Nick Broomfield, a British filmmaker who made a documentary about Wuornos, said the condemned inmate cut short their interview Tuesday, claiming police were controlling her mind, making an obscene gesture and storming from the room. At The Last Resort, a Port Orange biker bar where Wuornos was arrested in , about two dozen patrons gathered Wednesday morning to await word of her death. They drank coffee and beer and ate Danish pastries provided by the bar's owner. Shortly after the announcement of the execution, a couple of patrons toasted with bottles of Bud Light.
Petersburg Times. AP -- Serial killer Aileen Wuornos was executed Wednesday, more than a decade after she murdered six men along central Florida highways while working as a prostitute. Wuornos, 46, became the 10th woman executed in the United States since the death penalty resumed in , according to the Death Penalty Information Center. She was pronounced dead from lethal injection at a. I'll be back," Wuornos said from the execution chamber.
The Rock is a Biblical reference to Jesus. Wuronos had fired her attorneys and dropped her appeals despite lingering questions over her sanity. Wuornos was sentenced to death six times for killing middle-aged men in and and spent a decade on Florida's death row. The death warrant was based on her first murder victim, Richard Mallory, a Clearwater electronics shop owner whose body was found in in Volusia County.
During her murder trial, Wuornos testified that Mallory raped, beat and sodomized her and that she killed him in self-defense. After standing trial for Mallory's death, Wuornos pleaded guilty to five other murders in Marion, Pasco and Dixie counties. For years, Wuornos claimed she shot the men out of self-defense while being raped and sodomized. Later, she recanted her claims, saying she wanted to make peace with God.
Wuornos also claimed to have killed a seventh man. Her life story spawned two movies, several books and the opera "Wournos," by Carla Lucero, which debuted last year. Wuornos gave her last media interview Tuesday to British producer Nick Broomfield, who did a documentary on her in , but she stormed out after about 35 minutes, Broomfield said. Here is someone who has totally lost her mind," Broomfield said Wednesday outside the prison. Fort Lauderdale lawyer Raag Singhal wrote a letter to the state Supreme Court last month expressing "grave doubts" about Wuornos' mental condition.
Jeb Bush issued a stay and ordered a mental exam, but lifted the stay last week after three psychiatrists who interviewed her concluded that she understood why she was being executed. State Attorney John Tanner, who watched psychiatrists interview her for 30 minutes last week, said she was cognizant and lucid. Wuornos joined Judy Buenoano as the only women Florida has executed since resuming the death penalty in Fifty-one men have been executed by Florida during that span. The state Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected two efforts to stop the execution, one from a private attorney in Tampa who expressed "serious concerns" about Wuornos' competency, the other from an Ohio group that wanted to file an appeal on Wuornos' behalf.
Billy Nolas, who represented Wuornos in her trial in Daytona Beach, said she suffered from borderline personality disorder as a result of neglect and sexual abuse as a child. He said she was "the most disturbed individual I have represented. Governor Jeb Bush signed a death warrant for Aileen Wuornos, a hitchhiking prostitute who killed 6 men along Florida highways and volunteered for execution.
Her execution was set for Oct. Wuornos, 46, was convicted of fatally shooting 6 middle-aged men who picked her up as a hitchhiker along the highways of northern and central Florida in and Her story has been portrayed in 2 movies, 3 books and an opera. Wuornos dropped her appeals and volunteered for execution last year, obtaining the Florida Supreme Court's permission to fire her appellate attorneys.
Wuornos told the Supreme Court in a letter that she is one "who seriously hates human life and would kill again.
Wuornos is 1 of 3 condemned women in the state, which also has men on death row. Florida has executed only one other woman since Judy Buenoano, who died in the electric chair in March Florida's main method of execution now is lethal injection. In one of her letters to the court, Wuornos said she wanted to "waive off in the remainder of my appeals, since I've come clean. All were in flat murder to rob.
During her trial for murdering Richard Mallory - her 1st victim and a convicted rapist - Wuornos testified he sexually assaulted her and she feared for her life. She later made similar claims against all her victims. Mallory, a year-old Clearwater electronics technician, picked her up on a rainy night in late He offered her some vodka and marijuana, but bought her beer when she asked.
They drove into the woods and fell asleep. When she awoke, she took out her gun, woke Mallory up and robbed him. She then shot him dead. After killing Mallory, Wuornos laid low for several months until mid, when she robbed and murdered David Spears on another rainy day. Over the next 5 months of Florida's rainy season, she killed 5 more men. National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
Aileen Wournos FL Oct. She confessed to six murders, but claimed she killed only in self-defense, resisting violent assaults by men while working as a prostitute. At her trial for the murder of Richard Mallory, Wournos testified that she shot him only after he attempted to violently rape her.
However, this example of poor investigating and insufficient defense researching represents a common trend in death penalty cases: critical evidence goes undiscovered, especially in cases of poor defendants. Despite the facts inexcusably undetected by investigators, the death sentence was extremely harsh to begi with in this case, considering the mitigating evidence in the punishment phase of the trial. The defense showed that Wournos suffered a tragic, abusive upbringing, which resulted in antisocial and borderline personality disorders.
Her mother abandoned her as an infant, and her father served time in mental hospitals in several states as a deranged child molester. Eventually, her father, like her grandfather, committed suicide, and her grandmother died of liver failure from alcoholism. Wournos suffered from physical abuse as a child, and later told police she had sex with her brother at a very early age. During both the trial and the appeal, the court declined to find the statutory factor of extreme emotional disturbance.
