Aileen Wuornos was a serial killer who murdered seven men in Florida in 1989 and 1990. She claimed that the killings were in self-defence, as the men had either sexually assaulted or attempted to sexually assault her while she was working as a prostitute. Wuornos was arrested in 1991 and sentenced to death in 1992.
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Who Was Aileen Wuornos?
Born in 1956 in Rochester, Michigan, Wuornos had a troubled childhood. Her father was a child molester who was imprisoned when Wuornos was a baby, and her mother abandoned her and her brother at a young age. Wuornos was sent to live with her grandparents, who were abusive and neglectful. She ran away from home at the age of 15 and turned to prostitution to survive.
In 1989, Wuornos began killing the men who picked her up while she was working as a prostitute. She shot them at point-blank range and then stole their cars and wallets. Wuornos was eventually caught after she was recognized by a police officer who had previously arrested her for drunk driving.
At her trial, Wuornos argued that she had killed the men in self-defence after they had either sexually assaulted or attempted to sexually assault her. However, the prosecution argued that Wuornos had killed the men for their money and that there was no evidence to support her self-defence claim. She was found guilty on all counts and was sentenced to death.
Wuornos’ story gained widespread media attention and was the subject of several books and movies, including the 2003 film “Monster,” in which Charlize Theron played Wuornos. Wuornos was executed by lethal injection in 2002.
Despite her crimes, Wuornos has become a controversial figure in popular culture, with some arguing that she was a victim of circumstance and that the criminal justice system failed her. Others view her as a cold-blooded killer who took advantage of the men she murdered. Regardless of one’s perspective, Wuornos’ story serves as a tragic reminder of the dangers of prostitution and the importance of addressing sexual assault and violence against women.
How Did Aileen Wuornos Die?
Wuornos was arrested in 1991 and sentenced to death in 1992. She was executed by lethal injection in 2002.