The Only Women On The FBI's Most Wanted List

Sorry guys, but the FBI says you misbehave more often than the ladies do. In 2017, 73 percent of all arrests reported to the FBI were male suspects, which suggests men may be committing crimes about three times as often as women are.

Your numbers still aren't that awesome, though, ladies, which is sort of surprising. We certainly hear about violent women less often than violent men, but that doesn't mean the occasional female isn't capable of truly horrific acts — so horrific that she might even end up on the FBI's 10 most wanted list.

According to the FBI, just over 500 people have been honored with a top spot on that list, and to date only 10 of them have been women. So while women are certainly capable of heinous crimes, most of them just aren't quite heinous enough for official FBI notoriety. Except for these 10. And just in case you just can't stop reading about misbehaving woman, we've also added a couple of extra not-quite-bad-enough-for-the-top-10-but-still-pretty-bad ladies to the end of our list. You're welcome.

Buried her kidnapping victim alive

Ruth Eisemann-Schier has the distinction of being the first-ever woman named to the FBI's most wanted list. She was 26 in 1968, when she and her boyfriend Gary Krist hatched a plot to kidnap Barbara Mackle, the daughter of a local millionaire. But they didn't just put Mackle in a shed somewhere while they went out to collect the ransom — they devised an especially cruel way to make sure she stayed put. According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Krist built an "underground capsule," which thoughtfully included an electric fan, some food, and ventilation tubes. The pair then forced the 20-year-old inside the capsule and buried her alive.

The first $500,000 ransom drop was supposed to take place near a bridge in Miami, but after picking up the money, Krist and Eisemann-Schier encountered the police and were separated as they fled. Krist was able to arrange a second successful ransom drop, after which he revealed Mackle's location. Incredibly, after 83 hours underground Mackle's only injury was dehydration.

Krist immediately went out and bought himself an escape boat and was apprehended two days later. Eisemann-Schier, though, did not get to buy any boats or enjoy the money (aww) for any of the 79 days she remained at large. She fled to Norman, Oklahoma, where she hoped to escape notice while pretending to be a college student.

Eisemann-Schier was sentenced to seven years for her part in the kidnapping, and authorities deported her to her native Honduras after she was released.

Took the mama bear thing way too far

Most mothers will do anything for their kids. Anything except maybe vengeful murder. Because vengeful murder is way, way outside the scope of normal parenting.

Not for Marie Dean Arrington, though, who in 1968 decided that public defender Bob Pierce needed to pay for his failure to successfully defend her two adult children for crimes that included armed robbery and forgery. So Arrington went to Pierce's office with a gun and some very bad intentions. Luckily for Pierce, he was not in his office that day. Unluckily for Vivian Ritter, Arrington figured Pierce's secretary would do just as well.

Ritter's body was found five days later. According to the Orlando Sentinel, she'd been shot repeatedly and then run over with her own car. Arrington had evidently planned to use her as a part of a scheme to get her son and a couple other people out of prison, but for whatever reason decided to scrap that and just kill her in a horrible way.

Arrington didn't make the FBI's most wanted list until the following year, after she'd been convicted and sentenced to die. Somehow, she managed to squeeze through the tiny window of her prison cell, then she jumped two wire fences and vanished. She got a waitressing job in New Orleans and remained at large for three years. In 1972, her sentence was commuted to life in prison and she died of a heart condition at the age of 80.

Wanted for being half-connected to some crime or another

Not everyone who makes the FBI's most wanted list is actually guilty. Angela Yvonne Davis was a member of the Communist Party USA, at a time when being a member of the Communist Party was likely to not make you very popular with the authorities. She was also also heavily involved with the black power politics of the 1960s and 1970s, and was an outspoken supporter of the Soledad brothers, three prison inmates who were accused of killing a guard. Davis and others believed the Soledad brothers had been made scapegoats because of the political work they were doing inside the prison.

In August 1970, a group of militants tried to free one of the Soledad brothers from a California courtroom. The attempt was unsuccessful, but ThoughtCo. says a county judge was killed during the incident, which made the crime especially important to the FBI. Davis was implicated not because she was actually there (she wasn't) but because the guns that were used in the incident were registered to her. She fled and was placed on the FBI's most wanted list, where she remained until she was apprehended in a New York motel room a couple months later.

Davis spent 18 months in jail but was acquitted in June 1972. She went on to become a professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she taught until her retirement in 2008.

