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Top Notorious Female Criminal Defendants of the Decade

Investigation, Trials and Chronological Events


Here are some of the most notorious female criminals of the decade, including background information and chronological events.

1. Andrea Yates

Andrea Yates
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.

2. Wanda Barzee

Wanda Barzee
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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.

3. Casey Anthony

Casey Anthony
Mug Shot
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.

4. Mary Winkler

Mary Winkler
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.

5. Lisa Montgomery

Lisa Montgomery
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.

6. Kimberly Trenor

Kimberly Dawn 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."

7. Melissa Huckaby

Melissa Huckaby
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.

8. Debra Lafave

Debra Lafave
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.

9. Tiffany Hall

Tiffany Hall
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.

10. 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.
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