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Aileen wuornos. Sara Thurber. Childhood. Born Aileen Carol Pittman on February 29 th 1956 in Rochester, Michigan

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aileen wuornos
Aileen wuornos

Sara Thurber

  • Born Aileen Carol Pittman on February 29th 1956in Rochester, Michigan
  • Never knew her father(a psychopathic child molester) because he was put into prison for the rape and attempted murder of a seven-year-old girl. Her dad was schizophrenic and convicted of sex crimes with children. He hung himself in prison in 1969
  • When Aileen was almost 4 her mother abandoned her and her brother. They began living with her grandparents Lauri and Britta Wuornos who legally adopted them.
  • Aileen was under the impression that her grandparents were actually her real parents until the age of twelve which then cause more emotional distress then she previously had
  • Once her brother and her found out they began to rebel against their grandparents
child hood continue
Child hood Continue
  • At age 12 she began exchanging sexual favors in school for cigarettes, drugs, and food. She claims that she had sexual relations with her brother and was beaten and assaulted by her grand-father
  • Was pregnant at the age of 14 and gave up the baby (she claimed it was her brothers but there has been speculation that it was her grandfathers friends)
  • Her grandfather died shortly after from drinking. When her brother was 21 he died from throat cancer and soon after her grandmother committed suicide
  • Left home to hitch-hike
life after childhood
Life after childhood
  • Began to hitch hike to Florida when a wealthy Yacht Club President Lewis Fell(69) picked her up. They married in 1976.
  • She was wild and destructive and fought with her husband, would get into bar fights, and was finally arrested for assault. A month after the marriage Fell realized it was not right and had the marriage annulled
  • For the next few years Aileen engaged in prostituting, armed robbery, and forgery
  • Was an emotional wreck, she turned to drinking heavily and also attempted to commit suicide
  • In 1986 at a gay bar in Daytona she met 24 year old Tyria Moore
  • Ty quit her job as a maid and let Aileen support them with her income as a prostitute
  • Money was hard to earn and was spent on survival. They traveled from Motel to Motel just to stay afloat.

Scene from Monster(2004) of Tyria (Ricci) and

Aileen (Theron)

