Monster : My True Story Paperback
Aileen Wuornos was executed in Florida, on the 9th of October, 2002 at the age of 46.
She was the 10th woman to be sentenced to death in the USA since the death penalty resumed in 1976.
Convicted for the murder of six men, in a two month period, Aileen claimed she acted in self defence however the investigation into these claims was poor and she later retracted her statement announcing to the Supreme Court, "I'm one who seriously hates human life and would kill again." All-too-often female prostitutes have been the victims of male serial killers - the killings of Aileen 'Lee' Wuornos were the inverse of this.
She was a child prostitute, fleeing an abusive childhood at the hands of her grandparents, which led straight into a disastrous adulthood of difficult affairs with both men and women.
Her metamorphosis from victim to attacker had brutal consequences: a stream of dead men.
Following a renewed interest in this woman after the film "Monster", this is her story in her own words.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages, 8pp b/w illustrations
- Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/08/2004
- Category: True crime
- ISBN: 9781844542376
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Review by silversurfer
Told in her own words, this is the story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who was portrayed in an Oscar-winning performance by Charlize Theron in the film Monster. There have been few female serial killers, but Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in 2002, was a remarkable example of this rare breed of death row inmate. All too often, female prostitutes have been the victims of male serial killers—Wuornos’ killings were the inverse of this pattern. After escaping an abusive childhood at the hands of her grandparents, she became a child prostitute, progressing into a disastrous adulthood of prostitution and damaging affairs with both men and women. Her eventual metamorphosis from victim to attacker had brutal consequences—a stream of dead men. This is her story, as told to Christopher Berry-Dee, editor of The New Criminologist and director of Britain's Criminology Research Center.A frightening look into the mind of a "Monster".