Arkansas · Female Killers

Mother kills children to spare them from being separated following her suicide

November 4, 1997 Lincoln County, Arkansas Christina Marie Riggs kills her 5- and 2-year-old children before attempting suicide Riggs was allegedly suicidal and feared her children, who had different fathers, would be separated if she killed herself. She injected her sleeping 5-year-old son with undiluted potassium chloride which, when undiluted, is extremely painful. He woke… Continue reading Mother kills children to spare them from being separated following her suicide

Female Killers · North Carolina · Serial Killers

First woman executed by lethal injection

November 2, 1984 Raleigh, North Carolina Velma Barfield becomes the first woman executed by lethal injection at the age of 52 Barfield confessed to killing 6 people by poisoning, including elderly patients in her care, her mother, and her fiancé. She was sentenced to death for the murders, the first woman executed by lethal injection… Continue reading First woman executed by lethal injection

Texas

Father poisons children’s candy to collect insurance

October 31, 1974 Pasadena, Texas Ronald O'Bryan gives poisoned candy to his children, 2 of the neighbors' children, and a child he recognized from church; his son Timothy dies from the candy O'Bryan, his children Timothy and Elizabeth, and other children went trick or treating around the neighborhood. They came to a house and grew… Continue reading Father poisons children’s candy to collect insurance

Alabama · Executions · Female Killers

Woman who murdered majority of family is executed 

October 11, 1957 Montgomery, Alabama Rhonda Bell Martin is executed in the electric chair for the murder of her fourth husband; she confessed to have also killed her mother, 2 other husbands, and 3 children as well as poisoned her fifth husband (who was also the son of the fourth husband) Martin's children by her… Continue reading Woman who murdered majority of family is executed 

Executions · Female Killers · Newspaper clippings · South Carolina

Teen executed for murder of infant

October 7, 1892 Spartanburg, South Carolina Milbry Brown (15) is executed following a conviction for murdering an infant The infant was allegedly killed in its sleep by carbolic acid being poured down its throat. During trial, it was suggested that Brown, a black teen, took her frustrations from mistreatments out on the child. According to… Continue reading Teen executed for murder of infant