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Violent Women

Oct 042010
 
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We all tend to focus on the evil men in the world and forget some of the truly evil women that have lived. I hope to correct that with this list. Here we have not just serial killers, but other utterly despicable women who have caused tragedy in many people’s lives. So, without further ado, here are the top 10 most evil women in history.

10. Queen Mary I
 Born: 1516; Died: 1558 
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Mary was the only child of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon to live past infancy. Crowned after the death of Edward VI and the removal of The Nine Days Queen-Lady Jane Grey, 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. It should be noted that Elizabeth I shares position 10 on this list for her equally bad behavior.


9. Myra Hindley
 Born: 1942; Died: 2002 
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Myra Hindley and Ian Brady were responsible for the “Moors murders” occurring in the Manchester area of Britain in the mid 1960’s. 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. A key found in Myra’s possession led to incriminating evidence stored at a left-luggage depot at Manchester Central Station. The evidence included a tape recording of one of the murder victims screaming as Hindley and Brady raped and tortured her. In the final days before incarceration, she developed a swagger and arrogant attitude that became her trademark. Police secretary Sandra Wilkinson has never forgotten seeing Hindley and her mother Nellie, leaning against the courthouse eating sweets. While the mother was obviously and understandably upset, Hindley seemed indifferent and uncaring of her situation.


8. Isabella of Castile
 Born: 1451; Died: 1504 
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Isabella I of Spain, well known as the patron of Christopher Columbus, with her husband Ferdinand II of Aragon, are responsible for making possible the unification of Spain under their grandson Carlos I. As part of the drive for unification, Isabella appointed Tomás de Torquemada as the first Inquisitor General of the inquisition. March 31, 1492 marks the implementation of the Alhambra Decree; expulsion edicts forcing the removal or conversion of Jews and Muslims. Roughly 200,000 people left Spain; those remaining who chose conversion were subsequently persecuted by the inquisition investigating Judaizing conversos. In 1974, Pope Paul VI opened her cause for beatification. This places her on the path toward possible sainthood. In the Catholic Church, she is thus titled Servant of God.
 

7. Beverly Allitt Born: 1968 
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The “Angel of Death, Beverley Gail Allit, is one of Britain’s most well known serial killers. Working as a pediatric nurse, she is responsible for the murder of 4 children and the serious injury of 5 others in her care. When available, insulin or potassium injections were used to precipitate cardiac arrest; smothering sufficed when they were not. Although convicted with death or injury in nine cases, Allit attacked thirteen children over a fifty-eight day period before being caught red-handed. Allit has never spoken of the motive for her crimes, but Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy explains her actions. This debatable personality disorder involves a pattern of abuse or harm to someone in your care in order to garner attention (Alitt was known as a child to wear bandages and casts over wounds, but would not allow them to be examined).


6. Belle Gunness
 Born: 1859; Died: 1931 
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Belle Gunness was one of America’s most degenerate and productive female serial killers. Standing 6 ft (1.83 m) tall and weighing in at over 200 lbs (91 kg), 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.


5. Mary Ann Cotton
 Born: 1832; Died: 1873 
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Englishwoman Mary Ann Cotton is another for-profit serial killer, predating Belle Gunnes by thirty years. 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.


4. Ilse Koch
 Born: 1906; Died: 1967 
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“Die Hexe von Buchenwald” the Witch of Buchenwald, or “Buchenwälder Schlampe” the Bitch of Buchenwald was the wife of Karl Koch, commandant of the concentration camps Buchenwald from 1937 to 1941, and Majdanek from 1941 to 1943. 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.


3. Irma Grese
 Born: 1923; Died: 1945 
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Another product of the Nazi’s final solution, Irma Grese or the “Bitch of Belsen” was a guard at concentration camps Ravensbrück, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. Transferred to Auschwitz in 1943, (she must have shown particular enthusiasm and dedication to the job), she was promoted to Senior Supervisor, the 2nd highest ranking female in camp, by the end of the year. In charge of over 30,000 Jewish female prisoners, she reveled in her work. Her work included; savaging of prisoners by her trained and half starved dogs, sexual excesses, arbitrary shootings, sadistic beatings with a plaited whip, and selecting prisoners for the gas chamber. She enjoyed both physical and emotional torture and habitually wore heavy boots and carried a pistol to facilitate both.


2. Katherine Knight
 Born: 1956 
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The first Australian woman to be sentenced to a natural life term without parole, Katherine Knight 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.


