“Like nicknames, archetypes can be useful organizational tools, but they, too, often end up suppressing more nuanced ideas of evil and darkness in femininity” – Tori Telfer, Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History. Disturbing quotes from some of the world’s most notorious female killers. Travel throughout history and discover the motives, the stories and the mystery behind these deadly women. (TW: this post deals with topics that are not suitable for sensitive readers. Reader discretion is advised)
🕸️“I like hurting people.” – Mary Flora Bell
🕸️“I killed them all, men, women and babies, and I hugged the babies to my breast. But I am not guilty of murder.” – Clementine Bernabet
🕸️“They didn’t even look like people… I didn’t relate to Sharon Tate as being anything but a store mannequin… [Tate] sounded just like an IBM machine… She kept begging and pleading and pleading and begging [for the life of her unborn child], and I got sick of listening to her, so I stabbed her.” – Susan Atkins
🕸️“I do not feel bad after killing anyone because I see it as a job I paid to do.” – Mariam Abiola
Abiola was an assigned hitman for the Eiye cult group in Nigeria. During her arrest in 2018, she confessed to the killings of at least 4 people. In an interview Abiola said: “I do not feel bad after killing anyone because I see it as a job I (am) paid to do.”
🔪“If you would gain a throne and hold it, fear not to make of human skulls thy stepping stones.” – Taitu Betul
🔪“I love the madness. Not when I was a little girl, but from the age of 15 I’ve loved seeing things fall down around me.” – La Diabla of Medillin
🔪“I just started shooting. That’s it. I just did it for the fun of it.” – Brenda Spencer
🔪“While my victim was drinking an elixir I had prepared, I got an axe, placed myself behind my victim and, summoning my strength, struck the back of her neck – a rattle, nothing else. … It was a master stroke that almost beheaded her.” – Leonarda Cianciulli
🔪“My husband Yury wouldn’t give me money for vodka.” – Irina Gaidamachuk
Given the nickanme of ‘Satan in a Skirt’, Gaidamachuk is considered one of Russia’s worst woman serial killers. She was charged with 17 counts of murder and 1 attempted murder. During her eight year reign of terror, she killed 17 elderly women in order to rob them. She would pretend to be a social worker so they would let her in to their flats. She would often kill the women with an axe or a hammer. Her motive for killing the women was to steal money for vodka. Gaidamachuk was an alcoholic, whose husband, Yury, refused to give her in fear that it would enable her addiction.
🧛♀️“I am a devil and I will burn them.” – Lillian B. Thornman
🧛♀️“I want my fun. I need you to get my fun.” – Joanna Dennehy
🧛♀️“I would sit on the balcony and talk to them in the flowerpots,” – Sabine Hilschenz
Hilschenz received a 15-year sentence for infanticide in 2006. She was found guilty for eight accounts of manslaughter, for routinely killing her children. She told investigators that she would not outright harm the newborns, but would leave them to die after giving birth to them alone. Investigators found remains of the infants wrapped in plastic, and stuffed in flowerpots, buckets and a garden fish tank. Hilschenz was an alcoholic, who admitted to not having her addiction under control. She would become incredibly drunk during labour, so as to not remember whether she birthed the babies alive or dead. Her husband, Oliver Hilschenz said in a police interrogation: “I thought that she had a weight problem,” and denied any knowledge of the pregnancies.