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Women With Power And Gun: 15 Most Notorious Female Gangsters Of All Time Who Control The Underworld

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Yes, women are no less than men even in the underworld. Whenever we think of any gangsters we end up thinking about a man. But some few have information about the female gangsters who are also dangerous like men. Many people think a woman has no place in this crime world but over the years we have seen many female gangsters who are more dangerous than men.

Thelma Wright

Thelma Wright

Thelma Wright’s husband Jackie Wright had played a key role in the 1980s Philadelphia drug trade until he was murdered in 1986. Widow Thelma Wright became the gangster queen of Philadelphia. She decided to take over the business to support herself and her son, transporting heroin, cocaine between Los Angeles and Philadelphia. She sometimes earned $400,000 per month from drug trafficking.

She was never arrested. In 1991, she left the drug world behind and became a writer. She has written a book about her experiences titled “With Eyes From Both Sides – Living My Life In and Out of the Game”.

Bonnie Parker

Bonnie Parker

Possibly the most infamous female gangster. She and her boyfriend Clyde Barrow was a member of the criminal Barrow Gang. She was infamous for her activities in the 1930s. Bank, store and gas station robberies across the US made her almost a celebrity.

Maria Licciardi

Maria Licciardi

She was the boss of the Camorra clan in the city of Naples until her arrest in 2001. She was born in a gangster family, her father and brother were well-known gangsters. Her husband was also a local gangster. Under her leadership, the Secondigliano Alliance (an alliance of Camorra clans) became more powerful, secretive and organised. Despite her small size, the group members respected her. They called her “The Godmother”.

Under her leadership, Camorra clans started the business of prostitution. Young girls were bought from the Albanian mafia and forced into drugs and prostitution. After they got too old they would be murdered to ensure they would never give any information to police.

Rosetta Cutolo

Rosetta Cutolo

She is also known as “Ice Eyes”. She was the older sister of Raffaele Cutolo who was the head of Nuova Camorra Organizzata, Italy’s most powerful mafia organisations. She became the leader after her brother was arrested.

Rosetta was often involved with meetings which included the Sicilian mafia and South African cocaine dealers. She was convicted on Mafia-related charges and was arrested in 1993. She managed to get acquitted of nine murder charges. Rosetta also allegedly attempted to blow up a police station while escaping from the authorities for ten years. Finally, she surrendered to the police in 1993, telling officers that she had become tired of life on the run.

Griselda Blanco

Griselda Blanco

The “Godmother of Cocaine” was as ruthless as men. She was the drug lord of the notorious Medellin cartel. She made billions of dollars during the 1970s and 1980s through southern Florida’s drug trade. Blanco was a central part of the Miami Drug War or the “Cocaine Cowboy Wars”. She was not afraid of using violence against her rivals.

She was convicted of killing three people including a toddler. She was arrested in 1985 but continued to run her drug business from prison. In 2004, she was deported back to Colombia and in 2012 she was assassinated in her hometown of Medellin.

Raffaella D’Alterio

Raffaella D’Alterio

After her husband Nicola Pianese’s death in 2006, Raffaella took over the Camorra clan. She was nicknamed “miciona” or “big female kitten”. She was even shot by rival gangsters and survived. In 2012, she was arrested on various charges of robbery, trafficking, dealing drugs and possession of illegal arms.

Enedina Arellano Felix

Enedina Arellano Felix

She became the leader of the Tijuana Cartel because all her brothers were either dead or in jail. Felix was also known as “The Boss”, “The Godmother”, “The Narco Mother”. The Tijuana Cartel is an ultra-violent organisation which controls a good deal of the cocaine and marijuana which coming into the US from Mexico.

The Drug Enforcement Administration considers her the world’s first female drug lord.

Charmaine Roman

Charmaine Roman

When she was arrested in 2013, many thought she was involved in a Jamaican drug trafficking gang. But later they discovered she was in charge of the gang. Roman was the gang leader of Jamaica’s most notorious powerful drug and marijuana gang. The major supply of drug into the central Florida came from her.

Between 2010 and 2012, she laundered millions of dollars through a Las Vegas casino and a business called Sure Thing Investments.

Claudia Ochoa Felix

Claudia Ochoa Felix

Claudia Ochoa Felix is known as the “Mexican Kim Kardashian of Organised Crime” because of her appearance and social media presence. Many believe she is one of the deadliest women in the world.

Allegedly she is the new leader of the brutal hit squad Los Ántrax. The ruthless members of the gang work for the Sinaloa cartel. She has denied the allegation and Mexican authorities haven’t launched an allegation against her.

Jemeker Thompson

Jemeker Thompson

Jemeker was desperate to leave the poverty of her childhood behind. She was drawn to the Los Angeles drug trade in the 1980s. After her husband’s death, the California “Queen Pin” rose to the top of the cocaine trade.

In 1993, at her son’s 6th-grade graduation ceremony she was arrested and sentenced to 15 years jail.

Stephanie St. Clair

Stephanie St. Clair

She was called “Queenie” in Manhattan. She took a stand against corrupt cops and getting them fired from the force. She ran one of the top illegal lotteries in Harlem in the early 1920s. She also resisted intimidation by gangsters eager to take over the scene and remained independent – and wealthy – until her death in 1969.

Santokben Jadeja

Santokben Jadeja

Probably she was the first woman to head an underworld operation in India. After her husband’s death, she formally entered the world of crime. All the illegal activities in the Porbandar area were under her control.

She has been associated with several cases of kidnapping, extortion and even murder. She even joined politics but did not get success.

Melissa Calderon

Melissa Calderon

Melissa Calderon or “La China” was a ruthless leader of the Damaso Cartel’s armed branch. She was responsible for leading a team of over 300 drug dealers and she is accused of having been involved in the murders of at least 150 people.

Phoolan Devi

phoolan devi

She is the most famous female bandit from India. Phoolan had suffered in her childhood. She was raped when she was young and became a bandit to avenge her rape. After she recovered from her injuries she gathered her group and murdered more than 20 people whom she thought was responsible for her torture.

Some people thought she was a notorious bandit but some considered herself as a hero who fought for her self-respect.

Judy Moran

judy moran

The infamous Moran family are known across Melbourne for their criminal connections and Judy is the head of the family. The source of their income comes from the illegal trafficking of drugs. The influence of the family is so strong that even the criminals are afraid of them.

In 2001, she was awarded 26 years imprisonment for the murder of her brother-in-law Des Moran.

So, women can do anything and everything. She also can manage a whole crime world and lead the gang. Even in the underworld, she is respected by her gang members. These violent, ruthless, dangerous and powerful women only create fear in their enemies’ mind.

Suchismita Biswas
Suchismita Biswas
Pen is mightier than swords - these words make me passionate about writing. Except writing I love to travel , love to explore the unknown places, love photography and love listening to music. Also I am an avid reader of books. I'm a simple girl but I am what I am.

One thought on “Women With Power And Gun: 15 Most Notorious Female Gangsters Of All Time Who Control The Underworld

  1. It is really a novel idea to write a feature about the deadly dames. Unfortunately, the individual stories are too short.

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