Friday, May 10, 2013

The Dirty Dozen: 12 Female Serial Killers Executed in the USA – 1945-2002


Of the twelve American serial killers who have been executed between 1845 and 2002 only six have had their biographies published (eight if we count a rare 1866 pamphlet about Martha Grinder and the fictionalized story in the 2007 novel about Elizabeth Reed).

1)  1845 Elizabeth “Betsey” Reed Heathsville, Illinois (residence)

~ 6 suspected murders attributed to Reed:
• nephew
• Leonard Reed, husband
• 2 other persons
• 2 children

~ Executed: May 23, 1845, Lawrenceville, Illinois, hanged

2)  1866 – Martha GrinderPittsburgh, Pa.

~ 6 suspected murders attributed to Grinder:
• Mrs. Caroline Mary Carruthers (sister of Mrs. J. M. Johnston)
• Jane R. Buchanan
• Samuel Grinder (her brother-in-law)
• A little child, left to her care
• Her own child
• Mrs. J. M. Johnston (sister of Mrs. Caroline Mary Carruthers)

~ Executed: Jan. 19, 1866, Pittsburgh, Pa.,  hanged

3)  1889 Sarah Whiteling – Philadelphia, Pa.

~ 3 suspected murders attributed to Whiteling:

• John Whiteling, 38, died March 20, 1888
• Bertha Whiteling, 9, died April 25, 1888
• Willie Whiteling, 2, died May 26, 1888

~ Executed: Jun. 25, 1889, Sarah Whiteling, Philadelphia, Pa., hanged

4)  1934 – Anna Marie Hahn – Columbus, Ohio

~ 5 suspected murders attributed to Whiteling:

• Ernst Kohler, died on May 6, 1933
• Albert Parker, 72
• Jacob Wagner, 78, died on June 3, 1937
• George Gsellman, 67, died July 6, 1937
• Georg Obendoerfer, died on August 1, 1937

~ Executed: Dec. 7, 1934, Columbus, Ohio, electric chair, Ohio Penitentiary

5)  1936 – Mary Frances Creighton – Ossining, New York

~ 4 suspected murders attributed to Creighton:

• Mrs. Anna Creighton, mother-in-law, died. Dec. 1, 1920, tied and acquitted; confessed
• Walter J. Creighton, father-in-law, 1923, not confessed
• Charles Raymond Avery, 18, brother, 1933, tried and acquitted; confessed (John C., husband as accomplice)
• Ada Applegate, died Sep. 27, 1935, confessed

~ Executed: Jul. 16, 1936, Ossining, New York – electric chair, Sing Sing Prison

6)  1947 – Louise Peete – San Quentin, California Prison

~ 4? suspected murders attributed to Peete:

• Jacob C. Denton, common-law husband, 1920; tried and convicted
• Co-worker, circa 1938
• Emily Dwight Latham
• Margaret Logan

~ Executed: Apr. 11, 1947, San Quentin, California, gas chamber, San Quentin State Prison

7)  1951 – Martha Beck – Ossining, New York – electric chair, Sing Sing prison

~ 3 murders attributed to Martha Beck & Raymond Fernandez:

• Janet Fay, 66, died 1949
• Delphine Downing, 22, died 1949
• Rainelle Downing, 2, died 1949

Raymond suspected of 1 murder before meeting Martha
Other victims likely were intended by the couple

~ Executed: Mar. 8, 1951, Ossining, New York – electric chair, Sing Sing prison

8)  1957 – Rhonda Belle Martin – Montgomery, Alabama

~ 8 suspected murders attributed to Martin (plus 1 survivor):

• George Garrett, 2nd husband, died in 1939; confessed
• Claude Carroll Martin, 4th husband, 1951; confessed
• Emogene Garrett, 3, daughter, died 1937; confessed
• Anna Carolyn Garrett, 6, daughter, died 1940; confessed
• Ellyn Elizabeth Garrett, 11, daughter died 1943; confessed
• Mrs. Mary Frances Gibbon, mother, died 1944; confessed
• Ronald Martin, 6th husband, survived poisoning, but made paraplegic
• Judith Garrett, daughter, 1; denied murdering
• Mary Adelaide Garrett, 4; denied murdering

~ Executed: Oct. 11, 1957, Montgomery, Alabama – electric chair, Kilby Prison

9)  1984 – Velma Barfield – Raleigh, North Carolina

~ 7 murders attributed to Barfield:

• Thomas Burke, Velma’s husband, died Apr. 1969
• Jennings Barfield, Velma’s husband, died 1970
• Lillian Bullard, Velma’s mother, died 1974
• Montgomery Edwards, died 1976
• Dollie Edwards, died in 1976
• Lee's husband, John Henry, Velma’s husband, died Jun. 4, 1977
• Stuart Taylor, died Feb. 3, 1978

~ Executed: Nov. 12, 1984, Raleigh, North Carolina, lethal injection, Central Prison

10)  1998 – Judias Welty Buenoano – Starke, Florida

~ 4 murders attributed to Buenoano

• James Goodyear, husband, died 1971
• Bobby Joe Morris, common-law husband, died Jan. 1978
• Michael Goodyear, son, died 1980
• John Gentry, fiancĂ©, survived poisoning (Nov. 1982) bombing in 1983

~ Executed: Mar. 30, 1998, Starke, Florida, electrocuted

11)  2000 – Betty Lou Beets – Huntsville, Texas

~ 2 murders attributed to Beets:

• Jimmy Don Beets, husband, Aug. 6, 1983 (date went “missing”)
• Doyle Wayne Barker, husband

~ Executed: Feb. 27, 2000, Huntsville, Texas, executed by lethal drugs, Huntsville Prison

12) Aileen Wuornos – Starke, Florida

~ 7 murders attributed to Wuornos:

• Richard Mallory, 51, died Dec. 1, 1989
• David Spears,  43, body found Jun. 1, 1990
• Charles Carskaddon, 40, May 31, 1990Peter Siems, 65, Jun. 1990 (body never found)
• Troy Burress, 50, Jul. 31, 1990
• Charles "Dick" Humphreys,  56, Sep. 11, 1990
• Walter Jeno Antonio, 62, Nov. 19, 1990 (body found)

~ Executed: Oct. 9, 2002, Starke, Florida – lethal injection, Florida State Prison

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Yet Unknown History of Misandry already has posted many hundreds of cases (from a list which so far numbers 725, and is growing constantly)

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http://unknownmisandry.blogspot.com/2013/06/female-serial-killers-collections.html

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