When we think of history’s most dangerous and murderous people, we tend to think of men. Adolf Hitler, Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, John Wayne Gacy Jr., Ted Bundy… The list goes on and on. But truthfully, men aren’t the only bad ones out here. Throughout history, the world has known plenty of unapologetic and ruthless women who specialized in things like murder, treachery, espionage, terrorism and tyranny. While being bad is sometimes sexy, I think we can all agree that these bad bitches are anything but (well, most of them). Here are eight of the deadliest women the world has ever known. Photo: Getty Images/:Danny Martindale
1. Colonel Fanette Umuraza: Before surrendering to UN-backed government troops in November 2013, the M23 were one of the most dangerous revolutionary groups in the Congo. Colonel Fanette Umuraza was thought to be so badass that, at any given time, four or five guards were ordered to protect her. She was considered a heroine for quite some time, but it’s important to note that M23 was responsible for a litany of human rights violations throughout the conflict, including rape, the recruitment of children and plenty of murder. There’s no telling how many people, exactly, died at the hands of Colonel Umuraza and her troops, but it’s undoubtedly in the hundreds.
2. Anna Chapman: Anna Chapman is one of the only women on this list still alive and not in jail. She was busted in June 2010 along with nine other people on charges of being Russian Spies. What made Chapman so dangerous was her beauty. Not only did she frequent some of New York City’s most popular clubs and restaurants, but she was also ‘dangerously close’ to seducing one of Barack Obama’s cabinet officials. According to former CIA operative H. Keith Melton, if she had been allowed to continue her operations here for just another six months, Chapman have been one of the most dangerous international spies in American history. Photo: Getty Images/Victor Boyko
3. Enedina Arellano Felix: Known as both “La Jefa” (The Boss) and “La Narcomami” (The Narco-Mother), Enedina Arellano Felix is the boss of infamous Mexican drug gang, The Tijuana Cartel. Although she’s considered far less violent than the six brothers who came before her, she’s still responsible for the murder and kidnapping of a ton of people. She has also helped forge many alliances between the Mexican cartels, which only made them stronger and more dangerous. She may not be killing people directly, but she’s certainly the one who knocks.
4. Griselda Blanco: If you know anything about the worldwide cocaine trade, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Griselda Blanco. She was one of the most bloodthirsty drug kingpins during Miami’s infamous Cocaine Cowboy Wars of the 1970s and early ’80s and, throughout her career, it was estimated that her empire would bring in more than $80,000,000 every single month. It has also been alleged that she was personally responsible for the execution of over 200 people. She was released from prison in 2004, and then immediately disappeared until she was eventually murdered execution-style in a butcher shop in Medellin, Colombia.
5. Lyudmila Pavlichenko: Don’t ask me to pronounce her name, because I can’t, but I can tell you the only thing about her that should matter to you: 309 confirmed kills, 36 of whom were also snipers. When Hitler turned on Stalin in 1941, Pavlichenko immediately signed up to serve her country and protect her homeland. While initially denied entry into the Russian army, she eventually passed a shooting test and was admitted. In her first 75 days at war, she killed a remarkable 187 Nazis and, to this day, Pavlichenko is remembered as one of the most deadly military snipers of all time. Oh, and she was a complete fucking babe.
6. Kim Hyon-hui: Also known as Ok Hwa, Kim Hyon-hui is a former North Korean special agent who was responsible for the 1987 Korean Air Flight 858 bombing that killed 115 people. Leading up to the bombing, Hyon-hui had trained for seven years to be an agent. In 1987, she was given the assignment to blow up Korean Air Flight 858, which was alleged to have come directly from Kim Il-sung via a handwritten note. She stored the bomb in a radio device and slipped it onto the plane, where it exploded. After being captured in Bahrain when officials discovered her passport was fake, she even tried to kill herself via cyanide pills—but ultimately failed. She was eventually pardoned for her crimes and lives happily ever after today, because bureaucracy is a real bitch sometimes.
7. Belle Gunness: The term “black widow” is often given to beautiful women who seduce men into marrying them, have them sign over their lives and then kill them. There have been many throughout history, but none like Bell Gunness. She was over 200 pounds and stood over six feet tall, and reports say that throughout her reign of terror, she killed between 25 and 40 people, including two of her daughters. She would take out life insurance policies on people, execute them (and any potential witnesses), and collect on the policies, as well as steal all the deceased’s values. The most fascinating thing about Gunness’ story—aside from how she managed to attract all these suitors being dog-ugly as she was—is that no one really ever learned what happened to her. She was thought to have been murdered, but the person accused of her murder eventually confessed on his deathbed that Gunness was still alive. The whole story is long and very interesting.
8. Mary Tudor: Finally, we have Mary Tudor, Queen of England, who reigned for five short years from 1553 until her death in 1558. In that time, she managed to pass and enforce a bunch of religious edicts—including some very, very strict heresy laws that enabled her to order the execution of over 300 Protestants. In fact, her blood thirst earned her a name we all known and love: Bloody Mary. Pretty fucked up, eh?