When Kitty was a little girl she dreamed of being a museum curator or archaeologist. Now she studies and writes all about history.
A New and Deadly Set of Female Killers
While our ears and eyes are constantly bombarded with images and stories of male serial killers and murderers and their innocent victims, we sometimes forget that there are female killers out there, too! Women are capable of unspeakable deeds, just as the men are. We've seen it more and more as of recent years. These female killers are just as cold-hearted and crazy as the men! Let's check out the stories of the recent infamous female killers.
Casey Anthony: Did She Do It?
Living in Florida, the murder trial of Casey Anthony is in full effect now. Slathered all over magazines and newspapers and playing on TV everyday, on at least two channels. When Casey Anthony's adorable toddler, Caylee Anthony, went missing back in June of 2008, a wildstorm of accusations began to be thrown around as the police investigated why the girl had gone missing and who might have taken her from her family. Unfortunately, little Caylee's body was found about a year late in the woods about a mile from the Anthony house. Now the question is, did Casey Anthony plan to kill her little girl or did she accidentally drown and then it was covered up? Is Casey Anthony a female killer?
Now Caylee's 25-year-old mother, Casey Anthony, is being tried for first degree murder in an Orange County courthouse, with a jury selected from Pinellas County, Florida. The prosecution is claiming that Casey premeditated the murder of her beautiful baby girl, as they had found internet searches for "how to make chloroform", "ruptured spleen", "head injury" and more on the Anthony family computer. These searches were done at a time when both of Casey's parents (Caylee's grandparents) would have been at work. (As a side note, Casey didn't have a job, as she had in fact been lying about that for two years! She claimed to have worked at Universal Studios for two years, when in fact she hadn't. Before the trial came about, Casey also claimed that her toddler had a nanny, "Zanny the Nanny", and that the Nanny had kidnapped Caylee.)
Other evidence presented against Casey Anthony includes amounts of chloroform found in Caylee's decomposition and duct tape found underneath of Caylee's skull that they say must have been around her mouth.
As of last night, June 24th 2011, Casey's mother Cindy Anthony has taken the stand and is claiming that their pool's ladder was up the day that Caylee went missing. Cindy Anthony says that she "fears Caylee drowned". My feelings on the matter? Cindy is covering for Casey...she doesn't want to see her daughter get the death penalty. I honestly believe that Casey, her mother Cindy and also her father are all lying about this case. It is frustrating to see the truth being covered up so blatantly, while this innocent little girl's death deserves nothing but justice.
UPDATE (The Verdict is in): July 5th, 2011 - Casey is acquitted of any murder or man slaughter charges that have been brought against her by the state of Florida! Unbelievably, this afternoon, the jury came back with their shocking decision - Casey Anthony is not guilty of murder in the first degree. The only charges the jury found Casey Anthony guilty of were the lying to law enforcement charges. It is truly appalling to me that this woman is walking away with such a low punishment...I wouldn't be surprised if someone didn't put a hit out on Casey Anthony. Either way, once Casey's served her time or done her punishment for the lying charges, Casey Anthony's life will be miserable unless she moves to another country and changes her identity!
UPDATE: Casey Anthony was found not guilty due to the fact they couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she was guilty.
Jennifer Mee: Hiccup Girl
The "hiccup girl" was all over the media back in 2007. Apparently this young girl could not stop hiccuping no matter what she did. To me it was ridiculous that it took so long for these people to realize that this young girl merely had a case of tourett's syndrome, but it happens more than we would think.
This year, a new and sort of shocking headline emerged from the newschannels and newspapers particularly in the state of Florida. Most read something like, "hiccup girl charged for murder." Apparently Jennifer Mee got involved with the wrong crowd of teenagers, ultimately landing herself in jail. Jennifer Mee and two other teens are claimed to have lured a man to a vacant home in which to rob him. Shots were fired and now the three are going to be tried for robbery and murder. Jennifer Mee has changed her story of what happened that evening more than once, claiming that she is not guilty and that she feels horrible for the man's death and the man's mourning family.
Is she guilty? We don't know yet, but I would assume so. Maybe she didn't pick up the gun and shoot the man, but I wouldn't put it passed this girl to aid in luring the man to a place of attempted robbery. After all, she definitely enjoys the attention that comes along with being in the media...hiccups or otherwise!
Alyssa Bustamante: A Murderous Teenager
Alyssa Bustamante. Fifteen years old and tried as an adult with murdering a nine-year-old girl. Supposedly, Alyssa told the police that she "wanted to see what it felt like" to kill someone. The trial has been pushed back a few times, now it is scheduled to proceed in September of this year (2011). Alyssa Bustamante is being tried as an adult for first degree murder, as premeditation which should be easy to prove.
Bustamante dug two holes in the woods the night before the nine-year-old girl went missing. The victim was leaving her friend's house, in the same neighborhood as her own home, on the night of October 21st, 2008, when she went missing. Search parties were sent to scour the area for her, but her grave wasn't found until Bustamante led police officers to it in the woods. There was another hole dug right next to her grave, though police have no idea who it was for.
