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Season 2 is the second season of the Discovery Channel Television series which focuses on female killers. This season ran for six episodes (with three cases per episode) from December 24, 2008 - April 1, 2009.


Each episode has a unifying theme such as jealousy, financial gain, mental illness, or crimes committed by teenagers or the elderly. The titles of the episodes reflect the theme. The stories are told through re-enactments and interviews.

Episodes also feature contributors in relevant fields (e.g. law enforcement, the law, the media, forensic medicine and medicine). Diane Fanning, M. William Phelps, Gregg Olsen, Wensley Clarkson, and Dr. Janis Amatuzio have made multiple appearances. Occasionally, family or friends of the subject or their victims appear to add context and or perspective.

At the end of each segment, the actress playing the subject (and her male and female conspirators, if any) break the fourth wall and look directly at the camera as their fates are revealed. In later seasons, photos of the actual subject are shown.


Image Title Airdate Season Episode Series Episode
Thrill killers.jpg "Thrill Killers" December 24, 2008 1 4
Melinda Loveless's jealousy sparks a revenge rampage that leads to the kidnap and torture of an innocent 12-year-old. 16-year-old Brenda Spencer opens fire on a schoolyard, killing two and wounding nine because "I don't like Mondays". In Brisbane, Australia a so-called "lesbian Vampire murder" - a tale of satanic rituals, and gothic goings-on, culminates in the slaying of a male victim to satiate Tracey Wigginton's lust for blood.
Fatal attraction.jpg "Fatal Attraction" December 31, 2008 2 5
On May 19, 1983, Diane Downs shot her three children, killing one of them. Diane's motive was simply to free herself of parenthood so she could pursue a romantic relationship with a man who didn't want children. In 1925, Martha Wise poisoned three of her family members to death and crippled more than a dozen with arsenic. And in Perth, Australia, lesbian couple Valerie Parashumti and Jessica Stasinowsky drugged, bludgeoned, and strangled their 16-year-old flatmate Stacey Mitchell to death.
Twisted minds.jpg "Twisted Minds" February 28, 2009 3 6
In a rage driven by years of untreated schizophrenia, 25-year-old Sylvia Seegrist opened fire on innocent shoppers in a Philadelphia-area mall in 1985. Twelve years later, in Sherwood, Arkansas, depression drove Christina Marie Riggs to smother her own children to death and attempt suicide afterwards. And in St. Petersburg, Florida, Bobbie Sue Dudley, a registered nurse suffering from Munchhausen syndrome, murders twelve nursing home residents by overdosing them with insulin injections.
Dark secrets.jpg "Dark Secrets" March 8, 2009 7
For twelve years, Florida-based serial killer Judy Buenoano secretly murdered lovers and family members to claim on insurance policies she'd set up in advance. On the other side of the world, and in a different era, Eugenia Falleni lived a double life. Born a woman, but living as a man in conservative turn-of-the-20th century Sydney, Australia, Falleni killed to keep her true gender concealed. And in Texas, pediatric nurse Genene Jones secretly killed as many as 46 infants left in her care between 1980 and 1982.
Bad medicine.jpg "Bad Medicine" March 23, 2009 5 8
In 1986, Seattle-based Stella Nickell poisoned her husband and an innocent shopper by planting cyanide-laced pain-relief capsules on drug store shelves. In Australia, from 1991 until 1999, serial killer Kathleen Folbigg murdered four of her children by suffocating them. And in 1991, British nurse Beverley Allitt murdered four children and injured five others by injecting them with insulin or potassium, causing cardiac arrest.
Predator2.jpg "Predators" April 1, 2009 6 9
Famed "Monster" serial killing prostitute Aileen Wuornos shot and killed seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990. Decades earlier, Anna Marie Hahn, a German immigrant, preyed upon fellow Germans in Cincinnati during the 1930s. Hahn poisoned her victims and stole money from them-just as Dorothea Puente preyed on the down-and-out in Sacramento during the 1980s. Puente was accused of poisoning her victims, stealing their social security checks, then burying seven of their bodies in her tiny back yard.