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Deadliest of The Deadly Women

Updated on July 31, 2011

Investigation Discovery

When you watch Investigation Discovery you will notice that their promotions always include the phrase " America's Fastest Growing Network." One of the shows that catapulted the I.D. channel into success is Deadly Women.

Deadly Women is an intense weekly crime show about dangerous women that society may not know about. The show re-creates the world of these deadly women and displays their wicked deeds in startling reenactments. This show is not for the faint of heart but is a must see for anyone who loves a good crime show. Deadly Women tells the story of well know dangerous women like Lizzy Borden but also lesser known deadly women like Mary Bell. Every person on Deadly Women................ has done something criminal but these women are the worst of the group.


Mary Bell

Killer Mary Bell is a unique as a deadly women because of one trait that sets her apart from everyone else.... she was only 10 years old at the time she committed her murders. Mary Bell came from a troubled child hood home where her mother did violent sexual favors to earn money. Bell's mother was so wicked that she even involved little Mary Bell in her sexual deviance by selling her local customers and shattering her innocence. However, even under extreme abuse we don't often see children become violent so early.

Mary Belle 's sexual abuse from the age of four began to spill over into other people's life when she was only 10 years old. On May 25th 1968 Mary lored a four year old boy named Martin Brown into an abandoned home and strangled him to death.

After her first murder little Mary Bell and a friend Norma Joyce Bell( no family relation there) broke into a school and vandalized it. They left notes around the school claiming that Mary committed the murder. Considering how young Mary was the cops just brushed it off as a prank. However, the cops may have left another young victim vulnerable.

On July 31st 1968 Mary Bell and her new friend Norma Bell lore another 3 year old boy by the name of Brian Howe onto a wasteland, and strangled him. As if this crime was not bad enough Mary carved an M into his chest, cut off his hair, scratched up his legs and mutilated his penis.

In August 1968 the deaths of the two little boys were linked together and little girls were charged with 2 counts of Manslaughter.

Mary Bell was originally found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment however, in 1980 she was released after just 12 years and given anonymity. Since her release she has had a child and become a grandmother in 2009. Supposedly, she has never committed another murder!


Gertrude Baniszewski

Gertrude Baniszewski was a divorced mother of 7 when she committed what has sometimes been called the worse case of child abuse in Indiana history! This dreadful story begins with two sisters, Sylvia and Jenny Likens coming to stay with Gertrude. Their parents, Lester and Betty Likens, were traveling carnival people and promised to give Gertrude $20 compensation every week.

The two girls started out living normally where they went to school and church with Gertrude's children. The abuse and torture began when the first weeks payment came a little late. The girls were severally beaten after this incident and the abuse did not stop. Gertrude would then falsely accuse Sylvia of being a prostitute and would hold long lectures on the dirtiness of women. Within a short period of time Gertrude was inviting her children and other children from the neighborhood to beat and torture Sylvia.

The young girl was starved, beaten and often left laying in a basement naked. When Jenny and Sylvia's older sister Diana was refused entry into the house to visit her sisters, she called child protective services. Gertrude convinced the social worker that Sylvia had run away, the case worker filed a report that the house hold should no longer be investigated.

Soon after the case worker stopped by, Gertrude carved the phrase "I'm a prostitute and proud of it" on her abdomen and forced her to write a letter claiming that she ran away. On October 26, 1965 Sylvia died from brain swelling, internal hemorrhaging of the brain and severe shock from the extensive damage to her skin.

Gertrude was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Unfortunately because of testimonies that said she was a "a model prisoner" she was released on parole in 1985. She moved to Iowa and died of lung cancer in June 16, 1990 at the age of 60.


Mira Hindley

Mira Hindley is considered one of the most dangerous, murderous women in history. The length that this women would go to to please her lover would shock and sadden a nation. Hindley was born July 23, 1942. Her father was often abusive because of complications he suffered during the war. At the age of 3 Hindley was sent to live with her grandmother.

As a teenager she was considered to be trustworthy and made money as a babysitter. For many years Hindley worked a series of odd jobs and didn't enjoy any of them because they didn't offer the "excitement" she was looking for.

In 1961 Hindely met Ian Brady at a Manchester firm where he did stock work and she worked as a secretary. Hindley was attracted to Brady for over a year before he even showed romantic interest in her. Ian Brady drew Hindley into his world instantly by taking her to "The Nuremberg Trials" on their first date and convincing her to read Hitlers work. The relationship soon became even more dangerous when Myra Hindley changed her entire look to please Brady and even began taking pornographic pictures.

To ensure that Myra Hindley was the one for him, Brady planned a fake bank robbery and asked Hindley to help with the plan. When Myra Hindely followed all of his orders he knew that she could help bring his fantasies of rape and murder to life!

Between the ages of 1963 and 1965 Myra Hindely would lore 5 victims between the ages of 10 to 17 into the path of Ian Brady. Myra Hindley would lore the children to the moore where Brady was waiting to rape and murder them. To this day there are believed to be more victims but the bodies have yet to found out in the moors where they could remain hidden forever.

The murderous couple was finally caught when they went too far by inviting David Smith to partake in one of the crimes. After Smith witnessed Brady killing a victim with an axe he helped them clean up the body because he was afraid for his own life. Smith did however, go home and contact the police. The police decided to dig further into the Moor killings when Smith admitted that Brady told him there were other murders.

Myra Hindley and Ian Brady showed no remorse for their crimes and pleaded not guilty. The pair received life in prison with a minimum of 30 years. Despite the fact that in 1970 she severed all ties with Brady and claimed she was innocent, she made a full confession to the 5 murders in 1987. She died of respiratory failure in 2002.


Does the fact that these women all had traumatic early beginnings explain their evil deeds? While their traumatic beginnings may explain their crimes it certainly doesn't excuse the horrible things that they did. These deadly women are infamous for the crimes they committed and if there is anything to be learned from them it is how terrible a broken mind can be.


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      thom w conroy 5 years ago

      Very interesting post - why do I suddenly feel the need to go and hug my