Peace, love, and militants

We like to remember the 1960s as a time of peace and love, but it was also the decade when domestic terrorism started to become a thing. One of the most infamous radical groups of the late 1960s was the Weather Underground (also called the Weathermen), who orchestrated the "Days of Rage" in 1969 Chicago, where a couple hundred participants wearing football helmets and brandishing lead pipes stormed the streets of Chicago and proceeded to smash the windows of upscale boutiques and parked cars. But wanton destruction of private property didn't make quite a loud enough statement, so the Weathermen also blew up the state capitol and broke LSD guru Timothy Leary out of prison.

Bernardine Rae Dohrn was heavily involved with all of it, including the bombings, and that's what landed her on the FBI's most wanted list. She was there for a long time, too — according to the New York Times, she lived as a fugitive until the 1980s, when she and her husband and fellow Weatherman William Ayers decided it was time to turn themselves in for the sake of their two children.

After all that running and hiding and notoriety, Dohrn got three years of probation and a $1,500 fine. Ayers' charges were dropped altogether. Today, Dohrn is a clinical associate professor of law at the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law. So evidently, even for people who blow stuff up, things can still work out.

More radical 1960s stuff

A lot of people were unhappy about the political climate of the 1960s, but most of them didn't channel their unhappiness into bombing or bank robbing, despite how this list appears to be shaping up. Katherine Ann Power and her college roommate Susan Edith Saxe didn't want to be ordinary protesters, though, so they hatched a plot to steal money and then give it away to the Black Panthers so they could use it to buy weapons.

For most college students sitting around after class talking about the world's problems, a bank robbing plan wouldn't have gotten much further than the next morning's hangover, but Powers and Saxe actually moved forward with the idea. According to the New York Times, they enlisted three ex-convicts to help them, and on September 23, 1970, the group robbed the State Street Bank and Trust Co. in Brighton, Massachusetts. To make matters worse, a police officer who responded to the silent alarm was shot in the back by one of the pair's cohorts.

Powers and Saxe both went on the run, and both ended up on the FBI's most wanted list. Saxe was apprehended in 1975 but Powers eluded capture for 23 years. In fact she changed her name, became a mother, opened a restaurant and went on to have a pretty Martha Stewart life but ultimately was unable to continue living with what she'd done. She turned herself in in 1993 and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Plotted to blow up a prison

Then in 1985, yet another woman and her co-conspirator landed on the FBI's most wanted list for plotting to blow stuff up because that evidently was most of what female criminals did in those days.

Donna Jean Willmott and Claude Marks bought fake C-4 explosives from someone who turned out to be an undercover agent and then transported them from California to Louisiana, where they planned to turn them over to the Puerto Rican separatist group Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN). The explosives were going to be used to blow up the Leavenworth, Kansas, federal penitentiary in order to free a single prisoner: Oscar Lopez, who was FALN's recently incarcerated leader. Never mind that exploding a prison would also free a bunch of other violent criminals, but power to the people, right?

Anyway, Willmott and Marks were placed on the FBI's most wanted list after they found a listening device in their car and fled before they could be apprehended. The pair moved to Pittsburgh and started new lives — each one married and had children, though they continued to live in the same neighborhood. After about nine years of this, the New York Times says they got tired of looking over their shoulders and decided to turn themselves in. Marks was eventually sentenced to six years, and Willmott to three.

Killed someone at a convenience store

By the 2000s, criminals were pretty much over the whole violence for the sake of the greater good stuff and had moved on to pretty standard acts of violence, like murdering people at convenience stores.

That probably wasn't the only thing that Shauntay Henderson ever did, though. She was a top-ranking member of the Kansas City 12th Street gang, and probably took part in orchestrating shootings and revenge killings. According to Newsweek, police thought she was involved in at least five murders and maybe 50 shootings, though it was just the 2006 murder of DeAndre Parker, who was sitting in a parked car at a convenience store, that landed her on the FBI's most wanted list.

Henderson also had a MySpace page, which is so adorable. On it, she bragged about being on television and posted photos of herself with captions like "Baddest Bitch" and "The Real Tony Montana's." When she was finally apprehended, she asked police for a few minutes to fix her hair, and later seemed to bask in all the media attention as she was led to her arraignment.

Henderson got off pretty easy — she was sentenced to three years for "armed criminal action" and only got probation for the manslaughter charge. Then after she was released from prison in 2010, she got caught for illegal possession of a firearm. The judge stopped being lenient at that point and set her back to prison to serve another 10 years.

