Special Report

The Most Brutal Female Criminals in History

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11. Dorothea Puente (1929-2011)
> Crime: Fraud, murder
> Country: U.S.

Dorothea Puente ran a boarding house in Sacramento, California, where she murdered various elderly and mentally disabled boarders before cashing their Social Security checks. Many of the victims were found buried in her backyard. Puente was convicted of three murders and sentenced to two life sentences in 1993. She died in 2011 at age 82.

12. Enedina Arellano Félix (1961- )
> Crime: Drug trafficking, money laundering
> Country: Mexico

Enedina Arellano Félix runs the Tijuana Cartel, which had been managed by her six brothers. She has been identified as the world’s first female drug lord by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In recent years, Félix has kept a low profile as leader of the cartel.

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13. Griselda Blanco Restrepo (1943-2012)
> Crime: Murder, drug trafficking
> Country: Colombia

Griselda Blanco Restrepo was a drug trafficker with Colombia’s Medellín cartel who is thought to have been responsible for more than 200 murders. Married and widowed three times, she named one of her sons Michael Corleone in a nod to her criminal activities. She served 13 years on drug charges in a U.S. federal prison, and then was sent to Florida to face murder charges. She was serving a life sentence when, in 2002, she suffered a heart attack in prison. Two years later, she was released and deported to Colombia. Restrepo was shot to death by a motorcyclist while purchasing meat in a butcher shop in Medellín in 2012.

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14. Ilse Koch (1906-1967)
> Crime: War crimes
> Country: Germany

Regardless of their sex, WWII produced some of the worst fiends in history. Ilse Koch was one of them. She was an overseer at the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald, run by her husband, commandant Karl-Otto Koch. Isle Koch was infamous for her perversion and cruelty, flogging prisoners with her riding crop and forcing them to perform physically exhausting activities for her pleasure. Her hobby was collecting lampshades, book covers, and gloves made from the skins of murdered concentration camp inmates. She was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. In 1967 she hanged herself with bedsheets in her cell at the women’s prison in Aichach, Germany.

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15. Irma Grese (1923-1945)
> Crime: War crimes
> Country: Germany

Another female Nazi fiend was Irma Grese, a young Nazi concentration camp guard at Ravensbrück – a camp for women – and Auschwitz. In selecting victims for the gas chamber, Grese would purposely pick out beautiful females out of jealousy and spite. Grese would also sic her dog on prisoners, whip them, and kick them with her hobnailed jackboots until they bled. The Jewish Virtual Library called Grese “the most notorious of the female Nazi war criminals.” At the end of the war, when she was only 22, she was tried and hanged.

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