Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer

Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer
1:23:50 | 1992

Categories: Documentary, Biography, Politics, History

Aileen Wuornos was thought to be the world's first female serial killer. A hitchhiking prostitute, she killed seven of her clients and landed on death row in the State of Florida facing the electric chair. Primarily focusing on Wuornos, her lawyer Steve Glazer and her born-again Christian mother Eileen Pralee, Nick Broomfield's landmark 1992 documentary also raises a number of questions concerning official corruption—not the least of which is whether Wuornos is a serial killer at all, or if that label was just a commercial means of selling her story.


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November 24, 2013
Linda Nelson
October 31, 2013
Jeff DeRiso
October 3, 2013
Melissa Anderson
April 8, 2013
This is the story the movie Monster was based off of, and tragically didn't show how awful this poor woman had it in life. Perhaps if one person showed her some kindness, her life could have been saved and lived out having actual happiness.
Patricia Neal-Moreno
February 20, 2013
Everyone has choices to make. She chose to kill those men, but taking into consideration that She grew up in an abusive house, raped by her father, terribly abused all her life. She sold the only thing of value she owned, her body, in order to survive. She had sex with hundreds of men. Out of those hundreds of men I'm sure there were a certain percentage of violent predators, perhaps 3%. What's 3% of her clientele? 6, 7 men? I believe her when she says she was afraid they'd harm her. Everyone has a right to defend themselves from someone, intent on physically hurting them, but unnecessarily hurting other people is wrong, and taking someone else's life is the ultimate hurt. I think she was empowered by the pistol, and she "wasn't taking any more shit" and that's why she killed those men.
Julie Mills
October 30, 2012
We must realize that Aileen is a product of her environment. WE ALL ARE. Aileen struggled with addiction and sexual abuse. from early childhood. This was self defense...those sick predators would have killed her if given the slightest chance.
Lacretia White
March 29, 2012
The weirdest thing is after this I feel sorry for her. She had some pretty f'd up people in her life. All of which pretending to care to use her to benefit themselves. Then the end with the cops being investigated and found to have taken money. Seriously I dont even believe the woman did everything they're saying. I actually do believe that she was defending herself. And through her jacked up life was probably so messed up couldnt tell when someone was trying to hurt her or not and most of em seemed like they were. Sad cuz I actually believe she was telling the truth. Through the whole documentary she seemed like the only one genuine and honest yet she's supposed to be the criminal. Freaking sad.