Women

Executions of Women

In general, both the death sentencing rate and the death row population remain very small for women in comparison to that for men. Actual execution of female offenders is quite rare, with only 575 documented instances as of December 31, 2020, beginning with the first in 1632. These executions constitute about 3.6% of the total of 16,018 confirmed executions in the United States (including the colonies) between 1608 and 2020.

17 death-sentenced women have been executed since 1976. They are:

DateName

Age

SexRaceNumber, Race, and Sex of Victims

State

RegionMethod

11/02/1984

Velma Barfield

52

Female

White

1 White Male

North Carolina

South

Lethal Injection

02/03/1998

Karla Tucker

38

Female

White

1 White Male
1 White Female

Texas

South

Lethal Injection

03/30/1998

Judy Buenoano

54

Female

White

1 White Male

Florida

South

Electrocution

02/24/2000

Betty Beets

62

Female

White

1 White Male

Texas

South

Lethal Injection

05/02/2000

Christina Riggs

28

Female

White

1 White Male
1 White Female

Arkansas

South

Lethal Injection

01/11/2001

Wanda Allen

41

Female

Black

1 Black Female

Oklahoma

South

Lethal Injection

05/01/2001

Marilyn Plantz

40

Female

White

1 White Male

Oklahoma

South

Lethal Injection

12/04/2001

Lois Smith

61

Female

White

1 White Female

Oklahoma

South

Lethal Injection

05/10/2002

Lynda Block

54

Female

White

1 White Male

Alabama

South

Electrocution

10/09/2002

Aileen Wuornos

46

Female

White

1 White Male

Florida

South

Lethal Injection

09/14/2005

Frances Newton

40

Female

Black

2 Black Males
1 Black Female

Texas

South

Lethal Injection

09/23/2010

Teresa Lewis

41

Female

White

2 White Males

Virginia

South

Lethal Injection

06/26/2013

Kimberly McCarthy

52

Female

Black

1 White Female

Texas

South

Lethal Injection

02/05/2014

Suzanne Basso

59

Female

White

1 White Male

Texas

South

Lethal Injection

09/17/2014

Lisa Coleman

38

Female

Black

1 Black Male

Texas

South

Lethal Injection

09/30/2015

Kelly Gissendaner

47

Female

White

1 White Male

Georgia

South

Lethal Injection

01/13/2021

Lisa Montgomery

52

Female

White

1 White Female

Federal

Federal

Lethal Injection