Notorious Female Criminal Defendants

Investigation, Trials and Chronological Events

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Here are some of the most notorious female criminals, with links to our background information, in-depth profiles, chronological events and victim information.

Andrea Yates
Andrea Yates. Mug Shot

In 2002, Andrea Yates was convicted of murder for three of the deaths of her five children who were found drowned in her home in 2001. In April 2005, her conviction was overturned and she was found guilty by reason of insanity. The news was shocking to some, but if you read her profile you will understand how the jury came to their decision and why it was the right decision. More »

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Wanda Barzee

Wanda Barzee
Wanda Barzee. Mug Shot

Wanda Barzee, the wife of Brian David Mitchell, was charged, along with Mitchell, of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart from her home in June 2002 and holding her captive for nine months.

This confused looking woman who likes to portray herself as a victim of Mitchell, would often display timid, weak smiles when the courtroom cameras were pointed at her, but many believe she is a wolf in sheep's clothing, and just as dangerous as Mitchell.

Casey Anthony
Casey Anthony. Pool / Getty Images

On June 15, 2008, Cindy Anthony called 9-1-1 in Orlando, Florida to report that her daughter, Casey Anthony, had stolen a car and some money. She called back later to report that her granddaughter, Casey's daughter, 2-year-old Caylee Marie Anthony was missing and had been missing for more than a month. She was found not guilty of murdering her child but was found guilty of giving false information to police. What kind of person would purposely lead investigators away from finding their dead child? 

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    Mary Winkler
    Mary Winkler. Mug Shot

    Mary Winkler, 32, was charged with first-degree murder for the shotgun shooting death of her husband, Matthew Winkler, on March 22 at their Fourth Street Church of Christ parsonage in Selmer, Tennessee. She said the shooting was an accident and spent just 60 days in jail. Read about her case and see if you agree with the verdict. More »

    Lisa Montgomery
    Lisa Montgomery. Mug Shot

    On December 16, 2004 the body of eight-months pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett was found at her Skidmore, Missouri home by her mother. Her unborn baby had been cut from her womb. More »

    Kimberly Trenor
    Kimberly Trenor. Mug Shot

    On October 29, 2007, a fisherman found a plastic storage box washed up on an island in Galveston Bay that contained the body of a two-year-old girl the police called "Baby Grace. More »

    Melissa Huckaby
    Melissa Huckaby. Mug Shot

    On March 27, 2009, 8-year-old Sandra Cantu disappeared from the mobile home park where she lived in Tracy, California. She was last seen on a video surveillance tape skipping toward her best friend's home. More »

    Debra Lafave
    Debra Lafave. Tim Boyles / Stringer / Getty Images

    Debra Lafave, a 24-year-old married middle school teacher in the Tampa, Florida, area was arrested in June 2004 and accused of having sex numerous times with one of her 14-year-old students. More »

    Tiffany Hall
    Tiffany Hall. Mug Shot

    On Sept. 15, 2006, police found the body of 23-year-old Jimella Tunstall in a vacant lot in Belleville, Illinois. An autopsy revealed that her unborn child had been cut from her womb with a pair of scissors. More »

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    Susan Polk
    Susan Polk. Family Photo

    Susan Polk was tried on first-degree murder charges in the death of her 70-year-old wealthy husband, Frank (Felix) Polk. More »