This case, from the early investigations to the appeals process, has been tainted by publicity and media drama. Three top investigators in the case hired lawyers within weeks of the arrest to field offers from Hollywood concerning movie deals. The United States sentences men and women to death every year with tragic childhood backgrounds, refusing to recognize the pattern of destructive behavior so often associated with such upbringings. Tourists, news crews, filmmakers and Geraldo Rivera have stopped by the small Volusia County bar in the decade since Aileen C.
Wuornos played country music on the jukebox and drank beer moments before police arrested her on a firearms charge. But it was only the beginning. Wuornos has gained worldwide notoriety and is the subject of at least three movies, two books, a comic book and a San Francisco opera whose final act may have been written last month when Gov. Jeb Bush signed the warrant ordering Wuornos, 46, to be executed by lethal injection Wednesday. She was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder in Volusia County of Richard Mallory, a Clearwater businessman whose body was found covered with a piece of carpet in a wooded area in Ormond Beach.
He was shot four times with a. She would later plead no contest or guilty to five similar murders in Marion, Citrus, Pasco and Dixie counties, for which she would receive five more death sentences. Wuornos, who has spent more than a decade on death row, confessed to a seventh killing, but that victim's body was never found.
FBI's 1st female serial killer Wuornos was not the first woman to murder multiple people, but criminologists became intrigued with the case. That's because she was the first to fit the FBI's definition of a serial killer, which includes killing more than three people, targeting victims whom she did not know and who did not know each other, and allowing some time to elapse between each killing, said David Damore, who prosecuted Wuornos in the Mallory case. Wuornos would choose her targets at random, allowing anywhere from a few days or months to pass before killing again.
She knew none of her victims. They all were middle-aged or older men who stopped to pick up Wuornos as she hitchhiked on Florida highways. All were killed with multiple gunshots. James Fox, a leading national expert on serial killings, said Wuornos became known as the first woman who sought strangers as victims resembling highly publicized male serial killers such as Ted Bundy. Other women who have killed serially know their victims, he said, such as the cases of a nurse who murdered patients, mothers who killed children or a landlady who killed tenants -- all over a period of months or years.
But the Wuornos fascination crept outside law-enforcement circles. An abusive childhood, and her initial insistence that she killed men to defend herself against rape and robbery, resonated with some who saw her as the symbol of a strong woman rebelling against male violence. Others were drawn to the story of her hardscrabble youth -- she was living on the streets by age 15 -- her career as a prostitute, her relationship with a lesbian lover and her open defiance of authority and the judicial system.
Unrelentingly grim and angry, she has screamed at judges and once called the jurors who convicted her "scumbags of America" as she was escorted from the courtroom. While Wuornos was in jail awaiting her trial, a self-described born-again Christian couple from North Florida adopted her, yet again drawing attention to the serial killer.
She never gave up on the concept of love, and she's been betrayed all the way down the line. It portrays Wuornos as a woman whose background drove her to kill as a means to survive and then was abused again by the criminal-justice system. No heroine, prosecutor says Though she has been glorified on stage, those closest to the case say such portrayals are exaggerations. She truly hated men. I think it's a tragedy to make her into some type of heroine figure. Several of these men were shot in the back from some distance. After Wuornos' arrest at the Last Resort, Moore was found in Pennsylvania and helped investigators by urging Wuornos to confess to the murders.
Wuornos, who acted alone, confessed because she thought police were targeting Moore, her partner of more than two years, as the killer, and wanted to protect her, according to court records. Subject of movies, comic In , the same year after Wuornos was convicted of killing Mallory, the Lifetime cable network aired the made-for-television movie Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story, starring Jean Smart.
Now see the Damsel, herself, Aileen Wuornos. A "True Crimes" comic book for sale on the Internet packaged the Wuornos story with that of another famed criminal, mob boss John Gotti. Lenny Siems, whose father, Peter Siems, was murdered by Wuornos, said he's aware of her notoriety but has never seen the movies or read the books based on the case. His father's body was never found. Wuornos insists she should die because she would kill again if given the opportunity. A psychiatric evaluation earlier this month found her competent to be executed. In an earlier letter to the Florida Supreme Court, Wuornos said she is ready to "cut to the chase then and get on with an execution.
When informed about the opera last year, Wuornos wrote in a letter, "My main concern is if this composer has been made aware of the fact that I've come clean in all of my cases. So if this person hasn't [heard], then I'd sure appreciate it if someone would inform him or her of it. Tourists, he said, come from all over to have a drink where Wuornos played pool with her girlfriend and sometimes slept on an old car seat at the bar. Some of the regulars said they would gather Wednesday to celebrate Wuornos' passing. Yes, she killed seven men in Florida. Yes, she was a prostitute.
She gave a shocking, detailed confession at the behest of her lesbian ex-lover, and during her trial she was legally adopted by a well-meaning woman who claimed to receive her instruction from God. All these things are true. Women have been murdering serially for as long as men, though their victims are usually family members or acquaintances, and they most often choose poison over other means of disposal.
Wuornos killed strangers with a gun, an unusual but not unprecedented fact that the media seized upon and ran with rampantly. Her claim of having had sex with , men which was widely reported as truth is preposterous; such a feat would require the bedding of 35 different men a day every day for 20 years. Wuornos had neither the stamina nor the planning skills necessary for such a record-breaking performance. Even with these most sensational claims discredited, Aileen Wuornos remains intriguing.
