FBI profilers and forensic psychologists generally have much difficulty with the concept of ''female serial killers''. Not being antifeminist most of the time, these men and women are reluctant to admit that women could be monsters too, and especially the fact that they do not kill for the same reasons as men does not simplify things. Our only contention here is that ''they could be monsters too'', and sometimes ''bigger monsters''.
THE BUTTERBOX BABIES CASE
The Murdering of Canadian Children
The Ideal Maternity Home operated in East Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada from the late 1920s through the late 1940s was the perfect setting for Lila Young, a midwife who advertised herself as an obstetrician, to kill hundreds of babies undetected. She was later tried for various crimes, including manslaughter, but the entire truth of the horrors perpetrated under the cover of nursing and nurturing activities remained unknown until much later. Small wonder if many men now hearing the words ''nurturing'' or ''nursing'' shiver and picture in their head a crazy nurse with an hypodermic needle. Monsters like that could take away anyone's confidence in any healthcare system!
The Ideal Maternity Home promised maternity care for local married couples and discreet birthing and placement for children of unwed mothers. It was the primary source of babies for the illegal trade of infants between Canada and the United States, at a time when there was an acute shortage of babies available for Jewish couples, for instance. The home would provide such desperate "black market" adoptions, charging up to $10,000 a baby. Many of them would end up in New Jersey homes. It was good business: they charged the adoptive parents and they also charged the mothers for their services. The mothers who could not afford to pay, were forced to work at the home for up to eighteen months to cover their bill.
During WWII business was booming at the Ideal Maternity Home, which was the only place near the port of Halifax that could provide for these women and children. The problem however is not the black market of such children, but the starving to death of those among them who were "unmarketable" babies by feeding them only molasses and water.
On this diet the infants lasted only two weeks in average, and it was perfect. The perfect cover up was that they died of seemingly natural causes. They were then disposed of in small wooden grocery boxes, typically used for dairy products. Thus the term Butterbox Babies. The bodies were buried on the property, adjacent to a nearby cemetery. Sometimes they were disposed of at sea, or burned in the home's furnace. In some cases married couples were told that their baby had died shortly after birth. In truth these babies had been sold to adoptive parents. Lila Young would also separate siblings or create some, just to meet the desires of customers. An estimated six hundred babies died at the hands of dear Lila.
THE MAD COUNTESS ELIZABETH BATHORY
The Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Báthory (1560-1614) is possibly the most prolific female serial killer in history and is remembered as the "Blood Countess" and as the "Bloody Lady of Čachtice", after the castle near Trenčín in today's Slovakia. She had four helpers (servants) but the deed was awesome: she tortured and killed 600 girls and young women, but was convicted for only 80. In 1610, she was imprisoned in the Csejte Castle, where she remained until her death four years later. The case has led to legendary accounts of the Countess bathing in the blood of virgins in order to retain her youth and subsequently to comparisons with Vlad III the Impaler of Wallachia, on whom the fictional Count Dracula is based. The nicknamed Blood Countess or Countess Dracula may have set a milestone in gender history, one that might have repercussions on the future of feminism. More than a boogey woman, the simple mention of her name now reminds us of what monsters women can be, and we had no idea: then before such massacres were revealed to us, we deemed women incapable of such things.
A MORE MODERN CASE: AILEEN WUORNOS
Aileen Carol Wuornos (1956 – 2002) was an American serial killer who killed seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990, later claiming that they raped or attempted to rape her while she was working as a prostitute. She was convicted and sentenced to death for six of the murders, and executed via lethal injection on October 9, 2002. Before her death, she admitted being a monster in an interview.
WHY FEMALE SERIAL KILLERS KILL
Why Murderesses Go Undetected Longer Than Murderers
Female serial killers are more likely to get away with murder than male serial killers. Murderesses can kill for years without getting caught because they're driven by different motivations; murderers tend to get caught before too much time has passed. Female killers have different psychological disorders, which may affect rates of female violence, motivation, and modus operandi. Motives are why female serial killers don't get caught right away.
Killing is on a woman's mind a lot, much more than we think. It might be because her husband leaves the toilet seat up, or triggered by any other little thing, but the major fact that feminism has made plain to us in recent years is that: THEY ARE NO ANGELS ! In most cases, monsters rather. Female serial killers can murder, chop up, and bury human beings just like any other man. It is only their motivations and sometimes the victims that are different. And numbers? Well, the infamous Marc Lepine killed only 14 and no male serial killer is credited to ever have killed more than 100. So, by these standards, Lila Young who killed 600 and the Countess Báthory who also killed 600 were better killers and bigger monsters.
HOW FEMALE SERIAL KILLERS ARE DIFFERENT THAN MALE
Male serial killers kill because of voices in their head, bad childhoods, poverty and sexual psychological disorders. Female Serial Killers kill mostly for profit: they are more selfish and therefore more quiet about it. Males are more open, and will be caught sooner because they make more noise. Men are often sexually motivated and desire power over their victims, women brag less since they merely want their possessions and not the power. Female serial killers kill more quietly and less "violently": with poison or other less detectable methods, like suffocation. Males tend to batter, strangle, stab, and shoot.
Female serial killers generally kill people more close to them: such as husbands, family members, or people dependent on them. Males kill strangers more often, and leaving the familiar territory to kill outside, it entails more risks. Female serial killers have long killing sprees, lasting up to 8 years (males' sprees almost never last longer than 4 years and usually end after several months). They are more patient and more cautious, they can wait a longer period of time between each kill (even stop a few years before starting again). They are more hypocrit and better liars.
They look, act, and sound normal – which makes people trust them. They are psychopaths, but they're not insane. Neither male nor female serial killers have a conscience. Women tend to choose helpless victims (in hospitals, retirement homes) and they hide behind a nurturing or nursing facade. How many nuns and nurses, armed with the traditional hypodermic needle, were in fact serial killers that were never caught? How many black widows, angels of death, sexual predators, revenge killers, profit killers, team killers, and apparent victims whose sanity is in question, have we met or crossed in the street without knowing that we had a genuine monster three feet away from us? Most killings whose motives defy explanation, and how many unsolved crimes had female perpetrators?. Past abuse, struggles with depression, feelings of anxiety may all contribute to female violent crimes, but they don't explain much; only an inherent female monstrosity factor could explain certain horrors and bring us closer to the truth: THEY ARE MONSTERS.