Female serial killer bandits

Robert St. Estephe–Gonzo Historian–is dedicated to uncovering the forgotten past of marginalizing men. “Gonzo journalism” is characterized as tending “to favor style over fact to achieve accuracy.” Yet history – especially “social history” – is written by ideologues who distort and bury facts in order to achieve an agenda. “Gonzo” writing is seen as unorthodox and surprising. Yet, in the 21st century subjectivity, distortion and outright lying in non-fiction writing is the norm. Fraud is the new orthodoxy. Consequently, integrity is the new “transgressive.”
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“The typical female serial killer uses poison and is motivated by greed or revenge.”

That is the standard line given in answer to the query, “What gives with those ‘rare’ female serial killers?”

Most people curious about this (supposedly outré, rare and eccentric) subject, female serial killers, receive these sound-bites with a distracted nod – feeling themselves informed by the authoritative voice of expert consensus.

But there is a problem here. “Typical” cannot tell us the whole story. Knowledge of the “typical” alone, apart from the larger context, is superficial, uninformative and hides too much. The category “typical” might not even represent a majority of cases. To settle for descriptions of the “typical” is to be settling for a sliver of fact.

Fact is, female criminality was largely ignored by crime experts before the rise of feminism-influenced criminology in the 1960s. “Patriarchal” criminologists largely saw female criminality as of marginal importance. After the 1960s it continued to be largely ignored, though feminist criminologists did look into female criminals from the perspective of incarcerated-woman-as-victim-of-society.

For an amusingly illiterate supposed explanation of this “feminist criminology,” just take a stroll through this gibberish taken from Wikipedia:

“The feminist school of criminology is a school of criminology developed in the late 1960s and into the 1970s as a reaction to the perceived general disregard and discrimination of women in the traditional study of crime. Proponents assert that the patriarchal domination of the field of criminology has led to the field being inherently biased and androcentric. This, they argue, leads mainstream criminology to either generalise or ignore criminological inquiry relevant to women in an effort to support the male dominated status quo. The feminist theory emphasises that crime is caused by the [sic] hostility in men, but also states that crime is a result of inequalities within society.” [Wikipedia, retrieved May 10, 2013]

This is, of course, blathering nonsense. Yet is nonsense which actually influences how crime and violence is researched and studied by professionals. On a positive note, however, I should point out that there is an emerging a core of experts on violence by women, who seem to me, from what I have seen of their work, untouched by the nonsense of “the feminist school of criminology.” These are Joni Johnson, Katherine Ramsland and Deborah Schurman-Kauflin, each of whom has written on female serial killers.

As fine as their work is, they are, as are all scholars, reliant on the quality and thoroughness of their predecessors work for them to make any generalizations about change of criminal activity (or at least perceptions of criminal activity). In the case of the subject of female serial killers the performance of the historians is inadequate to the point of abject incompetence. Because of the shoddiness of the methods and the slackness of the work ethic of American criminologist-historians, scholars of recent decades have come up with the most bizarre, improbable, claims about serial killers, such as the ludicrous notion that serial killers are a particularly “white” or “western” (not to mention masculine) type of crime.

My harsh words about the criminologist-historians is not directed to Michael and C. L. Heller, co-authors of the valuable 1998 effort Murder Most Rare: The Female Serial Killer. The book was a sorely needed first effort that began to pull together information from non-English speaking nations and pre-1960s history. But nobody took that ball and ran with it. Fifteen years later and the international criminology-historians have not attempted to put together a complete-as-possible overview of the subject. (Again, Peter Vronsky’s 2007 superb effort, Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters, is superb, but is not conceived as a project to collect together an exhaustive corpus of cases).

