The true crime podcast where women aren’t just the victims. Every week, we examine the psychology, motivations, and atrocities of female felons. New episodes come out every Wednesday. Female Criminals is a production of Cutler Media and part of the Parcast Network.
With a not-so-promising future in Victorian England, Mary Ann Cotton embarks on a journey of seducing, marrying, and killing her spouses and children to collect her insurance policies. Once she was caught in 1873, she learned just how unforgiving society could be to those who transgressed.
In 1920's New York City, policy bank queen Stephanie St. Clair was sitting on the top of the world. She had become one of the most successful policy bankers in her adopted home of Harlem, and had the cash to prove it. But as the Prohibition came to a close, Stephanie would be faced with a formidable new enemy - white mobsters encroaching on her turf.Sponsors!Bombas - Save 20% on your first purchase when you shop at Bombas.com/CRIMINALS!
The great heroes of myth are known throughout the world. Their deeds are legendary. But what would these champions be without obstacles in their path? Dragons, sea serpents, giants, demons...they aren't merely foils to the hero. They are primal symbols reflecting ancient truths. Our new podcast, MYTHICAL MONSTERS, tells the stories of these beasts and asks what they represent to mankind. In this episode, we look at the legendary Kraken! To listen to the rest of this episode subscribe to MYTHICAL MONSTERS on Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts!
In 1911, 13-year-old Stephanie St. Clair left the Caribbean for America and never looked back. The scrappy teen lied about her age, and soon found herself on the streets of Harlem at the dawn of the Harlem Renaissance and the Prohibition Era - two moments in history that helped launch her career as the queenpin of a highly lucrative gambling ring. And ultimately, as New York City's first black woman gangsterSponsors!Best Fiends - Download FREE the 5-star rated mobile puzzle game Best Fiends on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Literati Books - Go to LITERATIBOOKS.COM and use promo code CRIMINALS for $20 OFF your FIRST BOX. Plus, kids THREE and up get a special blacklight pen!
On Easter Sunday, 1903, Marie Sukloff awoke in her Russian prison cell to the sounds of a massacre. She overheard one of the bloodiest pogroms in Russian history. The bloodshed ignited a fire that Marie would feel to her dying day. In the years to come, she would plan and carry out an assassination that would make her famous.
As the grip of Tsar Nicholas II loosened at the turn of the 20th century and the wave of Communism started to rise in Russia, a young girl named Marie Sukloff dutifully took her place in the revolution. After watching her peasant farming parents struggle to make ends meet, she learned to read from political bulletins, waiting for her day to strike.
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It was called “one of the most brutal and bizarre crimes Australia has ever seen.” In 1989, Tracey Wigginton not only murdered bar patron Edward Buldock – she and her fellow vampires drank his blood. As the investigation unfolded, her small coastal town was riveted by the story of Tracey’s small occultist following, all self-proclaimed lesbian vampires.
After heiress Marjorie Congdon was aquitted of her mother's 1977 murder, she remarried and began to build a new life. But mysterious deaths continued to plague Marjorie, who would become a suspect in numerous murders and arsons for decades.Sponsors!Best Fiends - Download the 5-star rated mobile game for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Crime never takes a day off, and neither do we. In our new podcast, TODAY IN TRUE CRIME, every day, we flip back the calendar and examine a true crime event from the same date years ago.In this clip, we look back at August 26th, 1916, when infamous organized crime courier Virginia Hill was born in Lipscomb, Alabama. Subscribe to TODAY IN TRUE CRIME for a new story every day!
When Marjorie Congdon was adopted at three months old, she became the doted up daughter of an heiress. She grew up wanting for nothing, showered in gifts and affection. But Marjorie still suffered, eventually diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder. Her mother, afraid of scandal, couldn't accept the diagnosis and Marjorie was never treated. Left unchecked, Marjorie would bring chaos and death to all those around her. Sponsors!Literati - Go to LITERATIBOOKS.COM and use promo code CRIMINALS for $20 OFF your FIRST BOX.
