Female Serial Killers
Greg over on the BE Shoutbox asked me about female serial killers, if they exsist. Of course they do. Murders aren’t held to just one type of person. Women serial killers though do committ their murders differently then men.
Where men are more likely to be more violent with the way they kill, 80% of women killers have used poisons to kill their targets. Shootings counted for 20%. As far as motives go, 74% killed for money. Where most men kill for sex related motives, only 10% of women killed for the same reasons.
Just like you have different types of male serial killers, Lust Killers, Missionary Killers, the same goes for women. One of the most common types of female serial killers are The Black Widows. They systematically kills multiple spouses, partners, or other family members. Another type are known as Angels of Death. They systematically kill people who are in her care for some form of medical attention. This person is most commonly a nurse.
Here are a few of the Black Widow killers:
Lydia Trueblood (1915-1919) killed 5 spouses, a brother-in-law, and her own child by poisoning in Pocatello, Idaho. She made it look like typhoid or influenza, until physicians examining the last victim found suspiciously high traces of arsenic.
Margie Velma Barfield (1969-1978) a 53-year old grandmother, killed 7 husbands, fiances, and her own mother in Lumberton, North Carolina. She burned some victims to death while they slept (made to look like smoking in bed), arranged prescription drug overdoses for others, and resorted to arsenic made to look like gastroenteritis for others. She was executed by lethal injection in 1984, the first woman to be executed in the U.S. since 1976.
Here are a few Angels of Death:
Genene Jones (1978-1982) a 27-year old vocational nurse who loved to work with terminally ill children, was convicted to life imprisonment in San Antonio, Texas for 11 murders in 1984. Because she was mobile, moving around Texas to work in different clinics, authorities expect she may be responsible for as many as 46 deaths. Her pattern involved injecting heart medication (digoxin) into ailing infants in order to gain recognition as a heroine when she was able to miraculously bring them back from the brink of death, or more commonly, appear as a heroine by taking extraordinary measures to resuscitate the doomed infant. She brazenly continued her pattern even while she was under a CDC investigation, and her medical supervisors defended her. When she lost the 1984 trial, hospital officials throughout Texas shredded records of her employment and activities, preventing further trials and embarrassment.
Terri Rachals (1985-1986) a 23-year old intensive care nurse in Albany, Georgia was indicted on 6 counts of murder in 1986, but only sentenced to 17 years imprisonment for aggravated assault. Her defense was successful in portraying her as suffering from “fugue states” and in claiming that her elderly victims had begged her to help them die. Her pattern was to inject potassium chloride to mimic the effects of cardiac arrest. Georgia officials suspected her of 20 such acts, and used statistical probability evidence in the prosecution. A (recanted) confession she made to officials was suppressed because of her mental condition. Newspapers in 1986 called her the “murderess of the century”. Everyone was surprised by the lenient jury verdict.
As you can see, women can be just as evil as men, if not more. Most men serial killers kill those they don’t know. Just a random person they happen across during their day or someone they feel won’t be missed (IE: Prositutes) but as you read above, women will kill those they are meant to care for such as spouses or children.
In the future I plan on making more detailed posts on various women killers but I just wanted to get this out there to help answer some of Gregs questions. I hoped this helped Greg!
Some of the information and facts found above came from here.