she promised. Diane is sentenced to 40 years to life.
Gunn-Britt Ashfield despises her six-year-old son, John, because he reminds her of her ex-husband, Brian. She and her live-in boyfriend, Austin Hughes, falsely accuse John of molesting his younger sister Melissa and brutally beat him to death, then claim John was attacked in a park, but the police are not fooled. Upon her release from prison, Gunn-Britt changes her name to "Angelic".
In 1950s Cincinnati, Edythe Klumpp convinces her married lover, Bill Bergen, to pose as her husband so that she can get a bank loan, but fears that Bill's wife, Louise, will expose her ruse. Edythe shoots Louise, keeps Louise's corpse in her car while she teaches a sewing class, then tries to burn the body. Sentenced initially to death, Edythe is paroled in 1971 and lives out the rest of her days peacefully.
Regina and Margaret DeFrancisco had a bright future, until they embraced the gang lifestyle. After Regina is jailed for dealing drugs, the sisters concoct a ruse to get $1,000 cash from Regina's boyfriend, Oscar Velazquez, but when he too demands repayment, he is repaid with a bullet to the head. The sisters spend two years on the run before they are caught. Regina gets 35 years in prison and Margaret, 46 years.
In Las Vegas in 1863, Laura Fair thinks that she has found the perfect man in handsome lawyer Alexander P. Crittenden, until she learns that he is married with kids. Alexander promises to leave his wife and marry Laura, but after seven years of empty promises and lies from Alexander, Laura is tired of being the other woman, and shoots him in front of his wife. Laura is acquitted of murder by reason of insanity, but is lonely and ostracized for the rest of her life.
In Tucson, Arizona, Shawna Forde starts a group of "minutemen" vigilantes to track down illegal Mexican immigrants, and recruits Jason Bush and Albert Gaxiola to join her. In need of fast cash, Forde and her posse murder Raul Flores and his daughter Brisenia and seriously wound his wife Gina, but get away with only a few pieces of jewelry. Shawna is sentenced to death.
Shirley Jo Phillips and Wilma Plaster are best friends who enjoy drinking and dancing at country-western bars, but Wilma is nothing more than easy money to Shirley. After stealing a $4,000 check from Wilma, Shirley shoots and then dismembers her to cover up the theft, and is later suspected of killing her own mother in the same way. She was sentenced to death, and is later commuted to life without parole.
In late 1980s Chicago, Dorothy Williams is so desperate for cash to support her drug habit that she resorts to preying on the elderly. She strangles one man and stabs another to death, getting away with only $50 each time, and then strangles 97-year-old Mary Harris for her stereo system and $2 cash. She is currently serving three life sentences at an Illinois prison.
Andrea Claire was a 39-year-old former aspiring actress and a call girl.  She meets a wealthy older suitor, Robert Sand, in 1981, and the couple marries shortly after meeting. But Claire does not like her fifth husband's penchant for rough sex. One night in 1981, Claire stabs Sand 27 times to death at their Rancho Mirage, California home. In 1982, she attempts to kill her sixth husband. She is serving 26 years to life in prison for her crimes. 
In 1831 in North Carolina, Frankie Stewart Silver was a teenage bride and a young mother, but she and her husband, Charlie, are an explosive couple. After an angry marital argument, Silver uses a hatchet to hack her husband to death. She dismembers his corpse, then burns and disposes of his remains. After her husband's body is discovered, Silver is hanged in the gallows on July 12, 1833. To this day, her father's role in the crime is still contested.
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Angela McAnulty runs her household with an iron hand, but reserves her worst for her eldest daughter, Jeanette Maples, whom she brutally tortures, starves, and beats. After Angela is investigated by social services, she pulls Jeanette out of school and the abuse escalates, culminating in the 15 year-old's death, for which both she and her husband Richard, who failed to report the abuse, are prosecuted. Richard gets a 25-years to life sentence and Angela is sentenced to death row which is later commuted to life without parole in August 2020.
In early 20th century Catawissa, Missouri, Bertha Gifford is a nurse who murders 17 of her patients with arsenic – including several of her husband's family. Acquitted of murder on reason of insanity, she is institutionalized for 23 years until her death in 1951.
Scam artist Dorice "Dee Dee" Moore befriends lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare in order to steal his money, then shoots Abraham to death after he begins to suspect her and tries to convince his family he is still alive. She inadvertently confesses to an undercover cop and is imprisoned for life without parole.
Anne Gates marries – and murders – two husbands for their money, shooting the first execution-style and beating the second with a fireplace poker, all while continuing to carry on an affair with her high school sweetheart. Gates serves only four years in prison for her second husband's murder her first husband's murder remains an open case.
Korena Roberts fakes a pregnancy with twins to keep her boyfriend, and befriends Heather Snively, who is pregnant for real, but when the two women meet one day for shopping, Korena beats Heather to death with a collapsible police baton and cuts the stillborn baby boy John Stephen out of her stomach. Korena's lack of planning and inattention to detail in the murder plot is her undoing. Korena is now serving life in prison without parole.
In Toronto, Elva Bottineau and her common-law husband Norman Kidman are serial child abusers who neglect and abuse their five-year-old grandson, Jeffrey Baldwin, and his older sister, forcing them to live in squalor while continuing to collect their government support checks. On November 30, 2002, Jeffrey dies of sepsis, and after his grandparents are brought to justice, Ontario law regarding background checks of caregivers is revised. Both are serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for 22 and 20 years, respectively.
Wendy Gardner and her sister Kathy are being raised by their strict grandmother, Betty. When Wendy begins dating bad boy James Evans and becomes rebellious and sexually active, Betty decides to give her up to the custody of the state. Not about to be separated from James, Wendy has him strangle Betty, and the two killers hold Kathy hostage for several days. Both are now free from prison.
Teased at school because of her weight, Nakisha Waddell befriends fellow pariah Annie Belcher, who introduces her to drink and drugs, and Nakisha's close relationship with her mother, Vaughne, disintegrates. When Vaughne forbids her daughter to see her boyfriend, Nakisha stabs her mother 43 times. Showing no remorse, Nakisha is sentenced to 70 years in prison.
Tracy Lee Poirier and her lover Tamara Marie Upton are child abuse survivors who turned to crime and violence to cope with their pasts. After meeting a photographer in a bar, the women decided to rob him and lure him outside. The women beat him, then disposed of his unconscious body in a nearby river. Both served life without parole.
In San Diego in 1987, Deana Wild forged a friendship with Virginia Rearden. After Deana died in a fall at Big Sur, the authorities discovered Virginia and her husband, Billy Joe McGinnis, took out a life insurance policy on her. An investigation exposed the couple as serial insurance claimants, and suggested that Virginia killed her own daughter for insurance money 15 years earlier. Billy Joe died before trial and Virginia received a life sentence, dying in prison in June 2011.
Ellen Boehm was a single mother of three with financial problems. She smothered her two sons and tried to electrocute her daughter. She is serving two life sentences with no chance of parole.
After Dena Schlosser and her husband John lost their business and their home, they joined a charismatic church, and Dena devoted herself to church to the exclusion of everything else – including her children. Suffering from postpartum psychosis, Dena killed her 10-month-old daughter Margaret to "send her to heaven", but was acquitted of murder by reason of insanity and was institutionalized for six years.
In 1982, Shirley Allen's husband, Lloyd dies from a mysterious illness. Shirley's daughter Norma exposes her mother as a murderer who poisoned Lloyd with antifreeze for Lloyd's life insurance money Shirley is also suspected of murdering her previous husband in 1978 under similar circumstances. She served a life sentence with possibility of parole after serving 50 years but died in prison in July 2000.
In early 20th century Memphis, Tennessee, Alma Theede is a prostitute who charms men with her sexuality, but becomes a serial wife who discards her husbands like garbage when she tires of them. This results in the deaths of three of her husbands, with Alma as either the murderer or the mastermind each time.
14-year-old Cinnamon Brown is convicted of the February 1985 murder of her stepmother, Linda, and while behind bars confesses the whole story: her father, David, was having an affair with Linda's sister and manipulated Cinnamon into killing by claiming Linda wanted him dead. Realizing that her father had also wanted her dead, Cinnamon helps send her father to prison for life without parole, and is herself paroled in 1992.
Danielle Black goes from good girl to Goth teen and begins having sex and cutting herself, much to the horror of her father, Billy, and spreads lies that her father is abusing her. Friend Alec Eger, himself a child abuse survivor, believes Danielle's stories and, at Danielle's urging, stabs Billy to death on Halloween 2008. Both receive life sentences, but all but six years of Danielle's sentence are suspended and she is eligible for parole as of 2019.
When Stephanie Ilene Lazarus's former "friend-with-benefits" John Ruetten marries nurse Sherri Rasmussen, a jealous Stephanie abuses her power as a police detective to stalk, harass and finally murder Sherri. The case stays cold for over 20 years until DNA and a bite mark on the victim's neck help bring Stephanie to justice. Her sentence was 27 years to life.
In the 1940s, Georgia Tann, hailed as "the mother of modern adoption," is acclaimed for her work in adopting babies out to well-to-do childless couples, but she is really a cold-hearted monster who kidnaps babies from poor families and neglects the ones she finds unworthy of adoption. Georgia's neglect may have resulted in the deaths of as many as 500 babies, making her perhaps the most prolific female serial killer of all time. She never faces justice and dies of cancer in 1950.
Vickie Frost is violently abusive and controlling to her visually-impaired boyfriend, Rick Whitcomb, but when Rick decides to leave her after a year of torment, she goes into a blind rage. One evening in January 1996, she ends a violent argument by stabbing Rick once in the chest, killing him. Pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter, Vickie serves a nine-year sentence and is released in 2005, but prison has not tamed her wild temper.
Englishwoman Clare Nicholls regularly insults, abuses, and starves the father of her youngest child, kind but timid Andrew Gardner, and gets her brother and boyfriend to join her in the abuse. His body weakened by the constant torture, Andrew dies after Clare stomps on his chest, and the murderers try to claim he was attacked by a mugger. Clare is sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.
Despite a loving mother and a private school education, London teen Ruby Thomas idolizes her alcoholic father, who was jailed for murdering a cab driver, and by age 15 is herself deep in the throes of alcoholism and a violent temper. In September 2009, she leads friends Joel Alexander and Rachael Burke in a vicious attack against LGBT rights advocate Ian Baynham, kicking him to death. She is serving a seven-year prison sentence, the murder officially labeled a hate crime.
In Santa Barbara, California, in 1978, violent-tempered Julia Diaz struggles to make money to send to her family in Mexico but is unable to keep a job. She decides to extort a neighbor family out of $1,000 after attacking their young daughter with a hammer. When the family fails to pay up, she goes after 7-year-old Javier Angel, bludgeoning, strangling and finally suffocating him. Julia is sentenced to life in prison.