Irma Grese quickly proved herself as one of the most vicious guards at Ravensbruck concentration camp. In 1943, she was promoted and sent to Auschwitz, where her reputation for cruelty only grew. Thousands of interned prisoners suffered under her reign until they were finally liberated by Allied forces. Sponsors!Embrace Pet Insurance - Get your FREE quote at EmbracePetInsurance.com/CRIMINALS.Away - For $20 off a suitcase, visit AwayTravel.com/criminals and use promo code CRIMINALS during checkout!
As Irma Grese grew up in rural Germany, she watched Adolf Hitler rise to power. Completely swept up in the nationalist views of the Nazi Party, Irma tried to find the best way to serve her country. Eventually, she found her purpose as a concentration camp guard.Parcasters - Is there any truth behind the rumored society that protects the secrets of the Holy Grail? Learn more about the Priory of Sion on this week’s episode of Conspiracy Theories!
As the Manson Family turned onto Cielo Drive, time slowed to a crawl. In a few minutes, they would commit five murders that became the most infamous slayings in American history. They intended to start a riot that would burn LA to the ground. Sponsors!Best Fiends - Play the 5-star rated mobile game! Download FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. That’s FRIENDS without the R, Best Fiends!
By July, 1969, the "Manson Girls” saw Charlie as more than a leader, he was the second coming of Christ. Manson’s cult gospel called them to prepare for a fast approaching race war called Helter Skelter that would burn Southern California to the ground. And if the war didn’t start on its own, they would light the fuse.Parcasters - Don’t miss all of our special Summer of ‘69 episodes by subscribing to Parcast Presents: Summer of ‘69, on Spotify, or anywhere you listen to podcasts!Sponsors!Embrace Pet Insurance - Get your FREE quote at EmbracePetInsurance.com/CRIMINALS right now!Zola - Build your free wedding website on Zola and get $50 toward your registry at ZOLA.com/CRIMINALS.
When 23-year-old Brittany Holberg found herself homeless in Texas, performing sex work, and addicted to cocaine, she didn't think her life would get any worse. But then a botched robbery became a murder in 1996, and Brittany had to learn to build a new life for herself on Death Row.Sponsors!Gabi - Take 2 minutes and see if you can save up to $865 when you go to Gabi.com/CRIMINALS.Grove Collaborative - Go to Grove.co/CRIMINALS to get a FREE 5-piece Spring Cleaning Set from Mrs. Meyer’s and Grove— a $30 value!
After an off-handed comment about a serial killer on the loose, Syracuse DA William Fitzpatrick was determined to find out who the "H" family was in Dr. Alfred Steinschnieder's SIDS research. He was convinced the grieving "Mrs. H." was actually a serial killer in disguise. Sponsors!Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off your first order at PairOfThieves.com/CRIMINALS.
For two decades, Waneta Hoyt was seen as the unluckiest mother in the world. But when new evidence emerged, police wondered if she wasn't a grieving mother, but in fact a serial killer. Parcasters - When conservation advocate Joy Adamson turned up dead, the authorities initially suspected one of her lions. Little did they know one of her disgruntled employees would be much more dangerous! Listen to her story on Assassinations, available now on Spotify or wherever you get your Parcast Originals!
In the early 1900s Ada and Minna Everleigh found their luxurious gentlemen's club in the midst of a moral war with Chicago's more rigid citizens. What these zealots didn't realize, is that the Everleigh Sisters had the government on their side. Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
When sisters Ada and Minna Everleigh opened a brothel in early 1900, citizens were shocked to find that countless potential clients were bluntly turned away at the door. They weren’t suitable, they were told. Not for what was soon to be the most notorious and exclusive gentlemen’s club of the early 20th century.Sponsors!Best Fiends - Best Fiends is a 5-star rated mobile game app available for download FREE on the Apple App Store and Google Play. That’s FRIENDS without the R, Best Fiends!Gabi - Take two minutes and see if you can save up to $865 a year on car insurance at Gabi.com/CRIMINALS. There are NO fees, NO forms, and NO spam.Grove Collaborative - Go to Grove.co/CRIMINALS to get a FREE FIVE PIECE Spring Cleaning Set from Mrs. Meyer’s and Grove!Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off your first order at PairOfThieves.com/CRIMINALS.
