February 7, 2017 — Aileen Wuornos was the 10th woman to be executed in the United States after the 1976 Supreme Court decision which restored capital punishment.
The crime for which she was sentenced to death was the serial killing of 7 men. Because one of the bodies was never found, she received six death penalties.
Originally she would claim that the men she killed were attempting to rape her when she was working as a prostitute, and that the killings were in self-defense. Later she would claim that she robbed them and wanted to leave no witnesses. She would change that story again from prison.
She would be in jail from 1991 until her execution in 2002. Before she was executed, she gave a series of interviews to documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield, who turned those interviews into two films: Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer and Aileen Wuornos: Selling of a Serial Killer.
Broomfield argues that Wuornos was deeply psychotic and seriously abused and would explode into extraordinary violence. He also explains that virtually everyone around her attempted to use the notoriety that she achieved through the horrible murders to try to make money, career advancement or some other form of personal gain.
Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer and Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer tell the story of the damaged and psychotic woman who killed remorselessly, and promised until the end of her life that if she wasn’t executed she would kill again.
They are available for streaming on Amazon Video.