Ellie Nesler sends her son Willie away to a Christian summer camp, where he and several other boys are molested by Daniel Driver. On the day of Driver's trial, an outraged Nesler shoots and kills him in court. She serves three years for manslaughter but later returns to jail for selling drugs, while her now-adult son is himself incarcerated for murder and she dies of breast cancer in 2008.
In 1966, girls' school headmistress Jean Harris falls for future Scarsdale Diet creator Dr. Herman Tarnower, but he womanizes constantly and gets her hooked on speed. In March 1980, after the doctor finally dumps Jean for a younger woman, a combination of amphetamine withdrawal and jealousy sends her into a rage, and she shoots him to death in his own home. Harris was released from prison to undergo triple bypass surgery and died in 2012 at the age of 89.
In 2008, when ballroom dance teacher Miriam Francis Helmick's business prospects fail, she begins forging checks to steal money from her husband, Alan. When Alan begins to suspect her, Miriam shoots him in the head, and receives a life sentence for the murder plus 108 years for fraud. She is also suspected of murdering her first husband five years earlier.
In the early 1920s, Clara Green Carl is a farmer's daughter with dreams of wealth and prestige, and her greed leads her to poison two husbands and her father-in-law with arsenic for their inheritance money. Sentenced to life, she cons her way into parole after only 15 years behind bars.
In Greenville, Mississippi, Terrie Robinson is having difficulty coping with the stresses of being a single mother on welfare. Convinced that she is not worthy of motherhood and that she is possessed by Satan, she places her three-year-old son, Tristan, in an oven in March 2011 and cooks him alive. She is serving a life sentence.
After losing her high-paying job, Fiona Donnison's life spirals out of control, and she blames her former common-law husband, Paul. Obsessed with revenge, narcissistic Fiona smothers her two children. Her insanity pleas fail and she is sentenced to 32 years in prison.
Teenager Clarissa Sanchez is daddy's little girl until she meets Larry "Ray" Coronado and her father forbids the relationship, fearing Ray is too possessive. At Clarissa's urging, Ray beats Clarissa's father to death with a baseball bat. Ray is sentenced to life, Clarissa to 21 years.
In 1930s France, Christine and Lea Papin are subjected to constant verbal abuse working as maids for the Lancelin family, their only comfort being their unusually close relationship, which turns sexual. When Madame Lancelin discovers their secret, the sisters beat and stab her and her daughter to death and gouge out their eyes. Both are sentenced to hard labor.
Cafe owner Denise Leone Frei decides her live-in boyfriend, Curtis Bailey, who has a generous life insurance policy, is worth more dead than alive, and enlists her son, Jacob, and his girlfriend, Jessica Dayton, to help. They entrap Curtis with the promise of a menage a trois and beat him to death. All serve life sentences without parole.
Stephanie Hudnall turns her teenage daughters against their father, Bill, claiming he is to blame for the hardships they have suffered. At Stephanie's urging, her 19-year-old daughter, Gwen, hacks her father to death with a pickax, so her mother can collect on Bill's Social Security. Both mother and daughter serve 40-year sentences for second-degree murder.
Christie Scott lacks the patience and love to deal with her autistic son, Mason. In August 2008, she gives Mason an overdose of cough syrup, then sets her house on fire and lets her son die of smoke inhalation, planning to collect on his life insurance. She receives a death sentence.
Australian Sneza Suteski has a habit of stealing money from her employers and blowing it at casinos. She steals $180,000 from Richard Piech's car dealership over a period of six months and, knowing she will soon be caught, hires a hit man to beat and kill Richard. She is sentenced to 24 years in prison.
In 1999, Donna Kay Trapani is a home health care nurse who falls in love with a married man named George Fulton. After a brief fling, George breaks off with Donna and returns to his wife, but his scorned ex-mistress decides to have his wife, Martha "Gail" Fulton, gunned down. Donna is now serving a life sentence without parole.
Clara Jane Schwartz is a Virginia teenager embraced in the goth lifestyle, who prefers fantasy and the occult to the real world. Using a role playing game she created, she manipulates her friends into killing her father, a renowned biologist. She is serving 48 years in prison.
In 1899 California, Katie Cook's husband, Tom, is a shameless womanizer with a taste for teenage girls, which reflects poorly on Katie's virtue. When Tom begins an affair with a servant girl, Katie has had enough and shoots Tom in the head while he sleeps. She is acquitted of the murder because of Tom's reputation, but questions about her motives still persist.
When Pauline Rogers's husband, Luther, falls mysteriously ill in 1982, she plays the role of the devoted wife, but Luther learns that Pauline has poisoned his favorite strawberry ice cream with pesticide containing arsenic. Luther survives, but police discover that Pauline also used arsenic to murder her previous husband, and she receives two 20-year sentences.
Linda Carty has a history of faking pregnancies, which has led her boyfriend to leave her. In May 2001, to get her boyfriend back, Linda hatches a plan to steal neighbor Joana Rodriguez's baby and murder Joana, enlisting three henchmen to help with the promise of drugs. She is quickly caught and sentenced to death. Carty maintains her innocence.
Margie "Maggie" Hamilton grew up in a family of career criminals, even aiding Bonnie and Clyde in a shootout as a teenager. Years later, Maggie herself is in trouble with the law for the murders of two husbands. Unbelievably, she only serves six months in jail for her second husband's death and lives the rest of her life as a free woman, despite committing another attempted murder soon after her release.
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Doris Ann Carlson is an Arizona woman living with her mother-in-law, Lynne Carlson, who has multiple sclerosis. While Doris is supposed to be caring for Lynne, she and her husband David instead use Lynne for her money. When the money runs out, Doris hires two young men to stab her mother-in-law to death, but Lynne does not die from her injuries for six months. Doris is sentenced to death for plotting the murder, but it is reduced to life in prison without parole.
Amber Merrie Bray is an intelligent and ambitious high school senior who falls for an older, high school dropout named Jeff Ayers. The unlikely couple begins planning out their future together, and it does not involve Amber's mother, Dixie, or younger sister, Amy. Amber persuades her boyfriend Jeff to stab Dixie to death. The pair also plotted to kill Amy, but a neighbor's 911 call saves her life. Amber and Jeff are serving life in prison without parole.
In 2011, Toni Fratto is a Nevada teenager who has fallen in love with classmate Kody Patten. However, Toni becomes jealous when Kody shows attention to his childhood friend, 16 year-old Micaela Costanzo. One day after track practice, Toni and Kody kidnap Micaela and bring her to the desert where they beat her to death. Toni Fratto receives life in prison with the possibility of parole after 18 years. Kody Patton gets life in prison without parole.
Sharon Carr was a young British girl with a troubled childhood, but that chaos turns to violence one night in June 1992. At age 12, Sharon lures in 18-year-old Katie Rackliff and stabs her to death. She gets away with the crime until she is imprisoned for stabbing another girl two years later, and she confesses to Katie's murder. Sharon was sentenced to life without parole, becoming the youngest female murderer sentenced in the United Kingdom.
Michelle Gable is a Montana woman with environmental sensitivities, who makes life difficult for her husband Joe. When Michelle goes to Maryland for her mother's funeral in 2009 and doesn't return, Joe takes up with a new woman, Sunday Bennett. Two years later, Michelle suddenly returns to Montana and discovers her husband's new lover. Jealous and enraged, Michelle shoots Joe and Sunday. Michelle is convicted of both murders and is sentenced to 200 years in prison. Michelle will be eligible for parole at age 97.
In 1914, 19 year-old Ruth Snyder meets her 32 year-old husband Albert after dialing a wrong telephone number. Years into their marriage, Ruth is bored, and during a night on the town, she meets a new lover, Judd Gray, and the pair wants to start a new life together. Ruth researches a life insurance policy and she and Judd plot Albert's murder. The pair is caught for orchestrating the murder, and in 1928 they are both executed in the electric chair.
In Vancouver, British Columbia in 1992, Jean Ann James is devastated when she learns that her husband is having an affair with her best friend, Gladys Wakabayashi. She cunningly lures Gladys into a trap, then stabs her repeatedly and slashes her throat. She evades justice for 16 years until inadvertently confessing to undercover cops, and is serving 25 years to life for first-degree murder.
Annie Monahan raises eyebrows in early 20th-century New Haven, Connecticut, when two husbands and a niece die of mysterious illnesses, followed by generous life insurance payoffs. Annie stays one step ahead of the law, but after a third husband dies, her secret is exposed – she has poisoned her victims with arsenic. She is sentenced to life for her third husband's murder and dies in prison.
In 1984, respected nurse Maureen "Miki" McDermott, heavily in debt from her party-girl lifestyle, lets openly gay friend Steven Eldridge move in with her, promising him a half-interest in her home in exchange for $10,000, but she does not follow through on her end of the bargain. Instead, she has co-worker Jimmy Luna and two thugs stab Steven and cut off his penis to disguise the killing as a hate crime. She is sentenced to death, Jimmy to life in prison without parole.
During the Great Depression, widow Marie Porter's candy store is in danger of failing and she asks her brother, William Kappen, for a loan, but he refuses. Marie responds by murdering William the night before his wedding, enlisting employee Ralph Giancola to help, promising him a cut of William's life insurance payout. Both killers are sentenced to death and executed in the electric chair in 1938.
Linda Calvey is a Londoner with stunning good looks and an attraction to gangsters - her first husband, gangster Mickey Calvey, died in a botched armed robbery, and her second husband, Ronnie Cook, receives a 16-year prison sentence for armed robbery in 1981. While Ronnie is incarcerated, Linda fritters away his stash. Fearing her lover's reaction on his release, she pays a hit man £10,000 to take care of Cook, but ends up firing the fatal shot herself.
After a divorce, Angelina Rodriguez meets Frank Rodriguez while working at a summer camp. Angelina tries to kill Frank by causing a gas leak in the house, but he survives. Angelina finally kills Frank in 2000, by poisoning him with antifreeze. It is revealed that Angelina killed her baby daughter as well in order to receive money from a wrongful death lawsuit, and she is sentenced to death. Rodriguez had a retrial in 2010 and was re-sentenced to death in the California Supreme Court. She plans to appeal her case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
After Camellia Brown and her husband Thierry divorce, Camellia loses custody of her two children to Thierry and is ordered to stay away from them, but does not comply. She has mental illness and believes that Thierry is sexually abusing the children, so she shoots him to death in front of the kids. She is sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison.
Geraldine Smith is involved with a married man, Louia [ clarification needed ] McDonald, but he will not leave his wife Valerie, even after Geraldine gives birth to his child. Seething with hatred, she hires friends Marva Golden and Eddie Williams to shoot Valerie to death. Golden gets 20 years and Williams and Smith each get life, but Smith is later released on parole.
Angela Simpson is an Arizona woman with a troubled past who sees herself as a vigilante wanting to make the world conform to her moral code. In August 2009, she tortures and kills a paralyzed man who claimed to be a police snitch and she is sentenced to life without parole.
