Bobby's School of Criminology Part 6 - Aileen Wuornos

bobbythebrony Aileen Wuornos is probably the most notorious female serial killer in modern day America. From November 1989 to November 1990, she killed seven men across Florida, in what she claimed was self defense. How did she come to commit these crimes?

Aileen Carol Wuornos, formerly Aileen Carol Pittman, was born February 29, 1956 in Rochester, Michigan. Her mother was only fourteen years old at the time. Her parents were married but divorced before Aileen's birth. She had an older brother Keith, whom she deeply loved. She never met her father, a child molesting schizophrenic who hung himself in prison. When she was four, her mother abandoned her and Keith and they we're left in their grandparent's care.

Starting at age eleven, Wuornos began prostituting herself for drugs and food. She also was engaged in an incestuous relationship with her brother. She was raped and beaten by her alcoholic grandfather. In 1970, she was raped and became pregnant. Her baby was put up for adoption. She soon dropped out of school and began living in the woods.

Wuornos was arrested for the first time in Colorado for drunk driving. She hitchhiked to Florida, where she married an elderly man but soon divorced after she hit him with his own cane. She returned to Michigan, where she was arrested for assault. Her brother Keith soon died as well. She soon made her way back to Florida, where she was arrested for armed robbery. After release from prison, she continued to commit crimes. She soon began a lesbian relationship with Tyria Moore.

She committed her first murder in November 1989 in Clearwater, Florida. She shot and killed convicted rapist Richard Mallory. She killed her second victim, David Spears, in Winter Garden, Florida. He had been shot six times. Charles Carskaddon was her third victim. She shot him to death in Pasco County, Florida. Next, she killed Peter Siems in Orange Springs, Florida. A print on his car would later be matched to Wuornos. Troy Burress became her next victim when she shot him to death in Ocala, Florida. She next killed Charles Humphreys in Marion County, Florida. Walter Antonio was her last victim, shot dead in Dixie County, Florida.

Wuornos was arrested at a biker bar in Volusia County, Florida. They also located her gay lover. Tyria, working for the cops, got Wuornos to confess to everything via telephone. She claimed self defense.

On January 14, 1992, Wuornos went to trial for the murder of Richard Mallory. She was convicted and sentenced to death. On March 31, 1992, she pleaded no contest to the murders of Humphreys, Burress and Spears. She was given three more death sentences. In June 1992, she pleaded guilty to killing Charles Carskaddon and received another death sentence. In February, 1993, she pleaded guilty to Walter Antonio's murder and was sentenced to death again. She received six death sentences in all. No charges were filed in Peter Siems' murder.

She was incarcerated on Florida's death row. During a 2001 petition, she fired her lawyers and dismissed all appears. She admitted that she killed in cold blood and would do it again. She soon began to have hallucinations and delusional thoughts while imprisoned. In her final weeks, she stated in a series of interviews that she was raped and society had railroaded her.

Wuornos was executed on October 9, 2002. She had chicken and fries as her last meal. Her last words were "Yes, I would 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. I'll be back. I'll be back."

After her execution, her body was cremated and her ashes were spread beneath a tree in her native Michigan. The Natalie Merchant song "Carnival" was played during her funeral. Soon a documentary, Aileen: LIfe and Death of a Serial Killer, was made.

So as I've said, Aileen Wuornos was a troubled yet interesting person. She was one of those people that just couldn't handle all the crap thrown at her during life. I don't think she was pure evil. I think it's possible that at least one of her victims raped her. In my opinion, she shouldn't have been executed.

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This is actually a really awesome and interesting series, keep it up! - keycha1n

Thanks I will - bobbythebrony

I'm sorry to disagree, but any person who willingly kills in cold blood and is ready to do it again deserves to die. Bobby, you may be violent, but you've never killed anyone before. Though if you killed, you'd probably have a god reason based on everything I know about you. - visitor

Okay - bobbythebrony

Yep - bobbythebrony