If you’ve seen “Monster,” you know a little about Aileen Wuornos, the killer prostitute from Florida, and one of the worst female serial killers.
But while the Hollywood movie depicted Wuornos as a victim of her circumstances, her long criminal history of assaulting men is inexcusable.
As a little girl, Wuornos never met her father. He was in prison for sex crimes against children when she was born, and he later hanged himself in his cell. When she was four years old, she and her siblings were abandoned by their mother and left to live with their grandparents in Michigan.
By the time she was 11, Wuornos was already exchanging sexual favors for food, drugs, and cigarettes at school. She did once say that her grandfather beat and sexually assaulted her while she was living with him. One of his friends even raped her, causing her to become pregnant at 14 years old.
After she gave her newborn son up for adoption, she dropped out of school and her grandfather kicked her out of the house. At 15, she became a prostitute and lived in the woods near her grandparents’ home.
As soon as Wuornos turned 18 in 1974, she was arrested in Colorado for a DUI, disorderly conduct, and firing her .22-caliber pistol from her car as she was driving.