She is both repellent and strangely pathetic. Her belligerence all but sealed her fate from the moment she was apprehended, and inspired contempt in most who encountered her or heard of her case. Her bravado and her claims that all seven of her victims tried to rape her are as incomprehensible as her boast of having serviced , johns. Add to these the melodrama of her confession, her befriending and adoption by Arlene Pralle, and her never-had-a-chance personal history, and her story fairly reels one in. Her mother, Diane Wuornos, married Pittman when she was fifteen and bore him two children.
She divorced Pittman less than two years into the marriage, a few months before Aileen was born. Diane found the responsibilities of single motherhood unbearable and in she abandoned Aileen and her brother Keith, who were then adopted by their maternal grandparents, Lauri and Britta Wuornos. Aileen discovered the truth at around age twelve, information, which did not help an already troublesome situation.
Lauri Wuornos drank heavily and was strict with the children; when they discovered their true parentage they rebelled against his severity, quickly becoming incorrigible. The staff found her hostile, uncooperative, and unable to get along with her peers. She delivered a baby boy, who was put up for adoption, in January In July of the same year Britta Wuornos died.
Diane Wuornos offered to let Aileen and Keith come live with her in Texas, but they declined, as she intended to establish rules and keep order in her household. Aileen, known to friends as Lee, dropped out of school, left home and took up hitchhiking and prostitution. In the next few years Keith died of throat cancer and Lauri committed suicide, and Lee headed for Florida, where she met and married an elderly man named Lewis Fell who had a comfortable income from railroad stocks.
He claimed she had squandered his money and beaten him with his cane when he was not forthcoming with even more cash.
She drifted back to Florida and embarked on a decade of failed relationships and small-time crime-forgery, theft, and a rather ridiculous armed robbery that put her in prison for a spell. From time to time she turned tricks, but even as an exit-to-exit interstate prostitute she was not a hot commodity. When she met twenty-four-year-old Tyria Moore at a Daytona gay bar in , Lee was lonely and angry and ready for something new. For a while it was great. Their ardor cooled, though, and money ran short-still, Ty stayed with Lee, following her from cheap motel to cheap motel, with stints in old barns or in the woods in between.
Their existence, meager though it was, became ever harder to maintain. Clearly, something had to change. Mysterious Deaths Richard Mallory liked a change now and again, too. The middle-aged owner of a Clearwater, Florida electronics repair business was known to close up shop abruptly and disappear for a few days at a time on drinking and sex binges. He changed the locks to his apartment eight times in three years. He kept employees at his business only long enough to clear the backlog of work that accrued during one of his disappearances, letting them go once his repair orders were caught up again.
His only constants were alcohol, sex and paranoia. There was no one close enough to him to notice he was gone. Instead of saleable junk they found a body wrapped in carpet. Fingerprints carefully taken from the badly decomposed hands proved that this was Richard Mallory. He had been killed with three shots from a. Several months of investigation into his sordid lifestyle and somewhat shady acquaintances produced no real leads. On May 5, the body of an unidentified male was found naked in Brooks County, GA, close to Interstate 75 and just across the state line from Florida.
On June 1, another unidentified naked male body was found in the woods of Citrus County, Florida, about 40 miles north of Tampa. Police initially suspected Mathew Cocking, a surveyor who had found the body, as he was known to carry a gun and spewed profanity and threats at anyone who questioned him about his find. Spears had been a heavy-equipment operator who was last seen on May 19th.
His truck was found shortly after that on Interstate 75 with the doors unlocked and the license plate missing. Meanwhile, thirty miles south in Pasco County, yet another naked body was found a few miles off Interstate This one was discovered on June 6, and was so badly decomposed that medical examiners were not able to obtain fingerprints and could not estimate time of death. The nine bullets found in the remains were damaged by the decomposition, but were determined to have come from a.
Pasco County detective Tom Muck had no immediate luck identifying his John Doe later determined to be Charles Carskaddon , but had heard about the case in Citrus County. Searching further for leads, he called the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and was told of their own mystery guest. Rhonda Bailey, who was sitting on her porch at the time and watched the accident happen, said two women clambered frantically from the car, throwing beer cans into the woods and swearing at each other. The brown-haired woman said little; the blond, whose arm was bleeding from an injury sustained in the crash, did most of the talking.
She begged Bailey not to call the police, saying her father lived just up the road. She and her companion got back in the car, which now had a smashed windshield and other damage, and got it out of the brush. They abandoned it just down the road and began walking. Hubert Hewett of the Orange Springs Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call about the accident and asked the two women if they had been the ones in the car.
The blond cursed at him and said no, they had not, and they did not want any help. He left them alone and they walked on. It was a Pontiac Sunbird, gray with four doors. The glass in the front doors, as well as the windshield, was smashed. There were apparent bloodstains throughout the interior, and the license plate was missing.
A computer search based on the VIN number revealed that the car belonged to Peter Siems, who had disappeared on June 7 after leaving his home in Jupiter, Florida to visit relatives in Arkansas. Siems was a year-old retired merchant seaman who devoted much of his time to a Christian outreach ministry. John Wisnieski of the Jupiter Police, who had been working the case since Siems was reported missing, sent out a nationwide teletype containing descriptions of the two women. He also sent a synopsis of the case and sketches of the women to the Florida Criminal Activity Bulletin.
Then he waited. He was not optimistic about finding Siems alive. Troy Burress left on his delivery route from Gilchrist Sausage early on the morning of July Late that night she and her husband went out looking for him. At a. It was unlocked and the keys were missing.