Kemi Adeyoola is the teenage daughter of a multimillionaire realtor, but she cannot keep herself out of trouble. She gets caught shoplifting and is sent to detention, where she writes a manual on how to rob and kill elderly people. Upon her release, she puts her plan into action, killing 84-year-old Anne Mendel in 2005, and gets 20 years to life.
Dennis Hawley begins seeing drug-addicted prostitute Brandita Taliano and supporting her financially. In 1993, when his wife, Joan, receives an inheritance from her mother's death and plans to proceed with a divorce, Dennis, fearing financial ruin, enlists Brandi's help in murdering Joan, bludgeoning Joan with a golf club. Both are sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Kenneth Jones begins a relationship with Nadiyah Venable, but still loves ShaRon Owens, the mother of his children, and soon decides to reconcile with ShaRon, leaving a pregnant Nadiyah in dire straits. Nadiyah and her cousin disable ShaRon with bleach and then Nadiyah stabs her 27 times in front of her children. She is sentenced to 55 years in jail her minor cousin's sentence is sealed. After her sentencing, Nadiyah Venable dies behind bars from a seizure on July 1, 2014.
In 1991, Canadian Melissa Ann Shepard drains her husband's bank account and then drugs him and runs him over with her car, and is briefly jailed for manslaughter. Her next two husbands die of mysterious illnesses, with Melissa draining both their bank accounts as well, and she is briefly jailed for theft and forgery. Her attempt to murder a fifth husband fails and she is serving a 3 1/2-year sentence.
Army wife Kelly Renee Gissendaner is a promiscuous party girl who shamelessly sees other men, even while her husband Doug remains devoted to her. Kelly enlists her boyfriend, Greg Owens, to beat and stab Doug to death in February 1997, so she can profit from the marital house and two life insurance policies. She was sentenced to death.
Ada Wittenmeyer likes the finer things in life, and seeks to accomplish this by finding wealthy men and then marrying and murdering them so she can enjoy their money. During the 1970s, she poisons two husbands with arsenic, and enjoys watching them suffer while they die. Convicted of both murders and jailed for life, she commits suicide in prison in 1984.
Tracey Ann Richter and her husband, Dr. John Pittman, were college sweethearts, but by 2001, they are bitterly divorced, and she moves to the small town of Early, Iowa with her new Australian husband. When Pittman files for sole custody of their son, Tracey forces 20-year-old neighbor Dustin Wehde to write a fake confession claiming Pittman hired him to kill her, then shoots him nine times and tries to disguise the murder as a home invasion. She is serving life without parole.
In Prestatyn, Wales, Lee-Anna Shiers and Liam Timbrell endure constant harassment from alcoholic neighbor Melanie Smith. On October 19, 2012, following a dispute over a stroller, Melanie sets fire to their apartment house, killing the young couple, their son and two cousins. Liam's dying words implicate Melanie and she is sentenced to 30 years to life.
In New York City, Angela Murray is a prostitute with high-class tastes, sleeping only with wealthy men. She targets 92-year-old Holocaust survivor and former disco owner Felix Brinkmann, and recruits brothers Alijulah and Hasib Cutts to help her rob him, bludgeoning and strangling Felix when he refuses to divulge his safe combination. Angela pleads guilty to second-degree murder and gets a minimum 16-year sentence.
At 16, Eva Dugan was a single mother in Alaska working as a cabaret singer and prostitute. At 47, she becomes a housekeeper for Arizona rancher Andrew Mathis, but they clash constantly and she is soon fired. Shortly afterward, Mathis disappears, and when his body is found, Dugan is suspected of bludgeoning him to death. At her hanging in 1930, she is accidentally decapitated, becoming Arizona's final execution at the gallows.
Tennessee couple Ron and Gaile Owens seem like a model couple, but their marriage collapses over financial strains, Gaile's short prison term for embezzlement, and Ron's extramarital affair. Fearing divorce will lead to financial ruin and losing her children, she hires Sidney Porterfield to beat Ron to death in February 1985. She and Porterfield are both sentenced to death, but Gaile's sentence is later commuted to life and she is released on parole in 2011.
NOTE: Gaile died from natural causes on November 27th, 2019 while dog sitting for a friend.
California highway patrol officer Francisco Cano is a hard-working, devoted family man, but his wife Kym Cano is jealous, abusive, and a shopaholic, and spreads lies that 'he' is "abusing" 'her. In December 2006, she shoots Frank in the head and claims the murder was an accident, hoping to collect on his life insurance. Her children testify against her in court and she is serving 40 years to life.
Daryl Smith's former lover and sex slave [ clarification needed ] , Morgan Smith, who has borderline personality disorder, is obsessed with Daryl, and follows him when he moves to Florida to be with his new girlfriend, Andrea Stranko. Daryl tries to share himself with both women, but after Morgan assaults Andrea with an axe, Daryl breaks up with Morgan for good. Morgan shoots and kills Andrea and wounds Daryl, and is sentenced to life without parole for Andrea's murder.
In Greenwood, Indiana, Sarah "Cindy" White is the daughter of an alcoholic mother and sexually abusive father, and the stress lands her in a psychiatric hospital for a year. Charles and Carol Roberson take her in as a nanny for their four children, but re-open Cindy's old wounds when they also sexually abuse her. To escape, Cindy burns down the Roberson home on New Year's Eve 1975, killing the entire family, and is serving six concurrent life sentences.
Kathleen Hagen was a brilliant urologist with a bright future, but by 2000, her life has disintegrated – she has lost her career and her marriage, she has severe bipolar disorder, and has a strained relationship with her parents, James and Idella, who are always critical and cold to her. In August 2000, her stressors cause her to snap, and she asphyxiates her parents. She is acquitted of both murders on grounds of insanity and institutionalized for six years.
Lan Anh Le is a troubled teen when she meets older woman Monica Anderson and begins a relationship with her. Lan's drug use and violent temper are soon too much for Monica, who kicks Lan out of the house but soon decides to give her a second chance. This turns out to be a tragic mistake, as on the fateful night of March 13, 2010, Lan stabs Monica 91 times in an argument over a phone charger. She is serving 25 years to life.
Julia Andrews is a 50-something divorcee with several children when she meets Randy Peddy, a man who is 16 years younger than she. They have a good relationship at first, but Randy drinks heavily to deal with a tragic past and becomes romantically involved with Julia's daughter. Julia's feelings of betrayal come to a head one night in November 2012 in an argument over Randy destroying Julia's car, and she shoots him to death. She is serving 44 years in prison.
Carman Major is a good, churchgoing girl until she meets and marries Clarence Jenkins. A short while into their marriage, the couple meet Grace Davis, and the three of them immediately start a polygamous marriage. Grace decides to move out after social services threatens to take away her children if she continues to stay in the relationship. Carman and Clarence, determined to get their lover back, decide to kidnap 34-year-old Mekole Harris, strangle her to death, and send Mekole's hands and feet to Grace's family in order to threaten Grace to move back in with them. The plan to get Grace back does not work, and Clarence is sentenced to life without parole, while Carman is sentenced to 40 years.
Louise O'Brien is a fragile 18-year-old girl looking for a new start in life after her sister's tragic death. Louise gets a chance to start her new life when a 73-year-old family friend, Patricia Goddard offers Louise a chance to board at her house. Behind the scenes, Patricia is an abusive woman who enjoys torturing Louise and treating her like a servant. Eventually, Patricia's abuse comes to an end when she throws a hammer at Louise in a rage, which ends up killing her. Fearing she will be arrested, Patricia buries Louise's body in her backyard, until a police tip leads to Patricia's backyard. Patricia is sentenced to three years and nine months in prison, and finally receives justice for her crime when she dies during her sentence.
In Houston, Texas, party girl Ana Lilia Trujillo moves in with Swedish doctor and fellow alcoholic Stefan Andresson, but Stefan soon has enough of Ana's violent temper and kicks her out. After Ana is thrown out of another friend's home, Stefan lets her move back in temporarily. After a night of drinking, Ana bludgeons and stabs Stefan 25 times with the heel of her shoe, and is serving 30 years to life.
In 1908, Illinois maid Essie Bible marries her newly widowed employer, Haville Bible. 15 years later, Haville also dies, and the cycle repeats: Essie is taken in by Ernest and Laura Malinsky, Laura dies, and Essie marries Ernest, seeking higher social status. She confesses to poisoning Laura, Haville, and Haville's first wife, Molly, with arsenic, and is sentenced to life for Laura's murder, but is released after 25 years.
Ada Leboeuf was a 38 years old middle-class housewife and mother of four from Morgan City, Louisiana. She was having a heated affair with the family doctor, Thomas Dreher. Together they hired a handyman to shoot Ada's husband. Ada's husband James was shot dead in Lake Palourde, but three weeks later, his body resurfaced. The handyman was sentenced to life, but Ada and Thomas were both sentenced to death. They were each executed on February 1, 1929.
Keng Hwee (Kathy) Yeo was working as a psychiatric nurse in Australia when she began a relationship with one of her patients, Chris Dorrian. At the same time however, Kathy was living with her boyfriend Raymond Galea. When Kathy and Ray split, Chris and Kathy move in together, but when Chris is shot during a fatal argument, Kathy calls Raymond to help clean up the mess. The pair dismembers and disposes of the body, and only the head is recovered. Kathy was sentenced to 24 years in prison, and Raymond received five years.
Sandi Nieves's troubled eight-year marriage to her former stepfather, David Folden, triggers a series of misfortunes for her, including a failed relationship with a younger man, an abortion, and David's rescinding his adoption of her three oldest children. In June 1998, seeking revenge against her children's fathers, Sandi sets a fire in her home and lets her four daughters die of smoke inhalation, then tries to blame her surviving son for the crime. She is sentenced to death.
20-year-old Texan Nicole Yesconis is a spoiled brat who hates her father and stepmother, Robert and Aletha, yet expects them to continue supporting her financially. When her father threatens to cut her off, Nicole enlists boyfriend Jeremiah Wetmore and his friend Michael Heath to murder Robert and Aletha in January 1994. Jeremiah is sentenced to life, Michael to 35 years, and Nicole to 40 years to life.
Season 9: 2015 Edit
Texan Darlene Gentry is a self-centered former beauty queen who enjoys the party girl lifestyle and whose marriage to husband Keith is collapsing under the debt she has incurred. In November 2005, she shoots Keith in the head while he sleeps, hoping to collect on his $500,000 life insurance policy. She is given a 60-year sentence.
Carol Croydon survived an abusive childhood and grew up to marry wealthy upholsterer Philip Croydon, who showers her with gifts, but the marriage is loveless and both engage in extramarital affairs. In April 2003, Carol lures Philip to a hotel room with the promise of a romantic night out, then stabs him 22 times with a cheese knife and claims he was murdered by swingers in a sex game gone wrong. She is sentenced to 15 years to life.