The Kellehers and Vronsky were primarily concerned with forensic psychology. It is regrettable that the profession of criminology was not able to provide these serious authors with the properly searched-out data that might have made their studies even more valuable than they are. Because historical research on female serial killers has never been systematically pursued, these authors’ sources contain no cases from Asia, Near East, Africa, Latin America. Likewise they fail to address entire categories of types, such as Ogresses (my term for women who kidnap and murder non-related children serially, sometimes cannibalizing them), Baby Farmers (traditional term for child care providers who murdered children, much more common than is implied in the literature on serial killers), Female Murder-Syndicate leaders who serially murdered, and Female Serial Killer Bandits (frequently gang leaders, frequently with male followers and who were often torturers and mutilators of victims).

My own research has only recently taken me to Female Serial Killer Bandits. It is a category that not only is totally ignored by the experts – despite the existence of recent cases of serial killing robbers who worked solo, in partnerships, or in teams, gangs or cults – but which busts apart many stereotypes (held by male chivalrists and leftist feminists alike) regarding the supposed absence of aggressive, sadistic agency among the females (a biological, chemical and physical construction, not a cultural one).

These newly rediscovered cases should be known to the public. They will serve as another small piece of a large and ongoing effort to shed light on female-perpetrated violence in the effort to reverse the culture of ignorance perpetrated by both the academic criminology status quo and the now mainstream and policy-setting radical/marxist feminist ideology (which to be fair, echoes, in large part, “conservative” chivalric thinking).

Apart from the two Chinese cases that are to follow in the synopses you will see below, all of them were rediscovered using key-word searches of databases of large historical newspaper collections. Each of the cases popped up in a number of different publications, so it can be concluded there is no good reason these cases should not have been previously noted for posterity by scholars of crime and criminality in the professional literature published over the past century and a half.

For those readers who might find my argument a bit too academic, I plead that you be patient. The fact is that there are very few venues that would be interested in getting this sort of information out the public. A Voice for Men is one of them. History matters, and it matters a great deal.

“He who controls history controls the present. He who controls the present controls history.” (George Orwell)

I believe this “historical” material is just as up-to-date in its relevance as any to be found on this website. The tyrannical lies about the present are consciously constructed on a foundation of pernicious lies about the past.

In any case, the vignettes below are interesting on their own account purely as stories that are true stories. And they are stories you are not going to see anywhere else.


Following are 15 cases of Female Serial Killer Bandits from the nations of China, Estonia, France, Italy, Mexico, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, all but one of them spanning the same century-plus period: 1807-1924. Each name is linked to a post containing the sources, usually old newspaper articles.

1) 940 – “White-necked Crow” – Chen Zhou, China

A book published in 2013 detailing facts related in the memoirs of a 10th century Chinese historical figure discusses a passage concerning a female bandit leader known as White-necked Crow.

Historian Glen Dudbridge recounts that in mid-10th century China in “Chen Zhou there was a woman bandit leader known as the White-necked Crow. She was some forty years of age, coarse and squat in physique, brown-haired and swarthy-limbed. She presented herself at the barbarian king’s court having taken over a man’s name, and her costume and ritual deportment were all those of a man.”

“When the usurper Prince of Yan, summoned her for questioning she gave an account of her mastery of riding, fighting and leadership. She revealed that “several thousand men under her control were all subservient to her.”

“When asked whether she had a husband she said that she had several dozen in the past, and when they gave the slightest satisfaction she knifed them with her own hand. Everyone who heard this cried in anger!”

A count of “several dozen” of these knifed “husbands” would put White-necked Crow at the top of the list of Champion Black Widow Serial Killers, on par with the great copulate-then-kill addiction career of Vera Renczi

2) 1807 – Ching Shih – China

Ching Shih, one of the most powerful pirate captains of world history, with 1800 ships and many thousands of sailors at her command, has recently been adopted by the “girl power” crowd online as a representative of the female capacity for “empowerment” which is, as in so many cases, a value-neutral designation, suitable for those figures of great wisdom and character just as easily as for the most despicable and sadistically vicious of criminals.