Good old fashioned jealousy

And then when the 2010s came along, we were back to good old Shakespearean-style violence, like hiring a hit man to kill your ex-boyfriend's new lover.

Brenda Delgado was studying dental hygiene when she met dermatologist Ricardo Paniagua. The couple had a two-year relationship, but then they split up and Paniagua started dating dentist Kendra Hatcher, which meant he was basically trading Delgado in for someone with extra dentistry cred. That stung, evidently, but Delgado especially couldn't stand the fact that Paniagua had introduced her rival to his parents, and she decided the best solution to her problems was not binge watching Orange Is the New Black with a pint of Ben and Jerry's, which is what normal people would do, but to engage in behavior that would probably earn her an orange jumpsuit of her own.

Delgado landed on the FBI's most wanted list after she paid a hit man with drugs and money to murder Hatcher in a parking garage. According to the Dallas Morning News, the hit man, Kristopher Love, was later sentenced to death. At his trial, an accomplice said the plan was to kill Hatcher and make it look "like a robbery gone bad."

After the murder, Delgado fled to Mexico, where she was apprehended after living for six months as a fugitive. Her trial is planned for sometime in 2019.

Killed a pregnant woman in a dispute over loud music

You've probably at one time or another worried that cranking up "Bohemian Rhapsody" will get you in trouble with your neighbors, but you almost certainly never worried that one of your neighbors might shoot you because of it. According to the Journal Sentinel, a dispute over loud music was at the heart of an argument that ended with the murder of 23-year-old Tamecca Perry, who was nine months pregnant.

In March 2016, Shanika S. Minor's mother complained that her neighbor had been playing loud music at "an unreasonable hour." Minor, who was trying to defend her mother's honor or something, confronted the loud-music-player with a gun on the sidewalk in front of her home. The two women argued, but Minor's mother got between them and the altercation ended.

Minor, who had a concealed carry permit, wasn't satisfied. A few hours later, she confronted Perry in her home. Minor's mother attempted to intervene again by standing between the two women, but Minor reached over her mother and shot Perry in the chest. Perry then went back inside and died in front of her two small children.

Minor fled the scene and remained at large for four months. She was captured in Fayetteville, North Carolina, just three days after she was added to the FBI's most wanted list. She later pleaded guilty to first-degree homicide and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Burned down a bunch of buildings in the name of animal liberation

Josephine Sunshine Overaker isn't on the FBI's 10 most wanted list, but she did make the FBI's wanted terrorists list. Overaker was a domestic terrorist who was active in the late '90s and early 2000s, which means we have to take back everything we said about how violence "for the greater good" isn't a thing anymore.

Overaker was a member of the radical ecoterrorism organization known as "The Family," which mostly just ran around burning stuff down and freeing animals. According to OregonLive, the group burned down a slaughterhouse, some logging trucks and ranger stations, a government lab, a bunch of SUVs sitting in a car lot (because everyone knows SUVs are the embodiment of evil), and an entire ski resort in Vail, Colorado. Because people who ski make ugly lines in the snow and eat too much chili?

We're sure they had their reasons. Anyway, most of the group was apprehended, but Overaker is still at large. Authorities think she might have fled to Spain and may have joined Basque separatists, though that sort of sounds like the conclusions of people who are wildly speculating about where an ecoterrorist might go if she were trying to evade police. They also think that based on some of her past jobs she might be working as a sheep tender, a masseuse, a midwife, or — and this is just because the universe understands the value of irony — a firefighter.

Moved to the Colombian jungle to become a guerrilla

Stories of indoctrination are weird. It's hard to imagine how a Westerner can leave a pretty standard existence to move to the jungle to become a militant guerrilla, but that's what happened to Tanja Anamary Nijmeijer, a Dutch national who went to Colombia in the 1990s to work as an English teacher and then ended up joining the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a violent terrorist group.

According to the BBC, Nijmeijer was radicalized by a fellow teacher, who was also a member of FARC. Since she joined the group, she's been implicated in a series of crimes including attacks on warehouses, a police station, and a bus network. She was also involved in the kidnapping of three American citizens, who were held hostage in deplorable conditions for five years after their plane made an emergency landing in a remote part of Colombia. Nijmeijer and 17 other FARC members were indicted on hostage taking, conspiracy to commit hostage taking, using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.

Nijmeijer is wanted by the United States for her part in the kidnappings, but hasn't made the 10 most wanted list. If she stays down there in the jungle, though, it seems like she'll have plenty of opportunities to do bad things, so perhaps there's hope for her yet.