In 2005, Dr. Felix Polk of San Francisco, was found stabbed to death by his 15-year-old son, Gabriel. But he believed his mother, Susan, was responsible for the death, after years of threatening violence against her husband. Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!Zola - To start your free wedding website and also get $50 off your registry on Zola, go to Zola.com/CRIMINALS.
In 2002, after twenty years of marriage, 44-year-old Susan Polk of San Francisco, called it quits with her husband, 70-year-old Felix Polk. Susan's reasons for divorce were simple: she believed her husband was a spy working for the CIA and he had brainwashed her and her children. Parcasters - In Conspiracy Theories this week we explore the North American Union, a supposed superstate created through merging the governments of Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Was it in the plans, is it still? Find out today at parcast.com/conspiracy
Stories of her exploits on Rum Row in the early 1920s made Gertrude Lythgoe a tabloid darling. As books and article series were published, America was captivated by the Queen of the Bootleggers. Unfortunately, so was the United States Government.Sponsors!Best Fiends - Don’t miss out on the must-play game of the year! Download Best Fiends for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play. That’s FRIENDS without the R, Best Fiends!Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off your first order at PairOfThieves.com/CRIMINALS. Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
During the early days of Prohibition in the 1920s, while most young women were focused on getting married and having a family, Gertrude Lythgoe was busy running her wholesale liquor empire in the Bahamas. She started as a secretary in the quiet Midwest, but found herself venturing to the dangerous waters of Rum Row.Sponsors!Grove - Get a 3-piece cleaning set from Mrs. Meyer’s spring scents, a free 60-day VIP membership, and a surprise bonus gift when you sign up and place an order of $20 or more at Grove.co/CRIMINALS.
On Monday, January 29th, 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer shot 350 rounds at a San Diego Elementary School from her front window. Her family and neighbors were stunned by her violent actions. Brenda's response: "I don't like Mondays. This livens up the day."Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
Before Parkland, before Sandy Hook, was the 1979 mass shooting at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego. At 8:30AM on Monday, January 29th, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer lined up her .22 rifle and started firing at the schoolyard across the street from her house. Why would the shy teenager go on such a horrific rampage?Sponsors!Best Fiends - Download the 5-star rated mobile game app for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. That’s FRIENDS without the R, Best Fiends!The Bouqs - Send the Mom’s Day flowers your mom deserves from The Bouqs. Order today and get an extra 20% off when you enter code FEMALE.Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off your first order when you go to PairOfThieves.com/CRIMINALS.
After two months in captivity, Patricia Hearst sided with her kidnappers, the Symbionese Liberation Army. By the end of 1974, the newspaper heiress turned full-blown urban guerrilla.Sponsors!The Bouqs - Get an extra 20% off when you go to Bouqs.com and enter code FEMALE. Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit! That’s Upstart dot com slash CRIMINALS!
In February of 1974, 19-year-old Patricia Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Her captivity would become one of the most well-known cases of Stockholm Syndrome in history.Sponsors!Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Female Criminals a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at Criminals.Robinhood.com.
She climbed to the top of New York City’s real estate scene by bullying and blackmailing, earning her the moniker "The Queen of Mean." In the late 1980s, when Leona Helmsley was put on trial for fraud and tax evasion, all the little people she'd stepped on over the years lined up for their chance to take a swing at Leona. Sponsors!Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
Born in 1920 to poor, Jewish immigrants, Leona Helsley spent the first 30 years of her life doing whatever it took to rise above her humble origins. She changed her name, bullied her competitors, and, if necessary, skirted the corners of the law, engaging in blackmail and fraud.Parcasters - One of the greatest true crime cases in ever told is also one of the most impactful events in our nation’s history! Can you guess which one it is? Find out now at parcast.com/assassinations
In 1992, nearly a decade after the murder of Kent Leppink, Alaska's Cold Case Unit finally uncovered the evidence needed to charge Mechele Hughes Linehan and John Carlin for his death. But who should face the murder charges? The man who pulled the trigger? Or the woman he killed for? SPONSORS!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart dot com slash CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
In this special crossover episode with the host of Crimes of Passion, we explore one of Alaska's most notorious cold cases from 1994. Within a year and a half of moving to Alaska, Mechele Linehan was engaged to Kent Leppink. And Scott Hilke. And John Carlin. When one of her fiances was murdered, police weren't sure which player in the bizarre love triangle was responsible.Sponsors!Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Female Criminals a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at Criminals.Robinhood.com.Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is.
