Robbers, murderers, serial killers, and drug lords, every other day we find someone new entering the crime world. Whether it's about bombing a marketplace or killing children for ransom money, it looks like there's no shortage of beings ready to go to an extreme level when it comes to satisfying their needs or just to keep the business going. And if you think it's only men who can survive in the crime world, think again. Because women are also a big part of it since the very beginning. To back that statement, let us show you 8 of the most world's most dangerous female criminals ever in history:
Samantha Louise Lewthwaite, born 5 December 1983, also known as Sherafiyah Lewthwaite or the White Widow, is a British woman who is one of the Western world's most wanted terrorism suspects. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Lewthwaite, the widow of 7/7 London terrorist bomber Germaine Lindsay, is accused of causing the deaths of more than 400 people. She is a fugitive from justice in Kenya, where she was wanted on charges of possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony and is the subject of an Interpol Red Notice requesting her arrest with a view to extradition. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Lewthwaite was an alleged member of the Somalia-based radical Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab. She was accused of orchestrating grenade attacks at non-Muslim places of worship, and is believed to have been behind an attack on those watching football in a bar in Mombasa during Euro 2012. In September 2013, there was speculation over her possible involvement in the Nairobi Westgate shopping mall attack, although other reports cast doubt on this, or said her role had been exaggerated. She was dubbed the "White Widow" by the news media, a play on words referencing her race and the death of her first husband and the practice of referring to Chechen female suicide bombers as "black widows". View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Phoolan Devi, 10 August 1963 – 26 July 2001, popularly known as "Bandit Queen", was an Indian female rights activist, bandit and politician from the Samajwadi Party who later served as Member of Parliament. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Born into a poor family in rural Uttar Pradesh, Phoolan endured poverty, child marriage and had an abusive marriage before taking to a life of crime. Having developed major differences with her parents and being raped multiple times by her husband, the teenage Phoolan sought escape by running away and joining a gang of bandits. She was the only woman in that gang, and her relationship with one gang member, coupled with caste difference, caused a gunfight between gang members. Phoolan's lover was killed in that gunfight. The victorious rival faction, who were Rajputs , took Phoolan to their village of Behmai, confined her in a room, and took turns to rape her repeatedly over several weeks. After escaping, Phoolan rejoined the remnants of her dead lover's faction who were gangs of Mallaah , took another lover from among those men, and continued with banditry. A few months later, her new gang descended upon the village of Behmai to exact revenge for what she had suffered. As many as twenty-two Rajput men belonging to that village were shot dead by Phoolan's gang. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Her act of revenge was portrayed by the press as an act of righteous rebellion. The respectful sobriquet 'Devi' was conferred upon her by the media and public at this point. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Phoolan evaded capture for two years after the massacre before she and her few surviving gang-members surrendered to the police in 1983. She was charged with 48 crimes, including multiple murders, plunder, arson and kidnapping for ransom. Phoolan spent the next eleven years in jail, as the various charges against her were tried in court. In 1994, the state government headed by Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party summarily withdrew all charges against her, and Phoolan was released. She then stood for election to parliament as a candidate of the Samajwadi Party and was twice elected to the Lok Sabha as the member for Mirzapur . In 2001, she was shot dead at the gates of her official bungalow (allotted to her as MP ) in New Delhi by former rival bandits whose kinsmen had been slaughtered at Behmai by her gang. The 1994 film Bandit Queen (made around the time of her release from jail) is loosely based on her life until that point. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Griselda Blanco was a high-level operative in the infamous Medellin Cartel, known for trafficking cocaine in major urban centers like Miami, Florida, and her murderous ways. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Griselda Blanco engaged in criminal activity at an early age and soon found success by trafficking cocaine. Blanco's street smarts and ruthless streak helped her rise to a top level in the infamous Medellin Cartel, garnering her such nicknames as the "Queen of Cocaine" and "Black Widow." Following years of investigations, Blanco was arrested by federal agents in 1985 and spent nearly two decades in prison. She was gunned down in Colombia in 2012, at age 69. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Griselda Blanco Restrepo was born in Cartagena, Colombia, on February 15, 1943. Raised by an abusive mother, Blanco turned to a life of crime and prostitution at a young age. She soon became involved with Colombia's infamous Medellin Cartel, helping to push Colombian cocaine throughout the United States, specifically to New York, Miami and Southern California. Members of the cartel were able to smuggle large quantities of cocaine across the border using special undergarments that Blanco had presumably designed and manufactured. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
In the mid-1970s, Blanco left Colombia for New York. By this time, the infamous drug trafficker was running a massive narcotics ring, her standing in the industry rising to a level that would match other kingpins like Pablo Escobar. However, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was on Blanco's trail, as part of a wide-ranging investigation termed "Operation Banshee." In 1975, after authorities intercepted a reported 150 kilograms of cocaine, Blanco and more than 30 of her partners were indicted on federal drug conspiracy charges. Blanco had already fled to Colombia by that point, but it wasn't long before she returned to the United States, this time settling in Miami. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Throughout her time in the United States, Blanco's continued involvement in the Colombian drug trade led to her participation in several other crimes, including driveby shootings and other murders motivated by drugs, money and power. By the late 1970s, detectives had linked her to dozens of murders, including a 1979 drug-rival shooting in a Miami liquor store, but she always managed to evade authorities. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
