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 , Frances cold-heartedly shot her husband and two young children for their life insurance money. She was executed in September of 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 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 and died in prison on April 4, 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 , 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 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.
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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 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.
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Wade is serving a 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 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 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 s 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.
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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, and in , her sentence was commuted to 25 years to life. 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.
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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.
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In Norfolk, England , Lorraine Thorpe saw a father figure in a 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 Shana Parkinson had a volatile temper that prompted her husband to leave her for another woman. She stabbed him and his new fiancee 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. 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 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 year sentence and is eligible for release in 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.
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