August 3, 2019
Murderers Can Be Women Too
Aileen’s full name is Aileen Carol Wuornos, originally Aileen Pittman, was born on February 29, 1956 un Rochester, Michigan. Aileen later died on October 9,2002 at Starke, Florida. Aileen’s upbringing was not the best. She was later executed by lethal injection sooner than her actual execution date because she was not connected to reality. Her famous last words were “I’d just like to say I’m sailing with the rock, and I’ll be back like Independence Day with Jesus June 6. Like the movie, big mother ship and all.” She was abandoned by her mother at a young age, she lost her grandmother and her father. She later became a serial killer with at least murdering seven people between 1989-1990. 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 (Jenkins). Aileen’s reasoning of killing might be due to her troubled childhood and how she was treated by males.
Aileen Wuornos is the most terrifying female serial killer in all history. Aileen Wuornos had a rough childhood, her father was a sex offender who hung himself while he was in prison when she was just thirteen years old, and her mother already abandoned her. Her mother left her with her paternal grandparents. Not even a year passed after her father passed, her grandmother died from liver failure, and that is when the physical and sexual abuse started from her grandfather. When Aileen was fifteen years old, she had to drop out of school because she had to give birth to her grandfather’s baby at a home for unwed mothers. After having the baby, she and her grandfather had a fight and she was left with her child to live in the woods outside Troy, Michigan. After putting her son up for adoption, that is when her prostitution and thieving began.
When Aileen moved to Florida, she met a wealthy yachtsman, Lewis Fell, they married in 1976, but later divorced because of Aileen’s destructive behavior. After becoming involved with numerous crimes, Wuornos met twenty-four-year-old Tyria Moore in Daytona, Florida, and they began a romantic relationship. Tyria and Aileen met at a biker bar named Zodiac in June 1986. Tyria was never involved in the crimes that Aileen committed, but she knew that Aileen killed more than one man in their relationship, because Aileen would come home with a different car and belongings that were not hers. Ty and Aileen lived in cheap motels and trailers, they even lived in the woods. Ty did not like that Aileen was working as a highway prostitute, she tried her best to keep Aileen from doing that line of work, but she never gave up. Though Tyria tried not to get involved, a witness saw her and Aileen in a car accident where they found Aileen’s bloody handprint on the car. The handprint matched to a thumbprint on Daytona pawn shop card that they used for items that belonged to her first victim, Richard Mallory.
Wuronos’ victims were all middle-aged white men who were motorist. Aileen murdered seven men and left their bodies on the highway to be discovered by the authorities. She would later tell the police that she killed them in an act of self-defense. Aileen would rob all her victims before she shot them and then stole their cars as well. Her very first victim was Richard Mallory, a fifty-one-year-old shop owner who picked her up for sexual intercourse for pay. Richard Mallory was a convicted sex offender. He was later found by a Volusia County deputy several miles from his abandoned car with multiple shots in the chest. David Spears, her second victim was a forty-three-year-old construction worker who was shot six times in the torso. Charles Cardskaddon, forty, was found in Pasco County with nine shots in the stomach and chest. Troy Burress, fifty-year-old salesmen, was found when he was almost decomposed, and a medical examiner determine that the cause of his death was two shots to the torso. Charles “Dick” Humphreys was a retire Air Force major, police chief and a Florida child-abuse investigator was found dead with multiple gunshots to his head and torso. Peter Siems was a sixty-five year old whose body was never recovered, but witnesses say two women near his car, but it was never confirmed if she actually murdered Peter Siems. Her last victim, Walter Antonio, his body was found nearly nude at a remote part of Dixie County. Antonio was shot four times in the back and in his head. Her upbringing might be the reason why she started murdering men.
Aileen Wuornos reason for killing might be to due to the face she was not raised properly. She and her brother, Keith, were abandoned by her mother, Diane. Diane left her two kids with her parents, their grandma and grandpa. Unfortunately, their grandmother passed away from liver failure. She and her brother were left with their grandfather, who was horribly abusive with Aileen (Lukas). All the abuse and neglect were just part of the start of her rampage. After meeting Richard Mallory, the convicted sex offender, was probably the last straw that began her killing rampage.
The story of Aileen Wuornos has impacted several movie inspirations. Aileen made her own autobiography. Monster theory 2: The Monster Always Escapes fits because of the documentaries that people made of her. Especially when her famous last words were “I’d just like to say I’m sailing with the rock, and I’ll be back like Independence Day with Jesus June 6.” She believed that she will be incarnated and come back for more which is terrifying. Her story was also made into a British documentary, down to every little detail. Nick Broomfield created two documentaries, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1993) and Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003). One of the famous movies that was inspired by Aileen’s life was the 2003 film “Monster”. Although it does not fully tell the whole story, because Tyria wanted to keep her identity hidden, it still tells us about Aileen’s life as a prostitute becoming a murderer.
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