Female Killers · Ohio

Woman beats husband to death to attend bridge party

December 6, 1927 Perry, Ohio Velma West (21) bludgeons her husband Thomas Edward West (25) to death with a hammer and table leg when he refuses to allow her to leave for a bridge party Velma was small in stature at 5’5” (165cm) and 107lbs. (48.5kg) while Thomas was around 6 feet tall (183cm) and… Continue reading Woman beats husband to death to attend bridge party

Executions · Female Killers · Louisiana

Toni Jo Henry: first woman executed in Louisiana

November 28, 1942 Lake Charles, Louisiana Toni Jo Henry is executed in the electric chair Henry was 26 when she was executed for murder, carried out to get her husband released from his 50-year jail term. In 1940, Henry devised a plan with Harold Burks to rob a bank to fund a defense team for… Continue reading Toni Jo Henry: first woman executed in Louisiana

Female Killers · Indiana

Woman kills 4 children, attempts suicide, leaves note claiming the children will be better off in Heaven

November 14, 2006 Elkhart, Indiana Angelica Alvarez kills her four children, ages 2 to 8, before attempting suicide Alvarez was found by her husband Fernando Valdez in the basement of their home, near the bodies of the four children. Each child had been given sleeping pills and strangled by Alvarez using her hands; at least… Continue reading Woman kills 4 children, attempts suicide, leaves note claiming the children will be better off in Heaven

Australia · Executions · Female Killers

The last woman to be executed in Western Australia, for the murder of her stepson

October 6, 1909 Fremantle, Western Australia Martha Rendell becomes the last woman executed in Western Australia Rendell was convicted of killing her de-facto (common law) husband’s 14-year-old son, Arthur Morris. Arthur’s sisters, Annie (7) and Olive (5), also died under suspicious circumstances and were suspected to have been murdered by Rendell as well. Doctors at… Continue reading The last woman to be executed in Western Australia, for the murder of her stepson

Female Killers · Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Mother kills 7 children, self; husband follows after hearing of the murders

September 30, 1905 Illinois Julia Markham cuts the throats of her 7 children, sets fire to their bodies, attempts suicide but lives long enough to inform neighbors of the crime, and is followed in death by her husband who shoots himself Julia had had seven children in eight years, and was suspected to have been… Continue reading Mother kills 7 children, self; husband follows after hearing of the murders