3) 1862 – Josepha Perez – Galicia, Spain

An 1862 news clipping reports: “A woman known as the ‘She Wolf’ has been the terror of Gallicia and the neighboring provinces for the last twenty years. Always on horseback, and followed by a small number of bandits, she was at the head of all the robberies and murders committed in that part of Spain.” Josepha was noted for her predilection for torturing her victims. She was arrested after her hide-out was discovered during the search for a different criminal.

4) 1865 – Maria Oliviero – Cattanzaro, Italy


The photo that heads this article shows Italian bandit queen Maria Oliviero. “At the age of twenty, Maria Oliviero murdered her sister, hacking her 48 times with an axe, for slander and joined her husband’s gang. She was arrested in 1864 and went on trial in February, was charged with 32 crimes: kidnapping, violent robberies and thefts, fires, and murders. She confessed to the murder of his sister, but for the rest she claimed she was coerced into participating.” [excerpt from Italian Wikipedia]

5) 1867 – La Gizzi – Volturara district, Italy

La Gizzi, famous brigandess of Italy’s Volturara district, “was a tall, muscular woman with beetling brows, covered with a thick mass of black shaggy hair that fell over her shoulders and breast, and was so bloodthirsty that she voluntarily performed the office of executioner on every captive doomed to death by her hand.”

6) 1884 – Leonarda Martinez – Quetaro, Mexico

Leonarda Martinez was a serial killing thief whose method was to exploit the chivalry of her victims and to exploit the labors of her loyal male followers. At her death in 1884, newspapers recounted her career. Here is a brief excerpt from a New York Times article: “Her operations extended over many year and was of the most daring description. For a long time the authorities found it very difficult to trace or even to explain the crimes which she committed, for no one suspected that a woman was the guilty person. No two of her robberies were committed in the same manner. Sometimes she was a passenger, and other times she was with the bandits, and took part in the shooting, if any was to be done. A woman of some personal charms, when appropriately dressed, she was a fiend when about her business of murder and pillage whom very few cared to encounter. Her male assistants were many and devoted.”

And if there be any doubt as to the Senora’s qualification to the mantle “Female Serial Killer” the following précis will resolve the question: “If her victim appeared to be well supplied with cash he usually met a violent death within twenty-four hours.”

7) 1887 – Anastaa Rubio de Pascadera – San Antonio, Zacatecas, Mexico

News reports noted the death of a devoted Mexican female serial killer of males in the United States, but there is much more to be learned from Mexican sources, were a scholar to choose to follow the lead. “Senora Anastaa Rubio de Pascadera, a female bandit of renown, was buried by the side of her lover at San Antonio, Zacatecas, Mexico, yesterday [December 17, 1887]. In her early womanhood her intended husband was killed by federal troops, and on his grave she swore vengeance. The oath was to kill five men every year of her life.” One wonders what this number might be

8) 1891 – Mila – Požarevac, Serbia

This brief article on the capture of Mila gives us a pretty good picture of a serial killer of the sort we are told does not exist among females:

“A female brigand named Mila is being tried for some of her crimes at Posezarez [Požarevac], Servia. She has been for a number of years a terror to the people of that region, and her crimes and cruelties far exceed those of ordinary brigands in Turkey and Servia. Mila is accused of fourteen murders and numerous robberies, and a peculiarly unfeminine feature of her deeds of blood was that she horribly mutilated her victims. In audacity and cruelty she had no equal among outlaws. She is not good-looking and has a nose like a hawk.”

9) 1897 – Marie Ret – Paris, France


Marie Ret, scar-faced Parisian gang leader, known as the Queen of Stranglers “had a gang of eighteen stranglers which she had gathered around her. More than thirty murders were directly found to have been committed by this organisation of trained assassins, which had for chief a woman.”

10) 1902 – “Romanian Bandit Queen of Jassy” – Jassy, Romania

The name of this bandit does not appear in any of the brief English language news reports that have been so far located. I’ve dubbed her “Romanian Bandit Queen of Jassy” for convenience until the time when the name has been discovered. Her brutal career is handily summed up in the following account out of the office of the Vienna press correspondent.