When teenager Patricia "Patty" Columbo begins a sexual relationship with married pharmacist Frank DeLuca, her parents, Frank and Mary, with whom she has a strained relationship, are not pleased. After her father assaults her lover, Patty convinces DeLuca to help her murder her parents and younger brother, Michael, promising him a cut of her inheritance. Both are serving 200- to 300-year sentences.
Susan and Christopher Edwards are movie enthusiasts who are substantially in debt from collecting Hollywood memorabilia, and Susan hates her parents, William and Patricia Wycherley, for stealing her inheritance. In May 1998, the couple shoot the Wycherleys to death, then steal the victims' money and concoct a ruse to convince family and friends that they are still alive. 15 years later, Christopher confesses, and he and his wife receive 25 years to life.
Nicole Vonlee Titlow is a transgender woman who needs money for sex reassignment surgery. Her aunt, Billie Jean Rogers, is a gambling addict who loses up to $20,000 a night at casinos, and her alcoholic millionaire husband, Don, has threatened her with divorce. In August 2000, Billie Jean enlists Nicole to help her murder Don with the promise of money for her surgery. Nicole is serving a minimum 20-year sentence in a male prison Billie Jean is acquitted, but dies of cancer soon afterward.
Sandra Barajas' marriage to husband Mike is on the rocks because of her adult daughter, Dawn Richburg, a meth addict who still lives at home. When Mike decides to divorce her, Sandra, needing his life insurance money to support her gambling addiction, and Dawn enlist Dawn's drug supplier Tommy Wright to murder Mike and disguise it as a home invasion. Tommy is sentenced to 40 years, Dawn to 35 years, and Sandra to life in prison without parole.
Shy and unlucky in love, Diana Haun begins a hot, passionate affair with womanizer Michael Dally, despite the fact that Michael is married and his wife, Sherri, refuses to give him up. When Sherri threatens Diana with physical harm, Diana and Michael plan Sherri's murder as a "human sacrifice" for Michael's birthday, and Diana carries out the plan in May 1996, kidnapping and stabbing Sherri to death. Dally and Haun maintained their innocence and planned to appeal their sentences.
Nursing home assistants Erin Nicole Everett and Tory Minnick begin a relationship, despite Erin's conservative Christian upbringing. The two women get engaged, but Tory still has feelings for her ex-boyfriend and soon breaks off the engagement to return to him. In March 2011, Erin shoots Tory twice in the head and smashes her face with a hammer and tries to disguise the murder as a home invasion. Everett has twice appealed her sentence, but was unsuccessful.
In July 2011, high school dropout and drug addict Nadia Palacios and her drug-dealer boyfriend Roberto Guzman are attacked by four masked black men, and Nadia is sexually assaulted. Nadia and Roberto suspect Roberto's client, David Campbell, of the assault, and lure him away to be sadistically tortured and murdered. A year later, Nadia confesses, only to learn that Campbell was innocent of the rape, and is sentenced to 40 years in prison her three cohorts receive sentences of between 29 and 59 years.
At the age of 12, Juana Barraza's mother gave her away to a man who used her as a sex slave. In her 40s, Barraza is a popular professional wrestler in Mexico City known as "the Silent Lady," and has a secret identity as serial killer "La Mataviejitas" (the Old Lady Killer), strangling elderly women to take vicarious revenge on her now-deceased mother. She is convicted of 11 murders and sentenced to 759 years in prison, but may have claimed as many as 40 lives.
Hunter and Tracey Grissom's marriage falls apart due to her hot temper and prescription drug abuse. Hunter finds a new girlfriend, but Tracey charms her way back into his bed, and then accuses him of raping her, but her case crumbles under closer scrutiny. To keep from being exposed as a liar and to collect on his life insurance, Tracey shoots Hunter four times in May 2012. Her effort is for nothing, as she still ends up getting exposed for not just her lies, but for her crime and her other motive to collect on Hunter's life insurance. With her crimes exposed and failed, Tracey is sentenced to 25 years.
Jamila M'Barek rises from high-class call girl and Playboy model to countess when she marries the Earl of Shaftesbury Anthony Ashley-Cooper, but the couple split when she fakes a pregnancy. As long as they are not divorced, Jamila can keep spending his money, but when the Earl finds a new girlfriend and decides to divorce her, she enlists her brother Mohammed to strangle him to death in November 2004. Both receive 25-year sentences Jamila's is later reduced to 20 years.
When high-school student Larketa Collier and Sharon Patterson fall in love, Larketa's conservative grandmother, Bertha becomes furious and decides to bar Sharon from the house. The desperate teens viciously attack Bertha by beating her with a claw hammer and torch the house to destroy her body. Both girls are sentenced to life in prison without parole.
English rose Christina Button has expensive tastes and a husband, George, who caters to her every desire, even as her spendthrift ways plunge the couple into debt. Far from being grateful, Christina enlists her nephew, Simon Tannahill, to beat George to death with a blunt object so she can collect on his life insurance and repay her debts. Simon is sentenced to life, Christina to 14 years to life.
Sandra Layne, 75, is a retired teacher in Detroit, Michigan, raising her troubled, drug-addicted grandson, Jonathan Hoffman, and attempts to control his every move, but is ill-equipped to deal with his rebellious behavior. After Jonathan fails a drug test and announces he is running away, Sandra shoots him to death, with the act caught on Jonathan's 911 call. She is given a minimum 22-year sentence.
Romance blossoms in an Atlanta senior-living community between Lena Driskell, 78, and Herman Winslow, 85. Herman soon has enough of Lena's jealousy and temper and finds a new girlfriend, and Lena responds by shooting him in the head four times. Unrepentant, Lena is sentenced to 10 years in prison and released in 2011.
Georgia deputy sheriff Tracy Lea Fortson and her boyfriend Doug Benton share a love of lifting weights and hunting, but Tracy is jealous of Doug's friends and has a history of violence against boyfriends, and their relationship soon turns volatile and violent. When Doug ends the relationship, Tracy responds by shooting him in the head and stabbing him repeatedly in June 2000. She received life in prison without parole. She maintains her innocence.
'Na Cola Franklin dreamed of a lavish wedding, but her truck-driver fiancee, Billy Brewster, insists on more simple nuptials and forces her to make all the preparations herself while he works and parties. On the early morning of their wedding day in August 2012, an argument between the betrothed turns violent, and a stressed and sleep-deprived 'Na Cola stabs Billy in the heart. She receives a life sentence without parole.
Brandi Holmes, a woman with a history of violence who was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, meets Robert Coleman, a career criminal. In 2003, the couple decide to rob and kill retired Pastor Julian Brandon and his wife Alice. Alice survives the attack, but just days later, Brandi and Robert murder their friend Terrence Blaze in a thrill killing. Both are sentenced to death in 2005. Surprisingly, Brandi's death sentence is commuted to life behind bars.
In 1907, Stella Lipczynska, a Polish immigrant working as a housekeeper at a Catholic convent in northern Michigan, suspects a love affair between Sister Mary Janina and the pastor of the convent, Father Andrew Bieniawski, and seethes with hatred for both for violating their holy vows. Seeing herself as an avenging angel, she bludgeons Sister Janina in the head and then buries her alive. Later, Stella reveals the murder in Confession, and when Sister Janina's body is found 10 years later, it is revealed that the nun was pregnant, confirming Stella's suspicions. In 1919, Stella is sentenced to life in prison.
Monique Susanne Wheeler is an immature, impulsive young woman. When her husband, Paul Berkley, leaves for a tour of duty in Iraq, she begins an affair with her teenage stepson's friend, Andrew Canty, 18. Upon Paul's return home, Monique enlists Andrew and a friend to murder Paul to collect on his $400,000 life insurance policy. Both Monique and Andrew faced the death penalty, but instead were sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Co-workers Wendy Evans and Katie Foreman bond over their troubles with men, but when Katie begins dating Wendy's ex-boyfriend, the friendship is over, and Wendy wants revenge. With Katie's ex, Bradley Rawlinson, as mastermind, Wendy and accomplice Bernard Spicer plan Katie's murder, and set Katie's home on fire in October 2011. Katie dies of smoke inhalation, and Wendy and her cohorts are sent to prison, with Wendy sentenced to 18 to 24 years.
Kimberly Diane Cargill's relationships never last long due to her violent temper and abusive behavior, and she constantly wars with the fathers of her four children. Having lost custody of three kids due to abuse and in danger of losing the fourth, Kim fears the court testimony of her hired babysitter, Cherry Walker, will seal her fate, and on June 18, 2010, she kills Cherry and burns the body. She is sentenced to death and loses her appeal on her death sentence in April 2017.
In South London, Rebecca Douglas and Sierra Leonean immigrant Julie Sheriff are troubled teens whose friendship turns to hatred when they end up in rival gangs. Suspecting Julie of spreading rumors about her sex life on social media, Rebecca stabs Julie in the head with a hair comb in May 2011. Julie dies after five months in a coma, and Rebecca is serving 10 years to life in prison.
Sara Moore becomes a live-in caretaker for elderly multiple sclerosis victim Richard Englander, but is more interested in his money than in his welfare and drains his bank accounts to support her crack cocaine habit. On February 6, 2014, Richard decides to fire her after only five days and notifies the police, and Sara bludgeons him with a tire iron and stabs him in the neck. She pleads guilty to second-degree murder and is sentenced to 25 years to life.
Latvian immigrant Angelika Gavare is a single mom working as a clerk in suburban Adelaide, Australia, who dreams of the good life. In December 2008, after stealing petty cash from her customers proves insufficient, she goes after 82-year-old Vonne McGlynn, bludgeoning her to death and dismembering the corpse so she can steal the elderly woman's money. She receives 32 years to life Vonne's head and hands are still missing.
Season 10: 2016 Edit
Canadian doctor Shirley Turner begins a relationship with American medical student Andrew Bagby, 13 years her junior. Shirley has borderline personality disorder and has a long history of failed relationships due to her violent, jealous behavior, and when Andrew ends the relationship for good, his fate is sealed. On November 5, 2001, Shirley, who had recently become pregnant with Andrew's child, shoots him five times. She never faces justice, committing suicide in August 2003 by drowning herself and her infant son Zachary in the Atlantic Ocean.
Allison Miller, a thirty-something single mother of two in Mobile, Alabama, moves in her 19-year-old drug-addict and alcoholic boyfriend, Jasper "Pig" Thomas. She is unable to control his wild party-animal lifestyle, but can't bear to let him go. After Jasper ends the relationship in June 2002, Allison shoots him to death in front of her children. She is serving a 20-year sentence for manslaughter.
Officer-in-training Alex Reyes' marriage to wife Leslie crumbles after only six months, and Leslie and the couple's infant son move in with her grandmother, Jean Allen, 81, who dislikes Alex due to his Mexican heritage. Jean and Leslie falsely accuse Alex of molesting the boy in a plot to get Leslie full custody, and before Alex can have his day in court, Jean swings into action, shooting Alex to death in January 2006. Unrepentant, she gets 25 years to life for first degree murder and dies in prison in 2010.
