When you think about the worst killers in history, you typically don’t think about females murdering. Surprisingly, it doesn’t take much for a female killer to become famous. Women are the mothers and nurturers of humanity so it’s shocking when you hear about a creature who can give life, turns to taking lives.
#1 Lizzie Borden was so famous that a memorable rhyme was made about her, possibly to teach children how to count to forty-one.
“Lizzie Borden took an axe
Gave her mother forty whacks
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.”
Lizzie was very involved in church activities but it turns out that Sunday School didn’t protect her from her own rage. After her dad killed her pet pigeons in his barn with a hatchet, she used that same technique on her parents. She gained infamy after being tried and acquitted for the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts. The case was a famous case throughout the United States.
#2 Dagmar Overbye was working as a professional child caretaker. She provided a place where unwed mothers could drop off their infants to be adopted although they had to pay a fee for the infant to be accepted. It was discovered that she had murdered between 9-25 of her own charges. She strangled them, drowned them or burned them to death in her masonry heater. The corpses were either cremated, buried or hidden in the loft. I guess she thought it was easy to dispose of because newborns are so small.