She was out of options and desperately searching for a way back to her home to America. In 1945, Iva Toguri, stepped forward and claimed to be the infamous Japanese war broadcaster “Tokyo Rose”. Her bold decision landed her a trip back home, but it came with a steep price.Parcasters - If you haven’t checked out our new show, Crimes of Passion, you’re missing out! Listen to our newest episodes on the Jodi Arias trial at parcast.com/passion
A Japanese American found herself stranded in Japan after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, unable to return to the United States. To make ends meet, she started working for Radio Tokyo in the early 1940s, broadcasting to American GIs. But did working for the Japanese turn her into a traitor?Sponsors!BetterHelp - Female Criminals listeners get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINALS. Go to BetterHelp.com/Criminals.Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Female Criminals a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at Criminals.Robinhood.com.
In 1983, she was accused of shooting her three children in a twisted attempt to prove her love to her boyfriend. The Oregon district attorney feared that Diane Downs would walk free, due to a lack of evidence. All his hopes rested on a star witness: 8-year-old Christie Downs, Diane's oldest daughter.Parcasters - To learn about an iconic event in American history, check out our our new episode on John McCain on HOSTAGE, wherever you get your shows. Listen now at parcast.com/hostageSponsors!BetterHelp - Go to BetterHelp.com/Criminals to get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINALS. Native - For 20% off your first purchase, visit NativeDeodorant.com and use promo code CRIMINALS during checkout!SugarBearHair - Go to SugarBearHair.com/CRIMINALS for amazing hair and a healthier you.
She was a mother from Oregon who felt like she never received the love she deserved. In 1983, when Diane Downs finally met a man who gave her the attention she craved, she was willing to sacrifice anything to keep them together. Including her own children.Sponsors! SugarBearHair - Go to SugarBearHair.com/CRIMINALS for amazing hair and a healthier you!Swap.com - Get free shipping on your first purchase when you go to Swap.com/Criminals!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is!
Known for stealing from the rich, and giving to the poor, newspapers called her "The Bandit Queen." But was Wild West anti-hero Belle Starr actually guilty of being a thief, or was she simply married to one? In 1889, her notorious reputation would result in a bloody ending only reserved for an American outlaw. Parcasters - Love may have brought Belle Starr to her grave, but she isn’t alone! Learn about more criminal couples on our new podcast CRIMES OF PASSION. Listen today at parcast.com/passionSponsors!Shudder - To try Shudder free for 30 days, go to Shudder.com and use promo code CRIMINALS.SugarBearHair - Go to SugarBearHair.com/CRIMINALS for amazing hair and a healthier you.Swap.com - Go to Swap.com/Criminals and sign up to get free shipping on your first purchase.
She grew up during the Civil War and supported the Confederacy. When Belle Starr married her first husband, a notorious horse thief, she was plunged into a world of outlaws in the postwar era of the 1870s and 80s. Was she a bystander to her husband's crimes? Or complicit in his reign of terror in the Wild West?Sponsors!BetterHelp - Female Criminals listeners get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINALS when you go to BetterHelp.com/Criminals.Proven Innocent - Proven Innocent Premieres Friday, February 15th at 9/8c, only on Fox.Torrid - Go to Torrid.com and use Promo Code CRIMINALS15 for $15 off every $50 you spend! That means you can get up to $150 off a $500 order!
