In the early 1900s, on a small farm in La Porte, Indiana, Norwegian immigrant Belle Gunness used strychnine to poison her suitors and boyfriends before feeding their remains to the hogs.
In New Orleans during the early 19th century, French socialite Delphine La Laurie was believed to be a cruel sadist who beat, tortured, and performed medical experiments on slaves in the basement of her mansion.
And in Washington State, Linda Burfield Hazzard, a doctor and a delusional "fasting specialist", believed she could "heal" her patients through exhausting diets and starvation.
Hazzard's practice of starvation resulted in the death of a visiting English heiress in 1911.
Deadly Women is an American television series first aired in 2005 on the Discovery Channel, focusing on female killers.
It was originally a mini-series consisting of three episodes: "Obsession," "Greed" and "Revenge".
After a three-year hiatus, the show resumed production in 2008 and began airing on the Investigation Discovery channel as a regularly scheduled series.The series is produced in Australia by Beyond International.Each of the three original episodes covered the cases of four women or more women or groups of women who were united by the central theme of the episode.This mini-series of three episodes of the show was narrated by Marsha Crenshaw.In 17th century Central Europe, Elizabeth Báthory, a Hungarian noblewoman, was obsessed with youth and beauty.According to legend, Báthory murdered as many as 650 young women, believing that drinking their blood would preserve her youth. In Romania during the 1920s and '30s, Vera Renczi's fears of infidelity and abandonment ostensibly caused her to murder the men in her life.