Aileen Carol Wuornos Pralle was an American serial killer who murdered seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990 by shooting them at point-blank range. Wuornos claimed that her victims had either raped or attempted to rape her while she was working as a prostitute, and that all of the homicides were committed in self defense. Take a look below for 30 more scary and weird facts about Aileen Wuornos.
1. She was convicted and sentenced to death for six of the murders and was executed by lethal injection on October 9, 2002.
2. The 2003 movie “Monster” chronicles Wournos’ story from childhood until her first murder conviction. It stars Charlize Theron as Wuornos, a performance that earned Theron an Academy Award for Best Actress.
3. She was born as Aileen Carol Pittman to Leo Dale and Diane Wuornos.
4. Her father was a psychopath and child molester who was incarcerated at the time of her birth; he eventually committed suicide.
5. Her mother abandoned Aileen and her brother who were adopted by her maternal grandparents.
6. Her grandfather was a pedophile who sexually abused the girl from a young age. She also developed sexual relations with her brother.
7. She began engaging in sexual activities in school in exchange for drugs and food when she was just nine years old.
8. She became pregnant when she was 14 years old and was moved to a home for unwed mothers; her baby was given up for adoption at birth.
9. Her grandmother died and she was thrown out of the home by her grandfather. She started working as a prostitute to earn a living.
10. On May 27, 1974, at the age of 18, Wuornos was arrested in Jefferson County, Colorado, for driving under the influence, disorderly conduct, and firing a .22-caliber pistol from a moving vehicle. She was later charged with failure to appear.
11. In 1976, Wuornos hitchhiked to Florida, where she met 69 year old yacht club President Lewis Gratz Fell.
12. They married quickly, and the announcement of their nuptials was printed in the local newspaper’s society pages. However, Wuornos continually involved herself in confrontations at their local bar and went to jail briefly for assault.
13. She was involved in a life of crime from an early age.
14. She was arrested for driving under the influence in 1974 and also for disorderly conduct. She failed to appear at the court when summoned.
15. She was involved in the armed robbery of a convenience store in 1981.
16. She was sentenced to prison and released in June, 1983. Over the next couple of years, she was arrested again on a charge of attempting to pass forged checks and named a suspect in the case of a theft of a revolver.
17. Her criminal tendencies started to rise in 1986. That year, she was charged with car theft, showing false identification, resisting arrest, and for threatening a male companion with a gun.
18. The police found a .22 pistol and spare ammunition she had hidden in the car.
19. In December, 1989, the body of her first known victim, Richard Mallory was found. She claimed that he had tried to rape her and she she had killed in self defense; the man did indeed have a criminal record for rape.
20. After a period of six months, the body of her second victim was found.
21. In June, 1990, the naked body of David Spears was found with multiple bullet wounds. He had been shot with a .22 pistol.
22. Another body was found within days of finding Spears in June, 1990. The third body was severely decomposed and couldn’t be identified immediately, but it bore certain resemblances to the previous two discoveries that led the police to associate it with the same killer. It was later identified as rodeo worker, Charles Carskaddon.
23. A vehicle belonging to a missing merchant seaman called Peter Siems was found crashed in July, 1990. Eye witnesses reported that two women were seen in the vehicle and described them; one of them was Aileen Wuornos.
24. The body of delivery driver Eugene Burress was found in August, 1990. He had been shot twice with a .22 caliber pistol.
25. In September, 1990, the body of a former police chief, Dick Humphreys, was found bearing seven bullet wounds from a .22 pistol. The body was found in Marion County.
26. The killer’s final victim was found in November, 1990. Walter Antonio, a truck driver, was killed less than 24 hours before his body was found. Like the other bodies, this one too was naked and had been shot four times with a .22 pistol.
27. The police soon found enough evidence to suspect Wuornos of the serial killings. She was found guilty of murdering six men; the body of Peter Siems was never found.
28. She was given six death sentences.
29. Wuornos’ execution took place on October 9, 2002. She died at 9:47AM. She declined her last meal, which could have been anything under $20 and opted for a cup of coffee instead.
30. Wuornos’ body was cremated and her ashes were spread beneath a tree in her native Michigan by Botkins.