10 Most Evil Women in History

Its very common belief that women are the sign of love, care and humbleness. They are generally known to be very polite, graceful, and poised. But actually the history is full of such women that truly changed the way of thinking about women. There were over times many women whose horrors horrified the whole world. There were many most evil women who enjoyed torture, brutality, murders, and abuse for one reason or the other. We always tend to focus on the evil men in the world and forget some of the truly evil women that have lived. This article, however, will throw light upon 10 most evil women in the world.

The 10 most evil women in history of the world.

Irma Grese

10 Most Evil Women
Irma Ida Ilse Grese (born 7 October 1923, Wrechen, Free State of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Germany – died 13 December 1945, Hamelin, Germany) was employed at the Nazi concentration camps of Ravensbrück and Auschwitz, and was a warden of the women’s section of Bergen-Belsen. She was convicted for crimes against humanity at the Belsen Trial and sentenced to death. She loved torture via different painful methods and wore heavy boots as a habit. She also carried a pistol for the facilitation of her various purposes. Executed at 22 years, 67 days of age, Grese was the youngest woman to die judicially under English law in the 20th century, on 13 December 1945, Hamelin, Germany. She was nicknamed “the Beast of Belsen”, “The Beautiful Beast”, and “Die Hyäne von Auschwitz”

Myra Hindley

Myra Hindley
Born in the year 1942, Myra Hindley was an English serial killer. In partnership with Ian Brady, she committed the rapes and murders of five small children. Together these two monsters were responsible for the kidnapping, sexual abuse, torture and murder of three children under the age of twelve and two teenagers, aged 16 and 17. Hindley’s 17-year-old brother-in-law tipped her off to the police. Hindley plead not guilty to all of the murders. She was found guilty of three murders and was jailed for life. She was never released, and died in prison in 2002.

Isabella of Castile

Isabella of Castile

Born in the year 1451 and died in 1504, Isabella the Catholic, was queen of Castile and León. She and her husband, Ferdinand II of Aragon, brought stability to the kingdoms that became the basis for the unification of Spain. Isabella and Ferdinand are known for completing the Reconquista, ordering conversion or exile of their Muslim and Jewish subjects and financing Christopher Columbus’ 1492 voyage that led to the opening of the “New World”. Isabella was granted the title Servant of God by the Catholic Church in 1974.

Beverly Allitt

Beverly Allitt
The Angel of Death, Beverley Gail Allitt is an English serial killer one of the 10 most evil women.  She was convicted of murdering four children, attempting to murder three other children, and causing grievous bodily harm to a further six children. The crimes were committed over a period of 59 days between February and April 1991 in the children’s ward at Grantham and Kesteven Hospital, Lincolnshire, where Allitt was employed as a State Enrolled Nurse. She administered large doses of insulin to at least two victims and a large air bubble was found in the body of another, but police were unable to establish how all the attacks were carried out. In May 1993, at Nottingham Crown Court, she received 13 life sentences for the crimes. Mr. Justice Latham, sentencing, told Allitt that she was “a serious danger” to others and was unlikely ever to be considered safe enough to be released. She is detained at Rampton Secure Hospital in Nottinghamshire.

Queen Mary I of England

Queen Mary I
Mary I, born on 18 February 1516 and died on 17 November 1558. She was Queen of England and Ireland from July 1553 until her death. Her brutal persecution of Protestants caused her opponents to give her the sobriquet “Bloody Mary”. She was the only surviving child born of the ill-fated marriage of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon. Mary is chiefly remembered for temporarily and violently returning England to Catholicism. Many prominent Protestants were executed for their beliefs leading to the moniker “Bloody Mary”. Fearing the gallows a further 800 Protestants left the country, unable to return until her death.

Belle Gunness

Belle Gunness
Standing six feet tall and weighing over 91 kg, a physically strong woman, Belle Gunness was one of America’s most degenerate and productive female serial killers. She was an imposing and powerful woman of Norwegian descent. It is likely that she killed both her husbands and all of her children at different times, but it is certain that she murdered most of her suitors, boyfriends, and her two daughters, Myrtle and Lucy. The motive was greed-pure and simple; life insurance policies and assets stolen or swindled from her suitors became her source of income. Most reports put her death toll at more than twenty victims over several decades, with some claiming in excess of one hundred. Inconsistencies during her post mortem examination; the corpse was reported to be two inches shorter than Belle’s six feet, paved the way for Belle Gunnes to enter American criminal folklore, a female Bluebeard.

