The 7 Most Notorious Female Crime Bosses Of All Time

From 'The Manhattan Madam' to the 'Kim Kardashian of crime'.

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Griselda Blanco

Griselda Blanco
Griselda Blanco The female crime boss

Griselda Blanco became well known during her life for being one of the most influential players in the Medellín Cartel, and an early mentor of Pablo Escobar. Griselda set up a highly lucrative smuggling operation in New York after moving from Columbia in the 70s, before taking her trade to Miami.

Griselda gained a reputation for extreme violence and is thought to have ordered the deaths of up to 250 people, including one of her husbands, before she was killed in a drive-by shooting back in 2012. It was announced back in 2016 that Jennifer Lopez would play her in an upcoming HBO TV movie.

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