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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 P...Show More

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1 - “Cocaine Godmother” - Griselda Blanco

44:03 | Mar 17th, 2018

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 overd...Show More

“Belle Starr” - Myra Maybelle Shirley

44:24 | Feb 13th

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...Show More

“Torture Mother” Pt. 2 - Gertrude Baniszewski

50:17 | Feb 6th

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 b...Show More

“Torture Mother” - Gertrude Baniszewski

49:47 | Jan 30th

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 ...Show More

“Flamingo” Pt. 2 - Virginia Hill

54:12 | Jan 23rd

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 quest...Show More

“Flamingo” - Virginia Hill

46:57 | Jan 16th

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...Show More

“Mob Girl” Pt. 2 - Arlyne Brickman

44:20 | Dec 26th, 2018

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 - He...Show More

“Mob Girl” - Arlyne Brickman

49:31 | Dec 19th, 2018

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 famil...Show More

“Forty Whacks” Pt. 2 - Lizzie Borden

51:33 | Dec 12th, 2018

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 ju...Show More

"Forty Whacks" - Lizzie Borden

47:00 | Dec 5th, 2018

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 - wa...Show More

“Moors Murderer” Pt. 2 - Myra Hindley

50:49 | Nov 28th, 2018

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....Show More

“Moors Murderer” - Myra Hindley

47:32 | Nov 21st, 2018

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 ...Show More

“Gangster Queen of Philadelphia” - Thelma Wright

43:38 | Nov 14th, 2018

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. S...Show More

“Ma Barker” Pt. 2 - Kate Clark

45:50 | Nov 7th, 2018

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 u...Show More

“Ma Barker” - Kate Clark

41:22 | Oct 31st, 2018

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 to save 25% on your modeling kit.Kopari - Go to More

“Lincoln Conspirator” Pt. 2 - Mary Surratt

43:13 | Oct 24th, 2018

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 abdu...Show More

"Lincoln Conspirator" - Mary Surratt

46:55 | Oct 17th, 2018

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 u...Show More

“Brainwashed Bomber” Pt. 2 - Kim Hyon-hui

48:27 | Oct 10th, 2018

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.

“Brainwashed Bomber” - Kim Hyon-hui

48:41 | Oct 3rd, 2018

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 Nort...Show More

“The Bandit Queen” Pt. 2 - Phoolan Devi

43:06 | Sep 26th, 2018

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 l...Show More

“The Bandit Queen” - Phoolan Devi

44:19 | Sep 19th, 2018

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 ...Show More

“The White Widow” Pt. 2 - Samantha Lewthwaite

43:37 | Sep 12th, 2018

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 u...Show More

“The White Widow” - Samantha Lewthwaite

50:56 | Sep 5th, 2018

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 ho...Show More

“L'Ange De L'Assassinat” Pt. 2 - Charlotte Corday

48:35 | Aug 30th, 2018

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?

S2E27: “L'Ange De L'Assassinat” Pt. 2 - Charlotte Corday

45:55 | Aug 29th, 2018

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? Sponsors! Hello Fresh - Ge...Show More

S2E26: “L'Ange De L'Assassinat” - Charlotte Corday

46:43 | Aug 22nd, 2018

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 violenc...Show More

“L'Ange De L'Assassinat” - Charlotte Corday

49:52 | Aug 22nd, 2018

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 violenc...Show More

S2E25: “The Death House Landlady” Pt. 2 - AD FREE

57:40 | Aug 20th, 2018

Welcome Serial Killer listeners! We hope you enjoy the conclusion of Dorothea Puente crossover special Ad Free!! Be sure to look out for a new Female Criminals episode on Wednesday. Dorothea Puente ran a boarding house in Sacramento, California. She...Show More

S2E24: “The Death House Landlady” - Special

54:56 | Aug 15th, 2018

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 ...Show More

S2E23: “Spy Dancer” - Mata Hari Pt. 2

58:07 | Aug 8th, 2018

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, ...Show More

S2E22: “Spy Dancer” - Mata Hari

56:45 | Aug 1st, 2018

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...Show More

S1E21: “Angel Of Mercy” Pt. 2 - Genene Jones

1:00:16 | Jul 25th, 2018

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 foll...Show More

S1E20: “Angel Of Mercy” - Genene Jones

49:19 | Jul 18th, 2018

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 t...Show More

19 - “Revenge Assassin” Pt. 2 - Shi Jianqiao

1:00:58 | Jul 11th, 2018

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 ove...Show More

18 - “Revenge Assassin” - Shi Jianqiao

47:46 | Jul 4th, 2018

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 puni...Show More

17 - “Baader-Meinhof Gang” Pt. 2 - Ulrike Meinhof

52:51 | Jun 27th, 2018

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. Sponsors! Hungryro...Show More

16 - “Baader-Meinhof Gang” - Ulrike Meinhof

53:10 | Jun 20th, 2018

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 f...Show More

15 - “America’s First Female Serial Killer” Pt. 2 - Aileen Wuornos

50:46 | Jun 13th, 2018

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. ...Show More

14 - “America’s First Female Serial Killer” - Aileen Wuornos

1:00:25 | Jun 6th, 2018

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?  ...Show More

13 - “The Angel of Death” Pt. 2 - Kristen Gilbert

39:00 | May 30th, 2018

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 behavio...Show More

12 - "The Angel of Death" - Kristen Gilbert

45:42 | May 23rd, 2018

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. B...Show More

11 - "The Lady Pirate" Pt. 2 - Anne Bonny

52:06 | May 16th, 2018

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 ...Show More

10 - “The Lady Pirate” - Anne Bonny

47:34 | May 9th, 2018

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 w...Show More

9 - “The Black Widow” Pt. 2 - Stacey Castor

48:28 | May 2nd, 2018

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 Ash...Show More

8 - “The Black Widow” - Stacey Castor

44:31 | Apr 25th, 2018

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 co...Show More

8 - Early Access: “D.B. Cooper” - GONE, a new Parcast podcast!

53:28 | Apr 22nd, 2018

Female Criminals will be back on Wednesday, however we have exciting news to share! Parcast has a new podcast out called GONE! Every other Monday, our friends Richard and Molly search for everything lost, from ancient civilizations to hidden treasure...Show More

7 - “The Bandit Politician” - Seema Parihar

43:59 | Apr 18th, 2018

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 r...Show More

6 - “Bonnie & Clyde” Pt. 2 - Bonnie Parker

57:19 | Apr 11th, 2018

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...Show More

5 - “Bonnie & Clyde” - Bonnie Parker

56:21 | Apr 4th, 2018

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...Show More

4 - “Little Old Lady Killer” Pt. 2 - Juana Barraza

39:43 | Mar 28th, 2018

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 continu...Show More

3 - “Little Old Lady Killer” - Juana Barraza

42:54 | Mar 21st, 2018

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”. ...Show More

2 - “Cocaine Godmother” Pt. 2 - Griselda Blanco

47:00 | Mar 18th, 2018

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 Esc...Show More

Welcome Trailer

01:00 | Mar 8th, 2018

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 M...Show More

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