Mary Ann Cotton

Mary Ann Cotton
Mary Ann Cotton (Image Courtesy Listphobia.com)

Britain’s first serial killer, Mary Ann Cotton, born in October 1832 in Low Moorsley, County Durham. Married at age twenty to William Mowbray, the newlyweds settled in Plymouth, Devon, to start their family. The couple had five children, four of whom died of ‘gastric fever and stomach pains’. Moving back to the north-east, tragedy seemed to follow them; three more children born, three more children died. William soon followed his offspring, dying of an ‘intestinal disorder’ in January 1865. British Prudential promptly paid a 35 pound dividend, and a pattern was established. Her second husband, George Ward, died of intestinal problems as well as one of her two remaining children. The power of the press, always a force to be reckoned with, caught up with Mary Ann. The local newspapers discovered that as Mary Ann moved around northern England, she lost three husbands, a lover, a friend, her mother and a dozen children, all dying of stomach fever. She was hanged at Durham County Gaol, March 24, 1873, for murder by arsenic poisoning. She died slowly, the hangman using too short a drop for a ‘clean’ execution.

Ilse Koch

Ilse Koch
Born on 22 September 1906, Ilse Koch, known as “Die Hexe von Buchenwald” the Witch of Buchenwald, or “Buchenwälder Schlampe” the Bitch of Buchenwald, was the wife of Karl-Otto Koch. She was one of the first prominent Nazis to be tried by the US military. Drunk on the absolute power rendered by her husband, she reveled in torture and obscenity. Infamous for her souvenirs; tattoos taken from the murdered inmates, her reputation for debauchery was well earned. After building an indoor sports arena in 1940, with 250,000 marks stolen from inmates, Ilsa was promoted to Oberaufseherin or “chief overseer” of the few female guards at Buchenwald. She committed suicide by hanging herself at Aichach women’s prison on September 1, 1967.

Katherine Knight

Katherine Knight


Born on 24 October 1955 and continues to serve life long sentence in the prison, Katherine Mary Knight was the first Australian woman to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. She had a history of violence in relationships. She mashed the dentures of one of her ex-husbands and slashed the throat of another husband’s eight-week-old puppy before his eyes. A heated relationship with John Charles Thomas Price became public knowledge with an Apprehended Violence Order that Price had filed against Knight and ended with Knight stabbing Price to death with a butcher’s knife. He had been stabbed at least 37 times, both front and back, with many of the wounds penetrating vital organs. She then skinned him and hung his “suit” from the door frame in the living room, cut off his head and put it in the soup pot, baked his buttocks, and prepared gravy and vegetables to accompany the ‘roast’. The meal and a vindictive note were set out for the children, luckily discovered by police before they arrived home.

Elizabeth Bathory

Elizabeth Bathory
Born in 1560 and dying in 1614, Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed was a countess from the renowned Báthory family of nobility in the Kingdom of Hungary. She has been labeled the most prolific female serial killer in history, although the number of murders is debated, and is remembered as the “Blood Countess.” She was the infamous serial killer of Hungary. She used to kill peasant girls through severe beatings, burning, mutilation of body parts, chewing off the face etc. She was on house arrest and was not put to trial because of her status!

  • Sharon Ostberg

    I did leave one. with debunking your claim of Isabella of Spain as a cruel monarch. The Inquisition was FORCED on all European kingdoms by the Vatican. Spain was the LAST COUNTRY in Europe to give in to the Vatican and conduct its own. The Spanish Inquisition was the MILDEST victim-wise of all European inquisitions. Its meticulously records are available for inspection. Its victims never exceeded 5,000 some odd, and 1/3 of those were executed in ‘effigy’ (‘en estatua’); 1/3 exhumed in their remains and burned (‘en sus huesos’- the accusation proof of heresy came in after they had died of natural causes) and 1/3 actually executed after they refused to wear the “San Benito” (a costume similar to what the KKK wears) and parade around town with a placard proclaiming their guilt as a way to avoid execution. In the same period of time, 150,000 hapless women alone were burned at the stake in what is now France, Germany and Italy for the crime of ‘witchcraft’ (they were just too darned pretty and dazzling in their blonde or red hair). Spain never executed A SINGLE WOMAN for witchcraft, which the Inquisition’s lawyers labeled ‘a delusion’. Educate yourself on true history, and not the propaganda you’ve watched or read. See also “The Myth of the Spanish Inquisition” a BBC/A&E Production. England’s apology to Spain for over 500 years of malicious calumnies and character assassination. BTW, I AM Jewish!!! “If the World Goes Against the Truth- Then I Go Against the World!”

