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10 Most Dangerous Women in the World

10. Idoia Lopez Riano

The fact that Idoia Lopez Riano has gained notoriety within a terrorist group responsible

for upwards of 800 deaths gives an indication of her unique lethality. The fact that this

reputation is largely due to her sexuality as opposed to her body count also says a lot

about peoples priorities.

NicknamedEl Tigress’, Riano would reportedly sleep with police officers, before shooting

their colleagues days later, with no apparent reasoning. Flings like this would also precede

larger attacks, to the annoyance of her fellow militants. Because apparently theres a

strict etiquette to terror attacks.

Regardless of reputation, Riano rose to lieutenant in the Basque Separatist terror groupETA’.

With the group, she planned two bombings in 1980s Spain, killing 18 civil guards in total.

After being caught in France, Riano was sentenced to 2,000 years in prison, but was released

in 2017, serving just one year for each of the 23 murders she was charged with.

9. Maria Swanenburg

Every family has their issues, but between 1880 and 1883, there was no worse gene pool

to belong to than the Swanenburgs. Thats because, beginning with her mother, then her

father, Maria Swanenburg took the lives of 16 of her own relatives in these three years.

Until then, Maria had been an upstanding member of the Dutch neighborhood of Leiden, known

about town for looking after children and sick people. But it later became apparent

that these acts were only to gain Maria a place in various inheritances, and insurance


How Maria thought 102 insurance payouts would look anything but suspicious remains unknown,

but this was the number of her friends and family that she tried to poison with Arsenic.

27 of these people died, although the court investigated over ninety suspicious deaths

in relation to Swanenburg. She was jailed for life, where she died in 1915.

8. The White Widow

After the perpetrators of Londons 7/7 bombings were revealed to the public, a lot of sympathy

was offered to the widows of the men involved. Samantha Lewthwaite was believed by many to

have been unaware of her husbands extremism, but has gone on to carve out her own terrorist


According to the Telegraph, the mother of four and London University graduate is now

considered responsible for over 400 deaths, through her work with terrorist group Al Shabaab.

After moving to Kenya, Lewthwaite reportedly worked her way up to second in command in

the group, planning several attacks, including the 2015 murder of 148 at a Kenyan University.

TheWhite Widowis also accused of having bribed desperate families in Kenya with as

little as $400, to take children as young as 15 and recruit them as suicide bombers.

Lewthwaite remains at large today, with Interpol issuing a global arrest warrant for the extremist

in 2018.

7. Mata Hari

Born in the Netherlands in 1876, Margaretha Zelle is better known by her stage name, and

the infamy that surrounded it, some of which was actually true. Often portrayed as having

abandoned her children, Zelle actually lost one child to illness, and another to the custody

of an abusive ex-husband.

Too poor to take her daughter back, Zelle moved to Paris to raise money as a dancer,

and within a few years, was the most famous exotic dancer and courtesan in Europe. During

World War 1, this status gave her access to a range of high ranking military officials.

Zelle then worked as a double agent, passing information from France to Germany and vice

versa. When this was discovered, the French government charge Zelle with the estimated

50,000 deaths her leaked information had lead to. In 1917, the now famous femme fatale faced

the firing squad without a blindfold, and allegedly blew a kiss to her executioners.

6. Maria Licciardi

It took two brothers and a husband being arrested for Maria Licciardi to be promoted to the

head of her familys clan in 1993. But this wasnt enough for her, so she brought together

and took charge of all 20 clans of The Camorra, one of Italys largest crime syndicates.

Licciardi was just as happy breaking glass ceilings as she was breaking bones, ruling

the clans sternly. When her nephew was murdered, she had 14 rival clan members killed for revenge.

She also expanded the Camorras power by introducing a prostitution ring, of practically

enslaved, often underaged girls, who were killed when they became too old.

Her eight year grip of power was loosened slightly when fighting between the clans lead

to a gang war, killing more than 100 on both sides. Afterwards, Licciardi went into hiding,

and was eventually imprisoned in 2001, where its reported that she maintains power of

the Camorra.

