Killer Women: They Can Finish you

Aileen_Wuornos

Aileen Wuornos

Killer Women: They Can Finish you

Celebrating the broadcast of Enticement, a French thriller in which a woman embarks on a series of killings to save her from prison, we take a look on the spooky reality, where women are capable of heinous crimes. These are three women who became famous for their serial murders.

Aileen Wuornos

One of the most famous American serial killers in recent years was Aileen Wuornos. As a woman with a severe trauma because of continued sexual abuse during her childhood, Wuornos had a grudge against older men. After leaving her childhood home, Aileen started supporting herself as a sex worker, a line of work she maintained until her arrest. Wuornos was accused of murdering seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990 by shooting them. She claimed that her victims had either raped or attempted to rape her while she was working as a prostitute, and that all of the homicides happened in situations of self-defense.

Aileen was convicted and sentenced to death for six of the murders and was executed by lethal injection on October 9, 2002.

Juana Barraza

Known as “La mataviejitas” (The Old Ladies Killer), Juana Barraza was born in Epazoyucan, Hidalgo, a rural area north of Mexico City. Barraza shocked the Mexican society because all her victims were elderly women. She is reported to have between 42 to 48 victims. According to the press and the prosecutors, Barraza’s childhood abuse was a key factor in her murders – her mother was an alcoholic who reportedly exchanged her for three beers to a man who repeatedly raped her in his care, and by whom she became pregnant with a son.

Juana was captured on 25 January 2006 when escaping from the home of her latest victim. She was sentenced to 759 years in prison for 16 charges of murder and aggravated burglary.

Miyuki Ishikawa

Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Miyuki Ishikawa was a Japanese midwife and believed to have murdered at least 103 babies throughout the 1940s. During that decade were many babies in her maternity hospital, and Ishikawa found herself facing what she saw as a dilemma. The parents of numerous babies were in poverty and unable to raise their children. Miyuki decided to neglect numerous infants, many of whom died as a direct result of this abandonment. She later requested large sums of money from the parents, claiming that it would be less than the actual expense of raising these unwanted children.

Her death toll is still so high that it remains unrivaled by any other serial killer in Japan.

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Juana Barraza

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Miyuki Ishikawa

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