When Texan "Big" Joe Sturdivant retires from his transmission repair business for health reasons, his wife Joyce Sturdivant, 62, takes over the company. The "Queen Bee" embezzles money from the business to support her opiate addiction and soon owes tens of thousands in back taxes. To keep her husband from finding out and to benefit from his life insurance, Joyce shoots Big Joe to death in October 2008. She is sentenced to 30 years in prison.
At 18, Miranda Barbour is newly married with an infant daughter and an Internet business charging men for chats and companionship, but she is also a child sexual abuse survivor and an avowed Satanist who lures her husband, Elytte, into her faith. On November 11, 2013, the couple entrap and murder Troy LaFerrara by stabbing him 20 times. Both are found guilty of second degree murder and are serving life without parole, although Miranda claims to have committed at least 22 other murders, a claim which has not been substantiated.
Sharon Edwards lives the good life as fiancee and then wife to successful criminal defense attorney David, but she has a history of abusive and violent behavior against boyfriends, and David is no exception, especially after he loses his job. In August 2015, after only two months of marriage, Sharon stabs David in the heart. She is serving a minimum 20-year sentence.
When Darcy Matlock's first marriage ends due to her extramarital affair, she finds comfort in the arms of her new boyfriend, Ron Griffin, but this relationship is also short-lived due to her erratic and jealous behavior. When Ron marries his new girlfriend, Andrean "Andie" Hanks, Darcy decides to destroy Ron's life by shooting Andrean to death in December 1993. Ron commits suicide two months after the murder, and Darcy is serving life in prison without parole.
Vegas Bray suffered from an unhappy childhood which stalled her emotional development. As an adult, she is possessive of her boyfriend, Victor Saucedo. After Victor leaves her, she shoots him nine times in October 2012. She is sentenced to 50 years to life. Bray will be eligible for parole in 2066 at age 78.
Teresa Perez is an attractive car salesman who enjoys manipulating men to get what she wants, which is the finer things in life without having to pay for them. She falls in love with Justyn Rosen, a married man twice her age, but after seven years of dating, Justyn ends the relationship and gets a restraining order against her. In October 2003, Teresa kidnaps Justyn, resulting in a violent standoff at the local police station in which she shoots Justyn 11 times and is herself killed by police.
Texan Brian Allen is a successful self-made businessman, but no matter what, he can't please his wife, Karra Trichele Allen, who allegedly [ clarification needed ] has bipolar disorder that causes violent mood swings, especially when she drinks. Despite Trichele's contempt for Brian, she doesn't want to lose him, and on July 1, 2013, when Brian decides to divorce her, she responds by shooting him to death. She is serving life behind bars without parole.
Susan Lee Russo's facade of devoted wife and mother masks her dark side: she is a meth addict and is having an affair with her drug dealer, Jason Andrews. Feeling smothered by her husband, David, and wanting his life insurance money, she employs Andrews and fellow drug dealer Bobby Morris to shoot David to death in July 1994. Both men get 25 years to life and Susan receives life without parole. Later Russo's sentence was changed to 25 years to life and was denied parole in June 2018 after being granted parole.
Needing money to support her family, Dorothea Waddingham starts her own nursing home, despite lack of medical training and false credentials as a nurse, but finds caring for elderly patient Louisa Baguley and her daughter, Ada, too strenuous. Louisa and Ada die within a few months of each other in 1935, Ada after making Dorothea the sole beneficiary of her will. It is discovered that Dorothea poisoned both women with morphine, and she is hanged in 1936.
Having quit her college teaching job and with her husband unemployed and the family in need of money, Katey Passaniti begins to prey on her Alzheimer's-afflicted mother and stepfather, Ernest and Loretta Luttrell. When Katey's plan to have Ernest permanently committed to an Alzheimer's unit fails, she manipulates her own unwitting mother and her parents' housekeeper Tina Van Moerquerk into hiring hitman Erick Crain to shoot Ernest to death on July 25, 2010. Loretta is deemed unfit to stand trial, and Erick, Tina and Katey are all serving life without parole, with Katey also getting an additional 70 years for conspiracy and forgery.
In 1950s Kentucky, Opal Collins and paraplegic World War II veteran Ben Collins Jr. begin a whirlwind romance, leading to bad blood between herself and Ben's family, especially his mother and caretaker, Julia. After the couple marry and move in with Ben's family, the clashes escalate, and in March 1956, Opal shoots Julia, Ben and Ben's sisters Mary Sue and Martha Ann to death. Prosecuted for the murder of 11-year-old Mary Sue, Opal is sentenced to death, later commuted to life in prison without parole.
Former high school golden girl and social worker Kimethia "Kim" Coleman falls head over heels in love with Air Force sergeant Brian Spinks, but is hotly jealous and suspects him of infidelity. In January 2010, after one confrontation too many, Brian ends the relationship, and Kim, who is not used to rejection, responds by stabbing him over 60 times and slashing his throat. Brian's death is caught on Kim's 911 call and Kim gets life without parole.
Alicia Ernst is bubbly and popular, while her best friend Stephanie Erends is troubled and insecure and self-medicates with drugs and booze. Stephanie is convinced Alicia stole her boyfriend, and at Stephanie's meth-fueled birthday party in March 2008, after Alicia makes some cruel jokes at Stephanie's expense, Stephanie slits Alicia's throat with a wallpaper scraper. She is serving life without parole.
Delpha Jo Spunaugle is on her fourth marriage, and her union with husband Dennis is troubled due to Dennis' alcoholism, abuse, and infidelity. A repentant Dennis pledges to save the marriage, but Delpha Jo wants his $150,000 life insurance policy more and has the couple's live-in handyman, David Woodward, bludgeon and stab Dennis to death in August 1993. Both murderers get life without parole.
Recently widowed chef Cai Xia Liao is smitten with Chinese-born Australian businessman Brian Mach, who is recently separated from his wife of 40 years, Mai. Brian promises to bring Cai Xia to live in Australia with him as his new wife, but reneges when Mai convinces him to reconcile. In March 2015, Cai Xia takes her revenge by beating and torturing Brian and murdering his wife and four-year-old grandson with garden shears. She is serving 32 years to life.
Danielle Green is an aspiring equestrian with dreams of Olympic gold, and marries her second husband, Raymond, to use his money to achieve her goal. She isolates him from his family and drains his bank accounts, but when financial hardships leave the couple penniless, Raymond is no longer of use to her. With a rich new boyfriend in the wings, Danielle shoots Raymond ten times in May 2014 and stuffs his body into a toolbox. Her sentence is 60 years.
New York bankers Patricia Silberstein and Anthony "Tony" Wojcik move in together as a couple, but their happiness is short-lived, as Tony is an abusive, out-of-control alcoholic who cheats on Patricia. After Patricia leaves him, Tony continues to stalk and harass her. One night in May 1976, a meeting between the two turns violent when Tony assaults Patricia for refusing his advances and Patricia responds by beating him with a nightstick, placing him in a waste incinerator and leaving him to bleed to death. Originally, her sentence was made by her how old she was on the day of the murder 22 years, 7 months, and 6 days. Later, she is given a 15-year sentence, which she serves, and dies three years after her release.
Tomekia Johnson grew up in the tough Los Angeles neighborhood of Compton but ends up on the right side of the law when she becomes a California Highway Patrol officer. However, she has a hot temper fueled by alcohol, and her relationship with her husband, Marcus Lemons, is becoming strained. During an argument in February 2009, Tomekia beats Marcus and then shoots him in the head. She is serving 50 years to life.
Roxalana Druse thought she was marrying into money when she wed her husband William, but instead marries into twenty years of financial hardships as well as cruelty and verbal abuse from her spouse. In December 1884, after William threatens Roxalana, she enlists the help of her daughter Mary and nephew Frank in murdering her husband, shooting, decapitating and dismembering him and then burning his corpse piecemeal. Mary receives a life sentence and Roxalana is hanged in 1887.
When Katrina Bridges gets pregnant, she and her boyfriend Chris Ingraham move to Maine to make a fresh start. However, Katrina is a kleptomaniac, even going so far as to stage a burglary in her own home to cover up her thefts, which is the last straw for Chris. In January 2001, after taking out a $15,000 life insurance policy on him, Katrina shoots Chris in the head while he sleeps. She is sentenced to 47 years.
Carmen Montenegro is financially supported by her boyfriend and later fiancee, Samuel Wiggins, but far from being grateful, she steals additional money from him. Sam finally has enough and breaks off the relationship in April 2011, which sends Carmen into a murderous rage as she stabs him 24 times, then dismembers his corpse with a chainsaw and deposits the remains in various places, including in two potted plants. She gets 26 years to life.
When Molly Martel's boyfriend becomes physically abusive, her best friend, Stephanie Campbell, is there to support her, but when Stephanie herself becomes a victim of domestic violence, Molly fails to return the favor, and instead sides with Stephanie's abuser, ending the friendship for good. On November 2, 2010, a violent confrontation between the former friends leads to Molly stabbing Stephanie four times. Molly is convicted of second-degree murder and gets 20 to 40 years.
Shauna Hoare and her boyfriend, Nathan Matthews, get sexual kicks out of violent schoolgirl-rape pornography, and plot to make their sexual fantasies come true by abducting and raping Nathan's 16-year-old stepsister, Becky Watts. However, instead of kidnapping Becky, Nathan instead strangles her, and then he and Shauna dismember her corpse on February 19, 2015. Nathan is serving a 33-year minimum sentence and Shauna's sentence is 17 years for manslaughter.
Season 11: 2017 Edit
Jeanne Harrington and her husband Michael Gable are in serious debt after his gambling addiction and her uncontrollable spending have left them broke. It all becomes too much for hoarder Jeanne, and on the night of August 16, 2011, she puts a vicious plan into action. She shocks her husband with a stun-gun while he sleeps on the couch, knocking him unconscious. She then beats him with a blunt object before smothering him by covering his face in plastic wrap. She is sentenced to 16 years to life in prison.
Mary Elizabeth Wilson is on her fourth husband, Ernest, after the mysterious deaths of two other husbands and a lover. However, their marriage doesn't last long, in fact, it lasts less than a year. Mary's suspicious comments about saving the wedding reception's sandwiches for the funeral, and how the local undertaker should give her a discount for all her business, are raising eyebrows. The bodies of two of her previous husbands are exhumed revealing high levels of phosphorus. Mary is found guilty of two murders and sentenced to death, with her motive revealed to be greedy for money. She later becomes known as the Merry Widow of Windy Nook and her death sentence is overturned.
Cheryl Lucero is working as a waitress when she meets Rick Roberts. Rick is married and Cheryl is in a long-term relationship but that doesn't stop them from getting together. Guilt makes Rick end the fling, but Cheryl won't accept that answer. She starts stalking him and his wife, even building a shrine for him, complete with pictures, items of his and even pieces of his clothing. On February 16, 2014, Cheryl arrives at Rick's garage and shoots him twice. She is found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to 50 years to life in prison.
