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Aileen Wuornos was born on 2/29/1956 as Aileen Carol Pittman. Her mom was only 14 years old when she married Aileen’s father, Leo Dale Pittman. She never met her dad, he was in jail when she was born, having been convicted of sexual acts against children. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and hung himself in prison. When she was four her mom abandoned her and her older brother with her grandparents. While she lived with them she was beaten and sexually abused by her grandfather.
She became sexually active at age 11. At age 14 she was raped and became pregnant. She was sent to a home for unwed mothers where she gave birth to a son. He was adopted and she never saw him again.
She was thrown out of the house at 15 and became a prostitute. At 18 she was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), disorderly conduct, and firing a .22-caliber pistol from a moving vehicle. She was later charged with failure to appear in court.
At 20, she hitchhiked to Florida and married a 69-year-old man named Lewis Fell. It was annulled after 9 weeks because he didn’t like that she went to bars and got into fights. On July 17 of that year her brother Keith died of esophageal cancer and she received $10,000 from his life insurance. The money quickly ran out, she spent it on expense cars and other things.
She went back to being a prostitute and, a decade later, she met Tyria Moore at a Daytona gay bar in 1986, and the 2 started dating. Some sources say they had a good relationship and Tyria was her partner in crime others say it was rocky.
Aileen began murdering in 1989, killing Richard Mallory on November 30th. He was a convicted rapist she she later claimed it was self defense. He, like all of her victims, was a john. His car was found two days later and his body wasn’t found until December 13th.
On June 1st 1990 she killed David Spears. His nude body was found along Florida State Road 19 in Citrus County. He had been shot six times.
The next victim was Charles Carskaddon. He was killed on May 31, 1990. His body was found on June 6, 1990 in Pasco County. He had been shot nine times with a small-caliber weapon.
The fourth was Peter Siems. On July 4, 1990, his car was found in Orange Springs, Florida. Moore and Wuornos were seen abandoning the car, and Wuornos' palm print was found on the interior door handle. His body was never found.
The fifth was Troy Burress. On July 31, 1990, he was reported missing. On August 4, 1990, his body was found in a wooded area along State Road 19 in Marion County. He had been shot twice.
Her sixth victim was Charles "Dick" Humphreys. On September 12, 1990, his body was found in Marion County. He was fully clothed and had been shot six times in the head and torso. His car was found in Suwannee County.
Her final victim was Walter Jeno Antonio. On November 19, 1990, Antonio's nearly nude body was found near a remote logging road in Dixie County. He had been shot four times. Five days later, his car was found in Brevard County.
On July 4, 1990, Wuornos and Moore abandoned Siems’ car after they were involved in an accident. Witnesses saw them leave the car and gave police their names. This began a media campaign to find the two women. The police also found items from the victims in pawn shops with prints that matched the prints lifted from the victims car. Wuornos was in the FL system, making it easy to identify her prints.
On January 9, 1991 Wuornos was arrested on an outstanding warrant at a biker bar in Volusia County. The next day, police found Moore in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She agreed to help obtain a confession from Wuornos in exchange for immunity. A phone call with Moore lead to Wuornos’ confession on January 16, 1991. In January of 1992 she went to trial for killing Mallory and the judge allowed evidence of the other 6 murders to be presented. She was found guilty and sentenced to death. The same followed for the other murders. No charges were filed against her for Siem since his body was never found.
In a 2001 while in jail, in a petition to the Florida Supreme Court, she stated her intention to dismiss her legal counsel and terminate all pending appeals
She was executed on October 9, 2002. She declined her last meal and had a cup of coffee instead
Nick Broomfield and his documentary
Nick Broomfield make a documentary called the selling of a serial killer about her during her trial and sentencing. As a result, he had a close view of her life and what happened to her once she was sentenced.
After being sentenced Wuornos was adopted by Arlene Prale. Prale claimed that the adoption was because god told her to but it turned out to be for financial reasons. She went on several shows, including Montel Williams, and was paid for all of them. She received the money that would have gone to Wuornos had she not been in prison.
During this time Wuornos also got a new lawyer, Steven Glazer. He was Prale’s agent. Convinced her to plead no contest for the last five murders because she needed to ‘confess for god’. The pair ended up earning 10,000 from Broomfield’s documentary.
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