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

Wuornos was born Aileen Carol Pittman in Rochester, Michigan, on February 29, 1956. Her mother, Diane Wuornos (born 1939), was 14 years old when she married Aileen's father, Leo...

Wuornos never met her father; he was incarcerated at the time of her birth. Pittman eventually...

By the age 11, Wuornos began engaging in sexual activities in school in exchange for cigarettes, drugs, and...

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...

In 1976, Wuornos hitchhiked to Florida, where she met 69-year-old yacht club president Lewis Gratz Fell. They married that same year, and...

On May 20, 1981, Wuornos was arrested in Edgewater, Florida, for the armed robbery of a convenience store,...

On January 4, 1986, Wuornos was arrested in Miami and charged with car theft, resisting arrest, and obstruction of justice for providing identification bearing her aunt's name. Miami police officers found a .38-caliber...

Around this time, Wuornos met Tyria Moore, a hotel maid, at a Daytona gay bar. They moved in together, and Wuornos supported them with her prostitution earnings. On July 4, 1987, Daytona Beach police detained Wuornos and...

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...

On January 9, 1991, Wuornos was arrested on an outstanding warrant at The Last Resort, a biker bar in Volusia County. The police located Wuornos' former lover Tyria Moore the next day in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She agreed to...

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...

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

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

In February 1993, Wuornos pleaded guilty to the murder of Walter Jeno Antonio and was sentenced to death again. No charges were brought against her for the murder of...

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...

Wuornos was incarcerated in the Florida Department of Corrections Broward Correctional Institution (BCI) death row for women, before...

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

During the final stages of the appeal process, she gave a series of interviews to Broomfield. In her final interview shortly before her death...

Wuornos was brought into the death chamber on October 9, 2002. For her last meal, she requested a "single cup of black coffee,"...

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...

When director Nick Broomfield sent a working edit of the film, I was so disturbed by the subject matter that...

I think this anger developed inside her. And she was working as a prostitute. I think she had a lot of awful encounters on the roads. And...

FBI profiler Robert K. Ressler mentioned Wuornos only briefly in his autobiographical history of his 20...

In 2002, journalist Sue Russell wrote a book about Wuornos called Lethal Intent. In 2012, Lisa Kester and Daphne Gottlieb edited and published a collection of...

The theatrical film Monster (2003) starred Charlize Theron as Wuornos. It chronicles Wuornos' story from childhood until her first murder conviction. The film earned Theron an Academy Award for...

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 York-based Metalcore band It...

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


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