The Life of a Serial Killer
“I robbed them, and I killed them as cold as ice, and I would do it again, and I know I would kill another person because I've hated humans for a long time.” (Wuornos, 1999-2010) These words came from Aileen Wuornos after she was arrested for the murders of seven men during the course of a year. She faced numerous adversities from early childhood through adulthood. She displayed many psychological warning signs, but none was attended too regardless of her outcries. The course of this paper will outline her upbringing, lifestyle choice, psychological warning signs, psychological disorders, course of treatment that could have been undertaken before the killing spree commenced.
To begin, Aileen Carol Wuornos, nickname of “Lee”, was born on February 29, 1956, in Rochester, Michigan. Her parents Dale Pittman and Diane Wuornos eloped when Diane was only fourteen years old, which we know is too young to make an educated decision such as marriage. However, her troubled childhood began with her parent’s troubled marriage as well as their inability to care properly for their children. Aileen’s father, Dale Pittman was an alcoholic, angry psychopath and her mother, Diane Wuornos was a teen mother unable to maintain the responsibilities of her children Aileen and her brother Keith. Dales attempt to avoid jail time for raping a seven-year-old girl, was to join the army, which left Diane to raise the kids on her own. Diane was unable to provide for the children, as they required. Regardless of Dale’s “escape plan” he was eventually arrested and later hung himself in his prison cell. “Diane abandoned Wuornos and her elder brother, Keith, to the care of her parents, Lauri and Britta Wuornos, before she was 4 years old, and they adopted the pair and raised them as their own.” (Aileen Wuornos, 2008)
Nevertheless, her grandparents assumed the parental role in raising Keith and Aileen there still was trouble behind those four walls. Her grandfather was an angry alcoholic, which caused intense situations in the household growing up. Aileen and her brother formed a very close bond and relied on each other for support and companionship through this rough childhood. Because of their upbringing, Aileen developed a serious temper and would have outrages at any given moment. Nonetheless, her brother was always by her side and they would always pull each other thru no matter what situation arose.
Even though, a neighborhood boy rumored that Aileen, who was ten years old at the time, and her brother Keith had consensual sex with one another. This behavior not only displays the inner workings of serious psychological issues of what would later elaborate into behavior that is more chronic. Consequently, Aileen, at eleven years of age would routinely sneak out of the house to the “Pit’s” to meet boys. She would have sex with them in exchange for cigarettes and change. She would later use that money for drugs. “She had become an inveter-ate liar, and displayed a fiery, life-long, and unpredictable temper, that frightened every one, es-pecially her peers. She was known to fly into a rage, the trigger known only to her, causing many people to refer to her as “Jekyll and Hyde.” (DellaSanta-Percy, 2003-2005) Since, she was well known for this behavior, she was treated with a lack of respect and was labeled with that reputation.
In fact, as her behavior increasingly worsened along with her angry outbursts her grandfather began to clash even more, which resulted in Aileen and her brother Keith running away. As little kids, they had nowhere to turn so they namely slept in the woods, in cars, etc. Nonetheless, this lifestyle coupled with her promiscuous behavior led to Aileen becoming pregnant and she was sent to a home for unwed mothers. As soon as she delivered, the baby was immediately placed for adoption.
However, Aileen and her brother returned home, but only to find that her grandmother was...