1. Pamela Joan Rogers
Pamela Joan Rogers was convicted of having "intimate relations" with a thirteen year-old student. But her story doesn't end there. Rogers was given an eight year sentence, seven years of those suspended; meaning she only had to serve a year in prison. Within months of her release, she was caught texting videos and lewd messages to her victim, resulting in a revocation of her parole. She finished her sentence and was released in August 2012.
2. Laura Elena Zúñiga
On December 22, 2008, Laura Zúñiga was arrested in Zapopan, Jalisco, along with seven men who were carrying $53,000 USD in cash, two AR-15 rifles, three handguns, 633 cartridges of different calibers, and 16 cellphones. Zúñiga claimed she had been abducted by her boyfriend Ángel Orlando García Urquiza, a know member of the Mexican drug cartel and that she had no knowledge of his illegal activities. After spending 40 days in jail, the former 2008 Reina Hispanoamericana was released on lack of evidence of her involvement. Released in January 2009, she has since returned to modeling.
3. Debra Jean Beasley Lafave
Beautiful, blonde haired blue-eyed Debra LaFave used to be an English teacher at Angelo L. Greco Middle School in Florida - until the angelic looking former model was accused of having sex with a fourteen year old. Lafave managed to avoid jail time and now spends her days as a full time mom.
4. Megan Welter
Just because this Arizona Cardinals cheerleader and Iraq War Veteran hasn't been convicted yet doesn't keep the guys from labeling her as a hot criminal. Welter was charged with assault on her drunken boyfriend after he sent an old flame a text message. According to public records, Welter had also been drinking as the duo was celebrating her birthday.
5. Meagan Renea McCullough
Known as the 'attractive convict' in a popular social media meme, McCullough was arrested for a DUI in Tampa, Florida, in July 2010. Apparently it was a turning point as she told the Daily Mail she's put her criminal past behind her and now devotes her life to raising her four children as a single mother.
6. Bonnie Elizabeth Parker
Half of the Depression era bank robbing and other crime-committing duo known as Bonnie and Clyde, Parker had spunk and ambition unlike other women of her time. The outlaws committed a number of crimes across the central United States until they were ambushed on a desolate Louisiana road on May 23, 1934 and shot to death in their car.
7. Mechele Hughes Linehan
Linehan was a 23 year-old stripper at the Great Alaskan Bush Company when her then-fiance Kent Leppink was found shot to death in a wooded area near Hope in 1996. She had left Alaska, moved to Washington, married and started a family when she was indicted for conspiring to kill Leppink in 2006. Prosecutors said she manipulated John Carlin III, a former lover, into killing Leppink. Both men thought they were engaged to Linehan, according to prosecutors' version of events. In 2007, a jury found her guilty of murder. In 2010, an appeals court tossed out the murder conviction against Linehan.
8. Karla Leanne Teale Homolka
Karla Homolka along with her husband, Paul Bernardo, raped and murdered at least three girls - including Karla's younger teenage sister. Following an arrest, Homolka claimed to have been forced into aiding her husband in the crimes with physical abuse, resulting in a sweet plea deal from Canadian authorities. However, video tapes later recovered proved Homolka was quite the willing participant without any physical force from Bernardo. But the deal was done and Homolka served the 12 years and was released in 2005. Today she lives with her husband and their three children in Guadeloupe under the name Leanne Bordelais.
9. Rachel Marie Wade
In 2009, Rachel Wade found herself unwillingly involved in a love triangle. Rather than just dump the two timing loser, Wade opted to verbally harass and stalk her competition. In April of that same year, however, push came to shove and the two loves of a Florida Cassanova came face to face. Heated words were exchanged and then suddenly Wade's opponent was lying on the ground, covered in blood from the knife wounds inflicted on her by Wade. Following a trial, Wade was sentenced to 27 years behind bars. She will be 40 years old when she is eligible for parole.
10. Jodi Ann Arias
Initially the murder Mormon church member and salesman Travis Alexander didn't garner much attention until a former girlfriend was arrested for the crime and details of the couples' kinky sex life came to light. On May 15, 2013, a jury found her guilty. However, the jury later hung during the sentencing phase and her penalty, as of this writing, hangs in limbo.
© 2016 Kim Bryan