Aileen Wuornos. A Life Without Love

Do you know who she is?

The name, "Aileen Wuornos"

  • Is a Familiar one, but I don't know why
  • Reminds me that she was one of the first Female serial killers in the U.S.
  • Means nothing to me. Who is she?
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Born into a world of Lack

On June 3rd 1954, in Rochester, Michigan, 14 year-old Diane Wuornos married Leo Dale Pittman. Leo and his teenaged bride welcomed their first child, a son whom they named, "Keith" in March,1955. Less then two years later, Diane filed for divorce while seven months pregnant with their second child.

That baby, "Aileen Carol Pittman," was born on February 29,1956 to a single teenaged mother struggling to survive with her children, no job and little help from family. Aileen would never meet her father who not only estranged from her mother, was incarcerated at the time of her birth. Leo had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and later convicted of sex crimes against children. In 1969, Pittman hanged himself in prison. A tragic end to a father Aileen never knew.

Before Aileen was four years old, in January of 1960, she and her brother Keith were abandoned by their mother when she left them with their maternal grandparents Lauri and Britta Wuornos. These grandparents legally adopted the children on March 18, 1960

Aileen at approx 7 years old
Aileen at approx 7 years old | Source

Chance for a better life?

The logical or at least hopeful outlook of being raised by one's grandparents would be that finally these children would be safe, well-cared for and feel loved. Not so for Keith and Aileen Wuornos. Grandpa Lauri Wuornos, known for being an alcoholic and quick-tempered man was alleged to have molested Aileen, as well as beaten her on numerous occasions. He was never charged formally and as it happened, Aileen became pregnant at age 13, claiming to having been raped by a friend of her grandfather's.

Aileen gave birth to a male child at a home for unwed mothers where the baby was swiftly taken out of the room, away from his mother and placed for adoption. It seems this child's paternity will never be known. By Aileen's own admission, she had been engaged in sexual activities for a period of time in exchange for cigarettes and favors from the local boys. Sadly, Aileen had also alleged to have had an incestuous relationship with her brother, Keith.

A sociopath in the making, Aileen had learned to survive by sheer instinct, using her body and becoming an accomplished liar. Just months after the birth of her baby, followed closely by the death of her grandmother, Aileen dropped out of school. At 15, her grandfather kicked her out of the house, which left Aileen to support herself through prostitution and to live in a nearby woods.

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Learning of the first 15 years of Aileen's life....

  • Saddens and sickens me. I'm outraged at the neglect & abuse.
  • Helps me to see how innocence can evolve into psychopathy
  • Encourages me to become involved in child advocacies.
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Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Gratz Fells....for 9 weeks.
Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Gratz Fells....for 9 weeks.

Going forward...but not UP.

Aileen drifted about aimlessly, living hand to mouth and finding herself in occasional trouble with the law due to her drinking, public fighting and vagrancy. Nothing good came Aileen's way and no one, including Aileen seemed to care. Life for this young woman was not much more than a huge empty and dark abyss.

At some point in 1976, Aileen decided on a change of scenery and using her only means of travel, she hitchhiked to Florida.

If ever luck or fate would smile at Aileen, she may have had a brief encounter with this when a much older, well-established gentleman of means, Lewis Gratz Fell, became infatuated with Aileen and proposed marriage. She agreed to become Mrs. Fell, but it was soon apparent to all that it was only the name that changed for Aileen. Despite the peaceful and comfortable life this man could provide, Aileen was unable to recognize goodness nor could she appreciate any semblance to a decent and proper existence. She continued to frequent the local bars, drinking heavily and managed to be charged with assault, spending some time behind bars.

After assaulting her kind husband, using his own cane to hit him several times, he was forced to request a restraining order against his violent new bride and proceeded on to have their nine-week old marriage annulled.

It was during this period of time that Aileen's brother Keith died from esophageal cancer. To her surprise, Aileen learned she was the beneficiary to a $10,000 life insurance policy on Keith.

It is both interesting and disappointing to note that Aileen was unable to grasp the benefits of two distinct opportunities to change her destructive lifestyle to that of one with some pride and decency. Her marriage over quickly and $10,000 squandered foolishly on nothing of benefit in any way... Aileen's wild spin downward was in full force.

The aging process quickened via her rough lifestyle
The aging process quickened via her rough lifestyle | Source

The serious crime spree underway....

In 1981, Aileen was sentenced to 14 months in prison for armed robbery of a convenience store, where she stole $35 and 2 packs of cigarettes. Less than one year later, she was arrested for attempting to pass forged checks and was suspected of theft of a gun and ammunition.

Year after year, Aileen racked up charges and stints behind bars for crimes such as car theft, resisting arrest, armed robbery, obstruction of justice, as well as several other petty crimes.

One night while drinking at a gay bar in Daytona, Florida, Aileen met Tyria Moore, a sometime hotel maid and sometime bar maid, but self-admitted all time lesbian. These women seemed to click and quickly became friends and lovers, moving in together where ever they could find a room to rest their heads for a week, a month or for as long as the money held out.