After months of torment and abuse in the summer of 1965, Sylvia Likens stopped fighting back. No one would find out what was happening in Gertrude Baniszweski's house of horrors until it was far too late. By the time it’s over, Baniszweski wouldn’t be the only person convicted of manslaughter and murder. Sponsors!BetterHelp - Female Criminals listeners get 10% off the first month with discount code CRIMINALS.Proven Innocent - Proven Innocent Premieres Friday, February 15th at 9/8c, only on Fox.
In the summer of 1965 in Indiana, teenagers Sylvia and Jenny Likens were invited to stay in the home of their friend's mother, Gertrude Baniszewski. Only one of them would leave the house alive.Parcasters - After this episode of Female Criminals, go check out our new show Extraterrestrial and learn about the abduction of Barney and Betty Hill. Listen at parcast.com/extraterrestrial
Mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was perhaps the only man Virginia Hill ever loved. He also brought her closer than ever to a bloody downfall at the hands of the Mafia. Shortly before Bugsy’s assassination in 1947, Hill fled to Paris, leading to questions about her knowledge of his impending death.Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is! Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
A trusted operative, she ascended to the highest ranks of the Chicago Outfit in the 1930s and made millions of the dollars for the mob, and herself. By the time Virginia Hill was 30, her cutthroat mentality would land her at the top of the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Sponsors!Torrid - Go to Torrid.com and use Promo Code CRIMINALS15 for $15 off every $50 you spend! That means you can get up to $150 off a $500 order!
After one fateful day in 1976, the New York City Queenpin lost her faith in the mob and turned her back on them forever. Brickman was able to bring the mob to its knees and take down kingpins as a police informant from the inside.Sponsors!Candid - Head to CandidCo.com/CRIMINALS to save 25% on your modeling kit.Sun Basket - Go to SunBasket.com/CRIMINALS today to learn more and get $35 off your first order!
Associated with some of New York City’s most infamous criminals, Brickman was involved in the drug empire from the mid-1950s until the 1980s. She served as a courier, sold drugs, and ran her own bookmaking operation. Brickman not only used her family's mob connections, but also climbed the mob hierarchy, searching for the next powerful man she could seduce. Sponsors!Sun Basket - Go to SunBasket.com/CRIMINALS today to learn more and get $35 off your first order!
Today, Lizzie Borden's name is forever associated with the brutal axe murder of her parents. But when she stood trial in 1892, she was known only as a polite, educated society woman. Even with all the evidence pointing towards Lizzie, convincing a jury that a well-mannered woman was a murderer was going to be a difficult task.Sponsors!Caffé Monster - Available in Mocha, Vanilla, and Salted Caramel. Caffé Monster: Chill it down, Shake it up, Enjoy!Candid - Save 25% on your modeling kit when you go to CandidCo.com/CRIMINALS.
Andrew and Abby Borden were found gruesomely slaughtered with a hatchet in their Massachusetts home in 1892. The main suspect was Lizzie Borden, a reserved Sunday school teacher who had been nothing but a loving daughter. Which begs the question - was she capable of killing her father and stepmother? Sponsors!Audible - Get 3 months of Audible for just $6.95 a month by going to Audible.com/CRIMINALS or text CRIMINALS to 500 500.Caffe Monster - Caffé Monster - Available in Mocha, Vanilla and Salted Caramel. Caffé Monster: Chill it down, Shake it up, Enjoy!Kopari - Go to KopariBeauty.com/CRIMINALS to save $5 off your first order when you subscribe! Living Proof - Visit LivingProof.com/CRIMINALS and use promo code CRIMINALS to get a free sample of their award-winning dry shampoo with your purchase.
Between 1960 and 1964, numerous children began disappearing across Manchester, England. The sadistic rapist and torture duo behind the murders? Ian Brady and Myra Hindley. After getting away with murdering four children they wanted to push the limit. They decided they wanted to murder their next victim in front of a live audience. The trial would prove Myra Hindley to be “the most evil woman in Britain.”Sponsors!StoryWorth - For $20 off, visit StoryWorth.com/CRIMINALS when you subscribe!