So was Burress. He was found five days later. A family out for a picnic in the Ocala National Forest happened upon his body in a clearing just off Highway 19, about eight miles from where his truck was found. The Florida heat and humidity had hastened decomposition, precluding identification at the scene, but his wife identified his wedding ring.
He had been killed with two shots from a.
It became evident as the investigation progressed, however, that Blankenship was not involved. For the time being, Tilley had no more suspects. He celebrated his thirty-fifth wedding anniversary on September 10; on September 11, he disappeared. On the evening of September 12 his body was found in Marion County. His car was found in late September in Suwanee County.
About a month later the nude body of Walter Gino Antonio was found on a logging road in Dixie County.
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Sixty-year-old Antonio was a trucker, a sometime security guard, and a member of the Reserve Police. His car was found five days later across the state in Brevard County. He could not ignore the similarities and was formulating a theory, along with a multi-agency task force with representatives from counties where victims were found. No one stopped to pick up hitchhikers anymore, he reasoned, so the perpetrator s of these crimes had to be initially non-threatening to the victims.
He turned to the press for help. In late November, Reuters ran a story about the killings, saying police were looking for the women. Papers across Florida picked up the story and ran it, along with police sketches of the women in question. A man in Homosassa Springs said the two women had rented a trailer from him about a year earlier. Their names were Tyria Moore and Lee. A woman in Tampa said the women had worked at her motel south of Ocala.
Their names, she said, were Tyria Moore and Susan Blahovec. Lee Blahovec was the dominant one, the caller said, and a truck stop prostitute. Both were lesbians. The mother lode, though, came from Port Orange near Daytona. They spent a bit of time living in a small apartment behind a restaurant very near the Fairview, but returned to the motel. In early December they left the Fairview. Moore had no real record, breaking and entering charges against her in having been dropped.
Blahovec had one trespassing arrest, while Greene had no record at all. The Greene ID was the one that paid off best. Volusia County officers checked area pawnshops and found that in Daytona, Cammie Marsh Greene had pawned a camera and a radar detector, and had left the requisite thumbprint on the receipt.
These items had belonged to Richard Mallory. The thumbprint was the key. Jenny Ahern of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System found nothing on her initial computer search, but came to Volusia County and began a hand search of fingerprint records there. Within an hour, she found what she came for. The print showed up on a weapons charge and outstanding warrant against a Lori Grody.
All this information was sent to the National Crime Information Center. Responses came from Michigan, Colorado and Florida. Pairs of officers, including two undercover as "Bucket" and "Drums," drug dealers down from Georgia, hit the streets hoping to track her down. They meant for their takedown to develop gradually, as they wanted an airtight case, but Port Orange police entered suddenly and took Wuornos outside.
The word was relayed to the cops in the nick of time, and Wuornos returned to the bar. Joyner and Martin struck up a conversation with her and bought her a few beers. She left the bar at around , declining an offer for a ride. Once again, the cautious takedown was almost ruined. Two Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers pulled up behind Wuornos as she walked down Ridgwood Avenue, following her with their lights off.
Officers at the command post made a call and got the FDLE officers off the street and Wuornos made it to her next destination, a biker bar called the Last Resort. Joyner and Martin met her there for a while, drank more beers, shot more bull. They left just after midnight. She spent her last night of freedom sleeping on an old car seat in the Last Resort.
The following afternoon, Joyner and Martin were back at the Last Resort as "Bucket" and "Drums," talking Wuornos up and wearing transmitters that kept the police apprised of everything that went on. They had planned on making their collar later that night, but the Last Resort was gearing up for a barbecue, and bikers would start pouring in any second. The decision was made at the command post to go ahead with the arrest. She accepted their offer and left the bar with them.
No mention was made of the murders, and no announcement was made to the media that a suspect had been arrested. Their caution was wise: as of yet, they had no murder weapon and no Tyria Moore Confession On January 10 Moore was located. She was living with her sister in Pittston, Pennsylvania. She was read her rights but not charged with anything. Munster made sure she knew what perjury was, swore her in, and sat back as she gave her statement. Lee had openly confessed that she had killed a man that day, but Moore told her not to say anything else.
The more she knew, she reasoned, the more compelled she would feel to report Lee to the authorities.
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A confession would make the case against Wuornos virtually airtight, and Munster and Thompson explained their plan for obtaining one to Moore on the flight. Their phone conversations would be taped, and Moore was to tell Wuornos that authorities had been questioning her family, that she thought the Florida murders would be mistakenly pinned on her Moore. Munster and Thompson hoped that, out of loyalty to Moore, Wuornos would confess.
The first call from Wuornos came on January She was still under the impression that she was only in jail for the Lori Grody weapons violation. When Moore broached her suspicions, Wuornos reassured her. Moore became more insistent that the police were after her, and it became clear that Wuornos knew what was expected of her. She even voiced suspicion that Moore was not alone, that someone was there taping their conversations. But as time passed, she became less careful about what she said. She would not let Moore go down with her. Listen, if I have to confess, I will.
Wuornos came back to two main points over and over during her confession to Larry Horzepa and Bruce Munster. First, she made it clear that Moore was not involved in any way in any of the murders. Additionally, she was emphatic in her assertion that nothing was her fault, not the murders and not any circumstance that led her down the criminal path that was her life. All the killings were done in self-defense, she claimed.