18 year old Maria Barbella and her family have moved from Italy to New York and she is looking for a husband. She thinks she has found one in entrepreneur Domenico Cataldo, a fellow Italian immigrant. Soon, Domenico reveals to her that he is married and she is understandably furious. After a night out, Maria's married lover turns from an adulterer to a criminal by drugging and raping her. Maria still wants to marry him, though, as it will help her regain her virtue. On April 26, 1895, Maria and her mother plead with Domenico to marry her in a busy bar, but he yet again refuses, saying "Not even a pig would marry you.". causing Maria to finally snap. She takes a razor blade from her bag and slits his throat. Maria is immediately arrested after the many witnesses identify her. She is found guilty and sentenced to death, but after a year on death row, a re-trail is granted where her abuse at the hands of Domenico is finally told. She is acquitted of all charges and later goes on to marry a good man and have a family of her own.
After a difficult childhood, Misook Nowlin has finally found love in the arms of her husband, Don Wang. The two are madly in love and Don's mother, Linda Tyda, is happy to treat Misook like her own daughter. Soon, however, the happy family is torn apart when Linda shuns her daughter-in-law after Misook is caught shoplifting. Neither Don or Linda will post her bail and she is left in jail for eight days while there, she plots revenge. She persuades a waitress to call Linda, asking her to be a translator for her at a meeting. When Linda arrives, she is shocked to see Misook instead, but Misook insists she only wants to repay Linda the money she once took from her. The two women end up in Misook's sewing shop and things go very bad. Linda is bashed over the head by her daughter-in-law with a hammer and then Misook strangles her to death before stuffing her body and container and burying her in a shallow grave on the outskirts of town. Misook Nowlin is sentenced to 55 years in prison.
Styllou Christofi moves from Cyprus to Britain to be with her son Stavros, his wife Hella and three grandchildren. Things don't go well from the get-go with Styllou being constantly judgmental of her daughter-in-law. On July 29, 1954, Stavros is working the night shift and leaves Styllou home alone with his wife. Styllou plots a brutal plan she hits her daughter-in-law across the head with an ash pan before strangling her with a scarf and burning her body. Police find it hard to believe a grandmother could commit such a brutal crime such as this, until they look into her past. In 1925, back in Cyprus, a young Styllou was having problems with her own mother-in-law, and with the help of two accomplices, she killed her by shoving a burning torch down her throat. Styllou Christofi is hanged for Hella's murder on December 13, 1954.
Patricia Wells is working as a nurse in a retirement home when she meets William Jennings. Although he is old enough to be her grandfather, the two are soon a couple. She convinces her new husband to transfer half of his assets into her account and eventually has control of everything he owns. She spends his money fast, drugging him, making it appear he has dementia, so he won't intervene. When it starts to run out, however, she decides William is worth more dead then alive. On September 19, 1989, she and her husband are a hotel room and she puts her plan into action. She beats him with her fists, kicks him with her cowboy boots and even sexually assaults him with foreign objects. She is found guilty of William's torturous death and is sentenced to death, which is overturned in 2013 for life without parole.
Megan Haines has a history of abusing elderly patients, but she still manages to get a job in an Australian nursing home. Her mistreatment of the elderly doesn't stop and three patients are constantly at the center of her abuse, Marie Darragh, 82, Isabella Spencer, 77, and another woman. The patients start complaining, so to keep them quiet, Megan poisons Marie and Isabella with insulin in May 2014, though the third patient luckily escapes and reveals Megan's abuse, eventually getting her exposed for her crimes. Megan Haines is sentenced to 27 to 36 years in prison.
After Donna Roberts' near brush with death, her family notices strange behavior including smoking and sex addiction. She starts having an affair with Nathaniel "Nate" Jackson, a career criminal and a man younger than her, while behind her divorced but live-in ex-husband Robert Fingerhut. Even with Nate in prison, their bond grows stronger and they plan Robert's murder. When Nate is released from prison in December 2001, Donna leaves home while Nate kills Robert. Nate proclaims Donna's innocence but eventually, they both receive the death penalty. Donna becomes the only woman currently on death row in Ohio.
In Jasper, Alabama, in 1997, Shonda Johnson is married five times by age 28, but is also a serial bigamist who is married to three men, #3 being Randy Mccular, a 4th and #5 Tim Richards. When Randy learns about Shonda's secret life, he threatens to take her children away and she is quickly arrested. While awaiting trial, she manipulates Tim into getting rid of Randy. Tim and Shonda follow Randy and Tim shoots him. Richards gets a life sentence for pleading guilty and testifying against Shonda. Shonda gets the death penalty, but in 2014, it is commuted to life without parole.
Jacquelyn "Jackie" Greco is living the good life in Illinois with husband Carl Gaimari. But their marriage is on the rocks due to them having extramarital affairs and Jackie neglecting her children. One day in April 1979, two gunmen enter the home and murder Carl. It first seems like a robbery gone bad, but Jackie's family notices suspicious behavior with her hosting a party a few days later and marrying her lover. Jackie's sister comes forward with information about Carl's death but it wasn't confirmed. 34 years later, Jackie is finally arrested, and in 2016, she is found guilty and sentenced to 30 years in prison. This investigation is still ongoing as her trigger-men are still unidentified.
Bob and Martha Sue Mcclancy move from Florida to Tennessee because Bob, a veteran, has PTSD. The couple become friends with a fellow serviceman, Chuck Kaczmarczyk, also had experience with PTSD. Martha Sue and Chuck eventually have an affair. Martha becomes overwhelmed with greed, and she comes up with a plan to kill Bob. Their first attempt to kill Bob fails, but on May 15, 2006, Bob dies from an overdose with his own medication. Years after the death, the couple become con-artists that include committing fraud as posing elderly people with disabilities from the military. Martha Sue's son finds pictures with Bob posed in various positions after his death. Chuck pleads guilty and is sentenced to 25 years. Martha Sue receives 50 years.
Sarah Gonzales-McLinn is a Kansas teenager who looks like a good girl, but she is a troubled soul who is a drug addict and a sexual abuse survivor. Even when her boss Hal Sasko lets her board at his house, she still doesn't calm down. Sarah starts fantasizing about killing people and reading books about serial killers. On January 14, 2014, she drugs Hal's beer with drugs, ties him up and stabs him by the neck, while smearing his blood on the wall and smears "Freedom". Convicted of first degree murder, she is sentenced to 50 years.
In 1860s Pittsburgh, Martha Grinder is a housewife with a morbid fascination with death. Her obsession leads her to kill a maid, two brothers-in-law, her daughter and a neighbor couple. Her husband was the only one spared. Prosecuted for the murders of maid Jane Buchanan and neighbor Mary Caruthers, Martha is sentenced to death and hanged in November 1867.
After a tough divorce, Michigan mom Theresa Petto thinks she's found a new start in love when she sees high school friend Brent Kik, but Brent has no intentions of moving in with her even after she reveals she's pregnant. After her baby daughter's death, Theresa begins acting possessive of Brent and he ends the relationship. Theresa begins stalking him and new girlfriend Rachel Drafta, and in June 2015, Theresa shoots Rachel in the head. She pleads guilty to murder and receives life without parole.
Showgirl Clara Phillips has a happy marriage with husband Armor, but when a neighbor tells Clara about Armor talking to a recently-widowed woman named Alberta Meadows, it causes her to snap even though there is no evidence they are having an affair. On July 10, 1922, Clara and friend Peggy Caffee hitch a ride with Alberta to a secluded location where Clara bashes Alberta with a hammer. She was sentenced to 10 years to life and was released after 12 years. She is dubbed "Tiger Lady" because of how brutal the crime was.
Maryann Castorena has fallen out of love with her long time lover Jose Hernandez, but not with his money, and wants his life insurance and to be with her secret married husband. On January 5, 2014, she hires gang teen Anthony Delagarza to beat Jose to death that evening. Anthony gets 20 to 40 years and Maryann gets life without parole.
In early 20th century Delaware, May Carey is left destitute after her husband's death and left penniless and raising her three sons. Robert, her brother and wealthy auto mechanic, is always there for May, but instead of being grateful, she envies him. When her mother dies and leaves her money and house to Robert, it makes May snap and forces her two oldest sons James and Howard in November 1927 to beat and shoot Robert and make the scene look like a robbery gone wrong. Seven years later, the killer family is exposed after the third son tells investigators about the murder. James gets life, and Howard and May are sentenced to death and are both hanged in 1935.
California couple Joel and Jennifer Shanbrom have a strained relationship due to Jennifer's expensive tastes that plunges them into debt. It gets worse when Jennifer has an affair with con-artist Matthew Fletcher. After Joel discovers their affair, Jennifer and Matthew shoot Joel in March 1998 to cash in his $1,000,000 life insurance. Both get life without parole.
In 1770s Massachusetts, Bathsheba Spooner has a bad relationship with her abusive alcoholic husband Joshua. Her depressed mood changes when she meets teenage soldier Ezra Ross, developing into an affair which gets Bathsheba pregnant. Fearing punishment due to the laws of the time, she has Ezra and two Red Coat soldiers beat Joshua and dump his body in a well in March 1778. All four are sentenced to hang. Bathsheba Spooner is hanged on July 2, 1778, becoming the first woman executed in the United States since the Declaration of Independence.
Jennifer Pan goes from straight A student to an irresponsible disobedient as she constantly lies to her parents Huei Hann and Bich Ha, with whom she's always had a strained relationship. After her father discovers her lies, she is forbidden from seeing her boyfriend Daniel Wong. Dreaming of eloping together and wanting her inheritance, Jennifer hires Daniel and three hitmen to kill her parents on November 8, 2010, but Huei Hann survives and he gives away Jennifer to the police. Jennifer, Daniel and the hitmen are given 25 to life sentences.
Martha Place at first had a good relationship with her stepdaughter Ida while she was a housekeeper, but as Ida's father William marries Martha, the bond disappears, and the family becomes volatile and violent as William shows more attention to Ida than Martha, which drives Martha insane with jealousy. On February 7, 1898, when Martha finds Williams' will stating Ida as the beneficiary, Martha snaps. She throws acid on and asphyxiates Ida and later non-fatally attacks William with an axe. Martha is executed in March 1899, becoming the first woman executed in the electric chair.
Amy Bishop was a professor and neurobiologist PhD in Chemistry at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, but has a history of violent outbursts, including shooting her younger brother Seth to death in 1986. On February 12, 2010, after being denied tenure over poor performance, she opened fire during a meeting of the biology department, killing three of her colleagues and leaving three more critically wounded. She is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
In 1866, Irish woman Bridget Durgan was starting a new life as a maid, but her jobs did not last long. After having seizures, Dr. William Coriell examines her and ends up hiring her. Bridget envies his wife Mary's lifestyle and husband, and is lazy and insubordinate. After Mary convinces her husband to fire the maid, Bridget stabs Mary to death before setting the house on fire to try and cover her tracks. Bridget claims robbery, but after the fire is quickly put out, the truth is revealed. Bridget is sentenced to death by hanging in 1867.