Aileen believed that for the first time in her life, she had found "love." She truly felt loved by Tyria and became obsessed with the young Moore, vowing to keep them together no matter what she had to do. Aileen provided the cash for them to survive, the only way she had ever known. She gave herself a promotion and became a full time highway hooker, focusing on businessmen and truckers, pulling in and out of truck stop parking lots. Business was good, but the money wasn't enough to make up for the long hours and huge toll the job was taking on Aileen.

As most ladies of the night do, Aileen carried a gun in her purse at all times while working her shift. On the night of November 30th,1989, Aileen was picked up by 51 year old Richard Mallory, a business owner from Clearwater, Florida and for the record, Mr. Mallory was also a convicted rapist.

On December 13th, when Richard Mallory's bullet-riddled body was found, Aileen Wuornos was the sole person who knew the truth of what had happened. To this day, the actual truth of this murder or the other six murders to follow within a one year period, will never be known.

According to Aileen, each and every one of her male victims/customers, had raped, assaulted and/or beaten her and she feared for her life each and every time and shot to defend her life.
She also cleaned them out of all cash they had on their person or in their vehicle, made feeble attempts to cover up the murders and usually drove away in the victim's car, abandoning it elsewhere after getting herself back home to Tyria, the "love of her life."

Ironically,Tyria's testimony for the Prosecution became the hugest strike against Aileen. After extensive and ongoing investigation, law enforcement finally homed in on Aileen Wuornos as the perpetrator of these cold-blooded highway murders, arrested, charged, tried and convicted her. She was given the death penalty and ultimately had her request for a "single cup of black coffee," as her last meal, prior to lethal injection on October 9th, 2002.

October 9th, 2002, was the final day in the life of Aileen Carol Pittman Wuornos, a life without a chance, void of hope, lacking love, from the moment she entered this world that fateful day, February 29th 1956 in Rochester, Michigan.

Charlize Theron's incredible transformation for her role in the movie "Monster."
Charlize Theron's incredible transformation for her role in the movie "Monster."
The exquisitely gorgeous South African Hollywood actress, Charlize Theron.
The exquisitely gorgeous South African Hollywood actress, Charlize Theron.

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All of the research done for this Hubpages article was taken from numerous sources of the hundreds available on Aileen, her family history, childhood to adult years, legal troubles and ever-constant battle with survival and search to belong somewhere. Her silent pleas to be loved and eventual spin into the depths of hell on earth, remained until her death by lethal injection...alone, strapped to a gurney in the state of Florida.

Lisa Kester and Daphne Gottlieb edited and published a collection of letters written by Wuornos over the span of a decade to a childhood friend, Dawn Botkins. The book is titled: Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in Her Own Words.

The Hollywood movie, "Monster," starring Charlize Theron as Aileen, is a superbly realistic portrayal of the events in Aileen's life from childhood to her conviction. Theron received a well-earned Academy Award for Best Actress for her outstanding performance in 2003.

In 1992, a TV movie was aired starring Jean Smart as Aileen: Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story.

Wuornos was the subject of numerous TV documentary episodes: "Death Row Prostitute: Aileen Wuornos" American Justice Program. There was an episode on TV series Biography, focused on Aileen's life. She was also featured in the Deadly Women episode on "Predators."

All of this attention and focus on one woman.. So much written about her. Songs and poems have been written in memory of Aileen or to feature her life and/or crimes.

During her lifetime, no one ever sang her a song, no one ever wrote her a poem. No one protected her, taught her, guided her through the trials of growing up, no one hugged her and told her she was beautiful.....I wonder....what would Aileen think of all this frenzy over her? Could she ever imagine that one of the world's most beautiful women portrayed her in a Hollywood movie? Not a chance. She would never believe this. She simply couldn't.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

my goodness.. wrenching.. it seems you've gone through great pains to make this hub wow explosive in infomration great share

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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I learned more about her then I ever wanted to know. Your profiling was better than Criminal Minds! :) Great hub and video!

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klidstone1970 2 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

Wow, what a tragic life. You have done an amazing job with this and my hat off to you.

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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I've not seen the movie Monster yet but have seen several documentaries on Aileen Wuornos and it's so clear to see how innocence can evolve into psychopathy. Great job on your hub!

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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

Can't help feeling very-very sorry for Aileen. She never had a chance: she never had a chance to develop a healthy sense of what's right and wrong. She was compelled to survive on the lowest level of life, in the gutters where only human rats and human cockroaches driven by their sex organs exist. I don't say what she did to those pathetic sex addicts and her poor naïve knight in shining armour was right, I am only saying that I felt, and still feel, terribly sorry for her and all women like her. Somehow societies and their systems are failing children who are being born and raised in circumstances like Aileen's.

We in S.A. were very proud of Charlize Theron. She certainly outmastered herself and many other actresses in her role as Aileen.

Excellent hub about 'the monster', Aileen Wuornos.

I hope with all my heart she is resting in peace :(

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Frank.....You've made me so happy! To know my hub expressed precisely what I intended, is a writer's best compliment! Thank you, kind sir.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

GF....Gee, thanks! Criminal Mind's is one of my favorites. I'd like to say that Dr. Spencer Reed is my son......but he's not! LOL

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

klidstone. ...Thank you so much for the nice compliment......for writers, as you must know.....compliments take the place of pay checks! I appreciate your interest.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Susan....I hope you make it a point to see the movie. If for no other reason than to be truly moved by Theron's stunning performance. I simply could not get over the total being transformation Charlize had to master, in order to BE Aileen......positively amazing. Talent to that astronomical degree, impresses me beyond description.

