Criminal Justice 1010
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Mrs. Amanda Gentle
December 7, 2009
Riding the Pale Horse of Death, Aileen Wuornos murdered seven men over a nineteen-month period from December 1989 until November 1990, along highways in the state of Florida. While working as a prostitute, Aileen would solicit her victims then murder them. Wuornos confessed to committing seven murders. Aileen Wuornos was found guilty and convicted of six murders. Aileen received the dubious honor of being named officially the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s first female serial killer. Aileen was given six death sentences, more than anyone else on Death Row at that time and maybe even to this day. Ms. Wuornos was put to death by lethal injection on October 9, 2002.
This Pale Horse Serial Killer was born Aileen Carol Pittman on February 29, 1956 in Rochester, Michigan. Aileen came from a troubled home. Her mother, Diane Wuornos, married her father, Leo Dale Pittman when she was just fifteen years old. The couple had two children together, Aileen and Keith. Keith was born in 1955. Diane divorced Leo a few months before Aileen was born, less than two years into the marriage. The toll of being a single mother became unbearable for Diane. In 1960, Diane abandoned Aileen and Keith. The children’s father, Leo, was not of any help. Leo was a convicted child molester and psychopath. Leo committed suicide in the same year that Diane abandoned the children. Aileen and Keith were adopted by their maternal grandparents, Lauri and Britta Wuornos. The Wuornos raised Aileen and Keith with their own children in Troy, Michigan. Aileen and Keith were not told they were adopted. Aileen found out at around age twelve. She and Keith both rebelled once they found out. This rebellion only added to an already troubled situation. Lauri Wuornos was a drunk and extremely strict with the children. Lauri would make Aileen pull down her shorts and bend over a chair