Myra Hindley would do anything for her boyfriend, Ian Brady. She would even go as far as to murder someone for him. Both from troubled homes in Manchester, England, Hindley and Brady had abusive alcoholic parents. Their relationship would eventually cause Hindley to brutally murder five children between July 1963 and October 1965. Sponsors!Candid - Go to CandidCo.com/CRIMINALS to save 25% on your modeling kit.
After her husband’s murder in the late 1980’s, she became head of a drug operation transporting cocaine and heroin from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. Known for her extravagant fur coats, Thelma Wright used her drug money to keep up with appearances. Sponsors!Caffé Monster - Now available in Mocha, Vanilla, and Salted Caramel. Caffé Monster: Chill it down, Shake it up, Enjoy!Kopari - Go to KopariBeauty.com/CRIMINALS to save $5 off your first order when you subscribe!Living Proof - Visit LivingProof.com/CRIMINALS and use promo code CRIMINALS to get a free sample of their award-winning dry shampoo with your purchase!
The leader of the Barker-Karpis Gang is responsible for increasingly violent bank robberies and kidnappings in the 1930s. In an attempt to take down the gang, the FBI engages in a shootout that lasts more than four hours. Does Ma Barker make it out unscathed?Sponsors!Caffé Monster - Available in Mocha, Vanilla, and Salted Caramel. Chill it down, Shake it up, Enjoy!
She frequently traveled with her gang of sons during the Public Enemy Era. But did the “mother of criminals” actually commit any crimes?Sponsors!Candid Co - Go to CandidCo.com/CRIMINALS to save 25% on your modeling kit.Kopari - Go to KopariBeauty.com/CRIMINALS to save $5 off your first order when you subscribe!
The first woman executed by the US federal government. Her crime? Engaging in a conspiracy to kill Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. Subscribe now to our new podcast HOSTAGE, featuring the riveting story of Patty Hearst's abduction by the Symbionese Liberation Army.Sponsors! Kopari - Go to KopariBeauty.com/CRIMINALS to save $5 off your first order when you subscribe!Living Proof - Visit LivingProof.com/CRIMINALS and use promo code CRIMINALS to get a free sample of their award-winning dry shampoo with your purchase!
Could you kill a president on your own? John Wilkes Booth used a network of conspirators to execute his plan of assassinating President Abraham Lincoln. The Surratt tavern was a well known hideaway from Confederate spies, was Mary involved in their ultimate act of vengeance?Subscribe to our new show - Hostage - today!Sponsors!Parcast - Sign up for the Parcast Monthly Newsletter at Parcast.com!
After getting caught by authorities her partner dies and Kim expects to be tortured, but ends up surprised at what happens next.Sponsors!Caffé Monster - Available in Vanilla, Mocha, and Salted Caramel.
Would you blow up a plane to be a hero? In November, 1987, twenty-five-year-old Kim Hyon-hui was given what would be her last mission as a North Korean spy. She and her partner were told that if they completed it, it would unify South Korea with North Korea. All they had to do was get on an airplane and plant a bomb.Sponsors!Caffé Monster - Available in Vanilla, Mocha, and Salted Caramel.Kopari - Go to KopariBeauty.com/CRIMINALS to make the safe switch today, and save $5 off your first order when you subscribe!
After committing more than 30 kidnappings, murdering 22 high-caste men in the 1981 Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, and being placed on India’s Ten Most Wanted list— Phoolan Devi was wanted dead or alive. How did she manage to re-brand herself as a local hero?Sponsors!Go to TakeCareOf.com and enter CRIMINALS for 25% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins.
Phoolan Devi was born and raised in poverty but nevertheless was a precocious and resilient child. At ten years old, she learned her uncle's family had stolen her father's land, and fought back. It would be her first step to becoming Bandit Queen, a warrior for the lower classes.
Samantha Lewthwaite was just like any other housewife in the world. But while she was carrying on a life as a doting wife and mother, she was also a terrorist accused of planning attacks that have killed over 400 people. Her current whereabouts are unknown and international law enforcement agencies are still looking for The White Widow.