In the 1980s, Blanco was living comfortably in a newly purchased home in Miami. By this time, the infamous drug trafficker had become a millionaire, and had taken on various nicknames, including the "Godmother," "Queen of Cocaine" and "Black Widow." However, her luck finally ran out in February 1985, when she was captured by DEA agents in Irvine, California. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Blanco's trial, which began in New York in June 1985, ended with a conviction on one count of conspiracy to manufacture, import into the United States, and distribute cocaine. Despite being accused of several Florida slayings, she escaped murder charges, and was sentenced to 15 years behind bars. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
In 1994, Blanco, now a federal prison inmate, was transported back to Miami on three murder charges. In a strange turn of events, however, the case was thrown out: The star witness in the case, a former hitman for Blanco named Jorge "Rivi" Ayala, had become romantically involved with a secretary in the Florida State Attorney's Office, causing prosecutors to worry about the credibility of Ayala's testimony on the stand. Some speculated that Ayala botched the case on purpose, fearing that he could be killed by members of Blanco's cartel if he testified. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Blanco ended up pleading guilty to the three murder charges, and following a deal with prosecutors, she received a 10-year sentence. In June 2004, she was released from prison and deported back to Colombia. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
On September 3, 2012, at age 69, Blanco was murdered in Medellin, Colombia. According to reports, two gunmen on motorcycles shot Blanco after she exited a butcher shop. At the time, some authorities went on record with "conservative" estimates that she was responsible for 40 deaths, though others pegged that number far higher, at around 200 victims. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Any list of women in organized crime, at least in America, has to include Virginia Hill. With a larcenous streak and willingness to use sex to get what she wanted, she reached the highest heights of any woman in America’s national syndicate, then or since. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
From the 1930s to the late 1940s, her beguiling ways and steely nerves enticed, and inspired the confidence of, top-flight hardened mobsters such as Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Frank Costello, Anthony Accardo, Jake Guzik, Murray Humphreys, Charles Fischetti, Jack Dragna, Joe Adonis, and, of course, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. These men employed her as a money launderer, cash courier, Mexican heroin trafficker and informant on Mob activities. Some, or many of them – such as Adonis and her obsessive love, Siegel – she slept with, but others she did not. It didn’t seem to matter much to her – it was merely what had to happen at the moment. While on assignment in Mexico, she flashed her pricey furs, jewels and body to seduce wealthy and powerful men to seal heroin deals for the syndicate and secure the cash. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Hill was born in 1916 into the first American generation to emerge from the 1920s, when women started their “liberation” from their late Victorian-era mothers’ harsh rubrics about dating and sexual mores. By 1933, at age seventeen, Virginia already knew how far her feminine wiles would take her. She’d been sexually active since age twelve, married at fourteen and single after dumping her husband soon after they moved from her native Alabama to Chicago. She worked as a “shimmy” dancer and possibly a prostitute. Her life changed in 1934, while a waitress – in a daring short skirt – in a restaurant frequented by men in the Outfit gang while their boss, Al Capone, did time in prison. One was Joe Epstein, a crafty bookmaker. He convinced Virginia to quit and be his shill by placing large cash bets at a racetrack for a ten percent commission, and using her looks to sucker men into stupid bets. Virginia made them both quite a sum. Turned out, even as a teen, she had a personality ripe for racketeering. The infatuated Epstein sent her cash, which he withdrew from a safe deposit box, for almost the rest of her life. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Hill’s romance with Siegel (they met in New York in about 1937) was co-dependent, rocky and violent, likely followed by make-up sex, then rinse and repeat. It got more serious in the early 1940s, and by 1945, she joined him in dusty Las Vegas, where he had schemed himself in as Mob-backed developer of the planned Flamingo Hotel. Because of Siegel’s belligerent demands for expensive materials and elaborate construction, he blew through about $6 million invested by the syndicate. His angry hoodlum partners heard rumors that Siegel used Hill to stash away perhaps $2 million in a Swiss bank. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Virginia colored her hair different shades during the Flamingo’s several opening nights starting on December 26, 1946. However, most of the hotel rooms were not ready for guests, and the casino lost so much to gamblers that Siegel had to close it down for a while. According to the most prominent theory, Siegel’s East Coast Mob backers concluded they had to eliminate him permanently, even as the Flamingo performed better in 1947. Syndicate representatives told Virginia to tell Siegel she had to travel to Paris to shop for wine for the Flamingo. That June, Siegel was shot and killed as he sat in their rented house in Beverly Hills. She heard about it from a guest at a party in Paris. Hill would not know it yet, but Siegel’s demise, and its subsequent publicity, reduced her usefulness to the Mob and led to her decline. Her infamy in the news came to the attention of the Internal Revenue Service, which pursued her for non-payment of taxes starting the late 1940s. In 1950, she met and married an Austrian skiing champion and had a son with him. The following year, the U.S. Senate’s Kefauver Committee compelled her to testify for its investigation into national organized crime. In a hearing room in New York, her evasive, obnoxious and entertaining testimony about Siegel and the syndicate on live television made her a household name.