1. Elizabeth Bathory
 Born: 1560; Died: 1614 
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Countess Elizabeth Bathory is considered the most infamous serial killer in Hungarian/Slovak history. Rumors had circulated for years about missing peasant girls; offered well paid work at the castle, they were never seen again. One of these rumors reached the ears of King Mathias II, who sent a party of men to the massive Castle Csejthe. The men found one girl dead and one dying. Another was found wounded and others locked up. Described atrocities, collected from testimony of witnesses, include; severe beatings over extended periods of time, the use of needles, burning or mutilation of hands, sometimes also of faces and genitalia, biting the flesh off the faces, arms and other bodily parts, and the starving of victims. The victim total is thought to number in the hundreds occurring over a twenty-five year period. Due to her social status she was never brought to trial but remained under house arrest in a single room until her death. The idea that the Countess bathed in the blood of her victims is folklore, and one of the few things she did not do.
 
Note: In order to clear one point up, Lizzie Borden is not on this list because she was found innocent of the murder of her parents.


May 302010
 

Gary Coleman, the 42 year old former child star, died after an intracranial hemorrhage.  

It was announced late this week that the actor was in critical condition after suffering from a head injury.  It was announced yesterday that he was taken off life support, and then died.

It has been reported that Coleman fell at his Utah home, and that is what caused the injury.  He was rushed to the hospital, and then his wife, Shannon Price-Coleman, took him off life support on Friday and he passed on.

Gary and Shannon have had a tumultuous relationship. They appeared in Divorce Court and he pleaded guilty to domestic violence earlier this year.

Shannon Price was also arrested in 2009 for domestic violence as well. It has been alleged by a close friend that the diminutive star, who by virtue of his size was vulnerable to physical attack, may well have suffered previous injuries at the hands of Shannon Price, which went unreported because of the stigma attached to male victims of domestic violence.  In any case whispers are growing that there is more to his apparent fall in his home than has been reported.

There’s no word whether or not an autopsy will be performed on Gary Coleman.  In addition, the domestic violence that took place in the Coleman home hasn’t been linked to his death at this time.

Susan Price was next to Gary Coleman when he died.  We are very saddened by his death and will keep you informed of any details as they surface in the next few days.

Jan 262010
 

POLICE are charging more women with assault in the Hunter and health workers say alcohol abuse is mostly to blame.

BY DONNA PAGE
04 Jan, 2010

A Herald investigation has found that while the number of men arrested in the Hunter for non-domestic assaults has remained stable during the past decade, the number of women charged has increased almost 40 per cent.

Data prepared for The Herald by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research also shows a 200 per cent surge in the number of women proceeded against by police for domestic violence-related assaults from October 1999 to September 2009.

This compares with an increase of 60 per cent in the number of men charged with domestic violence-related assaults during the same period.

Health workers and police said dangerous alcohol consumption was playing a significant role in the increased aggression levels among women.

Hunter New England director of population health Dr John Wiggers described the increased female violence level as “not surprising”.

Dr Wiggers said while the number of Hunter men considered “at-risk” drinkers was decreasing, research showed there was not the same level of improvement for women.

“Drinking levels for young females has remained the same or become slightly worse,” Dr Wiggers said.

“It makes sense that if more women are drinking to excess, violence levels will increase.”

According to NSW Health statistics, 28.9 per cent of Hunter women were classified as at-risk drinkers in 2008, downing more than four drinks on a regular basis and increasing the chance of long-term health issues.

More than 44 per cent of women between 16 and 24 were considered at-risk drinkers, followed by 42 per cent of women aged from 35 to 44.

A further 5.2 per cent of Hunter women drink at least seven drinks a day and were classified as high-risk drinkers.

Dominant age groups in this category are 16 to 24, followed by 25- to 34-year-olds.

Bureau deputy director Jackie Fitzgerald said while there was definitely a noticeable trend of increased violence among Hunter women, men were still the dominant offenders in violent crimes.

“Women appear to be closing the gap, but the gap is still very large, with male offenders typical,” Ms Fitzgerald said.

“But the increasing trend for women is becoming more and more significant and it is something that is of concern.”

Senior research fellow from the University of Newcastle’s School of Medicine and Public Health, Kyp Kypri, said there were more alcoholic drinks being marketed for women than ever before.

Dr Kypri, who co-authored a report on inner-city violence in Newcastle last month, said this correlated with a surge in consumption.

“Unfortunately the situation is that more and more young women are emulating young men’s behaviour,” he said.

“There is significant change in gender roles and this can be both positive and negative for women.”
http://www.theherald.com.au/news/local/news/general/alcohol-blamed-for-surge-in-violence-among-hunter-women/1717221.aspx?storypage=0