BTW, "Monster," is not in reference to Aileen.....but I won't give up the info! LOL

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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Okay writer, your hub was magnificent! No, I hadn't heard of Aileen (trying to think of what the heck I was doing in 2003 besides working).

I have to agree with Martie. The government tracks everything else, why can't they track children when they give birth at 15 and especially at 13! I cannot imagine the traumas in that little girl's life with no one to turn to. No proper guidance and worst of all no true love.

Watching that video just made me feel worse. They executed an insane women, isn't there something wrong with that picture?

And, lastly, you could certainly be a writer for America's Most Wanted. You took a bunch of facts and made them gripping. Lots of great research GF. This one rises to the top!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

(I switched to firefox and my d#@ buttons still don't show up!)

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Martie....I'm not surprised you were proud of Charlize. She went beyond proving herself a truly "gifted" actress. Not for one second of this film, was she not Aileen Wuornos in the flesh!

I too, see this woman's life as a major tragedy from beginning to end. It's much too flippant to simply refer to her as a freak of nature's evil......

Throughout studying volumes of information, I couldn't help but feel that just ONE break, at some point during her terribly bleak childhood, may have changed the entire deadly course of her life.

Aries: We are the compassionate bleeding hearts.....but this is OK.....the world needs us too, my dear friend!

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author favorite NY Ladyfriend! Your comment has increased the circumference of my head! Not to worry, it reduces itself in no time....LOL

The government? Oh, they're much too busy to assist in creating better, healthier lives for the people they are sworn to serve. Snap out of it. They're much better at further screwing us up, don't you think?

Fact is, there are thousands upon thousands of "Aileens," and it should frighten all of us that it doesn't appear this will change much, except perhaps for the worse. Thanks, made my day.

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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

So interesting; I loved it and vote up.


sheilamyers 2 years ago

The name didn't seem familiar until I got further along in your hub. The information about Aileen's later life reminded me of seeing the story on one of the programs featuring crime documentaries. The early part of her history is new to me so thanks for sharing so many of the details.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author


So nice to see you. Thank you for visiting and for your vote!


I do think that while we don't excuse criminal behavior under any circumstances.....the "early part of her history" tells us so very much about the human psyche and the essential importance of "nurture" in childhood......We need to learn to ask ourselves: Looking in depth at Aileen's life.....How could she NOT burst wide open with anger and rage at some point? Thank you for your interest.

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merej99 2 years ago

Quite powerful, well thought and researched. I remember news clips of her pending execution and it saddens me that they put an insane person to death. I wonder too if there was ever any hope for her had she been spared the death penalty? I cannot imagine a life she's endured. It's the stuff of nightmares. Sadly, a part of me believes her death was more humane than anything else she'd been through.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

merej99.....Speaking of "powerful," your comment surely is. Our fatally flawed justice system, would not think of considering the obvious psychosis Aileen displayed for a few months, prior to her execution.

What matters in our courts, especially to the Prosecution and the public, is the defendant's mental condition at the time of the crimes. Whether or not an individual goes stark raving mad at any point thereafter, is of no concern or consequence.

I tend to believe there is always hope.....and there is no shortage of those who call me a dreamer.

Your final statement strikes a chord of great magnitude, merej99.....and I am sad as well to agree with you. Thank you.

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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Effer--What a great hub. Your research is so thorough. We see all sides, including the tragedy of her childhood that got her started on a horrible path. What a sad thing that she never had a chance. Well done on this hub, my friend!

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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Paula, these crimes happened in my backyard. I'm closer to Daytona than Clearwater, but within direct line of both cities. I had no idea what Aileen Wuornos's life was like before she came to Florida. It makes you wonder if the abuse she received all those years led to who she became. I guess that's a matter of opinion. There are some who make it through okay and others who don't. The interview at the end was interesting. She says the cops covered up the murders (insinuating that they were thanking her for getting scum off the street), yet she was caught, tried and convicted. Her eyes looked pretty crazy to me. Or angry. Or both.

This is a very enlightening post, Paula.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi Vee.....Yes, thank you. It takes a bit of thoughtful pause sometimes, to see beyond what's obvious. For me, her story nearly steered me toward a guilt trip......You know, how dare I have so much of what Aileen had none of, at any time. I felt guilty for having had loving, hard-working parents, who gave their all to raise my sister and I in dealing with the ways of the world. I could go on, but you know where I'm coming from & it's just a crazy sort of thought process.

In the end, Aileen must accept her portion of we all must. My intent for my message came through and I'm glad it did! Thanks GF!

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savvydating 2 years ago

Aileen Wournos never had a chance in hell of living a decent life. Evil is what happens in the absence of love. I saw the movie, Monster. It was very, very compelling. One leaves the movie theatre with a deep sense of sadness for lives wasted. You've done a wonderful job of portraying Aileen Wournos. I read the hub from beginning to end. Up, interesting, awesome.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi Sha......You had a front row seat! Yes, she was angry put it mildly and toward the end, she got fairly cuckoo. "The sonic pressure" excuse didn't seem to go over very well.