5. Mary Tudor

If youve ever had the drink, you may have your own theories on why a Bloody Mary is

dangerous. But the woman its named after did a lot worse than mixing tomato juice and alcohol.

When King Edward the sixth fell gravely ill in 1553, he tried to stop his sisters succession

to the throne. He worried Mary would try to undo protestant reforms in the country, and

was succeeded instead by his cousin Jane. Jane was known asthe 9 days queen’,

so you can guess this didnt end well.

Mary promptly overthrew Jane and had her executed, before proving her brother completely right,

violently forcing England back to Roman Catholicism. This involved burning more than 280 dissenters

at the stake. Not actually the most bloody method, but it was enough to earn Mary the

famous title. Bloody Mary only reigned for five years, dying in 1558 from influenza,

when all her hard work was undone by her sister Elizabeth.

4. Belle Gunness

After Belle Gunness left Norway for Chicago in 1881, she was soon married and all seemed

well. The couple bought a shop, which sadly burnt down, but they used the insurance to

move house. As youve guessed though, Belles husband soon died, on the only day his two

life insurance policies overlapped.

Undeterred, Belle remarried, but her new husband and his daughter died mysteriously, leaving

more insurance money. A hopeless romantic, Belle continued to take out personal ads to

find wealthy suitors, who continued to die from what doctors suspected was the same poison.

Are you seeing a pattern yet?

When Belles home burned down, the bodies of OVER 40 MEN AND CHILDREN were discovered,

but the missing persons count surrounding her exceeds that number. An unidentified female

body was found too, and buried as Belle Gunness. But, given Gunnesshistory with mysterious

housefires, its widely believed she faked the scene, and escaped to kill again.

3. Amelia Dyer

Amelia Dyer was only actually convicted of one murder, but its widely accepted that

this English nurse took the lives of many, many more, over a 20 year spree in the late

1800s. In 1869, Dyer startedbaby farming’, which is already a term that doesnt scream

happy ending’.

This was a Victorian-era practice where people were paid to adopt unwanted infants. Dyer

took advantage of the systems poor regulation, putting children to intense work schedules.

After children begun dying in her care, Dyer was charged with negligence, but wasnt

even banned from adoption.

Its believed this is when Dyer began simply strangling the children. When one of her victims

was found in the Thames, Dyer was hanged for the murder, just 17 years after her first

arrest. But the highest estimates for her total body count were around 400 children,

making her one of historys most prolific killers. The only saving grace was the stricter

adoption laws her murder spree brought about.

2. Elizabeth Bathory

Holding a Guiness World record is usually something to be proud of, but Elizabeth Bathory

holds one of the books less coveted achievements, despite having been born in 1650, 400 years

before the books first edition. The Hungarian was attributed the title of most prolific

female murderer.

This claim isnt certain, because reports of Bathorys victims vary in different accounts,

but its widely believed the number is upwards of 650 people. This number allegedly comes

from a book kept by Bathory, recording the names of everyone that she and four of her

servants had tortured and killed.

Despite evidence including eye witnesses and ACTUAL BODIES FROM THE CRIMES, Bathory never

actually stood trial, due to the fact that she came from a line of Hungarian nobility.

She died in prison awaiting trial, and her story became folklore, including a disputed

claim that she had frequently bathed in her victimsblood. Although were probably

happier not knowing.

1. Irma Grese

In a place as horrific as Auschwitz, its hard to separate yourself from the pack as

a sadist, which might explain why Irma Grese went to such extreme lengths to be ridiculously

evil. Known as the Hyena of Auschwitz, Grese was renowned for the humour, and even arousal,

that she gleaned from death and torture.

Grese would beat and whip prisoners to the point that they required surgery, which she

would watch from the wings in intense pleasure. Those that didnt reach the operating table

fell victim to her pistol, or her starved pack of dogs, to whom she would feed victims

alive. Grese even reportedly had victimsremains turned into lampshades for her quarters.

But she was easily as prolific as she was deranged, allegedly murdering thirty prisoners

a day in the camp. However, the Hyena of Auschwitz was quickly trialled after the war ended,

and Grese was hanged for her crimes in December of 1945.

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