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Author: Parcast Network

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The true crime podcast where women aren’t just the victims. Every week, we examine the psychology, motivations, and atrocities of female felons. New episodes come out every Wednesday. Female Criminals is a production of Cutler Media and part of the Parcast Network.
171 Episodes
In the early 1990s, after her mentor, Madam Alex, was thrown in jail, 26-year-old Heidi Fleiss had a decision to make: stay loyal to her former boss, or steal Madam Alex's client list and mount a career of her own.
After a disastrous break-up with a rich older man in 1989, 22-year-old Heidi Fleiss wasn’t ready to give up the luxuries she's grown accustomed to. Instead, she joined the underground world of high-class Los Angeles escorts.
After murdering her husband, 42-year-old Stella Nickell tried to cover her tracks by poisoning more Excedrin pills. This led to the death of a second victim, finally putting Stella smack dab on the police’s radar.
By 1986, 42-year-old Stella Nickell was over her marriage to Bruce. She saw her husband as a boring drunk who was bad in bed. But instead of divorcing Bruce, Stella opted for something much more sinister. She decided to slip a little something extra into his Excedrin pills...
After murdering Patrick O'Connor in 1849, Marie and Frederick Manning split up so they could more effectively evade the authorities. While Frederick fled to the Channel Islands, Marie ran to Scotland. However, though they initially tripped up the cops, the couple's luck would soon run out...
In the summer of 1849, 28-year-old Marie Manning invited her boyfriend, Patrick O'Connor, over for dinner. Unbeknownst to him, Marie was nursing a grudge. She believed that Patrick had cheated her out of money. So while Patrick expected food and merriment, the only thing on Marie's menu...was murder.
In October of 1994, Susan Smith, committed the unthinkable: she drove her car into a South Carolina lake, with her two young sons trapped inside. But rather than turn herself in for their murders, Susan invented the story of a carjacking that sent police and reporters on a wild goose chase for an unidentified man.
In October of 1994, Susan Smith drove her car into a South Carolina Lake as her boys slept in their carseats. Troubling signs point back to the 23-year old mother of two’s traumatic childhood, tumultuous relationships with men, and an infamous letter which would ultimately push her to commit the unthinkable.
When her daughter failed to make the cheerleading squad on her first try, Texas mother Wanda Holloway knew there was always next year. But by 1991, it seemed pretty clear—some things are worth killing for.
In the small, industrial town of Channelview, Texas, everyone was content with what they had—except Wanda Holloway. She had grown up with a strict religious father, and strove to be better than those around her by any means necessary. So in 1991, she hatched a plot to have the mother of her teenage daughter’s cheerleading rival killed.
In the early 1900s, Carry Nation decided to take her temperance fight national. She traveled from state to state smashing up saloons with her trusty hatchet. However, as Carry escalated her radical behavior, her critics began thinking up even more dire ways to stop her.
We are thrilled to bring you a brand new episode of Female Criminals today and for the foreseeable future. We thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time. In the mid-1800s, after her husband died from alcoholism, Kansas-native Carry Nation developed an interest in the temperance cause. By the end of the 19th century, Carry’s interest had transformed into radicalism, and an unstoppable rampage to destroy saloons and bars.
If you enjoy the true stories told in Female Criminals, check out this episode from our series Crimes of Passion: Although she initially seemed eager to help her boyfriend Conrad Roy move past his struggles with depression, in July of 2014 Michelle Carter’s reaction changed. After Conrad's death, text messages from his phone revealed a darker side to their relationship.
If you enjoy the true stories told in Female Criminals, check out this episode from our series Crimes of Passion: They began an online relationship in 2012. Over the course of the next two years, through thousands of texts and social media messages, Conrad Roy confided in Michelle Carter his struggles with depression and suicidal ideation. Their relationship would end in tragedy in 2014.
After her attempt in 1975 to assassinate President Gerald Ford failed, Sara Jane Moore was incarcerated. Her contempt for authority ultimately resulted in Moore mounting an audacious prison escape.
In the 1970s, Sara Jane Moore’s activism in San Francisco's radical movement led to her being chosen to work undercover for the FBI. However after being slighted by the bureau, Moore began to consider her most radical act yet—assassinating a U.S. President.
Due to the unfortunate spread of COVID-19, Parcast has decided to halt recording for the time-being. This is a precautionary measure taken to ensure the safety of our hosts and staff. In the meantime, we're excited to share one of our classic episodes that we know you'll enjoy! In 2002, after twenty years of marriage, 44-year-old Susan Polk of San Francisco, called it quits with her husband, 70-year-old Felix Polk. Susan's reasons for divorce were simple: she believed her husband was a spy working for the CIA.
By 2004, Lisa Nowak’s friendship with Bill Oefelein had heated up into an extramarital affair. Despite knowing she was risking her marriage and job, Lisa didn’t care. She loved Bill. But when he tried to leave her for a younger woman, Lisa’s love turned into a dangerous obsession.
All her life, Lisa Nowak dreamt of becoming an astronaut. She worked tirelessly in pursuit of this goal. And then in 2003, when space flight was just within her grasp, Lisa met fellow astronaut, Bill Oefelein. She had no idea that her relationship with Bill would soon make her risk everything.
Bobby ruined every single romantic moment Lisa Connelly had with Marty Puccio. He was always hanging around, saying cruel things and being physically abusive towards anyone that challenged him. So Lisa, Marty and Lisa's best friend, Ali Willis, recruited four more teenagers and together they all set about ridding the world of Bobby Kent for good.
Comments (175)