"Abuse" was merely part of her tragic journey.....outright neglect from the start, abandonment, very young sexual experimentation, incest, alcoholism, public shaming and bullying, pregnant at 13 & treated so coldly, when in fact she was a baby having a baby....being tossed out like last week's trash, onto the streets, alone and homeless at 15. Nowhere to go, no one to turn education or training of any kind.

A lost, lonely, used, abused and tormented little girl.....and this was all she ever knew. My tears are for this little girl....not the wretched, crazed serial killer. The little girl was an innocent human being. The killer was a man-made creation.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Yves.....I see you find the grotesque realities I discovered too. I recall many emotions after seeing "Monster," but mostly a weakness and sick feeling within, as the same thought repeated in my head...."not a single chance, did this woman have from the very start." I had read so much prior to the movie that I knew too much.

Yet, there are sadly MORE people who do not see this, will not accept the hard core facts of reality and close their eyes and hearts tightly.

That is much easier and much more comfortable, isn't it? That way we needn't feel any of her pain nor feel the least bit responsible for Society's contribution in the creation of a raging killer.

Thank you, Yves for stopping by and for your very thoughtful comment.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Life is never simple, is it Sis? Yes, I saw the movie and yes, it was a virtuoso acting performance.....and yes, this is a tragedy from start to finish. Can her actions be justified? Probably not, but they can certainly be viewed within the context of the horror that was her childhood and teen years. How much would it take for any human being to crack? You? Me? As you know, I was in foster care and then adopted....there but for the grace of God my friend. Do I feel compassion for this woman? You bet I do.

Well done Paula!

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merej99 2 years ago

@billybuc - that is a really awesome question! What would it take to make a human being crack? Sometimes I feel like I've been close to the edge. Thank goodness I never fell over...or maybe I did?

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carolinekirby 2 years ago from Indianapolis, IN

I'm glad I read this! I didn't know about Aileen before but now I really want to watch her movie. It does sound like she never had a fair chance at life and the fact that she met a good man (if he really was a good person, I'm not doubting it but I don't know enough about her story to want to say for sure) and didn't seem to appreciate him just goes to show that when you break a person down for too long sometimes they see everything as evil. It makes me wonder how her life would have turned out if she had gotten to keep her baby boy and raise him in a whole different environment where she got the help she needed.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks bro....

you don't surprise me by being your realistic and compassionate self.........

Merej99.....Heavens......You never cracked? You're an amazing miracle....yet I must tell you that you're surely missing an important experience in life.

You see, we are each and every one of us, very complex puzzles of millions of pieces. Puzzles don't arrive in tact of perfect fit and form.

The mound of pieces must be studied closely, one at a time. Through a long process of trial and error, mental and physical manipulation, we discover where and how the pieces fit into The BIG Picture.

This requires focus, time, energy and numerous mistaken attempts....often, others will join in to help, but you mustn't let them jumble up your unused pieces, since this may cause to confuse and steer you off course......and after all, it's YOUR puzzle, for which you must complete and be held responsible.

The joy and pride you will feel when you've finished the task, may last forever, if you believe in Fairy Tales.

Normally, what happens is that we or someone else makes a clumsy move, an intentional quake....and lo and behold....your perfectly connected puzzle begins to crack. You rush to save what you can, try to remember how you did it first time round.....think about the consequences of an unfinished picture and return to the struggle again.

This must be done. If left in disrepair, the cracks will travel and multiply. The result would be the state of being perpetually and terminally CRACKED. We know this is not good.

Give yourself a little time. You'll get there...and you'll be better off for it all..........I rest my case.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

caroline....your wishes are sweet and would be wonderful if writing a Fairy Tale Fantasy. Aileen was but a child herself in desperate need of "love and care." The only blessing for that baby boy was adoption.....rather than becoming any part of the insanity of the Wuornos clan. Had she been able to break from the toxic environment and get help....we'll never know that story.

Mr. Fell was a respected and honorable older gentleman...decades Aileen's senior. The point is, he was sincere and prepared to care for Aileen and provide a life she'd never dreamed. In fact, she was incapable of accepting kindness and generosity, or even understanding these things, so common to most of us.

I hope you do decide to watch "Monster." It is a superb movie.

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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Paula,

This might be your best 'type' of writing IMHO...but you know I also adore your humor, sarcasm and other stylings along the way. I have visited this thought provoking piece three times (so far): initially for content, then to watch the video clip and now to absorb all of the meaningful commentary.

I was gob smacked at "Monster" when it hit the theaters...and yes, Charlize deserved that award for an unforgettable performance.

I must concur with Bill in wondering (actually kinda constantly) what it would take for someone to crack? For me (cuz I have), it's the smallest thing, sometimes a comment long after a fact or even a horrific event...but that's just me.

How sad, how very weird even...that this tragic personality has generated such a legacy...a story that is now known far and wide. Yet, just as strange, perhaps Aileen's life is a reminder to us all to love our kids, hug our kids and give them a chance at a normal and decent life, the chance she was never given...