    • illegalgarbagegohome

      Sorry but dear Isabella usurped her throne from her niece Juana whom she had locked away as”mad” and then ordered the death of the true heirs to the British throne before she allowed her daughter to marry the son of the usurper Henry VII. She was an evil woman. Her daughter Catherine’ felt guilty for the rest of her life over those deaths.

      • illegalgarbagegohome

        So guest I think it is YOU that needs more education.

      • Sam

        Juana was one of Isabella’s daughters. She inherited the throne after Isabella’s death and was locked away and labeled as “mad” by her father, Ferdinand after she walked around Spain with the corpse of her husband Philip the Fair in a casket for quite a long time.

      • Louis Mingüey

        No, you do. Sam is right on the money and you just literary wrote an invented story.

    • ICorps

      If you are Jewish, which I doubt, it’s proof that Jews can be as stupid as anyone. An example of that stupidity is your admonition for people not to educate themselves on propaganda but instead to see the BBC/A&E production of “The Myth of the Spanish Inquisition.”

      The Spanish Inquisition was the worst of all the inquisitions, with its barbarism extending to the New World, especially to Mexico, where it was even more arbitrary and more pitiless than it was in Spain.

      The inquisitions were created to root our heresy to Roman Catholicism, and Spain had a very large Jewish population, most of whom were forced to convert to Catholicism (as were the Indians in Mexico).

      Those “converso” Jews were the principal target of the Inquisition in Spain, and most of those burned alive for heresy were converso Jews! Your number of 5,000 “victims” is actually the approximate number of people executed by the Spanish Inquisition.

      The number of victims of the Spanish Inquisition is more on the order of 150,000, who were imprisoned, tortured, mutilated, or impoverished.

      And your claim that “Spain never executed A SINGLE WOMAN for witchcraft” is pure sophistry, since it does not include MEN executed for witchcraft, and Spain did burn alive people found guilty of witchcraft.

      • cruthur

        5000 over 300 years is like about 20 a year, to put things in perspective.
        Another perspective is that while people were burned alive in Spain, in France they were boiled alive, while England used the hang draw and quarter approach.
        You see the issue here is that you single out Isabella as being a brutal leader in the medieval world, when in fact you would be hard pressed to find any leader of that time who was not brutal. Had the inquisition not have been set up, you can be sure that the horrors and deaths would have taken place none the less, as indeed they did.

        To be Machiavellian,Isabella’s initiative (although historians say it was Ferdinand who pushed it – she being reluctant) saved lives in the long run. Spain, due to its strict religious policy, was to be spared the far more horrible wars of religion which tore the rest of europe apart. I know thats a heartless approach, but Spain was also in the front line in the war with Islam and the heresy issue was considered a matter of national security.

    • Jonathan Swift

      Great response. It is all about how people are perceived. King Richard I is often seen as being a great King yet during his crusade he had many helpless children and women killed or abused. Elizabeth I of England had far more people punished or put to death than Bloody Mary.

    • pfwag

      Really? I’m thinking you must be Spanish…..

      Might want to go get the book “A Woman Rides the Beast” by Hunt. More about the RCC but has some illuminating info on the period in question.

      Also research “Spanish inquisition torture techniques and methods. They made ISIS look like a bunck of Boy Scouts.

      BTW, all of that is still on the books in the RCC…one of the problems with “papal infallibility”

      And since you like history and are Jewish, get “The Temple” by Cornuke. Has some history there that will blow you away.

  • El Dillusio

    Imelda Marcos. Without her husband’s consent. She funded the conspiracy to assassinate Ninoy Aquino complete with a brainwashed tortured gunman along with a general and group of military men all paid-off and scripted to kill.

  • 69ABS0

    Cherie Blair…………way up the list

  • vdsv

    Nice title. “The history”?