Bustamante has a history of violence and depression. She attempted suicide once in 2007 and was sent to a mental facility. Her grandparents took her and her siblings into their home, as their parents aren't exactly upstanding citizens (mother is a drug addict and father is serving in prison for felony assault). Bustamante is a masochist, as proven by some of the pictures with the obvious red scars on her wrists. She has also been known to say on social networking sites that her hobbies include "cutting and killing people". Pictures have surfaced of Alyssa Bustamante pretending to stab a friend with a red-tipped knife. Though none of these things prove in a court of law that she is a violent person, I would say the prepared grave and confession to the police are sure enough evidence of a premeditated murder. And who knows if she would've done it again?
Alyssa Bustamante has pleaded "not guilty" to the downright grisly, stabbing murder of nine-year-old Elizabeth Olten. UPDATE: In 2012, Buastamante was sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole.
Jennifer San Marco: Going Postal
In January of 2006, Jennifer San Marco turned into a mass murderer, killing seven people with a pistol. First San Marco shot her neighbor and then proceeded to drive to her previous place of employment, a mail processing plant in Goleta, California. Upon arrival, San Marco tailgated another vehicle into the facility and then held another employee at gunpoint in order to snag their ID badge for entry.
Once inside the plant, San Marco opened fire and killed six of her former co-workers and then herself. Recovered documents from Jennifer San Marco's home told the story of a paranoid and mentally insane woman who believed that the post office was plotting against her in some strange conspiracy theory. Jennifer San Marco had also had a history of mental instability, being escorted by police from her last place of employment in 2003. Who knows if mental help would have saved those seven victims' lives as well as San Marco's?
© 2011 Kitty Fields
Fin from Barstow on November 23, 2017:
well a brief but thorough list.
i do have trouble with Casey Anthony because I think she was a woman who became a parent too young and had too many distractions in her....not that justifies anything...and then really no one knows the truth.
good idea for a hub
Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on August 03, 2017:
SClemmons - Yes, thanks for the suggestions!
SClemmons from the Carolina Coast on August 02, 2017:
Great stories and well written. I saw you mentioned you had to do some digging to find other articles. I'm surprised you didn't write about Susan Smith, Jodi Arias, or Darlie Routier. Maybe good material for future writings?
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on July 01, 2017:
How interesting! I like reading stories like this.
Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on July 06, 2011:
Lea - Thanks for catching that...I changed it already. :) I actually had to do some digging in order to find the other articles besides the Anthony case. Thanks for stopping by, love.
Lea Williams on July 06, 2011:
A very interesting and well-written article Kitty... I dson't watch the news these days so I was not even aware of the last three women you wrote about! I did want to point out an error- that is where you state that Kaylee went missing in June of 2010. I believe it was actually 2008. =)
Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on July 05, 2011:
I didn't know that about John Dillinger...pretty cool if you ask me! Sounds like you had an amazing childhood with wonderful memories ingrained in your mind. My childhood wasn't the best by any means, but I learned to remember the good times and learn from the worst times. Thanks for sharing your memories of the geckos with me...while I can't stand iguanas...I do like the little geckos and also chameleons! :) Children need to be outside, need to be active, and need to be given outlets for their energy...otherwise, they'll put their energy into something of big trouble.
Rod Marsden from Wollongong, NSW, Australia on July 03, 2011:
Yes Kitty it is the old nature vs nurture. But I agree with you that in the end we all have to take responsibility for what we do. What I like about John Dillinger the bank robber was that he never blamed anyone for how he turned out. While other kids wanted to be cops or firemen he wanted to rob banks or so he once said.
I had a pretty good childhood.
Officially my dad wasn't a naturalist or a zoologist. Still, I remember a country drive in which my dad parked the car and had us all walk in silence back to where he had seen an echidna. He was so excited his excitement was catching. We always looked out for wildlife on our drives and walks in the country. nowadays he has geckos in his home and couldn't be happier about it. My mother when she was alive would check out the geckos of an evening when they come out to hunt insects. I guess all up I have more good than bad memories.
I still feel that children with backyards, gardens and parks close by have a better chance of flying right in later years. These things are being taken away from children in Australia as I write and no one really knows what the effect will be after they are gone.
Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on July 03, 2011:
Rod - That is a very good point to make but I believe that brings the argument of nature vs. nurture into the mix. While in some ways I believe people are a product of their environments, I do believe that we have the ability to rise above it and break free from that. I myself have done just that from the type of childhood and adolescence that I dealt with. I still wonder if evil exists or if it is all something that we've made up in our heads to justify irrational and sick thoughts.
Chatkath - Awesome! Link it up, lady! :) Can't wait to read what you've got in store.
Kathy from California on July 02, 2011:
Wow, how ironic Kitty - I have this fascination with what makes people - especially women, increasingly, kill like this and had started a hub that I have not yet finished! If and when it's done I'd love to link to this! (I will let you know!)
