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These women might look well put-together on the outside, but underneath it all there hides the heart of a unremorseful killer, someone whose crimes knew no limits.
Society seems to be fascinated by the news of women murderers, especially since most of these women seemed perfectly “normal” until you peeled away their sweet exterior. That’s when the darker side of these seemingly perfect women was exposed.
Often times, they killed because they suffered from mental illnesses, such as post-partum depression, or they had been abused or battered by their husbands. It’s very rare to hear about a woman who murders people because she is a sociopath that kills without empathy.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, very few women actually kill. Between 1976 and 2005, only 10 percent of homicides were committed by a female.
That’s why we are always startled to hear tales of “black widow” killers — women who calculate to have their husband or lover slain in cold-blood.
Between 1920 and 1956, women used poisons such as aresenic-laced foods or suffocating their victim in his sleep as their number one choice of murder. Today, weapons and methods of all sorts are used.
Here are 11 killer wives that took the vow “for better or worse” to a completely nightmarish level. These are the real stories of women who murder their husbands.
The once frail and timid preachers wife murdered her husband Matthew Winkler in Selmer, Tennessee, then fled with her three daughters. During her trial, she took the stand in her own defense and the jury found her guilty of voluntary manslaughter. After serving her time, she successfully won back the custody of her children from her dead husband’s parents.
Celeste Beard Johnson
She is currently serving a life sentence in Texas for getting her lesbian lover to shoot her millionaire husband, Steven Beard, to death in 1999.
Convicted of first-degree murders for running over her husband with her car several times in 2002.
In 1989, she shot both her former husband and his new wife to death.
Betty Lou Beets
Beets was executed in Texas for shooting and killing her fifth husband, Jimmy Don Beets, and burying him in her backyard. Prior to his death, she was also charged with shooting and wounding her second husband, as well as killing husband number four, Doyle Barker.
Found guilty of the 200o murder of her terminally-ill husband. Andriano was allegedly a manipulative, cheating wife who killed her cancer-stricken husband in the cruelest way possible.
Kelly Renee Gissendaner
Currently on death row in Georgia for the 1997 murder of her husband in Gwinnett County. She recruited her lover to kill her husband for the insurance money.
She was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for the 1974 poisoning of her third husband, William Hayes, whom she met through a lonely hearts club. Allegedly, Wittenmeyr prowled on lonely men with money and told her cellmate that she loved to “see them in pain from the poison.”
Six days after being convicted, she hung herself in her cell.
A volunteer at a high school drug awareness program, this evil woman conspired to have her 15-year-old lover and his friends kill her husband.
This case still remains the most shocking murder in Canadian history. Dick was arrested for her husband’s murder after children found only his torso while playing outside. She may have been acquitted of his murder, but was later found guilty of killing her child.
Judias “Judy” Buenoano
In 1971, she killed her Air Force sergeant husband by poisoning him with arsenic. She used this same poison to paralyze her son so that she could drown him. Her motive? To collect nearly $240,000 in insurance money. If that wasn’t enough, she attempted to murder her new fiancé – first by bombing his car and then by trying to get him to take “vitamin pills” consisting of formaldehyde and arsenic.
Buenoano was later electrocuted by electric chair.