Today, I’d like to tell you the story of Aileen Wuornos.


She was an American serial killer. She was convicted of the murder of seven men, and then executed in Florida, on the 9th of October of 2002, after 12 years on death row. She killed seven men in Florida in 1989 and 1990.  Aileen Wuornos claimed that her victims had either raped or attempted to rape her while she was working as a prostitute, and that all of the homicides were committed in self-defense.

She had a very difficult life. As I already said, difficult childhood environment may transform women into the worst and violent executioners. Aileen Wuornos is an example.

It was an awful beginning from the time she was born on the 29th of February of 1956 as Aileen Carol Pittman. One of the few good things in her young life, ironically, was that her biological father, Leo Dale Pittman, never got to know her. Pittman was a psychopathic child molester who hanged himself in prison in 1969.

Her mother, Diane Wuornos, married Pittman when she was 15 and bore him two children in Rochester, Michigan. Aileen’s older brother, Keith, was born in 1955. Diane divorced Pittman less than two years into the marriage, a few months before Aileen was born. Diane was afraid of Pittman and with good reason. Diane Wuornos found the responsibilities of single motherhood unbearable and in 1960 she abandoned Aileen and her brother Keith, who were then adopted by their maternal grandparents. They did not reveal that they were, in fact, the children’s grandparents. Aileen discovered the truth at around the age of 12, information which did not help an already troublesome situation. Her grandfather drank heavily and was strict with the children.

When she was 9 years old, Aileen engaged in sexual activities in school in exchange for cigarettes, drugs, and food. She had also engaged in sexual activities with her brother Keith. She claimed that her grandfather had sexually assaulted and beaten her when she was a child. In 1970, at the age of 13, she became pregnant, having been raped by a friend of her grandfather’s, but she gave her baby up to adoption. When she was 15, her grandfather threw her out of the house, and she began supporting herself as a prostitute.

When Aileen was 20 years old, she was hitch-hiking when a wealthy 69-nine-year-old yacht club president named Lewis Fell picked her up. He fell in love with her instantly and they married in 1976. This was a real stroke of luck for her, but she was too wild and destructive to understand when she had it good. She treated Fell badly, got into bar fights and was sent to jail for assault. Needless to say, in a month or so after the marriage Fell realized his mistake and the marriage was annulled.

For the next decade, she lurched from one failed relationship to another, engaging in prostitution, forgery, theft and armed robbery. Along the way, she tried to commit suicide. Emotionally and physically, she was a mess from the drinking and doping and self-destructive lifestyle.

After moving to Florida, Aileen met Tyria Moore at a Daytona gay bar in 1986. Aileen was lonely and angry and ready for something new. They began to live together, and Aileen continued to work as a prostitute.

After being raped by a client, Aileen killed him in self-defense. He was her first victim and his name was Richard Mallory. It was the 30th of November of 1989. She confessed her action to her partner Tyria Moore.

On the 1st June of 1990 it was found the body of a man killed by two shots of 22. Between June and November of 1990, other five men were found killed in the same manner. So, the police began to think about a serial killer and drew up a profile of the murderer. For the first time it was assumed that the killer was a prostitute who, after having lured the victims, she killed them…

On the 4th of July 1990, Aileen and Tyria abandoned a car, who belonged to her fourth victim, after they were involved in an accident. Witnesses who had seen the women driving the victims’ cars provided police with their names and descriptions, resulting in a media campaign to locate them. The turning point of the investigation occured when AileenWuornos deposited in a pawnshop some objects which belonged to her victims, thus leaving fingerprints, that investigators confronted successfully with those found on one of the crime scenes. Aileen had a criminal justice record in Florida, and her fingerprints were on file.

On the 9th January of 1991, Aileen Wuornos was arrested on an outstanding warrant at The Last Resort, a biker bar in Volusia County. The police located Aileen’ former lover Tyria Moore the next day in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She agreed to elicit a confession from Aileen in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Under police guidance, Tyria Moore made numerous telephone calls to Aileen. During the conversations, of course, Tyria made allusions about the murders committed by Aileen. Even if Aileen understood to be intercepeted, in the end, she decided to confess, thus exonerating her girlfriend.

Her story is terrible… The American media labeled Aileen Wuornos as a “monster”.

Certainly, Aileen Wuornos was a brutal executioner, but she was also a victim and what she had done is the result of what others had done to her. Obviuosly we cannnot justify her crimes, but on the other hand we have to consider her life, her experiences. The only dimension that she knews was the hate’s one.

The movie “Monster” (2003) with Charlize Theron e Christina Ricci, it is taken from this true story. Charlize Theron is the main character, she plays the role of Aileen Wuornos. This film made ugly the beautiful Charlize Theron. Almost unrecognizable: fatter, with fake buck teeth, patchy skin and drunken trucker gait. Men will be disappointed by her physical appearance! But, Charlize Theron gives her character a force of reality that is difficult to forget. The actress Charlize Theron won three prestigious awards for this performance: a Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Golden Bear in Berlin.

Here it is the trailer of the movie…enjoy!


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