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Journey: The Writing of Lethal Intent
Wuornos wants to die
Monster / Aileen - Life and Death of a Serial Killer
Intent by Sue Russell
That rarest of serial killers - a woman - Aileen 'Lee' Wuornos always craved
fame. Long before she was hunted and caught by Florida law enforcement, she
told friends that she wanted to do something "no woman has ever done
before" and to have a book about her life. Lethal
Intent reveals Aileen's double abandonment by her mother before she was two,
the crimes of her father, and the events that set her on a path of destruction.
Lethal Intent explores her relationship with Tyria Moore, the lesbian lover
who knew Aileen was killing. Packed
with exclusive material, Lethal Intent contains insights from her family,
friends and childhood peers. (Peers who lost their virginities to Aileen
prostituting herself at a horribly early age.)
Sue's Journey: The Writing of Lethal Intent
of Death" Aileen Wuornos violently killed strangers,
all men, along Florida highways over 13-months in 1989 and
1990, while working as a prostitute. One
prosecutor described her at the 1992 trial as a "homicidal
predator," saying she
was, "like a spider on the side of the road, waiting
for prey-men." Suspected
of at least 7 murders, she was sentenced to die for 6 murders. Initially
she claimed she murdered in self-defense after being raped and
sodomized, but she later withdrew these claims. She robbed
and killed one victim for $200, to rent an apartment for her and
Michigan, her mother abandoned her as an infant. Her father, a
convicted child molester, committed suicide in prison. She was
raised by her grandparents. A former
neighbor, Annie Smith, of Troy, recalls her as a nervous child,
mistreated by her grandparents. "She
had a rotten childhood. I think that does have something to do
with it ... The grandparents were very private people. They wouldn't
associate with anyone. She had a miserable life on this earth.
People can only do as they're treated," Smith said.
at 14, the result of a rape, she was forced to give up her child.
She dropped out of Troy High in the 9th grade and became a prostitute
at 15, as she began abusing alcohol and drugs. Drifting
from state to state, she used different aliases. She was arrested
for disorderly conduct, driving under the influence and a weapons
charge between 1974 and 1977, in Colorado.
murder victim was Richard Mallory, a Clearwater electronics shop
owner found in 1989 in Volusia County. After standing trial for
Mallory's death, Wuornos pleaded guilty to 5 other murders in
Florida. Wuornos claims to have killed a 7th man.
Nolas, who represented Wuornos in her 1992 in Daytona Beach trial,
said she suffered from borderline personality disorder as a result
of neglect and sexual abuse as a child. He described her as "the
most disturbed individual I have represented."
one who seriously hates human life and would kill again," she told
the Florida Supreme Court.
, Fort Lauderdale attorney, wrote to the Florida Supreme Court
with "grave doubts" about her mental condition. Three state-appointed
psychiatrists determined she was "cognizant and lucid," and ready
to be executed after interviewing her for 30 minutes. They rejected
arguments she was "borderline psychotic." Florida
Governor Jeb Bush signed her death warrant on October 2. No connection
was made between her past and violent, psychopathic behavior.
was a "volunteer" for execution, one of a growing number of
death row inmates who choose death over death row.
Michigan native, at age 46, she was executed by lethal injection
in Florida on Wednesday, October 9th, 2002, at 9:47 a.m. after
dropping her appeals, firing the lawyers who argued she was crazy
and petitioned the state for an execution as soon as possible.
described as in a "good mood" during the final hours
she awaited her death.
person executed in Florida since their reinstatement of the death
penalty, and the second woman, her final 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.
I'll be back." The Rock is a Biblical reference to Jesus.
were scattered in Fostoria in Tuscola County among walnut trees
by a childhood friend, Dawn Botkins. They became friends when
they were 15 year old high school dropouts in Troy. Dawn visited
Aileen the night before her execution, then brought her ashes
back to Michigan to scatter the in the yard of her home. Aileen
Wuornos: America's First Female Serial Killer -- In the only
interview given in 7 years, since sentenced to death, she claims
love drove her to criminal activity. She believes she is a victim
of her life not a predatory prostitute. Her defense attorney states
she operates at the emotional level of a 2-3 year old.
Depth: Aileen Wuornos -- Additional photos, documents and
-- Aileen Wuornos' Crimes
Wuornos -- Killer Who Preyed on Truck Drivers - She gave a
detailed confession at the behest of her lesbian ex-lover. During
her trial she was legally adopted by a woman who claimed to receive
instruction from God. She awaits execution on Florida's death
row, the recipient of 6 death sentences.
Story of Aileen Wuornos -- Aileen "Lee" Wuornos says all of
the men raped or attempted to rape her.
Copyright Kari Sable 1994-2006