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Aurora Lopez
Ms. Feehan
General Psychology
6 October 2010
Aileen Wuornos

People like Aileen make me wonder how they turned out that way. Was it because of her childhood, her parents, or her being neglected? Aileen was one of the first known female serial killers in the United States. No one really knows the true story of why she killed those seven men. Even though I personally do not know why she did it, I can come up with some of my own views on the subject of Aileen.

Aileen Wuornos was born on February 15, 1956. Her mother and father weren’t the perfect parents; her mother abandoned her and her brother when Aileen was around the age of four. It was said that she was raped when she was younger by a few different people. Wuornos got pregnant at the age of fourteen, but she gave her baby boy up for adoption. She began hooking at an early age and she claims she slept in an old abandoned car in the snow. Her childhood doesn’t seem great to me and maybe that’s what led her to what she became; a cold blooded serial killer.

There are a few perspectives that I’m going to go over to show what I believe caused Wuornos to become a serial killer. The first one is Psychoanalytic; this is what psychologists use to figure out mild or moderate crisis’ that happen in a person’s life. Aileen was not raised like a proper child should be raised. Her parents left her at a young age, she was molested, and she became a hooker. She had to find ways to survive on her own. When she killed people it was like she killed them because she needed to survive in a world where she had next to nothing.

Another perspective is behavior. This is a perspective that is based on learned behaviors. Like I said before, she was molested and raped by people that were supposed to love her. So when she started hooking, it was like those men didn’t truly love her so she thought that they deserved to die. What I think is, that she killed them because she was too young to realize what her...
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