Originally known for being the wife of 2005 London bomber Germaine Lindsay, international authorities have suspected her of running a bomb factory, funding terrorist cells, and being responsible for the 2013 shopping mall attack in Kenya. Discover how she started on a path to radicalism.
Charlotte Corday set out on her journey to kill Jean-Paul Marat believing it was the only way to save France. So what made a young woman with no known political connections and no history of violence turn to murder?
Charlotte Corday grew up poor in French family clinging to its noble status. When the French Revolution started, she strongly believed in peaceful change and liberation, in contrast to the Jacobin party who led the revolution on a platform of violence and executions. What happened to the mild-mannered Corday that led her to murder a leader of the Jacobin party?
Dorothea Puente ran a boarding house in Sacramento, California. She had perfected a technique of taking in tenants who were on government assistance, murdering them, and then fraudulently cash the checks. All the while, neighbors had no idea that dead bodies were being buried in her backyard.
We have a special guest. Greg from Serial Killers is to joining us to help provide some insight into the madness of Dorothea Puente. Dorothea Puente didn’t set out to become Sacramento, California’s most notorious female serial killer. But she did have a criminal streak that grew more sinister, culminating in the deaths of almost a dozen residents of the boarding house she ran. How was she able to evade detection from family members and social workers? And how did she get away with her first murder?
Despite payouts from her exotic dance performances and the gifts from her many generous lovers, Mata Hari struggled to finance her lavish lifestyle. So when offers of spywork came from both French and German government officials during World War II, Mata Hari couldn’t say no to the money. It led her down a path of spying, lying, and ultimately, execution. Was Mata Hari World War II’s biggest fall guy, or its biggest counter-espionage triumph?
Mata Hari built her fame on the novel and erotic dances she performed, claiming to have learned them as part of a secretive religious ritual. She’s remembered in part for her pornographic postcard series, as well as a string of wealthy lovers left in her wake. But she’s best known for the way she died: executed as a foreign spy.
After numerous “close-calls” and many deaths, it became hard to ignore the number of emergencies that happened while Nurse Genene Jones was on duty in the pediatric ICU. Even after switching to work in a private practice, a dark cloud of tragedy followed her. Would forensic drug testing technology ever catch up with this Angel of Mercy?
Genene Jones, a pediatric nurse from Texas, is believed to have killed between eleven and forty-six infants and toddlers between 1977 and 1982. Pediatric nurses give care to children, many of whom aren’t able to speak yet. Which is why they perfect targets. Find out what happened in Jones’ childhood that would drive her to murder innocent children.
In an act of filial piety (respect for one's parents, elders, and ancestors) and revenge over the murder of her father, Shi Jianqiao executed warlord Sun Chuanfang in a crowded Buddhist hall. The media circus that ensued unleashed a fierce debate over her fate, which would play out in the courts of both law and public opinion. Would she actually get away with murder?
Shi Jianqiao was a notorious Chinese assassin who avenged her father’s death by executing the warlord responsible. Was she a devoted daughter fulfilling her duty after her father’s unjust murder? Or was she an outlaw vigilante who deserved to be punished for her crime?
Ulrike Meinhof was a West German journalist, screenwriter, and mother of two. But the non-violent activist would turn to a life of terrorist bombings and bank robberies. Find out why and what ultimately lead to her capture.
Ulrike Meinhof was a known journalist, pacifist, and anti-war activist in Germany. After complaining of severe headaches for months, she had a brain procedure. After her recovery, her perspective changed. She became a political militant responsible for murders, attempted murders, bank robberies and bombings.
Aileen Wuornos was convicted of killing Johns while working as a sex worker in Florida. During her trial, Wuornos would take the stand in her own defense in an effort to save her life. But it would only take a jury a couple hours to decide her fate.
Aileen Wuornos lived a difficult life as a sex worker along the highways to support herself. She killed seven men but she claims they were all in self-defense. Was Wuornos born a cold-blooded killer or did a difficult childhood mold her into one?