In any event, dear Paula, this was a worthwhile read and I thank you.

Love, Maria

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Maria my lovely lady friend.....You are not the first to speak up and tell me my style is "reporting"......however, you are the prettiest and the nicest, so it means the most to me!! :)

I think it may be that"she" has generated such a legacy, precisely because she IS/WAS a "tragic personality."

Oh very valid your words are. I cannot tell you how many hundreds of times I would reassure myself through the trying years...."If I literally sprinkle every part of them with my fierce, undying love, teach them without preaching, hold them accountable with firmness and fairness, and help them to "experience" the emotions all around them.....I can let them go, trusting their lives are in their be the best that they can be."

Thank you for the time you spent, indulging in my work and as always for your wise and sweet words......

It's a bit of a drive......but we really MUST have coffee.....swing around and pick up Miss Tillie. I think our locations form a triangle.....If not, we'll make it a triangle!

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2besure 2 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I was just talking about the movie "Monster" yesterday. The perfect example of the prey becoming the predator. In spite of what she did, I find her a sympathetic character. I wonder what she would have become if raised in a loving nurturing environment.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Perhaps somewhat normal, productive and not quite as infamous. She may have even become a writer! :)

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MartieCoetser 2 years ago from South Africa

I came back to read the comments, and again realized that I would have been Aileen if I were born in her shoes. Experiencing all that rejection from an early age, realising that Life only enables me to be a prostitute in order for me to eat and love, and oh, that feeling of powerlessness in the grip of sadistic, humiliating male superiority.... Gosh, I think at the end of the day I would have lost my mind completely.

I believe she lost it during that first traumatic experience, when she had to kill in order to live. Afterwards she was a heartless wreck, but still holding on to the only love she knew.

Oh, really, this is one of the most tragic biographies I have ever read. In her case I believe the death sentence should have been diminished to life imprisonment in a mental hospital.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You know Martie, There are so many different ways to think about her end. It seemed as though she almost welcomed death....and why not?

I am not in favor of Capital Punishment (for MANY reasons which I have documented clearly in a couple of my hubs) but then again, Martie....considering all, lethal injection could possibly have been merciful. Perhaps the one thing ever done for her, to put an end to a lifetime of utter pain and misery. Aileen's story begs continual contemplation. Thank you for stopping back. Always good to hear from you.

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midget38 2 years ago from Singapore

I've read this case. I guess we empathize, yet really cannot forgive.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

midget....While I agree with you entirely, I feel I need to clarify. It's not so much the "empathy" for a particular individual (Aileen). My intent is to help us all face the repercussions, consequences and tragedies that are so rampant in our society, due to the magnitude of ignorance.

Thank you so much for your visit and comment.... Peace, Paula

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skye2day 2 years ago from Rocky Mountains

tpherj48 I often wonder why we humans are so inclined to gravitate towards stories about very ill people. Spiritually, emotionally and physically ill. Truly we are all born sinners living in a fallen world. The wages of sin is death. I am so grateful that there is one that overcame for us.. Named Jesus Christ. He is the way, hope, truth and life. I truly hope Aileen repented and made right with God. No sin is too much for HIM to forgive. Thank you Lord for His grace and mercy which is new each day!!!!

Your writing is magnificent. Your hard work and research is evident. May God Bless you and keep you. Skye

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

skye....I'm fairly sure there is a multitude of reason behind what drives humans to be drawn to a particular issue, field of study or to develop a passion for human behavior....or anything, for that matter.

Why do some gravitate toward learning about nature and continued ways to protect it from neglect and abuse by the earth's inhabitants? The questions are endless. I suppose the answers are as well.

As for the particular subject of my hub (Aileen) we can only listen to her claims. Her heart is known only by the Lord she says she accepted, surrendered to and knows. Just as you use the word, "hope," this is all we can have. Thank you so much for your intense reply. I appreciate your passion. Peace.

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Bk42author 2 years ago from New York

Her crimes were terrible, yet at the same time my heart breaks for her. I truly feel as if she never had a real chance at a "normal" healthy life. (Again, not excusing what she did)

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Brenda.....No one in their right mind could or should excuse barbaric behavior, of course. I think my point is, this woman in particular was literally a creation of barbarism.

She and so many many ..yesterday, now and as time goes on, will always exist in this world. They are the reasons we can and should all strive to make this a Better ALL ways.

Thank you so much for your interest.

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Abby Campbell 2 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Paula, I don't normally read articles like this, but your question at the top of this hub caught my attention. I found this story very interesting, and it breaks my heart that Aileen turned into the woman she did. Could it have been a hereditary mental disorder with her father being a schizophrenic. After all, children of one schizophrenic parent has a 50/50 chance of also having the disorder. But, she didn't have any love or nurturing throughout her young life either. It's so sad! We as adults, and parents, who care about society should definitely keep an eye and hand out for children who are hurting. Even a little love from someone who takes only a small part in the life of a neglected, thrown away, and unloved child can be a life and soul saver. Thank you for sharing!

