The 10 Most Evil Women in History

Added by Nicola Porrill on Feb 10, 2019
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Katherine Knight (born 1955)

If you aren't already horrified by some of the stories of pure evil which have coursed through history, be prepared to be horrified and revolted now. Katherine Knight was the first Australian woman to be handed a natural life sentence, without the possibility of parole. What could she possibly have done to deserve such a punishment? Well, it all started because she had a history of violent relationships. She crushed an ex-husband's dentures, and slit the throat of another ex-husband's eight week old puppy right in front of him. However, that's not enough to be sentenced to spend the rest of her life in prison; her crimes escalated.

In 2000, after having altercations with her fourth husband, she sent her two children to have a sleepover at a friend's house. She came home and used a butcher's knife to stab her husband 37 times in his front and back. She then skinned his body and hung his 'suit' of skin from the door in the living room. She proceeded to cut off his head and put it in a pot to cook, as well as baking his buttocks. She prepared vegetables and gravy as side dishes for this 'meal', which she served for her children alongside notes addressed to them.

I told you it was disturbing! This is one of the most horrifying stories I've ever heard, regardless of the fact that it was carried out by a woman. Knight is clearly a very unwell lady, but I can't help but turn my thoughts to her children (although the saving grace is that the police arrived before the children ever had to witness the scene). The fact that it was carried out so recently makes it even more shocking. Thankfully, she is currently locked well away, never to see the light of day again. I didn't think it was possible for anyone to harbour this much evil, let alone a woman. Let's hope that she is the last of her kind.

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Irma Grese (1923-1945)

When considering all the evil in the world, it's no surprise that Nazis are included on the list. Irma Grese was a guard at the Ravensbrück, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps during WW2 who could rival the men in terms of evil. During her time at Auschwitz, she was promoted to 'Senior Supervisor', meaning that she was the second highest ranking woman there. This was a role in which she revelled, attacking prisoners left, right and center. She set her trained, starving dogs on them, beat them with a plaited whip, sexually abused and shot them. She even had the cruel, dreadful role of selecting prisoners for the gas chambers. Wait - cruel doesn't even begin to cover her true nature. How could it, when she wore heavy boots and carried a pistol to make her beatings and killings easier?

Undoubtedly she was one of the harshest, most awful of all the Nazis, regardless of gender. She became known as 'the Beast of Belsen' and 'the Beautiful Beast' - and she managed all this before the age of 22. Millions of Jews saw justice served when Grese faced her comeuppance at her execution. She was hanged, aged just 22.

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