Aileen Carol Wuornos (February 29, 1956 â€“ October 9, 2002) was an American serial killer who killed seven men in Florida in 1989 and 1990. Wuornos claimed that her victims had...

Wuornos was born Aileen Carol Pittman in Rochester, Michigan, on February 29, 1956. Her mother, Diane...

Wuornos never met her father, Leo Pittman; he was incarcerated at the time of her birth. A schizophrenic who was later convicted of sex crimes against...

By the age 11, Wuornos began engaging in sexual activities in school in exchange for cigarettes, drugs, and food. Wuornos claimed that her alcoholic grandfather...

On May 27, 1974, Wuornos was arrested in Jefferson County, Colorado, for driving under the influence (DUI), disorderly conduct, and firing a .22-caliber pistol from a moving vehicle. She was later charged with...

In 1976, Wuornos hitchhiked to Florida, where she met 69-year-old yacht club president Lewis Gratz...

On May 20, 1981, Wuornos was arrested in Edgewater, Florida, for the armed robbery of a convenience store, where she stole $35 and two packs of cigarettes. She was sentenced to...

On January 4, 1986, Wuornos was arrested in Miami and charged with car theft, resisting arrest, and...

Around this time, Wuornos met Tyria Moore, a hotel maid, at a Daytona gay bar. They moved in together, and Wuornos supported them with...

On July 4, 1990, Wuornos and Moore abandoned Peter Siems' car after they were involved in an accident. Witnesses who had seen the women driving the victims' cars provided police with...

On January 9, 1991, Wuornos was arrested on an outstanding warrant at The Last Resort, a biker bar in Volusia County. Police located Wuornos' former...

On January 14, 1992, Wuornos went to trial for the murder of Richard Mallory; although previous convictions are normally inadmissible in criminal trials, under Florida's Williams Rule the prosecution was...

On March 31, 1992, Wuornos pleaded no contest to the murders of Dick Humphreys, Troy Burress, and David Spears,...

In June 1992, Wuornos pleaded guilty to the murder of Charles Carskaddon; in November 1992, she received her...

In February 1993, Wuornos pleaded guilty to the murder of Walter Jeno Antonio and was sentenced to...

Wuornos told several inconsistent stories about the killings. She claimed initially that all seven men had raped her while she was working as a prostitute but later recanted the claim of self-defense. During an interview with...

Wuornos' appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied in 1996. In 2001, she announced that she would not issue any...

Wuornos later started accusing the prison matrons of abusing her. She accused them of tainting her food, spitting on it,...

Her attorney stated that "Ms. Wuornos really just wants to have proper treatment, humane treatment until the...

During the final stages of the appeal process, she gave a series of interviews to Broomfield. In her final interview shortly before her death she claimed that, at BCI (Broward...

Wuornos was brought into the death chamber on October 9, 2002. For Aileen Wuornos' last meal, she requested a "single cup of black coffee," not KFC as was once reported. Her last words before the execution were, "Yes, I...

Wuornos' body was cremated, and her ashes were spread beneath a tree in her native Michigan by Dawn Botkins. Wuornos requested that Natalie Merchant's song "Carnival" be played at her funeral. Merchant commented on this when asked why she...

When director Nick Broomfield sent a working edit of the film, I was so disturbed by the subject matter that I couldn't even watch it. Aileen Wuornos led a tortured, torturing life...

I think this anger developed inside her. And she was working as a prostitute. I think she had a lot...

FBI profiler Robert K. Ressler mentioned Wuornos only briefly in his autobiographical history of his 20 years with the FBI. Writing in 1992, he said he often does not...

In 2012 Lisa Kester and Daphne Gottlieb edited and published a collection of letters written over a ten-year span from Wuornos to her childhood...

Wuornos was the subject of "Death Row Prostitute: Aileen Wuornos", an episode of the documentary TV series American...

The theatrical film Monster (2003) starred Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci. It tells Wuornos' story from childhood until her...

An operatic adaptation of Wuornos' life events premiered at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on June 22, 2001. Entitled...

Several musicians have written songs about Wuornos, including Jewel ("Nicotine Love") and the New...

The singer Diamanda Galás recorded a live cover of the Phil Ochs song "Iron Lady", which she...


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