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi Abby.....and by "articles like this," you mean what? That's fairly vague. I don't normally read "recipe" hubs and try hard to stay away from "Religion-related forums," but these are specific topics. So I can't help but be curious about your comment.

I'm certainly glad you chose to read my hub. The more important theme of my intention, was really to bring attention to how these abnormal behaviors take root, develop and grow out of control.. (using Aileen as an infamous and ideal example)...not necessarily to garner sympathy for her, nor those in her category.

You are quite astute, Abby. I believe you are the first to mention her father's diagnosed mental illness. Absolutely, her DNA can be thrown into the tragic mix of toxins that took hold within this person. Thank you for picking up on that and mentioning it.

All due respect....imagine if we can, not merely a young, impressionable girl but a potential future mental patient, literally raising herself with no guidance, nurturing, training or affection. Does that not present the likelihood of a future explosion? You also make a profound statement. Yes, "even a little love" shown by one person along the hand that reached out to a disposable little girl. You definitely understand!

Thanks so much for your contribution, Abby. Peace.

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tlpoague 2 years ago from USA

Great job you did writing this hub. My heart goes out to Aileen. She became a product of her environment. I have to agree with Abby, I wondered too if she didn't have her father's mental illness. I never did watch the movie but have watched the documentaries.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

tlpoague......Hello and welcome to my site. I appreciate your interest and your thoughtful comment.

Yes, it does appear there is a very long dirty laundry list of issues that all seemed to intertwine up and down and in and out of the life of this unfortunate woman.....which, as has been recognized by many, spelled out a big fat nasty ZERO HOPE for her from day one.

It's as though, whatever could go wrong, however a person could be neglected and rejected, used, abused, tossed out, with inherited illness thrown ALL wound up on Aileen's little corner of the world.

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teaches12345 2 years ago

Wow, I was so taken by your post and the content. I am sad to hear of this woman's background and fate. I have not seen the movie, but it may be one I take in -- if I can handle the emotional turmoil I would feel.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Good Morning, Diana......Stories such as this tragic scenario can be a toll on the entire spectrum of emotion, I know. Obviously, these are the profound tales by which we can learn the most. If only we truly did learn enough to snap our consciousness into accepting the magnitude of our role in the lives of others. Clinging to hope as always, we can only lead by example.....Thanks for the visit Diana. I am always glad to hear from you!

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Ruchira 2 years ago from United States

Your research is thorough, PAula

I did not know many details about this lady.

bless her soul!!

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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

fpherj48, this may be the most gripping piece I have read on Hubpages.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Ruchira.....In all honesty, I don't think anyone ever really knew Aileen. No one ever took the time to talk to her or show the least bit of concern.

The most attention for Aileen came due to her crimes. Very telling, couldn't we say?

Thank you so much for the visit. I'm always glad to see you!

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Oh my mckird........One statement like this from you goes a long long way ...I am flattered. Thank you!

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Powerful stuff Paula, and so well written I was totally drawn in! I remembered the name, but when it got to the first photo I thought, wow, charleze theron played her! what a fantastic film that was. I actually felt sorry for her because of her upbringing, who would she have been if she had received love when she was a child? makes you think doesn't it? great hub! and really fascinating reading! voted up and shared all the way!

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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest

Indeed an excellent, well done hub. I always did kind of feel sorry for her and she is a clear case of what can happen in extreme cases of neglect and abuse. Some try to say that serial killers are wired that way from the start - perhaps there's some truth in that, but I think it's their environment more than anything else that ultimately decides if they turn down that path or not. Shameful what happened to her - start to finish.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Yes, Nell......"Think"......I believe that's what writers strive to guide their readers toward. Thanks so much for the great comment.

I know this may have made a whole lot of people realize their minor complaints about what their parents did and did not reality, don't amount to much more than a hill of beans....Hugs.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Christin..your comment brings the study of the human psyche very close to the hard core facts of it's reality. That reality is that it can't be much more mysterious, complex and unending than it IS and will continue to be throughout the existence of man.

"Wiring," so to speak, plays an enormous part. It's not the total picture by any means....but it cannot be ignored.

My simplest response to your profound statement can only be.....envision an electrical board, with hundreds of wires and contacts....The board is live and wired as it stands.

We can know some things.....such as, if the power is on, the electricity should spark. It should hopefully also provide the service we need it to perform. Until we continue with an activity or experience, we can't really KNOW, without question.

Too many paths, variables, intricacies, and perhaps human brains and hands working on it all at once, or maybe no one supervising or attending to it at all. Maybe it's just plugged in, turned on and then every human with brains, emotions, senses.....just walks away and never returns.

The ultimate results of what occurs or what does not occur.....may cause harm.....may be beneficial....and may do nothing out of the ordinary at all.

What we can be assured is that discovering the occurrences and results.. then understanding, make take several lifetimes.

Thanks so much for your very thoughtful comment.

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DreamerMeg 2 years ago from Northern Ireland

Such a sad story. We will never know if she would have gone that way if she had received loving care from the start but every child deserves to be brought up in a loving and kindly home, in secure relationships. The lack of love and care, especially at an early age leads to terrible consequences for everyone, including society as a whole.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

meg.....With all cases such as these and the people directly involved.....(Aileen, OJ Simpson, Casey Anthony, Jodi Arias) when there are atrocities and dead bodies all around....but those who stand accused, continually and vehemently deny committing any crime...or at the least, spin a fantastic tale 0f "self-defense"'re correct.....we can never know many facts.

