Women Currently on Death Row in the United States

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 andĀ stabbedĀ a nine-year-old girl 57 times.

Margaret Allen

Tortured andĀ murderedĀ her housekeeper after accusing her of stealing money.

Brenda E. Andrew

ConspiredĀ with her boyfriend to murder her husband.
Ā BludgeonedĀ and poisoned her terminally-ill husband.

Patricia Blackmon

MurderedĀ her 28-month-old adopted daughter.

Debra Brown

Sentenced to death in two states forĀ participatingĀ in seven murders.

Tina Lasonya Brown

Beat, shocked, and burned aĀ woman to deathĀ in a disagreement over a man.

Dora Buenrostro

StabbedĀ her three children to death after a fight with her ex-husband.

Kimberly Cargill

MurderedĀ her children’s babysitter to prevent her from testifying in a custody hearing.
Orchestrated theĀ kidnapping and murderĀ of a woman to steal her newborn son.

Ana Maria Cardona

BeatĀ her three-year-old son to death with a bat and dumped his body.

Socorro Caro

Shot and killedĀ three of her four children in a violent rage.

Virginia Susan Caudill

StrangledĀ and burned an elderly woman during a robbery.

Emilia Carr

Helped murderĀ her boyfriend’s estranged wife.

Celeste Carrington

Shot and killedĀ men in two separate robberies.

Lisa Jo Chamberlin

KilledĀ a Mississippi couple and stuffed their bodies in a freezer.
Conspired with her boyfriend toĀ murderĀ four women in 1986.
Conspired to rob a Florida couple, who she then helpedĀ bury alive.
Along with three others, tortured andĀ murderedĀ a woman in a trailer park for thrills.
Shot and killedĀ her four children after a drug-fueled fight with her boyfriend.

Shawna Forde

Planned and took part in aĀ home invasionĀ that killed a man and his young daughter.
Former New Orleans police officer who participated in aĀ triple murderĀ during a robbery.

Tierra Capri Gobble

KilledĀ her four-month-old son through extensive abuse.

Veronica Gonzales

Along with her husband, tortured andĀ murderedĀ her young niece in a thrill killing.
Robbed, beat, andĀ stabbedĀ an elderly man 60 times.

Brandy Holmes

Stabbed and shot aĀ retired ministerĀ while robbing his house for jewellery.

Shonda Johnson

Bigamist whoĀ murderedĀ one of her husbands.

Melissa Elizabeth Lucio

Beat andĀ murderedĀ her two-year-old daughter.

Belinda Magana

ConspiredĀ with her boyfriend to scald, beat, and murder her two-year-old son.

Valerie Dee Martin

Enlisted her son to kidnap, trap, andĀ burn her boyfriend aliveĀ in a car.

Angela Darlene McAnulty

Tortured, beat, andĀ starvedĀ her teenage daughter.

Maureen McDermott

Hired a man toĀ murderĀ and mutilate her roommate to cash in an insurance policy.