Lethal Ladies! 10 Blood-Curdling Films & TV Series About Women Killers

Male killers, it seems, are everywhere. But, what about female killers? Documentaries and fictional shows aside, the story of women killers is a novel rarity, an almost taboo topic.

Women killing, women rebelling against social expectations are revolting to the senses. Acknowledging the blatant gender transgressions head on is another matter.  

These 10 movies and television shows, based on true stories, seem to do just that!

The Countess (2009)

Tells the chilling tale of the 16th-century Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Báthory, the first female serial killer in history. She was known to kidnap aristocratic girls and bathe in their blood to preserve her youth.

Alias Grace (2017)

Is based on Margaret Atwood's historical fiction novel.

The limited series follows the 1843 double murders, by Grace Marks, of her employer Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery.

Dark Angel (2016)

Is based on Margaret Atwood's historical fiction novel.

She used arsenic to murder 11 of her 13 children and three of her four husbands for their insurance policies.

Lizzie (2018)

Re-examines the infamous case of Lizzie Borden. She was accused of axe murdering her father and stepmother in Massachusetts in the 1800s. 

Candy (2022), Life And Death (2023)

Both delve into the gripping axe murder of housewife Betty Gore by her husband's married mistress, Candace Montgomery, in a small Texan town in the 1970s. 

The Serpent (2021)

Follows the true story of serial killer Charles Sobhraj and his accomplice Marie-Andrée Leclerc.

While strictly not a murderer, Leclerc was involved in the kidnapping, murdering, and looting of several Europeans travelling through the 1970s Southeast Asian Hippie Trail.

Chronicles the life of Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute and serial killer convicted of murdering several men along a highway in Florida in 1989-90.

Monster (2003) 

Details the 2013-16 notorious murders of American house-flipper Pam Huff. She was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing her employees for financial gain. 

The Thing About Pam (2022)

Dramatizes the true story of the 2014 "texting-suicide" of American teen Conrad Roy and the conviction of his girlfriend, Michelle Carter, for involuntary manslaughter. 

The Girl from Plainville (2022)

The plot revolves around Gypsy Rose Blanchard's life and her involvement in the 2015 murder of her mother, Dee Dee Blanchard.

Gypsy Rose Blanchard - The Act (2019)

Dee Dee was accused of abusing her daughter through Munchausen syndrome by proxy by fabricating illnesses and disabilities.

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