Queen Artemisia I

Queen Artemisia is thought to be one of first, if not the first female pirate from the Mediterranean. She was smart brave and a truly formidable. Read on to find out more about her and what pirate life was like in her day. ...

Lizzie Halliday

Lizzie Halliday was known to have murdered at least five people before being arrested and sentenced to death, becoming the first woman sentenced to death by the electric chair in early twentieth century America. So awful were her crimes that for a short time it was suspected that she...

Lizzie Borden.

On August 4th 1892, the murdered bodies of Andrew and Abby Borden were discovered in their home 92 Second Street, Fall River, Massachusetts. Suspicion for their murder soon fell on their daughter Lizzie, who was subsequently tried and acquitted. Who was Lizzie Borden, did she kill her father and...

Edith Smith

On December 17th, 1915 Edith Smith became the first female PC to receive a warrant card giving her the same power as her male counterparts. Learn more about Britain's first female police officer in this post....

Ruth Ellis.

On Easter Sunday, 1955, Ruth Ellis shot her boyfriend David Blakely to death. For her crime she was executed. But is there more to the story? Was she a victim of domestic violence who snapped? or a cold blooded killer? Read on to find out....

‘Jolly Jane’ Toppan

‘Jolly Jane’ Toppan, born Honora Kelley reportedly killed at least 30 people between 1880 and 1901, although her victims may number up to 100. Psychiatrists today claim that she is one of the most unusual female serial killers in history. ...

Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians.

As the Lady of the Mercians she not only held her territories against the invading Vikings but extended them, and would come to change the face of England. Æthelflæd died at the height of her power, and is the only female ruler in British history to be succeeded by...

Historic Housewife-Household Protection.

Is there an old woman with a wart that roams your village? Does she have a cat? Have your crops been dying? Have you seen flocks of crows? Bodies drawn from their grave by the devil himself? If you answered yes to any of those questions you’re in the...