Great hub, with Casey, the young woman we love to hate all over the media it makes you wonder....Voted up and awesome, great research!
Rod Marsden from Wollongong, NSW, Australia on July 01, 2011:
Kitty, I wonder if a lot of the violence can be related to people nowadays living in little boxes in great estates rather than in homes with backyards and gardens.
Cat Stevens once asked the question: Where do the children play? What does this have to do with women and violence? Well, just like men I reckon environment growing up has a lot to do with whether the woman will turn out all right or become, in the end, a threat to herself and society in general. My thoughts at any rate.
Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on July 01, 2011:
writer20 - who knows! It's pretty sad and scary, right?
Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on June 30, 2011:
Geez, what is going on with the world today?
Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on June 30, 2011:
I agree. Some women can be very manipulative, especially of the men around them...and a case such as Casey Anthony's case is a perfect example of that manipulative spirit that some women possess. But the same goes with some men and the women in their lives, as well. Thanks!
Rod Marsden from Wollongong, NSW, Australia on June 30, 2011:
Kitty, it will always be a frightening thing when a female member of society is revealed to be dangerous. At least it will always be a frightening thing for the men who thought she wasn't capable of that sort of evil. Yes people are people.
Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on June 30, 2011:
Rod Marsden - I always thought it was funny too...the fact that Charles Manson took most of the heat for the murders, which he should have, but there was a woman involved in these murders! I don't remember the entire story, nor do I feel like researching it, but I remember there was at least one woman that actually committed the crimes. Charles Manson was more or less the instigator/planner. Yes, women can be just as coldblooded, but I wouldn't say MORE than men. I think it is equal, just different in their own respects and ways. Society puts a lot of pressure on women to act and look a certain way, and when they don't live up to these expectations or go wildly in the opposite direction, it shocks us. But why be shocked? People are people after all.
Lady_E - I agree again!
Elena from London, UK on June 30, 2011:
Scary Stuff - but we need to know and be Vigilant.
Rod Marsden from Wollongong, NSW, Australia on June 29, 2011:
kitty, nicely done. I don't know if you can ever say that there are less women killers than men out there. My thoughts on the matter run in two directions. There may appear to be less female killers because the males are better at getting caught.
Also, women are better at conning someone else into doing the killing for them. Is this the smart way to go? You bet. And yes you are right in saying that society doesn't expect women to be cold blooded or vengeful. It is this sort of thing that makes the ones that think through what they want to do and are cold blooded and plan well so successful.
I have always thought it strange that Charles Manson has received a lot more notoriety and blame for the actions of the so-called Manson family than those in the family that committed the most abominable acts. Atkins couldn't be solely held responsible in the late'60s/early '70s for Tate's murder. It was just too horrific. A male agent was needed as explanation. An idiot with a messiah complex and being an ex-con to boot was perfect. The fact that he was crazy or could be allowed to go crazy behind bars was also of good value.
Lots of guys still get into trouble thinking that women cannot act in a cold blooded manner or be heartless. Where does this come from? I think it is wishful thinking on the part of the male which is set in stone when we do meet up with women outside family that are healthy and caring. We really don't want to imagine that the others are out there too.
Kitty Fields (author) from Summerland on June 28, 2011:
dahoglund - There are definitely less women killers than men but they are out there, to be sure! I find them even more intriguing than the male killers, because society just doesn't expect women to be coldblooded or vengeful.
Alastar Packer - Hey, nice to see you again! Yes, the dancing Casey pic sort of says it all, hmmm? Pathetic, really. If she didn't want the kid, I'm sure her parents would've gladly adopted her...they took care of her anyway! Alyssa Bustamante definitely looks the part...deranged teenager are the words. Marco just flipped her lid totally!
WillStarr - I've seen some of the younger boys feel like they're "in love" with their female teachers, more specifically the Floridian teacher that got out of her punishment because she was "too pretty" - Debra LaFave! That boy was definitely in love with her...or probably more so infatuated than anything. It's all very scary, I'm not looking forward to many nights of worrying when my daughter hits her pre-teen and teen years...heck, I worry about her now!
WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on June 28, 2011:
Not to mention that we are now learning that adult females are just as likely to have sex with underage boys as adult males are with teen girls.
There's one glaring difference...boys are not likely to be 'in love' with their adult female, but teen girls are almost always 'in love' with their adult male. Boys are just in it for the sex, while girls want the relationship. That's why girls are far more damaged than boys.
Alastar Packer from North Carolina on June 28, 2011:
You've done a fine research & write here kitty. By the time I'd read the first one I had to collect myself before proceeding. Casey's dancing pic is most revealing- no pun meant. Also there's no gender bias as concerns the est. one in a hundred psychopaths in society. Hiccup girl sad, wrong crowd. Alyssa looks the part. Who knows for sure about Marco- tragic. Up n awe kitty!
Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on June 28, 2011:
Yes, we do hear about the male killers more. Something in our culture is hesitnt to see women in that role.