“With a record of eighty-six murders to her account, the female bandit chief recently captured by the Roumanian police, is now facing her trial. This young and beautiful woman has terrorized the country for months at the head of a band of ferocious robbers. All victims who attempted resistance were invariably killed and the chief was in the habit of devising special tortures for persons who refused to give up their valuables.”

11) 1909 – Augustina Mora – Vera Cruz, Mexico

The reports on The Tigress of Cordoba in English are scant and brief (at this point in research, at least), but what the newspapers had to report tells plenty:

“Vera Cruz, Mexico. March 12. – Augustine Mora, referred to as the “tigress of Cordoba,” leader of the worst of the bandit bands of this region, has been taken prisoner after a fight in the mountains between the bandits and the rurales. The battle occurred a number of miles from Cordoba. In the battle Pedro Perez, a rurale captain, and two of his men were killed. Three of the followers of the tigress were captured with her. The woman was wanted for three atrocious murders and many acts of robbery committed by her band. She fought desperately and it required three of the rurales to place her in irons.”

12) 1910 – Marie Semit – Smolensk province, Russia

Ideology intersects with the sociopathic personality in the figure of Russian Female Serial Killer Bandit Marie Semit. She was captured in 1910 and faced numerous murder charges as the English-language press reported:

“The curious career of a revolutionary Maenad, who interpreted woman’s rights in her own peculiar way has just come to a tragic end. Marie Semit was a schoolmistress of pronounced radical tendencies in the province of Smolensk, when her revolutionary fever brought on delirium which became epidemic. She organized a band of dauntless anarchists. These black knights took to highway robbery under the command of Marie, who was attired in male clothing. Once they attacked a monastery near Pskow, leaving several of the monks dead. Eight members of the band were condemned by court martial. Marie Semit has now been sentenced to twenty years’ penal servitude, but must next week undergo trial for two other raids and murders in the province of Smolensk.”

13) 1912 – Ivanova & Olga Tamarin – Kurdla, Estonia

A mother-daughter serial killer bandit team, with cannibalistic tendencies apparently, were tracked down following the discovery of a number of corpses “mutilated beyond recognition” in Estonia in 1912. Mom was said to be leader of a band of robbers numbering in the dozens. Her 17-year-old daughter served, it would seen, as the lure for the victims.

California newspapers printed the following summary of the case: “A real live ogress with a desperate desire for flesh and blood, having a daughter similarly depraved and numerous cannibal retainers, has just been seized at [Kurdla, Estonia]. People remarked that numerous men and women, decoyed to the house of Ivanova Tamarin and her 17 year old daughter, Olga, were never seen returning.

The discovery in a neighboring wood of corpses, mutilated beyond recognition, led to the house being surrounded by a force of gendarmes under Colonel Vassiteff. Ivanova and her daughter were secured after violent resistance, and a search of the premises resulted in the discovery of 27 corpses in a storehouse, as well as a great number of watches, purses and other articles of value, and a quantity of male and female garments.

The eating room of the house was furnished with a trap door, through which the victims were precipitated into the cellar. In the cellar murderous instruments and fetters of all sorts were found. The women confessed to being at the head of a band which, during recent months, had robbed and murdered 40 people who had been decoyed to the house by Olga, and mentioned thirty other peasants belonging to the band, who were also arrested, while nine others escaped.”

14) 1921 – Ekaterina Pishianova – Chita, Russia

Two different transliterations of the subject’s name appear in English-language news reports: Ekaterina Pishianova; Catherine Planovsky. She was known to some of those she terrorized as “Catherine the Terrible” and to others as “the Jack the Ripper of the Ural mountains,” and was reputed to have killed her victims with an axe. She was sentenced to death twice, having escaped the firing squad in 1921 by trickery, and was the second time sentenced in 1926 in the company of nine of her male followers. They had been charged with over a hundred murders.

