It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts. I think the last one I did was on But I’m back at it again with one of my famous cold-blooded overkill posts. Oh, how I love a good overkill. That probably sounds worse than it is, but who cares. They shouldn’t make such intriguing shows about murder if they don’t want anyone talking about them or showing interest in them. Especially a journalist.
Over the weekend, (and boy was it a long one), between building a foundation for my cabin, hammering my thumbnail off, and working, I somehow found the time to engage in the mystery of America’s first female serial killer. A.K.A. . I’m not sure exactly how I missed this one, but somewhere along the line, I did. I mean the woman was executed in 2002 for god sake.
It all started when I stumbled upon a movie that was released in 2004 and was based on the life of Aileen starting just prior to her first killing. And of course, when that finished, I immediately had to find out everything I could about her. This then lead me to watch , a documentary based on her life. But neither of these movies, in my opinion, adequately displayed the life and death of Aileen Wuornos quite like she did.
So Who Exactly Was Aileen Wuornos?
She went by many names including Lee Blahovec, Lori Kristine Grody, Cammie Marsh Greene, Susan Lynn Blahovec, and Sandra Kretsch. But she was born Aileen Carol Pittman on February 29th, 1956 in Troy, Michigan. That’s about an hour and a half from where I was born – which only made her case more appealing to me.
Aileen Wuornos grew up in a broken home. After her biological mother abandoned her shortly after her birth and her biological father was incarcerated, she and her siblings were adopted by their maternal grandparents whom they would end up calling mom and dad. Aileen claims that she was raped and beaten by her grandfather until she got pregnant at the age of 13 and he kicked her out of the house.
Being out on the street as a child, Aileen had to learn to fend for herself. So she started having sex for money. And on March 23rd, 1971 Wuornos gave birth to a son whom she gave up for adoption. She then continued to support herself by being a prostitute. You can’t fault her. That’s all she knew how to do. Maybe if she had some guidance (and she even said this in an interview), she wouldn’t have turned out to be a killer.
Wuornos then found herself sleeping outside in the woods and doing things she never thought she would have to do to survive. One day, she decided that she had had enough of the cold and hitchhiked her way to Florida. In 1986 she met a girl named Tyria Moore at a bar in Daytona Beach. Shortly after they moved in together and Wuornos supported them as a hooker. And then it wasn’t long before the killings began.
Aileen Wuornos killed seven men over the course of one year beginning in 1989. She claimed (and I believe her), that these men had attempted to rape her (only one was successful) while she was working as a hooker. It happens all of the time to prostitutes. I’ve witnessed it. How can a jury say it isn’t self-defense because it was serial? Welcome to our fucked up system ladies and gentlemen.
Her girlfriend Tyria testified against her in court. She was found guilty on all counts and sentenced to death. After twelve years on death row and all her appeals exhausted, Aileen decided to come to terms with her death. She was at peace with it. In the end, it’s all she wanted to begin with. Aileen Wuornos was executed by lethal injection on October 9th, 2002 at 9:47 A.M.
My Thoughts About Aileen
If you’ve read any of my other murder porn posts, then you know that I’m far from a pacifist. I truly believe that you never know what someone else is going through. And I don’t think anyone has the right to say what they would or wouldn’t do if they were someone else. Because the truth is, you don’t know what you would do if you were in their shoes. For that reason alone, I don’t think it’s fair to call Aileen a monster.
I didn’t know her personally, but from all of the interviews I watched, all I see is someone that was just broken. Someone that was struggling to live a good meaningful life. I see someone who wasn’t taught right from wrong (which is why she ended up being a hooker). And I see someone who was completely taken advantage of sexually until she decided that she had had enough of it. Now I can’t say for sure what I would do, but knowing my personality, I’d say I’d do the same thing if someone tried to take advantage of me in that way or had previously done so in the past. I mean,
The media has this way of overheating and falsifying information to make people seem crazier than they actually are. And that’s exactly what they did to Aileen. They made her look like a complete enemy. Someone that wasn’t worthy of living her life. Which is ironically the way she had felt her whole life and is exactly what lead her to kill. I think she just needed a few friends.
Do I Think She Should Have Been Punished?
Yes, absolutely. But in my opinion, this system we have in place is no good. It would rather let people kill instead of working toward a resolution for the mental health and wellbeing of our society. To further elaborate on that, people don’t usually kill for no reason. There’s usually some sort of trauma behind it. But the only thing the system does is keep people locked behind bars and or puts them to death. It does nothing to help that person. Which is something we should all be doing, right?