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Still trailed by the IRS, Hill tried to move frequently but authorities caught up with her and forced her to sell her house, cars, furs and other valuables, including jewelry given to her by Siegel. The sale drew $41,000, not enough to cover what she owed. She and her family moved to Austria. Epstein met with her in Europe. Hill made dozens of border crossings into Switzerland from 1952 to 1956. Government agents suspected she deposited money for the syndicate. A grand jury indicted her in Los Angeles on tax evasion charges. The IRS claimed she had evaded $221,000 in taxes. If she went back to America, she faced certain arrest and prison time. In the 1960s, often depressed, she spoke of suicide. Epstein later claimed the Mob-provided funds he held for her had run out by 1965. That year, Hill attempted suicide by ingesting sedatives, but her husband got her to a hospital in time. However, in 1966, a person on a morning walk discovered Hill’s body lying in the snow next to a tree in Austria. She was the apparent victim of a self-administered overdose, months short of her fiftieth birthday.
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Enedina Arellano Félix de Toledo, born April 12, 1961, is a Mexican drug lord who leads the criminal organization known as the Tijuana Cartel. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Throughout most of the 1990s, the Tijuana Cartel was headed by her six brothers, while Enedina advised and helped them in money laundering and financial administration. But after the fall of a financial mastermind in the cartel in the year 2000, Enedina took up the position. She first started working behind the scenes as a money launderer for the Tijuana Cartel but then ended up leading the cartel after the arrest of her brother Eduardo Arellano Félix in 2008. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Since most of her brothers are either incarcerated or deceased, Enedina has managed the financial aspect of the organization, overseen alliances, and taken the lead of the Tijuana Cartel alongside Luis Fernando (before his capture in 2014). Her historical contacts with drug suppliers in Colombia managed to keep the organization afloat.
Enedina Arellano Félix was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa , on April 12, 1961, in a family of drug traffickers. In 1977, when she was seventeen, Enedina harbored her dream of becoming the queen of a carnival in Mazatlán, but she abandoned it after her two brothers, Ramón and Benjamín, were wanted by the United States and the Mexican government. During that time, her older brothers were working for Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, who would eventually give them the drug corridor in Tijuana, Baja California. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Enedina enrolled at a private university in Guadalajara, Jalisco, graduating with a bachelor's degree in accounting. By the mid 1980s, Enedina was working with the family business, but was never considered by the authorities as a visible head in the Tijuana Cartel . Nonetheless, after the fall of the former cartel's financial brain, Jesús Labra Avilés, alias El Chuy , in the year 2000, Enedina began to directly manage the money laundering activities of the criminal organization.
Enedina is the sister of former cartel leaders Benjamín, Carlos, Eduardo , Francisco Javier, Francisco Rafael and Ramón. Luis Fernando Sánchez Arellano captured in 2014, the son of Enedina, Enedina's husband, Luis Raúl Toledo Carrejo, was accused by the United States Department of Treasury in the year 2005 for having links with the Tijuana Cartel. Alicia Arellano Félix, the sister of Enedina, is currently a leader in the Tijuana Cartel. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Since the apprehension of Benjamín in 2002, the Mexican government was able to severely undermine the Tijuana Cartel but failed to destroy it. Enedina has been a leader in the organization since 2003. After the arrest of Eduardo in 2008, Enedina finally became the leader of the Tijuana clan along with her son.
Enedina has helped contribute a more "business-like vision" instead of the old and violent practices of her brothers, who previously led the Tijuana Cartel before they were arrested or killed. She forged alliances with other criminal organizations, as opposed to her brothers, who often resorted to violence. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Mexican media identify Enedina as the first and one of the few women to lead a criminal organization in the world other than Sandra Avila Beltran in Mexico, activities historically reserved for men.