15) 1924 – Anastasia Permiakova – Perm, Russia

The full text of the London reports of Anastasia Permiakova will be necessary to convey this particularly complex and particularly disgusting specimen of the female serial killer bandit.

“The ‘Daily Express’ Moscow correspondent says that Anastasia Permiakova, a gipsy clairvoyant, with her husband and six male and female accomplices, has been sentenced to death for the horrible murders of 20 women and girls. Permiakova escaped from prison during the revolution while serving a murder sentence. She then organised a murder gang, pillaged villages and held up trains. Afterwards she settled down as a clairvoyant at Perm. She had a huge clientele of women, many of whom mysteriously disappeared. The crimes were undetected till Permiakova called at a solicitor’s house and told his beautiful daughter her future. She ordered the girl to bare her neck to see if she had a lucky mark and then murdered her with a hatchet. The police found in the woman’s flat ten bloodstained hatchets. Thirteen other accomplices received long sentences.”


This completes the rundown of the 15 recently uncovered cases.

Not a single one of these cases appears in any publication on serial killers that I have ever seen. My longer list of Female Serial Killer Bandits that includes the 15 cases discussed here has, at this stage of the research, 46 names.

Remember how I cavil and hector on the subject of scholarly shoddiness. Lest I commit the crime I have above condemned I must make note that the research summarized here is merely a first stage effort. All of these cases occurred outside of my home country and the records and sources that exist will be written in a variety of foreign languages and will be tucked away in places the delusional google founders are not going to scare up and store conveniently (properly identified, classified, cross-referenced, translated, interpreted, easily searchable) into the great artificial intelligence “hive mind.”

The mind-numbing dogma of political correctness (all evil on earth derives from European heterosexual males) will continue its relentless dumbing-down of the public – as well as the “experts” – and perpetuate blindness to select categories of present-day violence as long as the false history (based on incomplete research and fallacious ideology) produced by, and enshrined by, the hallowed universities remains unchallenged. Most professionals, because of university mis-education, who are engaged in the study of both crime and the design of public policy could never, not in a thousand years, imagine the reality of violence by women against women as it is manifested across the globe (which refuses to conform its actions to the expectations of political correctness dogma) as is exemplified in four recent cases of Female Serial Killer Bandits from Mexico, India, Iran and Russia which took the lives of over 100 women.

2006 – Juana Barraza, “La Mataviejitas” (The Old Lady Killer) – Mexico City, Mexico – murdered at least 29 women, some reports estimate total victims to be up to 49.

2007 – H. D. Kempamma – Bangladore, India – arrested in Bangalore on Dec 30, 2007; murdered an estimated 10 women for their jewelry using cyanide.

2009 – Mahin Qadiri – Qazvin, Iran – murdered 5 women; she gave them an anesthetic-laced fruit drink and then strangled them.

2010 – Irina Gaidamachuk – Yekaterinburg, Russia – murdered 17 women aged 61-86 with hammer or axe


Truly, the female victim of the violent female is not to be discussed out in the open. She is, in our deliberately dumbed-down, mind-engineered world, nothing but a second class crime victim whose story is better left untold (so as to keep the orthodox narrative sanitized).

In the hallowed halls of academe the most beloved of all professional mantras heard, dutifully intoned on a daily basis, is: “more research needs to be conducted.” Yet the modest un-grant-funded article that you are reading – and which is a tiny sample from research already published by the author online – shows that more research is being conducted, and it is being conducted outside academe. It ought not to be ignored.



