Our childhood can affect the way we behave in the future. A past full of violence and lack of love can sometimes be the cause of creating a serial killer.
This is the story of Aileen Wuornos, a woman who was born in Rochester, Michigan, in the United States, on February 29, 1956, and was executed by lethal injection on October 9, 2002.
She was a serial killer who killed at least seven people in 1989 and 1990. Her case drew people’s interest in her issues of gender, violence and the legal treatment of acts of legitimate defense.
Her sick dislike of men and the way she always dressed in black clothes led to her being nicknamed the woman spider .
His life was the subject of documentaries and a film called ‘Monster‘ or in Spanish ‘Monster’, a film that marked American society and gave an Oscar to actress Charlize Theron.
To understand how this woman became a assassin, it is important to analyze her past and the situations she experienced.
Her father abandoned her mother and her brother a few months before Aileen was born. Some time later, his father was arrested for pederasty.
His mother, who was alone and without any interest in her children, decided to leave them with their grandparents to start a new life.
In 1960 When Aileen was four years old, her grandparents, Lauri and Britta Wuornos, legally adopted her and her brother. They would be raised together with her own children.
Aileen never felt this place as her home, because little by little she became hell . Her grandmother was alcoholic and violent and her grandfather mistreated and abused her.
From a very young age, when she was only 11 years old, she traded sex for cigarettes, drugs and food at her school.
At that time, Wuornos had a very good relationship with his brother. This gradually transformed to the point of having consensual sexual relations for both of them. Aileen spent her childhood looking for affection. And she found refuge in the arms of an older man, with whom she became pregnant at the age of 15.
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Upon hearing the news, her grandparents forced her to give the baby up for adoption. After a while, her grandmother died of liver failure. Her grandfather couldn’t stand the situation and kicked her and her brother out of her house.
The road to murder
Without direction Some, Wuornos went from one place to another and, to survive, decided to exercise prostitution. She lived in different rentals. Even when she didn’t have enough money, she slept in the woods.
In 1976, she moved to Daytona, Florida, where she had the same job and occasionally stole from the men she was with. she was.
she There she met a much older man, who shortly after they met she offered her marriage. But 9 months into her relationship, the man asked her for a divorce because of her explosive personality. she even put a police restraint on him for having hit him with her cane
Because of this, the woman she returned to her hometown of her Michigan, where she built her path to becoming a serial killer. In 1974, she was arrested and jailed for driving drunk and firing a .22-caliber pistol from a moving vehicle.
Her arrests became more and more frequent, some for theft, others for assaults or threats with weapons. of fire. For Wuornos, going to prison at that time became routine.
In late 1986, Aileen visited a Daytona bar and she met the great love of her life Tyria J .Moore. She continued to lead the same lifestyle as Wuornos, since she also knew how to go from one place to another without having anything fixed. Moore didn’t like her going into prostitution, but Aileen didn’t want to change her lifestyle.
Over time, things began to get tough in the relationship, as they had no money to pay rent anywhere else. Situation that led Aileen to commit her first murder .
In November 1989, Aileen claimed her first victim: a 51-year-old man named Richard Mallory. He shot him three times in the chest, hid his body by the side of the road and stole his car.
When he got home, he told his partner everything, who ignored him because he didn’t think was capable of that.
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Wuornos tried to get rid of the evidence, so he cleaned the car so as not to leave traces and dumped it on the road. Days later, authorities discovered Mallory’s body on the road.
Tyria realized that the situation did indeed happen, but she decided not to go to the police because she thought she would not do it again. do.
But the murders continued and they all had the same characteristics: they were men and their bodies were found on the road.
Catching the Killer
In one of her murders, Wuornos was seen by witnesses while abandoned the victim’s car. So the authorities set off the alarms and notified all the media to find her.
The police found a clue in a pawn shop where they found the things that had been stolen from the victims. It was there when they were able to trace the author of these murders.
In 1991, Wuornoswas arrested at a biker bar. At the same time, they arrested her partner who had moved out of the city so as not to be involved in this situation.
Upon being arrested, Tyria negotiated with the police and agreed to hand over Wuornos in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
The owner of the bar where she was arrested explained that Aileen hated the male sex and, according to her, was taking revenge on this world full of rotten men.
Wuornos accepted the murders but said that they had been in self-defense, since they wanted to rape her.
The arresting officer, Captain Steve Binegar, revealed that each time he fired, the woman imagined she was killing her abusive father and grandfather.