May 29th 2009 By Adam K. Raymond
Thirty-four years ago, Sara Jane Moore, perhaps one of the more well-known (attempted) female assassins tried to kill Gerald Ford, but the bullets from her .38 caliber missed. Still, she succeeded at getting her name in the record books as the first, and so far only, woman to fire a gun at a president. Sara says she's sorry now, which is understandable since she just got out of prison and needs a book deal
And someone should give her one! After all, there are only so many badass female assassins (or attempted assassins) in the history of the world.
Click here to read about nine more female assassins after the jump.
9. Charlotte Corday
-- Hero of the French Revolution, assassinated bad guy Jean-Paul Marat in 1793. She was executed by guillotine for her crime, but earned the nickname l'ange de l'assassinat
(the Angel of Assassination).
8. Shi Jianqiao
-- Killed notorious warlord Sun Chuanfang as he prayed at a temple in 1935. The Chinese woman was avenging the murder of her father.
7. Thenmozhi Rajaratnam
-- A Tamil Tiger, she assassinated former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and 14 others in a 1991 suicide bombing.
6. Fanni Kaplan
-- Russian revolutionary who shot Lenin three times (shoulder, jaw, coat) but failed to kill him.
5. Izola Curry
-- Stabbed Martin Luther King Jr. with a letter opener at a New York City book signing in 1958, 10 years before James Earl Ray killed him.
4. Marie Sukloff
-- Assassinated Russian governor who was notorious for leading pogroms against Jews.
3. Violet Gibson
-- Shot Mussolini in the nose, twice, as he sat in a car, wounding him slightly. He required a bandage before continuing on his way.
-- Ancient Japanese female ninjas trained to seduce and poison their victims. They would sometimes disguise themselves as a geisha or prostitutes to get near the enemy.
1. Marcia Aurelia Ceionia Demetrias
-- The favorite mistress of the second-century A.D. Roman Emperor Commodus, she turned assassin. After learning that Commodus planned to execute her, Marcia mixed poison into the wine she always served him post-bath.