YouTubeAileen Wuornos Inthe state of Florida executed the 10th woman to receive the death penalty in the United States since the reinstatement of capital punishment. Her life later became the subject of screenplays, stage productions, and multiple documentaries as well as the basis for the movie Monster. This was as much for the true crime aspect as it was to show just how broken a person could be in modern America. Aileen Wuornos found prostitution early in life, trading sexual favors at her elementary school for cigarettes and other treats at age
See Article History Alternative Titles: Her case drew national attention to issues such as the relationship between gender and violence and the legal treatment of acts of self-defense by women.
Her life was the subject of documentaries and a film, Monster Wuornos had a deeply troubled childhood. Her parents separated before her birth, and her father later spent time in mental hospitals for child molestation. When Wuornos was four years old, she and her brother were sent to live with her grandparents.
In her early teens she spent time at a home for unwed mothers and then dropped out of school and turned to prostitution.
In Wuornos was imprisoned for driving while intoxicated and for firing a gun from a moving vehicle. She subsequently was arrested numerous times on charges that included armed robberycheck forgeryand auto theft.
By the late s she was a drifter. In —90, posing as a hitchhiking prostitute, she killed seven middle-aged male motorists and left their bodies along the highways of Florida and southern Georgia; some speculate that she may have killed an eighth motorist in the same period.
Arrested in earlyshe admitted to the killings but claimed that she acted in self-defense after the men assaulted her. Supporters of Wuornos viewed her as a strong independent woman—and even as a heroic figure for defending herself against male aggression.
In she was convicted of one of the murders and sentenced to death. She later pleaded guilty to three more of the murders and admitted that she had killed for profit and not in self-defense. She was executed by lethal injection.
Notably, she was profiled in the documentaries Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer and Aileen:Aug 07, · Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, Chloë Sevigny, Denis O'Hare, (newcomer) Cheyenne .
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Discover books, read about the author, find related products, and more. More about Aileen Wuornos. Aileen Carol Pittman was born in Rochester, Michigan, on 29th February ; the product of a troubled marriage between Leo Dale Pittman, a psychopathic child molester, and Diane Wuornos, a feckless teen mother quite incapable of the responsibilities of motherhood.
Aileen “Lee” Carol Wuornos was born February 29, , in Rochester, Michigan. Her father was convicted of child molestation after her birth and a few years later killed himself in prison. Nov 21, · Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Aileen Carol Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed in for killing six men in the state of Florida.
This second installment includes the filmmaker's testimony at Wournous's trial /10(K).