Empty nesters Shannon O'Roark Griffin and her husband, Roscoe, are living apart. Roscoe has moved to Kansas after being offered a new teaching job, but Shannon refuses to move from their home in Missouri. Roscoe starts an affair with his psychiatrist, Dr. Irina Puscariu, even though it is forbidden. Shannon is furious when she finds out, and after months of confrontations, she has had enough. On January 13, 2012, she drives 250 miles throughout the night to Irina's house. When Irina opens the door, she ambushes her, shooting her four times in front of Irina's mother. Shannon pleads guilty to second degree murder and is sentenced to 20 years in prison.
36 year old Patricia Tito of Shreveport, Louisiana, has a way of luring in men and using them for money. When her latest lover, Chris Shufflin, ends up in the hospital after a stroke, he realizes Patricia is using him for money and refuses to give her any more. Patricia dumps Chris as soon as she's cut off, but her earlier lovers are all refusing to take her back as well. She is left penniless and tries to get back with Chris, but he has moved on with 59-year-old Judie Winn. After weeks of threats, a jealous and angry Patricia shoots Judie through her kitchen window as she is washing the dishes. Patricia pleads guilty to manslaughter and is sentenced to 34 years in prison.
Season 12: 2018 Edit
Young American Molly Martens takes a job in Ireland as a live-in nanny for single father of two Jason Corbett. Jason's first wife died from an asthma attack, and Molly becomes a mother figure for the two children. When Molly expresses homesickness, she and Jason moved back to the United States, but their relationship deteriorates due to Molly's possessive nature over his kids. He plans on returning to Ireland when Molly's parents make a surprise visit. During that weekend visit in August 2015, Molly and her father Thomas, a former FBI agent, beat Jason to death and claim self-defense. Their stories are quickly unraveled, and Molly's desire to take Jason's kids is forever destroyed when both father and daughter receive 20-to-25 year prison sentences for murder.
In Houston, Texas, seemingly devout Jehovah's Witnesses Sandra Melgar and her husband Jaime appear to be a perfect couple. They run a successful rental business together, but their 32-year marriage endures several problems. Sandra is devoted to her religion, but as a Jehovah's Witness, being divorced would result in her being shunned from her community. In December 2012, on the couple's wedding anniversary, Sandra stabs her husband to death in their bedroom and attempts to stage the scene as a burglary gone wrong. She ties herself up, and is later found by her husband Jaime's family. After police question Sandra and investigate the scene, they discover holes in her story. She is convicted of first-degree murder in 2017, and sentenced to 27 years in prison.
Robin O'Neill becomes engaged to coworker Steve Lotts, but Robin has extreme jealousy with his female friends. She also goes as far as to stalk him, which proves to be the last straw for Steve. In November 2014, after Steve calls off the engagement, Robin shoots Steve and his 28 year son Jamis. She is convicted of aggravated murder and is sentenced to life without parole.
Sarah Williams and Katrina "Kit" Walsh are best friends despite their 20 year age difference, but enjoy using men for money, with Sarah having sex with them. Sarah's new lover is 57 year old Ian Johnston, but he breaks off the fling to be with his partner Sadie Hartley. After numerous attempts to get Ian back fail, both women plan her murder for a year before acting on it in January 2016. Kit gets 25 to life and Sarah 30 to life.
Jennifer Rose Trent is a Florida woman struggling to make ends meet for her son. She befriends 69-year old Doris Johnston, who allows Jennifer and her son to stay with her in her home rent-free. When Doris goes out of state to visit her family, Jennifer moves in her boyfriend and spends $15,000 of Doris' money. In January 2015, Doris is alerted to the missing money and confronts Jennifer the confrontation quickly turns violent and Jennifer repeatedly slams Doris' head into the floor, leaving her unconscious and clinging to life. After four days of waiting for Doris to die, Jennifer suffocates her with a garbage bag. Police soon find Doris' body after her family becomes concerned. Jennifer is sentenced to life without parole.
Jemma Lilley is an Australian woman who practices S&M and has a disturbing obsession with serial killers, particularly Son of Sam. She shares these dark interests with her submissive new friend and housemate, Trudi Lenon. In June 2016, they make their murder fantasies come true by tricking Trudi's son's friend, Aaron Pajich, 18, into coming to their home to swap video games with her son. After failing to garrotte Aaron, they stab him in the neck and chest before burying his body in the backyard. Both are sentenced to life with a minimum of 28 years.
Giovanni and Crystal Gambino appear to be a perfect couple, but both indulge in drugs and sex parties which plunges them into debt and causes their wine importing business to fail. Despite this, the couple find comfort in their orgies to fix their marriage. In February 2016, the couple invite another couple, Geoffrey Gilliland and Stephanie Sanchez, to their house for a foursome. When Crystal tries to join in, Giovanni pushes her away, causing Crystal to go berserk and shoot all three. She pleads guilty to manslaughter and two counts of second-degree murder and receives 29 years in prison.
After her husband abandons her, Ada Hulmes is in dire straits for her daughter who she leaves in a convent. Her income becomes her talents in piano and charm, and she travels around the southwest performing in saloons before settling down in Silver City, New Mexico. There, she befriends prostitute Claude Lewis and finds love in Jack Brown, a married womanizer. In February 1889, Jack dumps Ada for Claude and later goes to the saloon, shooting him in front of many witnesses. She receives only three years.
In the 1970s, Rita Gluzman became an activist in order to free her husband Yakov from the Soviet Union. After he is freed, Yakov becomes a celebrated microbiologist. But after two decades of living in the United States, their marriage deteriorates, due to Rita's spending. After separating, Yakov starts a relationship with a woman in Israel and seeks to divorce Rita. On April 6th, 1996, Rita and her cousin Vladimir Zelenin hack him to death with an axe before dismembering his body. Before disposing of the body parts, Vladimir is caught by a passing police officer. Vladimir pleads guilty and is given 22 and a half years he is released in 2015. Rita is convicted on a federal charge of interstate domestic violence resulting in death and receives life without parole.
20-something year old parents Rex and Amanda Taylor are obsessed with serial killers. In 2014, Rex and Amanda separate after he develops a drug addiction and he moves in with his father, Charles. After Rex spirals into a deep depression and commits suicide, Amanda focuses her guilt and rage at her father-in-law. Looking for a new partner to share in her obsession, she meets fantasist Sean Ball. During a visit to her father-in-law in April 2015, Amanda stabs him 31 times in the face and neck while Sean strikes him repeatedly in the head. After he dies, Amanda decides to take a selfie with his corpse and posts it online. Afterwards, Sean knocks himself out with sedatives before Amanda shoots him in the face. She once again takes a selfie and posts it online. Sean is discovered alive. Amanda is sentenced to life without parole, while Sean is sentenced to 60 years.
Marlene Johnson's marriage to husband Ervin becomes troubled due to Marlene's jealousy and volatile behavior against him and coworker Shirley Pierce. After their separation, Marlene continues to harass and stalk both of them, mindlessly believing that Shirley has stolen Ervin from her, something that isn't true at all. On July 23, 2013, Marlene violently slashes Shirley to death. Due to her past violent actions against Shirley being well known, she is caught almost immediately, and in 2018, she is sentenced to life without parole.
From a young age, Estibaliz "Esti" Carranza has dreams of motherhood, but feels husband Holger Holz can't give her a baby due to his Hare Krishna faith. In April 2008, Holger goes missing and Esti falls in love with Manfred Hinterberger, with whom she once had an affair with during her marriage. In 2010, he, too, goes missing. Later, in 2011, it is revealed that Esti shot both men, dismembered their bodies with a chainsaw and hid the remains in buckets mixed with cement in the basement of her ice cream parlor in Vienna, Austria. During her trial, Esti gives birth to a son she had with a man she dated after killing Manfred, but her dreams are forever shattered when, due to her crimes, her son is permanently taken out of her hands to be raised by her parents instead, leaving Esti to plead guilty to the two murders and be sentenced to life in a maximum security psychiatric prison.
Tausha Fields Morton is a serial bride who enjoys attention for men and cheating on past husbands. One of them, named Mitch Kemp, with whom she has a daughter with, is no exception, as she cheats on him with Greg Morton, and later marries him while still married to Mitch, thus committing bigamy. In August 2004, when Mitch fights for custody of their daughter, Tausha, fearing her secrets will be exposed), convinces Greg with a lie to murder Mitch, and the two of them lure Mitch to shoot him six times and bury his body in a rural property. Not long after, Tausha dumps Greg for another man, causing Greg to realize he had been lied to by Tausha. Eventually, the crime is exposed and the killers are caught, with a remorseful Greg pleading guilty and receiving 19 years, while Tausha receives a life sentence.
Ellishia Allen is a British glamour model with a drinking problem and a volatile temper. She is able to find love in Karl Bloxham, who tries to help her sober up, but her drinking problem comes back after months of sobriety. In June 2015, after a few years into the relationship, Karl wants out, but a raged-filled Ellishia stabs him fatally in the cardiac area. She pleads guilty to murder and is sentenced to a 14 year minimum sentence with eligibility for parole at age 43.
In 1950's Salt Lake City, Jean Sinclair, the owner of a retirement home, begins a forbidden love with her beauticion LaRae Peterson. But Jean becomes possessive of her, and after six years, LaRae wants out and starts a fresh start with Donald Foster, who becomes her fiancee. In January 1963, Jean ambushes Donald, shooting him near the face, and blindly believes her murderous deed will win LaRae back instead, she turns Jean in. She was sentenced to life and died in prison.
In 1861, Paula Angel meets the love of her life in Juan Miguel Martin, a married man who hangs out in saloons and with prostitutes. After finding out his secrets and refusing to marry her, Paula stabs him three times. She was sentenced to hang.
Victoria Rickman is a volatile hot-tempered woman who has a history of abuse and violent outbursts, and her new lover William "Will" Carter is no exception. She also resents his time he spends with his daughter from a previous relationship. After violent assaults, Will gets out of the relationship, but Victoria won't let him go, going so far as to accuse him of rape and abuse. After her lies are exposed, she assaults Will again, which earns her a battery charge against her. On September 13, 2013, after having sex, Victoria shoots Will several times and claims self-defense, but due to her previous lies about her being raped being very well known, her claim is permanently destroyed, and in 2017, she is sentenced to life without parole.
In the late 19th century London, Mary Wheeler is a young woman who enjoys using men for money and sex (one in particular was Frank Hogg). She later begins an affair with Mary's close friend Phoebe, then gets hitched when she gets pregnant. In October 1890, she beats Phoebe to death with a fire poker and slashes her throat, then uses her body to smother the infant, then dump their bodies. She is hanged on December 23, 1890.