  • At the time of the first murder she was 33 years old
  • White Female living in Daytona close to area bodies found
  • Not well educated since she decided to run away before High School and her working path was as a prostitute
  • When put in social settings she resorted to drinking to become more comfortable which eventually caused wild behavior
  • Childhood was not normal and consisted of inconsistency after finding out her grandparents were not her real parents
  • Richard Mallory- Found December 13, 1989: Middle-aged man of Clearwater, Florida who owned an electronic repair business. Changed his apartment locks eight times in three years. Would hire and fire employees constantly. Was an alcoholic, addicted to sex binges and had paranoia. Two young men looking for scrap metal close to Interstate 95 in Volusia County Florida found a body wrapped in rubber-backed carpet runner. Was killed with three shots from a .22. There were no real leads.
  • David Spears 43 of Sarasota- Found June 1st: In the woods of Citrus County, Florida. Spears had told his boss he was going to Orlando but he never made it there. His truck was found unlocked with the license plate missing. He had been shot with a .22 with a condom found near his body
  • John Doe (Charles Carskaddon) Found June 6th: Found a few miles off Interstate 75. Body was so badly decomposed that the medical examiners could not obtain fingerprints and could not estimate time of death. 9 bullets were found in the remains of the body coming from a .22 caliber weapon. Many similarities between the case in Citrus County so they stayed in touch.
  • *July 4th Rhonda Bailey watched a car accident off of State Road 315 near Orange Springs. Two women in the car were frantic and throwing beer cans into the woods. They begged Bailey to not call the police saying that their father lived up the road. They drove the crippled vehicle up the road until it stopped working. They left the car. Sheriff found bloodstains through the interior and the license plate was missing. Through VIN number search they found the car belonged to PererSiems who had disappeared on June 7th after leaving home in Jupiter*
  • Troy Burress found August 4th: was on his delivery route on July 30th when he never returned his manager became concerned. Late that night the manager went looking for him as Burress’s wife reported him missing. Marion County sheriff’s deputies found his truck on the State Road 19. A family on a picnic found his body. They could not identify the body at the scene but his wife identified the wedding ring. He had been shot with a .22 caliber gun
  • Dick Humphreys a protective investigator specializing in abused and injured children was 56 and a previous police chief. He was shot seven times with a .22
  • Gino Antonio was found on a logging road in Dixi County about a month later he was shot four times with a .22. When he was found he had been dead for less than 24 hours
  • Leads started to come come in by mid-December and there were tips on two women. One consistently named Tyria and the other whose name would change from Lee to Susan to Lee again. Lee was the dominant one that was a truck stop prostitute.
  • Police began to track their movements. The license that Wuornos carried was of Susan Blahovec but the photograph did not match. She also carried the Cammie Marsh Greene ID.
  • The Greene ID was the one that paid off best since the officers checked area pawnshops and found that in Daytona Greene had pawned a camera and radar detector and left a thumbprint on the receipt. The items pawned had been Richard Mallory’s. She also pawned things taken from David Spears
  • They identified the fingerprints to Lori Grody who had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. A bloody palm print in Peter Siems car also matched Lori’s. All information was sent to the National Crime Information Center where responses came from Michigan, Colorado, and Florida.
  • The names Lori Grody, Susan Blahovec, and Cammie Marsh Greene were all aliases for Aileen Carol Wuornos.
  • Wuornos was arrested for murder on January 8th 1991
a defender
A Defender
  • Arlene Pralle convinced Wuornos that public defenders were trying to profit from her story. So Wuornos asked for and received new attorneys. Pralle began to have a relationship with Wuornos saying that she felt “ a part of [her] was trapped in jail with [Aileen]” During 1991 Pralle appeared on talk shows and in tabloids saying that Wuornos was true and good nature. They emphasized Wuornos troubled upbringing and both leveled accusations of corruption. On November 22, 1991 Arlene Pralle and her husband legally adopted Aileen Wuornos, because “God told her to”.
  • Aileen’s attorneys thought of a plea bargain in which she would plead six charges and receive six consecutive life terms
  • A state attorney thought she should receive the death penalty, so on January 14, 1992 she went to trial for the murder of Mallory. Tyria testified saying that Aileen had not seemed overly upset nervous or drunk when she had told her of killing Mallory
  • Williams Rule: allows that evidence relating to other crimes to be admired if it helps to show a pattern. Because of this information regarding the other killing presented to the jury. Wuornos claimed to kill in self defense but it seemed improbable with all the murders.
  • “I took a life..Iam willing to give up my life because I killed people…I deserve to die.” ~Aileen Wuornos
  • When she testified her story was completely different then her confession therefore lacking any credibility.
  • On January 27 it only took the jury less then two hours to reach a verdict. Charging her with first-degree murder.
  • Wuornos screamed “I’m innocent! I was Raped! I hope you get raped! Scumbags of America!”
  • Expert witnesses for the defense testified that Wuornos was mentally ill and had a personality disorder. Jury recommended that the Judge sentence her to the electric chair and he did so on January 31
    • “I’m one who seriously hates human life and would kill again”
    • -in a letter she wrote to the Florida Supreme Court
  • On October 9th 2002 Aileen was sent to death by lethal injection at 9:47 a.m. This took place at the Florida state prison
  • She was 46 years old and the second women in Florida to be executed.
  • “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. I’ll be back”- She said in her execution chamber
  • Her life story spawned two movies, several books and an opera.
  • Many believed that she had gone insane and that they executed an insane woman.
  • Aileen committed many moral evils with the killings of the 6 men she was convicted for and one she has claimed to kill. Aileen has claimed that she did it for defense and she has also claimed that she did it to make peace with God. I would classify her as insane she had a traumatizing childhood that made her into the cold blooded killer that she became.
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