  • Spanish Bad Girl

    Read and learn more. British spread the Black Legend against the former powerful Spain. Isabella of Spain has been the greatest ruler of Spain ever. She was educated, fluent in several languages, intelligent and she ruled the same than her husband Fernando. Any other Queen or King has been so great and good for Spain. She brought peace, culture, prosperity and wealth to Spain. The unification of Spain led to the Spanish Empire, the greatest and widest of History, more than the British or the Ottoman -is this the real reason of such hate against her?-. Conversion of Muslims was necessary to avoid the constant guerrillas which were empooring and leading to hash wars Southern Spain. Peace came after this. If to be wise and powerful mean to be a evil woman, in Spain we are proud of our bad girls.

    • illegalgarbagegohome

      So sad. Learn some history about the people she had killed including an innocent man who was developmentally challenged. So ignorant.

  • Mrs V

    NIce anti-Catholicism on this list!

    • Matthew Arntzen

      Yeah – those Catholic’s during the ‘dark ages’ were some very sweet people! They invented some pretty slick torture devices over the years too.

      • cruthur

        All catholics are damned to hell I suppose.

      • Anthony

        Dark Ages ended around 800 – with Charlemagne instigating renewed revival of learning. Inquisition was during the Middle Ages – and MOST Catholics were not murderous maniacs – they were just people living in a time very different from our own. And the ‘sweetest’ person who ever lived (St. Francis of Assisi) was a Catholic and lived during this time.

        • Matthew Arntzen

          As far as I’m concerned…as long as the Roman Catholic Church has been in power – it has been the ‘dark ages’…that was not a reference to the Middle Ages or any other period.

          I’m talking The Church – not the individual people or people(s) in it. It IS a religion of repression – look at Mexico and the Philippines – two countries that have one thing in common The Roman Catholic faith.

          I AM a product of the Parochial School system of the 1960’s. THAT system beat me instead of helping me (ADHD).

          So no – they still are in the ‘dark ages’.

          Oh…let’s not forget all the current pedophilia priests cases…

  • Brandy

    They failed to write how Isabella of Castile was one of the most evil women in history.

  • LaconicBrowncoat

    Are these articles written in another language and then google-translated?? Even the title is messed up: “10 Most Evil Women in The History”.

    • Tommy T-tone

      There’s nothing wrong or ‘messed up’ about the title. That is a correct form of the superlative for ‘evil’. You could use ‘evilest’ as well. And overwhelmingly, the grammar and punctuation are fine.

    • Tommy T-tone

      Aside from the error in the title (was probably supposed to be ‘of the world’ or the like), these pieces are overwhelmingly fine in their grammar and punctuation.

      • Noneneeded

        No!

  • Madison Lambeth

    WHY does it say that Mary Ann Cotton was Britain’s first serial killer?? Jack The Ripper happened in the 1800’s!!!

    AGH!!!

    • Mazy

      This list is about women….

      • Tesha

        thank u for giving her the heads up

      • Tommy T-tone

        Still doesn’t make her the 1st. It should read ‘first female serial killer’. And even that’s questionable.

    • Nil Voyez

      Jack the ripper operated around the late 1880’s. Mary Ann Cotton operated from the 1830’s. Mary Ann Cotton operated before him. But it’s true that Jack the Ripper is closer to the modern description of serial killers as in killing many with no material motives or gain behind the act.

    • Ms. Lambeth: “Jack the Ripper is the best known name given to an unidentified serial killer active in the largely impoverished areas in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888.” Note the date – 1888; now go back up and read the title of the piece “Women”, then, scroll to Cotton and read when she was active. Even if this were a non-gender specific piece, Ms. Cotton pre-dated Jack and she died before he got started.

    • Mary Ann Cotton died in 1873. Jack the Ripper went on a killing spree in 1888. So it’s still correct, as far as we know.

    • Katie Miller

      Because Jack the Ripper didn’t commit his murders until after Mary Ann Cotton was hanged.

  • Banism Wew

    where wu?

    • Louis Mingüey

      wu ain’t here?

  • Jaysyn

    Gertrude Baniszewski should be on this list.

  • michael145

    With the exception of one or two they all look crazy just on first sight. Almost all of them have the crazy eyes thing going on.

  • PlainOldTruth

    Look up Taitu Betul, Empress of Abyssinia. A truly amazing case.

    Here is an old article: [“The Worst Woman In the World – Dowager Empress Taitu, Who Climbed from
    the Gutter to the Throne, Married Eleven Times, Joined in Innumerable
    Intrigues and Murders, and Is Now at Last Safely Locked Up, to the Great
    Relief of Abyssinia,” Indianapolis Star Magazine Section (In.), Feb.
    22, 1914, p. 1]

  • Guest

    I’m sorry, but this seems Eurocentric.

