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Women Executed In The USA

Updated on May 22, 2017

Women Executed In The USA

Since 1976 there have been sixteen women put to death in the USA. In no surprise Texas has executed six women, Oklahoma follows with three, Florida with two. North Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia and Georgia have executed one female death row inmate. The death penalty will always be a controversial subject and it is important to remember those who have been executed.

Kelly Gissendaner - Georgia

Kelly Gissendaner - Georgia

Kelly Gissendaner was put to death in the State of Georgia for orchestrating her husbands murder in order to collect the insurance money. At trial Kelly Gissendaner was also accused of intimidating a witness to commit perjury.

Lisa Coleman - Texas

Lisa Coleman - Texas

Lisa Coleman was executed by the State of Texas for the murder of a nine year old boy. The child was removed from the home after a worker found him malnourished and the victim of assault. Eventually the mother was able to get the boy back into her care but was under strict orders that Lisa Coleman could not reside in the same residence. Unfortunately the mother allowed Coleman to continue to reside in her home and soon after the boy died from severe malnourished and had signs of torture.

Suzanne Basso Texas

Suzanne Basso - Texas

Suzanne Basso was executed by the State of Texas for the murder of a mentally disabled man. According to reports Suzanne Basso had convinced the man to move to Texas so they could get married. A short time after the man arrived he was tortured by a group of people before he was murdered. Suzanne Basso was named as the mans beneficiary for his life insurance policy

Kimberly McCarthy - Texas

Kimberly McCarthy - Texas

Kimberly McCarthy was executed by the State of Texas for the robbery and murder of an elderly woman in 1997. According to court documents Kimberly McCarthy went to the home of the woman with the intention of robbing her to obtain money for drugs. While inside the residence McCarthy stabbed the victim multiple times causing her death. When at trial prosecutors brought up that McCarthy was linked to two other similar murders

Teresa Lewis Virginia

Teresa Lewis - Virginia

Teresa Lewis was executed by the State of Virginia for her role in the murder of her husband and stepson. According to court documents Teresa Lewis learned that her stepson had taken out a high priced insurance policy from the United States Army before he was deployed to Iraq. Earlier Teresa Lewis had begun a physical relationship with two younger men who she convinced to murder both her husband and stepson in a way to look like a home invasion robbery. Police became suspicious of Teresa right away and when she tried to get to the insurance money. Soon after Lewis would admit to both murders

Frances Newton Texas

Frances Newton Texas

Frances Newton was executed by the State of Texas for the murder of her husband and two children. According to reports Frances Newton had taken out a large insurance policy only weeks before the murder. When Newton tried to collect the insurance money the day after the murders she quickly became a suspect.

Aileen Wuornos Florida

Aileen Wuornos Florida

Aileen Wuornos was executed by the State of Florida for the murders of seven men. According to reports Wuornos worked as a sex worker and would kill the men that picked her up. At trial she claimed they all tried to sexually assault her but this was never proven. Aileen Wuornos is considered to be the only female Serial Killer in US history.

Lynda Block Alabama

Lynda Block Alabama

Lynda Block was executed by the State of Alabama for the murder of a police officer. Both Lynda and her husband George Sibley received the death penalty. According to reports George was involved with a shootout with the officer when Lynda approached him from the side and shot the Officer several times

Lois Smith Oklahoma

Lois Smith Oklahoma

Lois Smith was executed by the State of Oklahoma for the murder of her son's ex girlfriend. Lois Smith and her son kidnapped the victim and proceeded to beat her. Lois Smith heard that the girlfriend was trying to get her son killed. In the end the victim would be stabbed and shot multiple times.

Marilyn Plantz Oklahoma

Marilyn Plantz Oklahoma

Marilyn Plantz was executed by the State of Oklahoma for orchestrating her husbands murder. According to reports Plantz convinced her teenage boyfriend and one of his friends to murder her husband so they could collect a large insurance policy. The two men brought the victim to a deserted location where they set his truck on fire with the victim restrained inside

Wanda Allen Oklahoma

Wanda Allen Oklahoma

Wanda Allen was executed by the State of Oklahoma for the murder of her girlfriend. According to police Allen's girlfriend went into the police station to file a complaint against her, unknowing to the victim Wanda had followed her there. When the girlfriend came out of the police station she was fatally shot by Allen. The two women had met in prison where Wanda Allen was serving time for killing a former girlfriend

Christina Riggs Arkansas

Christina Riggs Arkansas

Christina Riggs was executed by the State of Arkansas for the murders of her two young children. According to reports Christina Riggs killed her two children while they lay in their beds by smothering them. Riggs then took a large number of pills in a bid to end her own life. Christina Riggs plead guilty at trial and waived all of her appeals

Betty Beets Texas

Betty Beets Texas

Betty Beets was executed by the State of Texas for the murder of her husband. According to police reports Betty Beets reported her husband missing who she claimed had gone on a fishing trip. Two years after the murder police received reports that the husband's death was foul play. Searching her property police would find his body and also the body of a former husband who was reported missing years before.

Judy Buenoano Florida

Judy Buenoano Florida

Judy Buenoano was executed by the State of Florida for the murders of her husband and son plus the attempted murder of her fiance. According to police reports Judy poisoned both her husband and son with arsenic. The husband would die from the poisoning, the arsenic made her son very sick and he would die when a canoe he was in was purposely flipped over and his metal braces on his arms and legs caused him to sink. Judy was also a suspect in the death of her first husband who had high levels of arsenic in his system. All of the murders were money motivated as Judy would collect life insurance policies on each of the deaths

Karla Tucker Texas

Karla Tucker Texas

Karla Tucker was executed by the State of Texas for two murders. According to reports Karla helped her boyfriend break into a home where they planned to steal a motorcycle, once inside Karla helped restrain the victim while he was attacked by the boyfriend. In the end Karla would take a pick axe and kill the victim. The second victim was a woman who Tucker found in bed with her boyfriend. Karla Tucker would grab a pick axe and strike the victim several times killing her

Velma Barfield North Carolina

Velma Barfield North Carolina

Velma Barfield was executed by the State of North Carolina for the murder of a man. According to reports Velma Barfield was hired to be the victim's caregiver and soon after he would pass away, Upon autopsy it was determined the victim had died from arsenic poisoning. Once convicted of this murder Velma Barfield would confess to four other murders although authorities believe she was responsible for at least six murders

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