There are 51 women currently on Death Row in the United States, with women on Death Row in 17 states, along with one woman awaiting execution for federal crimes. The crimes of female Death Row inmates always include murder, but usually under special circumstances that juries feel merit the ultimate punishment.
Many of the women given the death penalty either killed children, masterminded conspiracies, tortured their victims, or committed a number of crimes at the same time. Most have histories of abuse, dysfunctional families, mental instability, or drug addiction. A number of the women slated for execution conspired with boyfriends or husbands to kill men preventing them from being together, while others killed their families for insurance money. Whatever the circumstances, one of these women were able to use their past histories as mitigating factors to not be sentenced to death.
Robbed a home for drug money and stabbed a nine-year-old girl 57 times.
Tortured and murdered her housekeeper after accusing her of stealing money.
Brenda E. Andrew
Conspired with her boyfriend to murder her husband.
Bludgeoned and poisoned her terminally-ill husband.
Murdered her 28-month-old adopted daughter.
Sentenced to death in two states for participating in seven murders.
Tina Lasonya Brown
Beat, shocked, and burned a woman to death in a disagreement over a man.
Stabbed her three children to death after a fight with her ex-husband.
Murdered her children’s babysitter to prevent her from testifying in a custody hearing.
Orchestrated the kidnapping and murder of a woman to steal her newborn son.
Ana Maria Cardona
Beat her three-year-old son to death with a bat and dumped his body.
Shot and killed three of her four children in a violent rage.
Virginia Susan Caudill
Strangled and burned an elderly woman during a robbery.
Helped murder her boyfriend’s estranged wife.
Shot and killed men in two separate robberies.
Lisa Jo Chamberlin
Killed a Mississippi couple and stuffed their bodies in a freezer.
Conspired with her boyfriend to murder four women in 1986.
Conspired to rob a Florida couple, who she then helped bury alive.
Kerry Lyn Dalton
Along with three others, tortured and murdered a woman in a trailer park for thrills.
Shot and killed her four children after a drug-fueled fight with her boyfriend.
Planned and took part in a home invasion that killed a man and his young daughter.
Former New Orleans police officer who participated in a triple murder during a robbery.
Tierra Capri Gobble
Killed her four-month-old son through extensive abuse.
Along with her husband, tortured and murdered her young niece in a thrill killing.
Robbed, beat, and stabbed an elderly man 60 times.
Stabbed and shot a retired minister while robbing his house for jewellery.
Bigamist who murdered one of her husbands.
Melissa Elizabeth Lucio
Beat and murdered her two-year-old daughter.
Conspired with her boyfriend to scald, beat, and murder her two-year-old son.
Valerie Dee Martin
Enlisted her son to kidnap, trap, and burn her boyfriend alive in a car.
Angela Darlene McAnulty
Tortured, beat, and starved her teenage daughter.
Hired a man to murder and mutilate her roommate to cash in an insurance policy.