Aileen Wuornos

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The Life and Death of Aileen Wuornos

De’Serra Whitfield

Troy University

Abstract
This research looks at the life and death of Aileen Wuornos, serial killer. A serial killer is someone who murders more than three victims one at a time in a relatively short interval. Serial killers have the ability to behave in a manner that arouses no suspicion. There are, however, a few signs to identify their potential to become a serial killer. People who suffers from psychopathy, involves a huge tendency towards antisocial behavior, are most likely to develop into a serial killer. FBI estimated that any given time between 200 and 500 serial killers are at large, and they kill 3,500 people a year. This high average shows that killing becomes a pattern that is difficult to break.

The Life and Death of Aileen Wuornos
Aileen Wuornos was born February 29, 1956, in Rochester, Michigan. Her parents were Leo Dale Pittman and Diane Wuornos. The Crime and Investigation Network editors refers to Leo Dale Pittman as “a psychopathic child molester” and Diane Wuornos as “a feckless teen mother quite incapable of the responsibilities of motherhood.” Aileen Wuornos had an older brother named Keith. Diane abandoned them in 1960. Her parents Lauri and Britta Wuornos adopted them both and raised them as their own children. Unraveling their secrets, as Wuornos and her brother grew older, Lauri was abusive physically and sexually and Britta, his wife, was an abusive alcoholic. By the time Wuornos turned twelve the environment became more of an unstable domestic situation for her. Both Lauri Wuornos, her grandfather, and Keith, her brother, engaged in sexual contact with Wuornos. At the age of fourteen, she became pregnant by Keith and was sent to a home for unwed mothers. She gave birth to a boy on March 23, 1971, who was given up for immediate adoption. Wuornos returned back home, within a few months her grandmother died of liver failure, which was a result of heavy drinking....
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