Kristen Gilbert was a nurse at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center when patients began to suddenly die of cardiac arrest during her shifts. With very little hard evidence to go on, find out how investigators built a case against her and how her behavior leading up to the trial made her a danger to herself and others.
By all accounts, Kristen Gilbert was a competent nurse, suburban wife, and soccer mom. But she also had an sinister side. Working at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center, she was convicted of killing four patients and suspected of killing dozens more. But what turned this mild-mannered mother of two into a serial killer?
Pirate Anne Bonny had seemingly met her match with Calico Jack, but the relationship didn't last forever. After leaving their child with a family in Cuba, Anne returned to the seas with Calico but found a new spark - this time with a most unexpected partner.
As a child, Anne Bonny pretended to be a boy to cover for the fact that she was an illegitimate child. When she dressed as a woman later on, she realized she preferred the freedom of being treated like a man. Dissatisfied with traditional life as a wife to her husband, she found a true partnership with "Calico Jack," a pirate who treated her with more autonomy and respect than any woman on land would ever get.
As police became more suspicious of Stacey Castor for the deaths of two husbands, she was quick to blame her daughter Ashley. When Ashley was discovered unresponsive with a suicide note next to her, the case got more difficult for detectives. Did Ashley try to commit suicide, or was she Castor’s next intended victim?
Over the course of her adulthood, Stacey Castor went from a loving mother and wife to a meticulous murderer. Her choice of weapon was poison, and her careful planning allowed her to get away with murder for many years. We investigate how one woman could take such a dark turn and murder those closest to her. SPONSORS! After Anna - Listen now at Macmillanaudio.com/AfterAnna
When Seema Parihar was just 13 years old, she was kidnapped from her home in Northern India by bandits. Parihar faced unimaginable mental and physical abuse at the hands of her captors, but persevered to become one of the most feared bandits in the region for nearly 20 years. We investigate her path towards banditry and unlikely second act as a politician.
Bonnie Parker dreamed of being famous, but she became infamous. When she wasn’t robbing banks, Bonnie struggled to maintain relationships with her family, and maintain a “ladylike” image. However, Bonnie’s crimes kept her on less-than-ladylike wanted posters and led her to a violent death.
Since she was a little girl, Bonnie Parker dreamed of fame and fortune. And while she imagined life as a movie star, or a singer, she found an alternative way to make her dreams come true when she met Clyde Barrow. From stealing cars to robbing banks, Bonnie quickly became the most wanted woman in America for her role as half of the infamous criminal duo: Bonnie & Clyde.
Formerly a Lucha Libra wrestler in Mexico City, Juana Barraza became a deceitful serial killer. Between 1998 and 2006, she won the trust of elderly women, who she then killed and robbed. Because police believed the murderer to be a man, Juana continued her deadly crimes without fear. By the time she was caught, she was suspected of claiming up to 48 victims.
From 1999 to 2006, as many as 48 elderly women were murdered in Mexico City. We dive deep into Juana Barraza’s transition from Lucha Libre wrestler, “The Silent Lady”, to one of Mexico’s most infamous serial killers, “The Little Old Lady Killer”.
Griselda Blanco was a Colombian drug lord who supplied cocaine to the United States in the 1970s and 80s. By the mid 1980s, she was moving roughly 2000 pounds of cocaine each month, and undergoing an intense rivalry with her former protege, Pablo Escobar. We dive into the life of the ruthless Cocaine Godmother and her reign as one of the bloodiest drug lords of her time.
Griselda Blanco was born in Colombia on February 15, 1943. By age 11, Griselda committed her first of many murders. We follow her rise to becoming one of the first infamous leaders of the 1970’s drug trade. Between cold-blooded killing and drug overdoses, many died at the hands of the Cocaine Godmother.
From the team behind hit podcasts Serial Killers and Cults, Female Criminals gets into the minds of women who live outside the law. Every Wednesday, we examine the psychology, motivations, and atrocities of female felons. Female Criminals premieres March 21st and new episodes will release every Wednesday.
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