Aileen Wuornos: “I’ll be back.”
April 30, 2013
Throughout this entire class and its contents, I’ve learned a lot about different people, and the abnormal part of psychology, I’ve learned about dozens of disorders and mental disturbances, and I’ve watched countless films and read bunches of stories, but nothing I’ve done has meant as much to me as this paper and its subject, Aileen Carol Wuornos. It must have been some sort of force that brought me to her. I learned about her one night watching Nick Broomfield’s Documentaries, “Life and Death of a Serial Killer: The Aileen Wuornos Story,” and its sequel, “Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer.” From that moment, Aileen and her story have been a constant element in my life. I don’t remember how I even found the documentary; all I remember is being fascinated with this woman and the story she left behind her. Since then I’ve been entrapped in her life and story and the woman behind the story. Aileen is with me every day, I have her book in my bag every day and I continue to read it over and over and over, praying I didn’t miss a single detail about her. I watch her documentaries and movies over and over hoping to find something I missed that will explain her and help me understand my fascination with her. Hundreds of people have written about her and have been fascinated by this woman, but they don’t see her the way I do. Movies have been made about her life, but they take the humanity out of her, making her out to be nothing more than a shell of a human being. They see her as a monster, a cruel villainous woman who preys on men for sex and money, and then kills them. They see a worthless prostitute who killed men; they see her as a man hating, lesbian. That’s not who Aileen Wuornos was. Aileen Carol Wuornos was a tortured soul, plagued with neglect and abuse from the moment she was born, a woman who never had a chance to live the life she so desperately wanted, a woman who never felt truly loved until she met the love of her life Tyria Moore, but even Tyria would untimely betray Aileen, sealing her fate. Aileen will never been shown in the way I’ve come to know her. I can never say she was innocent, she did murder seven men in cold blood, but what makes me different is I see the woman behind the murders, a woman named Aileen. This is her story, this is her life, and this is her legacy in my own words. Aileen Wuornos was born as Aileen Carol Pittman in Rochester, Michigan on February 29, 1956. Her mother, Diane Pratt was 15 years old when she married Aileen's father, Leo Dale Pittman on June 3, 1954. Aileen had an older brother named Keith Michael, who was born in February 1955. Less than two years later before Wuornos was born, Pratt filed for divorce, this was 2 months before Aileen was born. Wuornos never met her father, because he was in prison for the rape and attempted murder of an eight-year-old boy when she was born; from then on Leo was in and out of prison and hanged himself while in Prison in 1969. In January 1960, Pratt abandoned her children, leaving them with their maternal grandparents, Lauri and Britta Wuornos, who legally adopted Keith and Aileen on March 18, 1960. From a young age, Wuornos engaged in sex with multiple partners, possibly including her own brother. She traded sex for candy, clothes and things of that nature. It is said she began drinking beer at the age of 13. Aileen claimed that she was sexually assaulted as a child by her grandfather. In 1970, at age 14, she became pregnant, having been raped by an unknown man. Wuornos gave birth to a boy at a home for unwed mothers, and the child was placed for adoption immediately following birth. A few months after her son was born, her grandmother died of liver failure; and Aileen and her brother became wards of the court. When she was 15, her grandfather threw her out of the house; and she began supporting herself as a...
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