Murder for men can involve many different motivations, the reports on women generally link murderesses with crimes involving human relationships, their children, husbands, siblings. Rarely are women connected to homicide involving robbery or extortion.” Women account for about 1 in 10 of the individual arrested for murder” (Benekos, 220). Women who murder are rarely recognized as criminals, usually being characterized as accomplices or victims of persuasion by their male companions. The taking of another person's life and the capacity to do give the perpetrator a type of power. Some behaviors can be found as early as childhood. As these future killers grow older, there are other signs such as the inability to do well in school or hold a job, and family problems at home that indicate a future of aggression. The key to someone’s future is their past, this go for Aileen Wuornos. American serial killer, she killed seven men in 1989 and 1990. Wuornos wasn’t born into a “normal” family Structure; Young Mother and a non-existent father. This troubling childhood lead a life of prostitution. The goal of this paper is to show the life and trial of Aileen Wuornos. Early Life
On February 29, 1956 Aileen Carol Pitman was born to a Diane Wuornos. Aileen’s mother was only fifteen years old when she married Leo Dale Pittman in 1954. Two months before Aileen was born, the couple divorced. Leo Pittman would never meet his daughter; He was jailed for molesting a seven year old child. After many years in jail, Pittman hanged himself in 1969. Before Aileen was born, Diane gave birth to Keith, who was born in March 1955. Diane couldn't take the pressure of being a single mother of two at such a young age of fifteen. Diane went to her parent’s house and abandoned Aileen and her brother, Keith. They both were adopted by their grandparents, Lauri and Britta Wuornos. They would raise the two children alongside Diane’s other siblings. The two children were now being raised in Troy, Michigan. “They did not reveal that they were, in fact, the children's grandparents. Aileen discovered the truth at around age twelve, information which did not help an already troublesome situation. Lauri Wuornos drank heavily and was strict with the children ("www.crimelibrary.com”) At the age of twelve, Aileen realized that she has been being raised not by her birth parents; at that point Aileen and her brother started to rebel. To discipline Aileen, Lauri would whip her with a belt, "When she was made to pull down her shorts and bend over the wooden table in the middle of the kitchen, when the doubled-over belt flew down onto her bare buttocks, little Aileen railed against her father, petrified and crying noisily. Sometimes she lay face down, spread-eagled naked on the bed, for her whippings." (Russell 15-20). For any young person to have to go through this is just wrong, this makes for a solid platform to why she became what she became. Just because she was disciplined in a wicked way, that didn’t stop her from boycott ways. Wuornos claims that sexual contact with both Lauri Wuornos, and her brother, Keith, occurred from a very early age, although there is no firm corroborative evidence for this. (Newton 20-26) When she was Fourteen she became pregnant and was sent to a home for unwed mothers. Proceeded to say her brother, Keith was the father of the child. After the birth of the baby boy, he was immediately adopted. Aileen returned home after giving birth,within in months of the birth, her grandmother died of liver failure; she abused alcohol most of her life. ("Aileen Wuornos Childhood") In the next few years, Keith died of throat cancer at the age of 21, Lauri committed suicide, and Aileen headed for Florida. Drifting into Life of Crime
Aileen was twenty; she was hitch-hiking when a wealthy 69-nine-year-old yacht club president named Lewis Fell picked her up. He fell in love with her instantly. When they married in 1976 the news was actually printed in the...
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