Enedina has several aliases, including: La Jefa, La Madrina, and La Narcomami. The authorities in the United States and Mexico consider Enedina the "financial brains" of the Tijuana Cartel.
In June 2000, the United States Department of the Treasury sanctioned Enedina under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
This mother of nine is less criminal than invincible jihadi warrior. She began fighting in the late '70s when the Soviets tried to take Afghanistan. She kept fighting after he husband was killed. She kept fighting after she was forced to dress as a man. And she kept fighting when men started taking orders from her. Over the years, she says she's killed many enemies, from Soviets in the '80s to Taliban in the past decade.
She looks so unassuming, like a frail grandmother whose face has seen way too much sun. And she is those things, along with a brilliant military tactician, leader of rebel forces and a force so intimidating that ruthless mujahedin cower in her presence. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
K.D. Kempamma of Karnataka, popularly known as ‘Cyanide Mallika’ was probably India’s first convicted female serial killer. She is believed to have been responsible for the death of 6 women in the state of Karnataka from the year 1998 to 2007. The investigating officers behind the case were shocked to find that it was a woman who killed these victims- not that women weren’t capable of a gruesome crime, but they seldom have the knowledge or the opportunity to execute such a planned murder. Here is a short bio on India’s first female serial killer. This is not a horror story by any means. This story is that of greed and ambition, and of course a couple of murders. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Kempamma was born to a low-class family near Bangalore. Like most of the other families in the village, Kempamma and her family were also religious- ‘God-fearing’. But Kempamma had a very ambitious mind. She was always drawn to a more luxurious life. And she was always in favour of the easiest path towards her goals. As a teenager, Kempamma was married to a tailor, soon after which she became a mom. She went on to have two more children. Kempamma was unsatisfied with whatever life was giving her- she wanted more, much more.
To somehow achieve her goals, she decided to start a chit fund near her residence, which she did. But unfortunately, the business met with large losses, and the family of 5 was drowned in debts on account of Kempamma. Out of anger, her husband threw Kempamma out of the house. To survive, she had to do many odd jobs. She was a maid in many households and later worked as a helper for a goldsmith. Kempamma’s eyes were always attracted to things of value. She couldn’t resist the sight of something precious and when opportunity strikes, she would steal anything. She was first caught in an act of theft in the year 1998, from a house where she does the chores. She was behind bars for 6 months. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
She also lost her job with the goldsmith as a result. But her work at the Jewellery was not futile- she had acquired a one-way ticket to being rich; ‘cyanide’. Kempamma claims that she got to know about cyanide and its use as a poison from the movies she watched. The cyanide thing would have been a borrowed concept. But the rest of the plan was original. By this time, Kempamma had a killer plan to become rich in a matter of days.
Kempamma would visit the temple daily and keep a note of the things going on. She especially kept an eye on the regulars who seemed overly distressed. When the time is right Kempamma would approach them as a pious woman and lend her ears to their problems. She knew that they were in the midst of a distress and knew exactly what they wanted. She offered to help them with the ‘mandala pooja’, which she assured would be the solution to all their problems. And for the ritual, she would ask them to wear their most valuable dress and put on all their jewelleries. Kempamma always invited them to a temple unfamiliar to them in the outskirts. Then she would ask them to close their eyes and pray. Little did they know then that it would be their last. Then she would serve them the water mixed with cyanide as ‘holy water’. And that’s it. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
It was in the year 1998 that she committed her first murder. All her victims were elderly women who were going through a difficult phase in their life, a woman had asthma and wanted to get rid of it, a 59 year old wanted to find her missing child, and so on. Kempamma would completely change her identity after each murder. After her very first murder, Kempamma is not reported to have been involved in any murder for 7 whole years. There are people claiming that she has murdered several during this time period, but it remains to be a mystery to date. However, in the year 2007, with a period of 3 months, Kempamma murder 5 of her victims, all in the same manner. She was caught with the jewels of her last victim and was arrested by the Karnataka police. ‘Mallika’ was what she named herself as she introduced herself to her last victim. She was the first person in the state of Karnataka to receive a death penalty, which was subsequently replaced by a life imprisonment. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
As a part of Muammar Gaddafi's all female militia, Nisreen Mansour Al Forgani was held responsible for brutal murders and kidnappings. Reportedly, she executed as many as 11 rebel prisoners at point blank range during the early days of the Libyan civil war. She is extremely tough and a trained sniper who was apparently raped and 'controlled' by the Libyan military officials to force her to carry executions and be a part of the militia. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.