Sherrie Lucas

Please!!!! Get your license in psychiatry, or hire someone who does have one! Just, stop saying that on every freaking episode! Btw, it does not assure me, that you know anything more than the rest of us. You are, in essence, stealing from those who have earned their licenses!!

Jul 9th

Loretta Mowell

it's about fucking time they have a new real episode!

Jun 22nd


holy hot damn, that kid just wouldn't die

Mar 30th

Brooke Venning

I'm not sure what the point is in reposting episodes when people can just listen to them in the original lineup.

Mar 28th
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Anngelika Blomqvist

She is a hero of sort

Mar 22nd

Sean Rosenau

This whole story reminds me of the song Pepper by T Butthole Surfers. Marky got with Sharon, Sharon Got Sharice She was sharing Sharon's outlook on a topic of disease Mikey had a facial scar, and Bobby was a rapist They were in love with dying, they were doin it in Texas

Mar 7th

Christian Robards

Stop with the crime bits. I subscribed to female criminals. no one wants to watch crime bits

Mar 6th
Reply Mfz

I'm warning anyone even a bit sensitive to avoid listening to Myra Hindly episodes. too disturbing and traumatic. I wish UK hanged them in public for their crimes against children without letting them to spend the rest of the lives in prison, as a parent that's the only punishment I can think of acceptable.

Feb 25th


Both parents in this are awful and I feel so bad for those children.

Feb 19th


those poor kids

Feb 16th
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Cool of you to call your wife crazy, Dan, when she suspects you of having an affair with the assistant you hired that CAN'T TYPE dude!!! what a joke.

Feb 16th


Dan sounds like a real shitbag. Betty's no angel, either, but Dan is particularly sleazy. Cool of you to hire a secretary that can't type, dude.

Feb 16th
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I like this show. We often hear of male criminals, and their crimes are reported over and over in gory details, but most of these women I've never heard of before.

Feb 16th
Reply Mfz

I'm listening to Poolan Devi's valentine's day massacre just a day before valentine's day.

Feb 13th


I don't know if 50 counts as elderly, but considering the context, it makes sense to call a 50 year old criminal an elderly criminal

Feb 7th

Courtney Jones

ok. I really enjoyed this

Feb 1st



Jan 31st


straight up can't blame her for the first half of what she did. she never got the mental health help she needed. don't know about the rest, though.

Jan 27th
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Sha Shep

parcast... too heavy on cross promotion these days

Jan 25th

Brittany Craigen

aw I loved this one! I know they were criminals but I was rooting for them! I love how much they loved each other 😢

Jan 17th
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