The Machiavellian Matriarch Who Shadow-Ruled France Through Her Husband, Sons and a Flying Squadron of Spies

Catherine de Medici, 16th Century Queen of France, allegedly poisoned her enemies, spied on husbands, and prostituted hundreds of women as informants

The Mother Who Sued Her Own Son — the Most Famous White Rapper Alive

Debbie Nelson Mathers Briggs, mother of Eminem, propped up her son equally for success and misery — and then claimed he was a sham

The Confederate Mom Who Got Her Arm Blown Off for Her Racist Outlaw Sons

Zerelda Cole James Samuel, mother of bank robbers Frank and Jesse James, enabled her sons to play out the ultimate grudge

America’s First Mother Who Inspired — and Hounded — George Washington

Mary Ball Washington was one hell of a nuisance, but she still turned our country’s first head honcho into what he was