Aileen Wuornos America’s First Female Serial Killer
Aileen Wuornos was born on the 29th of February 1956 in Rochester, Michigan as Aileen Carol Pittman the second child to Leo and Diane Pittman. According to Biography.com Wuornos’ parents had a troubled marriage. Aileen’s father Leo Pittman was a child molester and her mother Diane was a 14 year old who was incapable of caring for two children. (“Biography.com”) Aileen’s father was convicted of raping a seven year old and was sentenced to jail leaving Diane to care for her and her brother alone. Deciding that it was too hard, Diane packed up Aileen and her older brother Keith’s things and took them to her parents Lauri and Britta Wuornos and she left them never claiming the two again. Lauri and Britta adopted Aileen and Keith and raised them as their own. (“Biography.com”) Aileen had a rotten childhood. She was abused greatly by her alcoholic grandfather Lauri Wuornos. Childhood friends said that Wuornos’ grandfather beat her with her pants down over a chair for discipline; her Grandmother Britta was never around because she was an alcoholic. Aileen and Keith were the only ones that suffered the abuse’ Britta and Lauri had two other children of their own living with them at the time. At age 11, Aileen became sort of a wild child. She had a very outrageous temper, Dr. Jekyll and Hyde is something that everyone would call her. It could have been from the abuse that she suffered from her grandparents but nobody knew where it came from. (Russell 21) Wuornos also began trading sex for cash, cigarettes and alcoholic beverages. According to Sue Russell Aileen was courted by the youth of Troy and Rochester and was sought after one moment and rejected the next. (Russell 22) Aileen desperately wanted popularity so she started doing the sexual favors for money to get clothes and shoes so others would want to be her friend. Money gave her a since of empowerment; she felt above...
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