Each victim had either assaulted her, threatened her, or raped her. Her story seemed to develop as she told it. When each of her victims became aggressive she killed out of fear. And they wanted to hang me. I just want to get this over with. Wuornos seemed to think she would make millions from her story, not yet realizing that Florida had a law against criminals profiting in such a manner. She was all over the local and national media. She felt famous, and she continued to talk about the crimes with anyone who would listen, including Volusia County Jail employees.
With each retelling she refined her story, casting herself in a better light each time. Aileen's Defender Into this tumult came Arlene Pralle, a forty-four-year-old "born-again" Christian who ran a horse breeding and boarding facility near Ocala. Almost immediately, Pralle became her ardent defender and helpmate.
Pralle advised her that her public defenders were trying to profit from her story, as was everyone else. Wuornos asked for and got new attorneys. We always know what the other is feeling and thinking. She arranged interviews for Wuornos with reporters she thought would be sympathetic, and in this forum Wuornos continued to tell and embellish her fantastic story. Pralle said God had told her to. One state attorney, however, thought she should receive the death penalty, so on January 14, , Wuornos went to trial for the murder of Richard Mallory.
The evidence and witnesses against her were severely damaging. Tyria Moore testified that Wuornos had not seemed overly upset, nervous or drunk when she told her of killing Mallory. Florida has a law known as the Williams Rule that allows evidence relating to other crimes to be admitted if it helps to show a pattern.
Because of the Williams Rule, information regarding the other killings was presented to the jury. Now, with the jury made aware of all of the murders, self-defense seemed improbable, at best. After the excerpts from her videotaped confession were played, the self-defense claim seemed ridiculous.
On the tape Wuornos appeared confident and not at all upset by the story she was telling. She made easy conversation with her interrogators and repeatedly told her public defender to be quiet. But Wuornos insisted on telling her story. Mallory had raped and sodomized her, she claimed, and had tortured her. On cross-examination, prosecutor John Tanner obliterated any shred of credibility she may have had.
As he brought to light all her lies and inconsistencies, she became agitated and angry. Her attorneys repeatedly advised her not to answer questions, and she invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination twenty-five times. On January 27, Judge Uriel Blount charged the jury.
They returned with their verdict less than two hours later. I was raped! I hope you get raped! Scumbags of America! Expert witnesses for the defense testified that Wuornos was mentally ill, that she suffered from borderline personality disorder, and that her tumultuous upbringing had stunted and ruined her. With a unanimous verdict, they recommended that Judge Blount sentence her to the electric chair. He did so on January Unrepentant Wuornos did not stand trial again. But these others did not. In early February of , she was sentenced to die after pleading guilty to the murder of Walter Gino Antonio.
No charges were brought for the murder of Peter Siems, as his body was never found. For a time there was speculation that Wuornos might receive a new trial for the murder of Richard Mallory. New evidence showed that Mallory had served ten years in prison for sexual violence, and attorneys felt that jurors would have seen the case differently had they known this fact.
No new trial was forthcoming, though. The State Supreme Court of Florida has affirmed all six of her death sentences, and she is in her second round of appeals, a round that will eventually wend its way to the United States Supreme Court. She will probably be put to death in five to seven years. Serial Killers: A Short History. Wuornos, Aileen Carol She has been heralded in tabloid headlines and on television talk shows as Americas first female serial killer. In fact, Aileen Wuornos was neither the first nor the worst, although she did display a curiously masculine tendency to prey on strangers of the opposite sex.
Suspected of at least seven murders, sentenced to die in four of the six cases she confessed to police, Wuornos still maintains that some or all of her admitted killings were performed in self-defense, resisting violent assaults by men whom she solicited while working as a prostitute.
Ironically, information uncovered by investigative journalists in November suggests that in one case, at least, her story may well be true. Her teenage parents separated months before she was born, father Leo Pittman moving on to serve time in Kansas and Michigan mental hospitals as a deranged child-molester. Mother Diane recalls Aileen and her older brother Keith as crying, unhappy babies, and their racket prompted her to leave them with her parents in early On March 18 of that year, maternal grandparents Lauri and Britta Wuornos legally adopted the children as their own.
Aileens childhood showed little improvement from there. At age six, she suffered scarring facial burns while she and Keith were setting fires with lighter fluid. Aileen later told police that she had sex with Keith at an early age, but acquaintances doubt the story and Keith is unable to speak for himself, having died of throat cancer in At any rate, Aileen was clearly having sex with someone, for she turned up pregnant in her fourteenth year, delivering her son at a Detroit maternity home on March 23, Grandmother Britta died on July 7, and while her death was blamed on liver failure, Diane Pratt suspected her father of murder, claiming he threatened to kill Aileen and Keith if they were not removed from his home.
In fact, they became wards of the court, Aileen soon dropping out of school to work the streets full-time, earning her way as a teenage hooker, drifting across country as the spirit moved her. In May , using the alias Sandra Kretsch, she was jailed in Jefferson County, Colorado, for disorderly conduct, drunk driving, and firing a. Additional charges of failure to appear were filed when she skipped town ahead of her trial. Back in Michigan on July 13, , Aileen was arrested in Antrim County for simple assault and disturbing the peace, after she lobbed a cue ball at a bartenders head.
Out-standing warrants from Troy, Michigan, were also served on charges of driving without a license and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle. The money came, at least indirectly, from her brother. In late September, broke again, she hitched a ride to Florida, anxious to sample a warmer climate, hoping to practice her trade in the sun. It was a change of scene, but Aileens attitude was still the same, and she inevitably faced more trouble with the law. On May 20, , Wuornos was arrested in Edgewater, Florida, for armed robbery of a convenience store.
