38 Facts About Aileen Wuornos


Aileen Carol Wuornos was an American serial killer.

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Aileen Wuornos was sentenced to death for six of the murders and on October 9,2002, after 12 years on Florida's death row, was executed by lethal injection.

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Aileen Wuornos never met her father, as he was incarcerated at the time of her birth.

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Aileen Wuornos was later convicted for raping a 7-year-old girl; he committed suicide by hanging in prison on January 30,1969.

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Aileen Wuornos gave birth to a boy at a home for unwed mothers on March 23,1971, and the child was placed for adoption.

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In 1976, Aileen Wuornos hitchhiked to Florida, where she met 69-year-old yacht club president Lewis Gratz Fell.

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However, Aileen Wuornos continually involved herself in confrontations at their local bar and went to jail briefly for assault.

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Aileen Wuornos hit Fell with his own cane, leading him to gain a restraining order against her within weeks of the marriage.

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Aileen Wuornos returned to Michigan where, on July 14,1976, she was arrested at Bernie's Club, in Mancelona, in Antrim County and charged with assault and disturbing the peace for throwing a cue ball at a bartender's head.

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Aileen Wuornos used the money inherited from her brother to pay the fine and spent the rest within two months buying luxuries including a new car, which she wrecked shortly afterwards.

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On May 20,1981, Aileen Wuornos was arrested in Edgewater, Florida, for the armed robbery of a convenience store, where she stole $35 and two packs of cigarettes.

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Aileen Wuornos was sentenced to prison on May 4,1982, and released on June 30,1983.

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On May 1,1984, Aileen Wuornos was arrested for attempting to pass forged checks at a bank in Key West.

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On January 4,1986, Aileen Wuornos was arrested in Miami and charged with car theft, resisting arrest, and obstruction of justice for providing identification bearing her aunt's name.

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On June 2,1986, Volusia County deputy sheriffs detained Aileen Wuornos for questioning after a male companion accused her of pulling a gun in his car and demanding $200.

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In 1986,30-year-old Aileen Wuornos met 24-year-old Tyria Moore, a hotel maid, at a Daytona Beach gay bar called Zodiac.

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Aileen Wuornos claimed that he pushed her off the bus following a confrontation.

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Aileen Wuornos had a criminal record in Florida, and samples of her prints were in a database.

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On January 9,1991, Aileen Wuornos was arrested on an outstanding warrant at The Last Resort biker bar in Volusia County.

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Aileen Wuornos agreed to elicit a confession from Wuornos in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

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In November 1991, Aileen Wuornos was legally adopted by 44-year-old Arlene Pralle who saw her photo in a newspaper.

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On January 14,1992, Aileen Wuornos went to trial for the murder of Richard Charles Mallory.

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On January 27,1992, Aileen Wuornos was convicted of Mallory's murder with help from Moore's testimony.

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At her sentencing, psychiatrists for the defense testified that Aileen Wuornos was mentally unstable and diagnosed her with borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder.

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On March 31,1992, Aileen Wuornos pleaded no contest to the murders of Charles Richard Humphreys, Troy Eugene Burress, and David Andrew Spears, saying she wanted to "get right with God".

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In June 1992, Aileen Wuornos pleaded guilty to the murder of Charles Edmund Carskaddon.

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In February 1993, Aileen Wuornos pleaded guilty to the murder of Walter Jeno Antonio and was sentenced to death again.

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Aileen Wuornos was incarcerated at the Florida Department of Corrections Broward Correctional Institution death row for women, then transferred to the Florida State Prison for execution.

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In 2002, Aileen Wuornos began accusing prison matrons of tainting her food with dirt, saliva, and urine.

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Aileen Wuornos threatened to boycott showers and food trays when certain officers were on duty.

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Aileen Wuornos declined her last meal which could have been anything under $20 and opted for a cup of coffee instead.

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Aileen Wuornos was the second woman in Florida and the tenth in the United States to be executed since the 1976 United States Supreme Court decision restoring capital punishment.

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Aileen Wuornos' ashes were scattered beneath a tree in her native Michigan by Aileen Wuornos' childhood friend Dawn Botkins.

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Aileen Wuornos led a tortured, torturing life that is beyond my worst nightmares.

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Aileen Wuornos was known to meet the relevant criteria for determining both borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder.

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Aileen Wuornos was the subject of episodes of the documentary TV series American Justice, Biography and Deadly Women.

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Aileen Wuornos was featured in an episode of the TV series The New Detectives.

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An operatic adaptation of Aileen Wuornos' life premiered at San Francisco, California's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on June 22,2001.

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