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Amy Archer-Gilligan  In order to gain access to life insurance money, the nursing home proprietor murdered at least five people by poisoning them. This included her second husband, Michael Gilligan. As for the others, they were lived in her nursing home. She may have killed more people, but that is still unconfirmed. For her crimes,Archer-Gilligan was sentenced to death, but ended up in a mental asylum instead.

The Most Famous Female Serial Killers

"Sister" Amy Duggan Archer-Gilligan was a Windsor, Connecticut nursing home proprietor and serial killer who systematically murdered at least five people by poison;

Mary Ann Cotton was an English serial killer believed to have murdered 21 people. It was discovered that Mary Ann had murdered three of her husbands, a lover, a friend, her mother, and a dozen children, all of whom had died of stomach fevers. She poisoned them all with arsenic. Her motive was either to gain insurance money or to pave way for a new marriage. She was hanged March 24, 1873. She died slowly, the hangman using too short a drop for a ‘clean’ execution.

Mary Ann Cotton (October 1832 – 24 March was an English serial killer believed to have murdered up to 21 people, mainly by arsenic poisoning

With a two-part Snapped special on the notorious Menendez Brothers airing on Oxygen Oct. 2 at 9/8c, we've got kid killers on our minds. There are many cases in which kids have committed patricide (killing their father) and matricide (killing their mother), but why? In the case of the Menendez Brothers, the reason is thought to have been greed. The brothers blew a million dollars in the six months following the brutal murder of their parents. Sound like grieving? Here are seven shocki...

Esmie Tseng - In 2005 at the age of Tseng stabbed her mother to death. In she was sentenced to 8 years, 4 months in prison. She was released in

MBI - Murdered by inmates, the monster who tortured and battered his partner’s two-year-old daughter, Sanam Navsarka, to death has been murdered in prison on Feb 14, 2013. Subhan Anwar, 25, is believed to have been held hostage in a cell at high-security Long Lartin Prison in Worcestershire before he was killed. Two inmates aged 47 and 45 have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Murdered in prison, the monster who tortured and beat his lover's two-year-old daughter to death

Subhan Anwar, a man convicted of murdering Sanam Navsarka back in was killed in prison after being held hostage by two other inmates at Long Lartin prison.

4. Jane Toppan: A trained nurse, Toppan confessed to 31 murders in 1901. She conducted twisted experiments on her patients and confessed to getting a sexual thrill when they were near death.

Jane Toppan "Jolly Jane" - One of the most prolific female serial killers who killed over 70 people. She thought of herself as "The Angel of Death" for good reason. She experimented on patients with atropine, strychnine and morphine.

19. Velma Barfield: She confessed to the murder of 6 people, beginning with her first husband and followed by her second husband, her mother, and two patients she worked with as an elderly caretaker and finally her boyfriend when she feared he had been catching on. Barfield was executed by lethal injection in 1984.

Margie Velma Barfield was a serial killer, convicted of six murders. She was the first woman in the United States to be executed after the 1976 resumption of capital punishment and the first since

Angela Johnson was the first woman sentenced to death by United States Federal jury for her involvement in the murders of five people, two of them children. Sentenced to death in December 2005.

Angela Johnson was the first woman sentenced to death by United States Federal jury for her involvement in the murders of five people, two of them children. Sentenced to death in December 2005.

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