Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially when she’s on a mission to murder. There’s no shortage of these tempestuous DEADLY WOMEN in season seven of Investigation Discovery’s signature hit series about women who have been driven to kill. While male murderers are often motivated by anger, impulse, and destruction, women usually have more complex, long-term motives. Jealousy, revenge, desperation, and greed all play their devilish hand in driving these daughters, sisters, mothers, and wives to commit the ultimate sin.
Former F.B.I. criminal profiler Candice DeLong helps viewers distinguish between the emotionally-charged impulses and sociopathic intentions that lace each story. The new season of DEADLY WOMEN premieres Friday, July 19 at 10 PM E/P.
Each episode of DEADLY WOMEN features three thematically-related stories. The first two episodes are:
Malicious Hearts Premieres Friday, July 19 at 10 PM E/P
Angela McAnulty locked up and tortured her daughter, Jeannette Maples, like she was a prisoner-of-war. In December 2009, McAnulty called 911 requesting help for her daughter, but when EMTs arrived, they were met by Maples’ lifeless body. McAnulty eventually pled guilty to murder and was sentenced to death. Location: Eugene, OR
Bertha Gifford was a rural farmwife in the early 1900s known in the community for her great cooking and tender heart. But underneath the friendly façade, Gifford was quietly killing her neighbors with arsenic. She was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity and committed to the Missouri State Hospital for the remainder of her life. Location: Catawissa, MO
Kerry Bauer and Emma Last were lesbian lovers, bonded by a mutual desire to make the best of their difficult lives. When they were enlisted by a friend to kill her boyfriend’s ex, the two beat and asphyxiated 17-year-old Debra Carne before dousing her with gas and setting her on fire. When caught, Last pled guilty and Bauer was convicted of murder; both were sentenced to life in prison. Location: Hedingham, Essex, UK
Money Hungry Premieres Friday, July 26 at 10 PM E/P
Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore befriended lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare in late 2008 under the guise of writing a book. She later became his financial advisor and controlled every asset he owned. But she ended up taking more than his cash, ultimately swindling Shakespeare out of his dwindling fortune, then shot him and buried his body under a concrete slab in her backyard. Moore was convicted of first-degree murder in 2012. Location: Tampa, FL
Anne Gates was 29 when her first husband, David Plue, was found shot in the head, execution-style, on a rural Indiana highway in 1978. Nine years later, her second husband, 65-year-old Raymond Gates, was found dead in his home, skull crushed by a dozen blows. Gates managed to collect insurance money on both of her dead husbands, but was finally arrested in 1987 and sentenced to 10 years in prison for her second husband’s murder. Location: Lewisville, IN & Arabi, LA
Patricia Byers and John Victor Asquith were out for a romantic sea voyage on Byers boat in 1993 when Byers shot Asquith in the head and he fell overboard. Miraculously, Asquith survived and Byers was convicted of attempted murder and jailed for 12 years, only to be convicted once again six years into her sentence for the 1990 murder of Carel Gottgens. Byers is now serving life in person. Location: Yatala & Stradbroke Island, Australia.