1) 940 – “White-necked Crow” – Chen Zhou, China
Glen Dudbridge, A Portrait of Five Dynasties China: From the Memoirs of Wang Renyu (880-956), Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 152-53

2) 1807 – Ching Shih – China”Ching Shih,” Wikipedia

3)1862 – Josepha Perez – Galicia, SpainUntitled, The Colonist (Nelson, New Zealand), Sep. 5, 1862, p. 3

4) 1865 – Maria Oliviero – Cattanzaro, Italy
“A Female Brigand – Her Atrocities,” Camden Democrat (N. J.), Mar. 4, 1865, p. 1
“Maria Oliviero,” Wikipedia (Italian)

5) 1867 – La Gizzi – Volturara district, Italy
From “Foreign Miscellenea.” The Oamaru Times and Waitaki Reporter (Oamaru, New Zealand), May 3, 1867, p. 4

6) 1884 – Leonarda Martinez – Quetaro, Mexico
“Truly Romantic.” Atchison Globe (Ka.), Jun. 5, 1884, p. 2?
“A Woman Bandit. – La Caramboda Killed After an Extraordinary Career of Crime.” The Sunday critic (Logansport, In.), Jul. 20, 1884, p. 3]

7) 1887 – Anastaa Rubio de Pascadera – San Antonio, Zacatecas, Mexico
“The End Of A Female Bandit. – She Swore to Kill Five Men a Year and More Than Kept It.” The Paterson Daily Press (N. J.), Dec. 19, 1887, p. 1

8) 1891 – Mila – Požarevac, Serbia
“A Female Fiend. – As a Brigand Chief, a Woman Was Devilishly Cruel.” St. Paul Daily Globe (Mn.), Oct. 24, 1891, p. 8
“A Female Brigand.” (from London Daily News), The New Zealand Herald (Auckland, N.Z.), Jan. 30, 1892, p. 2

9) 1897 – Marie Ret – Paris, France
“Stranglers of Paris – Found in Real Life,” The World (New York, N.Y.), Nov. 14, 1897, p. 33
“Black Mysteries of Paris Cleared At Last – Eugene Sue’s greatest novel more than revealed by horrid fact,” The World (New York, N.Y.), Jan. 9, 1898, p. 35

10) 1902 – “Romanian Bandit Queen of Jassy” – Jassy, Romania
“Female Bandit On Trial. – Roumanian Woman Has Eighty-Six Murders to Her Credit.” The St. Louis Republic (Mo.), Sep. 9, 1902, p. 14
“Woman Brigand. – Commits Murders Wholesale.” The Northern Miner (Charters Towers, Australia), Oct. 1, 1902, p. 4
“A Girl Brigand.” The Border Watch (Mount Gambier, Australia), Feb. 29, 1908, supplement, p. 1

11) 1909 – Augustina Mora – Vera Cruz, Mexico
“Woman Bandit Hard To Capture,” Spokane Daily Chronicle (Wa.), Mar. 12, 1909, p. 3

12) 1910 – Marie Semit – Smolensk province, Russia
“Woman Leads Anarchists – Band Attacks Monastery, Killing Several Monks—Prison for Leader.” New-York Tribune (N.Y.), Jul. 17, 1910, p. 4

13) 1912 – Ivanova & Olga Tamarin – Kurdla, Estonia
George Fraser, “Woman And Her Daughter Slay Twenty-Seven – Horrible Discovery in Forest Is Clew to Bloody Carnival of Murder Fiendish Trap Laid by Ogresses; Victims Mutilated Past All Recognition,” The San Francisco Call (Ca.), Jul. 21, 1912, p. 49

14) 1921 – Ekaterina Pishianova – Chita, Russia
“Woman Bandit Under Arrest – ‘Catherine the Terrible’ to Face Prosecution in Russia,” (AP), Iowa City Press-Citizen (Io.), Apr. 2, 1926, p. 1
“Siberian Desperadoes Sentenced To Death – Chief Among the Ten is the Notorious Woman Bandit, Ekaterina Pishianova.” (AP), Cumberland Evening Times (Md.), Aug. 11, 1926, p. 1

15) 1924 – Anastasia Permiakova – Perm, Russia
“Ghoulish Creature – Organised Atrocities, Clairvoyant Guise. Twenty Persons Slain.” (Reuter), The Northern Advocate (Whangarel, New Zealand), Jul. 27, 1924, p. 5


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