Sentenced to prison on May 4, , she was released thirteen months later, on June 30, Her next arrest, on May 1, , was for trying to pass forged checks at a bank in Key West. On November 30, , named as a suspect in the theft of a pistol and ammunition in Pasco County, Aileen borrowed the alias Lori Grody from an aunt in Michigan.
Eleven days later, the Florida Highway Patrol cited Grody for driving without a valid license. On January 4, , Aileen was arrested in Miami under her own name, charged with auto theft, resisting arrest, and obstruction by false information; police found a. A week later, using the new alias of Susan Blahovec, she was ticketed for speeding in Jefferson County, Florida. The citation includes a telling observation: Attitude poor. Thinks she is above the law.
They soon became lovers, and while the passion faded in a year or so, they remained close friends and traveling companions, more or less inseparable for the next four years. On July 4, , police in Daytona Beach detained Tina Moore and Susan Blahovec for questioning, on suspicion of slugging a man with a beer bottle. Blahovec was alone on December 18, when highway patrolmen cited her for walking on the inter-state and possessing a suspended drivers license. Once again, the citation noted Attitude POOR, and Susan proved it over the next two months, with threatening letters mailed to the circuit court clerk on January 11 and February 9, A month later, Wuornos was trying a new approach and a new alias.
On March 12, , Cammie Marsh Green accused a Daytona Beach bus driver of assault, claiming he pushed her off the bus following an argument; Tyria Moore was listed as a witness to the incident.
On July 23, a Daytona Beach landlord accused Moore and Susan Blahovec of vandalizing their apartment, ripping out carpets and painting the walls dark brown without his permission. In November , Susan Blahovec launched a six-day campaign of threatening calls against a Zephyr Hills supermarket, following an altercation over lottery tickets. By , Aileens demeanor was increasingly erratic and belligerent. Never one to take an insult lightly, she now went out of her way to provoke confrontations, seldom traveling without a loaded pistol in her purse.
She worked the bars and truck stops, thumbing rides to snag a trick when all else failed, supplementing her prostitutes income with theft when she could. Increasingly, with Moore, she talked about the many troubles in her life, a yearning for revenge. Richard Mallory, a year-old electrician from Palm Harbor, was last seen alive by coworkers on November 30, His car was found abandoned at Ormond Beach, in Volusia County, the next day, his wallet and personal papers scattered nearby, along with several condoms and a half-empty bottle of vodka.
On December 13, his fully-dressed corpse was found in the woods northwest of Daytona Beach, shot three times in the chest with a. Police searching for a motive in the murder learned that Mallory had been divorced five times, earning himself a reputation as a heavy drinker who was very paranoid and very much into porno and the topless-bar scene.
A former employee described him as mental, but police came up empty in their search for a criminal record. They could find nothing dirty on the victim, finally concluding he was just paranoid and pussy-crazy. The investigation was stalled at that point on June 1, , when a nude John Doe victim was found, shot six times with a.
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By June 7, the corpse had been identified from dental records as year-old David Spears, last seen leaving his Sarasota workplace on May Spears had planned to visit his ex-wife in Orlando that afternoon, but he never made it. Ironically, his boss had spotted the dead mans missing pickup truck on May 25, parked along I south of Gainesville, but there the trail went cold.
police-risk-management.com/order/finder/qeja-configurazione-dati-cellulare.php By the time Spears was identified, a third victim had already been found. Charles Carskaddon, age forty, was a part-time rodeo worker from Booneville, Missouri, missing since May Carskaddon had been shot nine times with a. On June 7, Carskaddons car was found in Marion County, a.
Peter Siems, a year-old merchant seaman turned missionary, was last seen on June 7, , when he left his Jupiter, Florida, home to visit relatives in Arkansas. Siems never arrived, and a missing-person report was filed with police on June No trace of the man had been found by July 4, when his car was wrecked and abandoned in Orange Springs, Florida. Witnesses described the vehicles occupants as two women, one blond and one brunette, providing police sketch artists with a likeness of each. The blond was injured, bleeding, and a bloody palm print was lifted from the vehicles trunk.
Eugene Burress, age fifty, left the Ocala sausage factory where he worked to make his normal delivery rounds on July 30, A missing-person report was filed when he had not returned by A. On August 4, his fully-dressed body was found by a family picnicking in the Ocala National Forest. Burress had been shot twice with a. Nearby, police found his credit cards, clipboard, business receipts, and an empty cash bag from a local bank.
Fifty-six-year-old Dick Humphreys was a retired Alabama police chief, lately employed by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services to investigate child abuse claims in Ocala. His wife reported him missing when he failed to return home from work on the night of September 11, , and Humphreys was found the next day in an undeveloped subdivision, shot seven times with a. On September 19, his car was found abandoned, stripped of license plates, behind a defunct service station in Live Oak. Impounded on September 25, the car was not traced to Humphreys until October 13, the same day his discarded badge and other personal belongings were found in Lake County, seventy miles southeast of the murder scene.
Victim number seven was year-old Walter Antonio, a truck driver from Merrit Island who doubles as a reserve police officer for Brevard County. Found in the woods northwest of Cross City on November 19, , he had been shot three times in the back and once in the head. Antonio was nude except for socks, his clothes later found in a remote area of neighboring Taylor County.