When the only one talking or refusing to talk and numerous dead people are who we have.....we could not know what actually occurred. Sure as hell, no matter what they claim, 95% of normal people would not believe their tales.

Yes, the consequences for everyone is much destruction. Thanks for your comment. Peace. Paula

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DabbleYou 2 years ago

Very interesting story. It's my first time to read about her. Her story is tragic. She would've received better care had she been adopted by people who would've loved her. She may have become a better person then.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I think you're right, Dabble. Anything near normal would have been better and possibly changed the course of her life. We'll never know. She one amongst millions....that's the saddest part. Although not all become "murderers!"

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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Aileen Wuornos. A Life Without Love is an interesting story told with great emotion and I have not heard of her until now.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Devika....Thank you for your visit and interest in my hub. It's good to hear from you!

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ahorseback 2 years ago

Sometimes I look at the expectations of woman compared to man in life and think , Its all so unfair and there ARE times where it is ! She was a monster no doubt , yet isn't it the monstrosity of mankind that created her ? I watched the movie and to tell the truth , Charlise played it to a T! Yet all the while I felt only pity for her in some ways . Probably just my sense of naïve decency , It was after all hard for me to feel any pity for the men who would use a woman like she was used . And yet as a culture , like ours , we think the abused woman is the monster ? Is it me or was each of her victims a piece of crap !...Great hub !....Ed[Oh and thank you for the answer my dear !]

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi Ed.....Thanks so much for the visit and generous, thoughtful comment. Truth is, Aileen represents so many many things that are "wrong and what we, as human beings should strive to evade."

The foremost point I hoped to you the many ways in which we are all a part of who and what each of us becomes...(for the most part).

What is it that is done or not whom, from the moment an innocent, precious life enters this cruel world we co-habitate? Aileen is such a perfect a source of education in this sense.

Peace! and thank YOU for gracing me with BEST answer!!

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ChristyWrites 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Given the way her life began, it really does make sense that she went on to those crimes and behaviors through her adult life... I am not saying it was right but it certainly did follow that what she saw was what she later acted out. I have not seen the movie but thank you for giving me a deeper understanding of such a troubled life.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Christy....It is not often we are able to...or even care to, look at the "other" side. The reality is, individuals (all of us) need so much from birth onward. Love and security are amongst the most vital.

The physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual development of a child, must be taught, guided and maintained continually by SOMEONE who cares.....if not a parent.

Aileen is such a blatant example of these vital needs being a complete lack in a life from very early childhood on.

Thank you so much for your visit and thoughtful comment. No, it doesn't make any of her crimes less egregious, by any means.......but she didn't become a killer...all by herself.......Peace to you, Paula

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wabash annie 2 years ago from Colorado Front Range

A blockbuster Hub with an excellent bio of this woman. Thanks much for informing us all!

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

annie.....Thank you so much. Glad you found my hub interesting. Stop by anytime!

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Millionaire Tips 2 years ago from USA

This is a sad story - I should have remembered the name, but I didn't. It makes me sick what people are capable of - the way she was treated as a child by so many people. Of course, the things she did was also wrong. Voted up for this well researched article.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hi M.T.......Yes & yes...we agree. The odds were strongly stacked against Aileen and unfortunately she lacked the inner spirit & self-motivation to grab hold of even the smallest of opportunities, that may have led to a better life.

She's one story in a million, very much alike......unfortunately. Mankind is rather blind.

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crazybeanrider 2 years ago from Washington MI

This is an awesome hub. It has so much information written in a neutral way. I've followed Aileen's story for a long time. It was tragic what happened to her and how she eventually lashed out the way she did. I often wondered what would have happened to her if she had known what love was when she was a child. It is very sad. excellent hub.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Boo.....I believe we can and should ask ourselves that question in the case of so many controversial individuals. We have a need to try to understand what it is that shapes a human being, whether incredibly lost & evil or quite the opposite.

What was it and/or who was instrumental in contributing to shaping even our own attitudes and personality? Surely we knew and felt "love." It is also what is afforded us as a result of the love from others.

For the most unfortunate amongst us, like Aileen Wuornos, the damage of not only feeling unloved & unwanted, but made to feel "unworthy" of the simplest forms of basic concern. How could she have ever known she had a right to her share of happiness and respect?

Thank you for your visit. I appreciate your input.

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Alphadogg16 2 years ago from Texas

Very interesting & sad story fpherj48. I was actually unaware of this story & it's reality until the movie "Monster" came out & I saw it. Thumbs up on your hub.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks, Kevin.... for your interest & comment. What is "saddest" to me is that we (society) have no legitimate excuses nor explanations for putting out individuals like Aileen Wuornos into the world.

Allegedly the greatest, richest and most powerful nation in the world and this is the best we can do by our inhabitants??