Kirsten Stephens is a Missouri woman who is married to her retired coworker Charlie. But Kirsten has a severe compulsive gambling problem that forces Charlie to come out of retirement and losing nearly a million dollars over the course of their marriage. In March 2014, Kirsten shoots Charlie in the back with a rifle as he sleeps to collect on his life insurance and makes the scene a robbery gone wrong. She was sentenced to life without parole.
Brittney Dwyer is an Australian woman who has a close relationship with her grandfather Robert Whitwell. But in secret, Brittney has a dark obsession with murder and violence. While visiting Robert, her mother tells her about hidden money in his shed. In August 2016, Brittney and new friend Bernadette Burns drive 1200 miles to her grandfather's house where Brittney stabs him in the neck and chest, letting him bleed to death. Bernadette received a minimum of 13 years and six months, while Brittney gets a minimum of 21 years.
Season 13: 2019 Edit
Lucille Miller was an ambitious housewife with dreams of climbing the social status unlike her husband Cork. She begins an affair with lawyer Arthwell Hayton in the belief that she will climb the social ladder, but Arthwell dumps her. In October 1964, Lucille drugs Cork and burns him alive in the car for his insurance money. She was sentenced to life in prison but was released after serving only seven years of her sentence and died at the age of 56. She is also suspected of killing Elaine Hayton, Arthwell's wife.
Jackie Spaulding gets a motel thanks to her husband Roger, but after eight years of running the business, the motel falls apart due to her owning money and the motel being occupied by prostitutes and felons, and shortly after that, she begins an affair. Roger, knowing divorce is not an option because he will carry all her debts, decides to separate and leave town. Jackie tries to kill him by burning down his mobile home, but in June 2004, Jackie and two hitmen ultimately shoot Roger twice in the head. Jackie was sentenced to life without parole plus an additional five years. The hitmen are never found.
Amanda Perry Hayes and her husband Grant are locked in a bitter custody battle for their two sons with Grant's ex-wife Laura Ackerson. In July 2011, after knowing that the chance of getting full custody is slim, the couple murder and dismember Laura at their home and drive from North Carolina to Texas in order to dump her body. Grant received life without parole while Amanda received 13 to 16 years plus an additional 20 years.
Selfish country girl Beulah Annan begins an affair with laundromat manager Harry Kalstedt for financial gain and promiscuous fun. In April 1924, after an argument where Harry ends the relationship, Beulah shoots Harry and lets him die and claims self-defense. Using her charms, a sympathetic jury acquitted her of all charges, but she dies a few years later. Roxie Hart of the musical Chicago is based on Beulah.
Puerto Rico beauty Áurea Vázquez-Rijos marries billionaire Adam Anhang for his money by faking a pregnancy. But after a week, Adam wants out as he discovers her lie and seeks a divorce. Aurea harasses him, and, in September 2005, Aurea, her sister, and boyfriend hire a hitman called Alex Pablon Colon to kill Adam and stage it as a robbery gone wrong. Aurea flees to Europe, but after 13 years, she is captured, extradited, and sentenced to life without parole.
Pamela Lee Worms moves from Wales to New Orleans after her husband banishes her for infidelity. There, she marries Moses Worms and they move. However, Pamela soon turns into a serial killer by killing her stepson to bring back her husband, then she kills her stepdaughter, a female relative, and finally Moses himself, all in her path to keep her infidelity secrets and to gain Moses' inheritance. Her attempts to gain the inheritance fails, as before his death, Moses disinherited her from his will. She is soon exposed for her murder of Moses and is sentenced to hang in 1851.
Jane Carpenter and her husband Brent move from California to Arizona so Jane can care for her grandmother. But the stress of playing nurse causes Jane to have animosity toward her grandmother and later Brent, who is diabetic. To make matters worse, their design business begins to fail and they become broke. In June 2002, Jane snaps and violently kills Brent and stages the murder as robbery and gets away with it for a decade, but is eventually caught and is sentenced to 25 years to life.
Emma LeDoux gets hitched for the fourth time with a rich man named Jean LeDoux, but she is still married with her third husband Albert McVicar. In March 1906, Emma poisons Albert with morphine, bludgeons him, and puts him in a trunk. She was sentenced to life and paroled after 10 years, but ends up back in prison for a dating scam, and dies in prison in 1941. She is suspected of killing her second husband.
Paige Conley is a drug addict alcoholic who lives with her mother Carlene, whom she regularly bullies and gets in trouble. But despite the abuse, Carlene welcomes her daughter home. In March 2015, Paige brutally murders Carlene after an argument over food and claims trick or treaters murdered Carlene, despite Halloween being seven months away. That inconsistency soon proves to be her undoing, and she is sentenced to 20 to 27 years in prison. In 2019, her sentence was vacated and she is facing a retrial.
NOTE: To avoid going back to trial again, Paige accepted a plea deal in August 2019 for 20 years.
Becky Reid is a volatile, violent, hot-tempered woman who has a history of beating up and abusing ex-girlfriends, and her latest lover, single mom Lyndsey Vaux, is no exception. For years, Becky beats, humiliates, and starves Lyndsey with the help of her mother. In May 2016, Lyndsey dies from the abuse. Becky is sentenced to life with a minimum of 20 years for Lyndsey's death and beating a former girlfriend.
Mary Jane Fonder becomes obsessed with her church's new pastor, but he rebuffs her advances. When he shows attention and compassion to new member Rhonda Smith, Mary becomes consumed with jealousy and shoots Rhonda to death in January 2008. She is sentenced to life without parole and dies in prison in 2018.
In 1920's Chicago, Wanda Stopa aspires to be the first female prosecutor, but is turned down. Depressed, she turns to the bohemian lifestyle and finds love with a married advertising executive. In April 1924, Wanda goes to his home with the intention of murdering his wife and keeping the executive all to herself, but winds up shooting the couple's elderly housekeeper Henry Manning instead when he tries to intervene, while the wife manages to escape. On the run from the law, plastered all over the news, and unable to live with the failure of her plan and her losing the executive forever, Wanda discloses her location to authorities before taking her own life in defeat.
Party girl Liz Golyar becomes infatuated with single dad Dave, but he is in a relationship with another woman, Cari Farver. After Dave no longer wants Liz, she becomes upset and frenzied. She stalks Cari and carries out a premeditated plan to create a fake profile to befriend Cari and gain her trust. In November 2012, Liz abducts Cari at knifepoint, coerces her cellphone password, then stabs Cari to death before burning, dismembering, and dumping her body in a remote area. Liz then impersonates Cari on cyberspace for the next four years, and shoots herself in the leg, making herself a victim, and destroys Dave's property, thinking it was Cari. She is sentenced to life in prison for murder plus 18 to 20 years for arson. Cari's body is never recovered.
In 1905, Marie Arthur, a preacher's daughter, is rebellious and already married when she falls in love with a bartender, Frank Broadway Jones, but all is not happiness in her life. They are broke financially and she is not happy with Frank, and Marie decides to get herself a job. She wants a social life with alcohol, having affairs with miners and prostituting for her own desires, until news spreads town that Frank has had an affair with a woman. Marie gets upset however, they give love a second chance, but Frank has a casual encounter with another woman that sends Marie into a rage once again, and the hope for reconciliation was dissolved. In January 1914, she shoots Frank twice, one in the leg and the second in the back. She pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter and is sentenced to a year in prison. She is paroled after four months.
Melanie Eam and James Barry share a passion with video games which makes them fall in love at a gaming competition. While Melanie is sweet on the outside, she is a jealous woman in reality. She starts to think he's spending more time with his best friend, and in retaliation, she pours bleach into James's fish tank. In November 2016, James breaks up with Melanie via gaming chat, and in a bitter rage, Melanie stabs James to death. Convicted of second-degree murder, she is sentenced to 50 years.
Hotel housekeeper Amy Hill has an affair with owner Ross Bonny, with Amy ditching her family to be with him. The two get engaged, but Ross wants to spend more time at work than with his fiancée. Suspicious, she decides to follow him and finds out that he is a womanizer and preys on divorcees. When confronted about this, Ross gets angry, and in November 1916, Amy shoots him twice with a revolver. She is sentenced to nine months in prison and only serves two.
After a short stay in prison for a minor offense, Esther Beckley hooks up with Shane Harrison. In March 1996, Esther and Shane decide to rob a video store where they kill three employees and the grandparents of one of the employees. Shane is sentenced to 258 years in prison. Esther pleads guilty and sentenced to 95 1/2 years in prison. She is eligible for parole when she is 120 years old.
English Rose Sharon Swinhoe is a magnet for many men and attracts 66-year-old retiree Peter McMillian. But Sharon is only in that relationship for his money. She lies about Peter raping her, and then, in October 2012, gets smitten friend Joseph Collins to help beat him to death so she can spend all his money. Joseph gets 20 years and Sharon gets life with a minimum of 25 years.
Shelly Arndt and Darcy Veeder Jr. seem like a perfect couple on the outside, but in reality, she's a controlling alcoholic, and after the constant abuse, Darcy writes a letter to Shelly which leads to their breakup. But Shelly is determined to have the final move, and on February 23, 2014, Shelly invites Darcy to drink at her sister's house to reconcile, but Darcy doesn't want to get back with her. In retaliation, she takes a bean bag and lights it on fire, burning the house down and killing him. Convicted of aggravated first-degree murder, arson and six counts of second-degree assault, she is sentenced to life without parole.
Party girl Jacqueline Crymble is a self-centered narcissist who attracts Roger Ferguson. But when her husband Paul finds out about the affair, she manipulates Roger into murdering him, and on Father's Day, 2004, they beat and suffocate him to death to collect on his $450,000 life insurance policy. They stage a burglary to cover up the murder, but the police aren't fooled at this, and the murderers are exposed and convicted in 2007, with Roger sentenced to 18 years to life and Jacqueline getting 20 years to life.
Season 14: 2021 Edit
Ciera Harp had a tumultuous relationship with Rahim Grant. When he tried to leave her, in 2017, she shot him several times and partially recorded the murder. She received a sentence of 125 years.
Linda Ricchio's relationship with Ron Ruse was so contentious and vicious. She stalked and harassed him, even moving into a home next to him. Dubbed the Fatal Attraction Killer, she shot him dead, in 1987, and received a sentence of 27 years to life. In 2019, she was denied parole.
Army Veteran Barbara Rogers and Steven Mineo were in a alien reptile cult until Barbara was kicked out of it. Many factors, including Barbara sponging off Steven and cheating on him, caused Barbara to shoot Steven dead, in 2017, after weeks of turmoil. She received a sentence of 15 to 40 years.
Italian Leonarda Cianciulli decided to commit human sacrifice to protect her son who decided to fight in WWII. This resulted in 3 murders in which she chopped them up and turned them into tea cakes and soap. She gave the cake and soap to others and even ate the cakes herself. She got a 30 year sentence.