  • Anonymous

    According to Wikipedia:

    “Isabella was short but of strong stocky build, of a very fair complexion, and had a hair color that was between strawberry-blonde and auburn.
    Her daughters, Joanna and Catherine, were thought to resemble her the
    most. Isabella maintained an austere, temperate lifestyle, and her
    religious spirit influenced her the most in life. In spite of her
    hostility towards the Muslims in Andalusia, Isabella developed a taste for Moorish decor and style. Of her, contemporaries said:

    Fernández de Oviedo: “To see her speak was divine.”

    Andrés Bernáldez (es):
    “She was an endeavored woman, very powerful, very prudent, wise, very
    honest, chaste, devout, discreet, truthful, clear, without deceit. Who
    could count the excellences of this very Catholic and happy Queen,
    always very worthy of praises.”

    Hernando del Pulgar:
    “She was very inclined to justice, so much so that she was reputed to
    follow more the path of rigor than that of mercy, and did so to remedy
    the great corruption of crimes that she found in the kingdom when she
    succeeded to the throne.”[94]

    Ferdinand, in his testament, declared that “she was exemplary in all acts of virtue and of fear of God.”
    Fray Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros”

    Is any of this wrong?

  • BJ001

    That Katherine Knight lady probably sickens me the most. I don’t know if there is capital punishment in Australia but it should be for her.

  • sugar

    I can’t believe you left out Georgia Tan. She should be at the top of the list.

  • JD101

    Can I get a Hillary Clinton?

  • YuYu

    This is a ridiculous list. Who compares a medieval European queen with a XX century serial killer? Some serious myopia going on here…

    • Louis Mingüey

      Yes, that is bizarre.

  • Paper Boy

    Cleopatra does not rank?

  • cruthur

    Isabella of Castille and Mary Tudor should not be on that list.

    They were rulers living at a time when capital punishment and torture was the norm. In fact if they decided to be nice, they would soon have lost control, and maybe their own heads. I think Elizabeth I would also agree. Isabella was a tough lady, I accept, however apart from giving in to Ferdinand and Torquemada to expell the Jews in 1492 (she has to accept overall responsibility as the ultimate sovereign of Castille) she also did many humane things such as:
    1.Founded the first battlefield hospital
    2.freed the indian slaves that Columbus brought home with him and punished columbus for enslaving them
    3. Last will and testament asks that the native americans be treated “fairly and justly” esentially commanding that they be treated as equals to the white spanish – something quite amazing for her time even if her successors may have forgotten later.
    4. Banned the slavery of the Guanchos in 1478 – the native Canary islanders
    5. Promoted equal education for women( her daughters and duaghters of aristocrats) as men and did quite a few pro-feminist things during her life too.

    • Louis Mingüey

      Guanches. I am from there.

  • mike

    Forgot about jezebel

  • mike

    Forgot about Hilary and Michelle Obama

  • La Granota

    Why isn´t Margaret Thatcher in this list? I´d put her in ahead of Myra Hindley, who according to psychologists was dominated by Ian Brady. Hindley wouldn´t have carried out her atrocities if it hadn´t been for him. Thatcher – on the other hand – started a war with Argentina to keep her own Conservative Party from throwing her out of office as PM… and went on to become the British PM who spent most time in power in the 20th century.

    In addition, Thatcher set civil rights and workers’ rights back by decades, and paved the way for the world-wide economics crisis which millions have suffered recently… and we´re not out of the woods yet.

    Some of the women on this list had a very localised effect. In terms of the scale of suffering caused (including deaths, some of them suicides), both during her time in office and – due to the political policies she’d set in motion – afterward, Thatcher belongs at the very head of this list.

    Pretty evil, if you ask me.

  • gourd

    They should add a female guard known as p. Hernandez,but known as another name to the inmates

  • #TRUTH

    Why isnt Hillary Clinton in this list?

  • Anon

    Where is Delphine LaLaurie?

  • Stuart Reb Donald

    You forgot Hillary Clinton.

  • Rodrigo Juri

    Oh, catholic queens, what evil girls!!! Protestant were angels, of course! What are you, Ejaz Khan, some kind of fanatic witch burner?

  • Historian

    How is Isabella on this list? Spain pushed the last of its INVADERS out in 1492. Is this a political agenda thing or are you really comparing her to wardens of concentration camps and child rapists?