March 14, 2017 — She was inaccurately called “America’s first female serial killer.”
Aileen Wuornos was found guilty of six murders (she probably committed seven) on January 27, 1992, and the next day she was sentenced to death. Although she certainly wasn’t the first woman responsible for multiple deaths, her story captured the nation’s attention.
The woman had been abused as a child, abandoned by her mother, thrown out of her grandparents’ house and left without the means to make a living — other than resorting to prostitution, which she had done, in childish form, from the age of 11.
From November, 1989 through November, 1990, Wuornos went on a crime spree which included the murder of 6 or 7 men and car theft. After she was arrested by the police she claimed that the men had raped her and threatened her and that she killed them in self-defense.
The jury would not believe her.
She would spend 10 years on Death Row before the State of Florida put her to death.
The usually stunning Charlize Theron would win an Academy Award® for her role as the bitter prostitute who resorts to crime in a last effort to have a happy life with the young lesbian lover (Christina Ricci) she met at a bar.
Roger Ebert said of Theron’s performance,”What Charlize Theron achieves in Patty Jenkins’ “Monster” isn’t a performance but an embodiment. …This is one of the greatest performances in the history of the cinema.”
Stream Monster on Amazon Video.