His car, meanwhile, was found back in Brevard County on November Police determined that Antonios killer had stolen a distinctive gold ring, along with his badge, nightstick, handcuffs, and flash-light. By that time, journalists had noted the obvious pattern detectives were reluctant to accept, and media exposure forced authorities to go public with their suspect sketches on November 30, Over the next three weeks, police received four calls identifying the nameless women as Tyria Moore and Lee Blahovec.
Their movements were traced through motel receipts, detectives learning that Blahovec also liked to call herself Lori Grody and Cammie Marsh Green. Meanwhile, Cammie Green was busy pawning items stolen from her victims, pocketing some extra cash. On December 6, she pawned Richard Mallorys camera and radar detector in Daytona, moving on to Ormond Beach with a box of tools stolen from Richard Spears. She also left a thumb print behind in Ormond Beach, identical to that of Lori Grody.
With mug shots and a list of names in hand, it was a relatively simple matter to trace Aileen Wuornos, though her root-less life style delayed the arrest for another month. On January 9, , she was seized at the Last Resort, a biker bar in Harbor Oaks, detained on outstanding warrants for Lori Grody while police finished building their murder case.
A day later Tyria Moore was traced to her sisters home in Pennsylvania, where she agreed to help police. Back in Florida, detectives arranged a series of telephone conversations between Moore and Wuornos, Tyria begging Aileen to confess for Moores sake, to spare her from prosecution as an accomplice. One conversation led police to a storage warehouse Aileen had rented, a search revealing tools stolen from David Spears, the nightstick taken from Walter Antonio, another camera and electric razor belonging to Richard Mallory. On January 16, , Wuornos summoned detectives and confessed six killings, all allegedly performed in self-defense.
She denied killing Peter Siems, whose body was still missing, and likewise disclaimed any link to the murder of a John Doe victim shot to death with a. No charges were filed in that case. I shot em cause to me it was like a self-defending thing, she told police, because I felt if I didnt shoot em and didnt kill em, first of all Its like, You bastards, you were going to hurt me. Within two weeks of her arrest, Aileen and her attorney had sold movie rights to her story. At the same time, three top investigators on her case retained their own lawyer to field offers from Hollywood, cringing with embarrassment when their unseemly haste to profit on the case was publicly revealed.
In self-defense, the officers maintained that they were moved to sell their version of the case by pure intentions, planning to put the money in a victims fund. To a man, they denounced exposure of their scheme as the malicious work of brother officers, driven by their jealousy at being cut out of the deal. A bizarre sideshow to the pending murder trial began in late January , with the appearance of Arlene Pralle as Aileens chief advocate.
A year-old ranchers wife and born-again Christian, Pralle advised Wuornos in her first letter to prison that Jesus told me to write you. Soon, they were having daily telephone conversations at Pralles expense, Arlene arranging interviews for Wuornos and herself, becoming a fixture on tabloid talk shows from coast to coast. In Pralles words, their relation-ship was a soul binding. Were like Jonathan and David in the Bible. Its as though part of me is trapped in jail with her.
I just wish I was Houdini. I would get her out of there. If there was a way, I would do it, and we could go and be vagabonds forever. Instead, Pralle did the next best thing, legally adopting Wuornos as her daughter. Aileens trial for the murder of Richard Mallory opened on January 13, Eleven days later, Wuornos took the stand as the only defense witness, repeating her tale of violent rape and beating at Mallorys hands, insisting that she shot him dead in self-defense, using her pistol only after he threatened her life.
With no hard evidence to support her claim, jurors rejected the story, deliberating a mere ninety minutes before they convicted Aileen of first-degree murder on January Im innocent, she shouted when the verdict was announced. The jury recommended death on January 29, and the following day Aileen was formally sentenced to die.
In April, she pled guilty to the murders of victims Burress, Humphreys, and Spears, with a second death sentence delivered on May 7, Around the same time, Aileen offered to show police where the corpse of Peter Siems was hidden, near Beaufort, South Carolina. Authorities flew her to the Piedmont State, but nothing was found at the designated site, Daytona police insisting that Wuornos created the ruse to get a free vacation from jail.
They speculate that Siems was dumped in a swamp near I, north of Jacksonville, but his body has never been found. Thus far, Aileens defenders and Florida prosecutors alike had failed to unearth any criminal record for Richard Mallory that would substantiate Aileens claim of rape and assault. In the official view, Mallory was clean, if somewhat paranoid and pussy-crazy.
Gillen, though had no apparent difficulty finding out that Mallory had served ten years for a violent rape in another state, facts easily obtained by checking his name through the FBIs computer network. The fascinating part about this, Gillen said, is here is a woman who for the past year has been screaming that she didnt get a fair trial and that everyone was rushing to make a TV movie about her--and in reality that comes true.
The first TV movie depicting Aileen aired on a rival network one week to the day after Gillens report. Even so, Gillen stopped short of calling for Aileens release. Shes a sick woman who blew those men away, Gillen declared, but thats no reason for the state to say, Shes confessed to killing men, we dont have to do our homework. The Prison Activist. Lee says all of the men raped or attempted to rape her. All of the men she killed were men who picked her up and who, she says, violently attacked her. Lee was picked up by many other men during this period and she did not harm them.
Several men have testified that they spent days or weeks with her and she never threatened them. They did say that she was worried that they would attack her. Prostitutes are much more likely to be raped than women in other jobs. One study of a group of prostitutes said that they had been raped an average of 33 times a year. In the Seattle area, at least 65 prostitutes and strippers have been killed by the "Green River Murderer" who has never been caught.
