- Born in 1956 in Michigan, died in 2002 in Florida
- Shot 6 men with her female partner, claiming self-defence
- Fingerprints in the car of her first victim led to her arrest
- Initially charged with 1 murder she was later charged with another 5
- Found guilty she was sentenced to 6 death penalties
Aileen Wuornos’s childhood was not happy. Her father committed suicide while in jail for child molestation while her mother abandoned her and her brother to the care of their grandparents – an alcoholic grandfather and violent grandmother. In her early teens she fell pregnant. The baby was given up for adoption and she was forced out of the home and lived in the woods.
Wuornos became a prostitute to survive. She had arrests for assault and disorderly conduct before moving to Florida and marrying a wealthy man, although he had the marriage annulled soon after as Wuornos was arrested again.
After a series of crimes Wuornos met Tyria Moore and entered a romantic relationship. During an eight-month period Wuornos and her partner murdered at least 6 men. Police were able to track down Wuornos and Moore from finger and palm prints left in the vehicle of one of their victims.
Wuornos took full responsibility for the murders, claiming the first victim had raped and assaulted her and the murder had been self-defence. She was found guilty of first-degree murder and was sentenced to death. Later she was also found guilty of the other 5 murders and received 5 more death sentences.