Serial Killer Profile: Aileen Wuornos
Aileen Wuornos is probably the most well known serial killer of recent times. Her fame has a lot to do with both Oscar winning film Monster that portrayed Aileen Wuornos's life on the silver screen and two high profile documentaries, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer and Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer made by director Nick Broomfield.
However, Aileen's real life was about as far removed from Hollywood glamour as one could possibly get. She was born Aileen Carol Pittman in Rochester, Michigan on February 29, 1956, to an absent father that latter hung himself while he was serving a jail sentence for child molestation and a mother who was merely 15 when she married Aileen's father. Aileen Wuornos's mother then abandoned both her and her brother and left her to be raised by her grandparents. However, it wasn't until Aileen Wuornos was 12 that she discovered that the couple weren't here real parents. Aileen Wuornos claimed that throughout her years with her grandparents she was both physically and sexually abused which led her to an early life of promiscuity that she claimed also included having sexual intercourse with her brother. Aileen was kicked out of the home when she became pregnant at the age of fourteen.
After giving birth to the baby boy in a maternity home and putting him up for adoption, Aileen Wuornos was left to live alone on the streets before ending up in a home for unwed mothers. After her grandmother died Aileen dropped out of school and became a full time prostitute. Aileen Wuornos was first jailed in 1974, under the alias Sandra Kretsch, when she was arrested in Colorado for for drunk driving, disorderly conduct, and firing a .22-caliber pistol from a moving vehicle. Afterwards she headed back to Michigan where she was once again arrested. This time it was for assault and disturbing the peace charges, after she had an altercation where she threw a cue ball at a bartender's head.
She then hitchhiked her way to Florida and along the way was picked up by a rich 69 year old man that fell in love with her and they ended up getting married. However, she treated him badly despite his love for her and he had the marriage annulled less than two months into the union.
For Aileen Wuornos the early 1980's was littered with a series of arrests and jail time served for firearm possession and forgery, and robbery charges. When she wasn't in jail she was supplementing what little income she had through prostitution. In 1989 a store owner called Richard Mallory made the mistake of taking a ride with Aileen Wuronos and became the first of the female serial killers seven victims - one of whose body has never been discovered. All of her victims were men that apparently solicited her services as a prostitute. Aileen Wuornos claimed that Richard Mallory violently raped her and that she killed him in self-defence. After her conviction reporters did discover that Mallory had indeed served 10 years for a violent rape in a different state but Aileen Wuornos didn't get a re-trial despite these findings.
She admitted to killing the rest of the victims but over time her claims changed from saying each one of them raped her or tried to rape her to later saying they hadn't but that she felt she needed to "get right with God". In all she received six death sentences.
Aileen Wuornos's victims after Mallory were:
* David Spears, June
Female serial killer, Aileen Wuornos was executed by lethal injection at at 9:47 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, 2002. Aileen Wuornos's last words were "I'd just like to say I'm sailing with the Rock and I'll be back like Independence Day with Jesus, June 6, like the movie, big mothership and all. I'll be back."