New York police recently arrested Joel Rifkin, who confessed to the murders of 17 prostitutes. When they stopped Rifkin by chance, the cops were not even investigating the disappearances of these women. Very few murders of prostitutes are ever investigated or solved. In her videotaped confession, which was the key evidence used by the prosecution in her trial, Lee said more than 60 times that she acted in self-defense. None of these references was included in the version of that tape which was shown to the jury. The prosecution claimed that Mallory had no history of sexual violence.
It was later revealed that Mallory had been convicted of attempted rape in Maryland, and had threatened to harm other women. Evidence of these prior attacks was not presented at her trial. The jury was allowed to hear evidence of crimes Lee had not been convicted of.
We Believe Lee Was Inadequately Represented By Counsel Her trial attorneys first failed to interview, and later failed to call, several witnesses who had volunteered information which corroborated Lee's testimony. Her trial attorneys delayed in researching evidence of Mallory's history of violence against women. The judge then ruled it inadmissible because it was introduced too late. Private attorney Steven Glaser encouraged her to plead no contest to five murder charges, without securing a sentencing offer or informing her of all her options. Deputies arranged with Tyria Moore, Lee's former girlfriend, to set Lee up.
Though Tyria was implicated in several of the killings, she was never charged. Officer Brian Jarvis, initially the chief investigator on the case, was removed from the case when he questioned the conduct of his colleagues on the case. He later reported vandalism to his house, theft of his records on the case and threats against him and his family.
Lee does not fit the profile of a serial killer. No serial killer has ever claimed they killed in self-defense. Serial killers stalk their victims; they do not kill in moments of fear or passion. Though Lee does not consider herself a lesbian, society's fear and hatred of lesbians was used against her. People have trouble believing that a prostitute would need to kill six times in self-defense. Yet recently, a Los Angeles store owner killed five men in four different armed robbery attempts.
This man was never charged with any crime. Tens of thousands of women are in prison in the U. A study by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence found that men who kill their wives or girlfriends serve an average of years, while women who kill their male partners serve an average of 15 years. Ted Bundy, who killed more than 30 women in Florida, had offers from several well-known private criminal attorneys to defend him pro bono. At one time his defense team included five public defenders and a volunteer consultant on jury selection.
Lee's supporters have been unable to find any such assistance for her; she has had to rely on overworked public defenders. Box , Pembroke Pines, FL Volunteer at or contribute to battered women's services or men's anti- violence programs in your community. Com NickBroomfield. The FBI says Wuornos was responsible for the murder of 7 middle-aged white men, each last seen driving alone on the highways of central Florida.
An admitted prostitute, Wuornos defended her actions by saying she shot to defend herself against rape and torture by her johns. In the only interview Wuornos has given in seven years since she was sentenced to death, she claims that love drove her towards criminal activity.
Speaking from death row, she believes that she is a victim of her life, and not a predatory prostitute. Her defense attorney states that Wuornos operates at the emotional level of a year old, and her behavior should be understood within that framework. Pawn shop records indicating the sale of a ring, a radar detector, and a camera. Wuornos' thumbprint appears in the lower corner as the seller. The items were determined to be property of Wuornos' victims. Sarasota Herald Tribune. AP October 5, Aileen Wuornos terrorized central Florida highways for a year, fatally shooting six men who had picked her up as she worked as a prostitute and then pawning some of their possessions.
One of the nation's few female serial killers, her case spawned two movies, an opera and several books. Her motivation, she says, was simple hatred for human kind. On Wednesday, nearly 12 years after her killing spree ended with her arrest, Wuornos will likely be executed by lethal injection at Florida State Prison, becoming the second woman put to death by Florida since it resumed the death penalty 26 years ago. Wuornos, 46, has dropped her appeals and the state Supreme Court has ruled her competent.
Wuornos murdered Prater's year-old brother, Troy Burress, an Ocala salesman, who was reported missing July 31, Wuornos' fourth victim, his body was found in Marion County. Prater says lethal injection is too light a punishment for Wuornos. He was shot more than once. He was more than a brother. He was my best friend. Through the remainder of the season, the Cubs played sub baseball with a 60—64 record, which included a two-month stretch where the team did not win a road series.
However, the Cubs remained in contention for both a Wild Card spot and the Central Division heading into the final 10 games of the season, seven of which were against the division-leading Cardinals. Louis swept Chicago at Wrigley Field in four games for the first time since , the first of a nine-game losing stretch that would keep the Cubs from a playoff berth for the first time since On Sep 29, before the final game of the season , Epstein and Maddon announced in a joint press conference that Maddon's initial five-year contract would not be renewed.
Louis that clinched the division and ended a four-year playoff drought for the Cardinals. The Cubs finished in third place at 84—78, seven games out of first place. On October 16, , it was announced that Maddon would be returning to the Angels as manager for the season. He signed a three-year deal. Maddon wears the unusual uniform He has said that his preferred number used to be 20, but that he lost that number when future Hall-of-Famer Don Sutton came to the Angels.
He was then randomly assigned 70 and declared that he would never change it so that his number would never be taken from him again. Maddon's organization, Respect 90 Foundation, hosts a charity golf tournament annually in his hometown of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. The Respect 90 Foundation raises funds to benefit inner city youth. Maddon has two children, daughter Sarah born in ,  and son Joseph Maddon III from his first marriage to Betty Maddon Stanton whom he was married to from to He and his second wife, Jaye Sousoures,  were married in Maddon has five grandchildren.
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