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The Twelve Women the United States has Killed

In 1976, the United States Supreme Court allowed the country to resume the practice of capital punishment. Since then 12 women have been murdered by their country.

Velma Barfield was executed in November of 1984 for the arsenic poisoning of her live-in boyfriend.







Karla Faye Tucker was executed in February of 1998 for the double pick ax murder of two people.






Judy Buenoano was executed in March of 1998 for the poisoning death of her Vietnam vet husband. She also drowned her crippled son, blew up a fiance and is thought to have killed a boyfriend




Betty Lou Beets was executed in February of 2000 for the shooting death of her husband.







Christina Marie Riggs was executed in May of 2000 for the suffocation deaths of her two children.






Lois Nadeen Smith was executed in December of 2001 for the shooting death of her sons girlfriend.





Wanda Jean Allen was executed in January of 2001 for the murder of a childhood friend and the murder of her lesbian lover.






Mary Kay Plantz was executed in May of 2001 for hiring her teenaged boyfriend and an accompice to murder her husband.






Linda Lyon Block was executed in May of 2002 for the murder of a police officer in a shootout with her boyfriend.






Aileen Wournos was executed in October of 2002 for killing six of her prostitution clients.







Frances Newton was executed in September of 2005 for the shooting deaths of her husband and two children.





Teresa Lewis was executed in September of 2010 for the hired killings of her husband and stepson.