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The Female Homicide Offender: Serial Murder and the Case of Aileen Wuornos by Stacey L. Shipley, Bruce A. Arrigo

Lethal Losses: When Women Kill by Susan Crimmins


Wicked Women : Black Widows, Child Killers, And Other Women In Crime -- The "gentle" sex: mothers, nurturers . . . and sometimes killers. In this look at female criminals, you'll meet wives who poisoned their mates for profit, nurses who hastened their patients' demises and mothers who did the unthinkable. You'll also see how some play their cards right to get lighter sentences than men - or no punishment at all!

coverThe New Predator: Women Who Kill: Profiles of Female Serial KillerscoverWomen Who Kill: Profiles of Female Serial Killers

Why does a young woman lure teenagers into her car then participate in their horrific rape and torture? What makes a nurse lethally inject the healthy babies in her care? Women, statistically, are not a violent breed . . .but the female of the species can be just as deadly as the male. From the mass poisoner to the sexual sadist, from profit killings to crimes committed just for twisted thrills, Carol Anne Davis sets out to explore the dark and disturbing world of the female serial killer. In depth analysis of individual cases, including new information from the minister who heard Myra Hindley's confession, provides and invaluable insight into the psychology behind these atrocities.

Couldn't Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters by Wally Lamb Women of York Correctional Institution
Collection of stories by 11 women imprisoned in the York Correctional Institution in Connecticut. Nothing speaks more convincingly than the stories themselves. They reveal in graphic detail, the worst kind of abuse: incest, drug addiction, spousal violence, parental neglect, or incompetence. They're testimony to what professionals have confirmed for years--those who populate our prisons are often victims first.



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Sue's Journey: The Writing of Lethal Intent

Aileen Wuornos wants to die

Monster / Aileen - Life and Death of a Serial Killer

Lethal 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

The "Damsel 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 a lover.

Born in 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.

Pregnant 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.

Her first 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.

Billy 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."

"I'm one who seriously hates human life and would kill again," she told the Florida Supreme Court.

Raag Singhal , 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.

She was a "volunteer" for execution, one of a growing number of death row inmates who choose death over death row.

A Troy, 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.

She was described as in a "good mood" during the final hours she awaited her death.

The 52nd 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.

Her ashes 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.
In Depth: Aileen Wuornos -- Additional photos, documents and video.
Timeline -- Aileen Wuornos' Crimes

Aileen 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.

The Story of Aileen Wuornos -- Aileen "Lee" Wuornos says all of the men raped or attempted to rape her.

September 3, 2005

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"She wasn't even five feet tall, weighed 90 pounds, wrote poetry, and died young, riddled with bullets and with a machine gun in her lap." The infamous Bonnie Parker, immortalized in the movie Bonnie and Clyde, is only one of a select group of 20 women killers whose stories are told in Tender Murderers. Others include Charlotte Corday, of Marat-Sade fame; Belle Starr, the "Petticoat Terror of the Plains"; and Phoolan Devi, India's "bandit queen," who died as she lived. Trina Robbins, award-winning author and cartoonist, even includes a section on "Women Who Missed," such as Valerie Solanas, founder of the Society for Cutting Up Men and attempted assassin of Andy Warhol, and Amy Fisher, the "Long Island Lolita." From murderous moms and molls to plucky pirates and Appalachian ax-handlers, Tender Murderers is a rogue's gallery of fascinating female killers. Photographs are included.


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