Stepmothers in popular culture have a pretty bad reputation of being evil witches. Obviously, there are many wonderful stepmoms out there who lovingly dote on and help raise their stepchildren, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some real-life evil stepmothers as well.
Click through the slideshow above to see some of the evilest stepmothers in recent years. Hit NEXT to read more about their terrible crimes.
1. Jessica Ann Cox
The 39-year-old mother was arrested in 2013 on accusations that she handcuffed and tortured her two stepsons. The teenaged boys testified that she had not fed them for three days, and that she would beat them with rolling pins and mallets, as well as burn them with cigarettes and force them to bath naked in bathtubs full of ice cubes and cold water.