IMHO, there is a very complex and profound meaning to the term, "It takes a village," if you see what I mean........Ignorant parents, unconcerned family members, indifferent community members, lax, uninformed teachers, doctors, social workers.....uninvolved neighbors. Too many like Aileen lost and fallen by the wayside, decade after decade......This will never end.

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hellovictoria 2 years ago from Atlanta

I was a middle schooler when the Aileen Wuornos issue was unfolding, so I didn't hear very much about it - and when I did hear something, I didn't really understand.

Now that I'm older and am interested in reading about things like this, I am grateful for writers like yourself who are able to put the story into such an attention grabbing article in order to provide a synopsis of the issue to educate others. I have certainly learned a lot just by reading this - thank you for taking time to shed light on a tragic story of how abuse and neglect can lead to a destructive lifestyle.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

hello.......I'm so glad I could share the story with you. As high profile as this case was at the time, of course the Movie brought it to the world in technicolor.

There is a lot of printed work also, should you ever want to get in deeper..........Thanks for the visit!

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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

Paula, I had written my comments on this very thought provoking hub two days before but unfortunaelty these were washed out due to some snag in the server. However, this hub is so apt comment on a sad aspect of prevailing natue of our society that I could not resist my urge to comment again. If I sum up the reasons behind the suffering of a poor soul like Aileen in one word, I would say that it was due to "apathy " shown by the closed relatives of Aileen, friends and society at large toward her miserable life. I wouldn't call her a monster. Though the society ended her existence calling her as a monster, the real monster is still alive in the minds of a certain section of society. Though Aileen got chances of leading a sane life, she was addicted enough to the mad way of living and so could not wriggle out of it despite getting some peaceful moments with her friend Tyria. There were every streak of evil in her life that could go destroying an innocent life. We, a fortunate chunk of society are greatly burdened with a debt to improve the lot of such miserable souls wherever visible in our society. I sincerely pray for peace into her soul and that of her victims. Though evil exists alongwith good, good has a sacred duty to turn guys sunk into evil into good with all love and compassion. It is a great hub and I wish it to be read by billions of people all over the world. Voted up.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Harish.....As you can be aware from reading my hub and the comments, as well......I share your thoughts and feelings completely.

What makes this even sadder, my friend, is that Aileen is merely one.....of thousands throughout our world who must experience such "apathy" you have so aptly called this life situation.

For the record....just to clarify, it is expected that those who have not seen the movie, associate the name of this movie, "Monster" with referring to Aileen herself. However, the term Monster is actually in reference to an amusement ride that is mentioned in the script of the movie. Perhaps this was done intentionally by the producers, but I wanted you to know this fact.

If possible, you may want to see this movie.....Thank you so much for your wonderful and compassionate comment. Peace, Paula

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, I had heard of her sad story before and watched the movie, which was difficult to watch and the stellar performance by Charlize Theron. Whenever I hear of any child being neglected or abused, it just breaks my heart to no end, and it is so prevalent in today's society. Scary and sad at the same time to think that many get away with harming children and then some of those very children later "crack" as billybuc and Maria have stated ... and it does beg the question ... Who would not under the circumstances?

After reading this riveting piece here you have written, I was reminded of a serial killer in my hometown growing up in Columbus, Georgia (Maria may remember too) who was called "The Stocking Strangler" ...I remember the very low crime rate the city had during that time in 1977-78 (I was a teenager), brought the entire City much horror. I was married young and moved away and never really kept up with what happened. Ironically, I just did a Goggle search today and typed in "The Stocking Strangler" and they do have a suspect arrested in the 80s and it will be retried due to back then no DNA and such. There is an article in The Columbus Enquirer just in February of this year (2014)! He would strangle women with stockings in an affluent part of the City, and after killing several older women who were widows, he just disappeared. I had a strange experience as relates to the case ... hmm gives mean idea!

Up and more, pinning, tweeting and sharing

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Faith.....I am happy to see you and to read your interesting comment. Although we must never adopt a sort of paranoia in life, for it robs us of our joy, I'm afraid it is only rational to develop an awareness of the evil that exists all around us.

The thousands of individuals who were forced to discover that for years, their neighbor, co-worker, cousin, friend.....was indeed a murderer, rapist, terrorist...well, suffice it to say they were jolted into reality. For most, I will guess this is a shock they carry forever.

Is it human nature to basically "sleep-walk" through life? Passing though each day wearing blinders, with our backs to what requires our attention, in blissful ignorance.?.........I think so, Faith Reaper.

I also firmly believe the warning, "Wake Up!" has far deeper meaning than we understand.

Wishing you and yours a Blessed Easter....Peace, Paula

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W1totalk 2 years ago

How does this even happen? Great hub.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

W1totalk.......Universal question, asked by those individuals capable of thinking and speaking. Why many more don't wonder, is the sad mystery.

I'm one to value the simplistic & realistic answers. The catch is, once we KNOW, it is mandatory to take action. Therein lies the reason most do not care to KNOW. Why spoil their fun and interrupt their stupors?

Also Universal is the total lack of responsibility and awareness. It is so much easier and less messy for all of society to simply ignore the less fortunate, the lost orphans, the discarded children.....feign horror and point fingers of blame and disgust.......and breathe a selfish sigh of relief after the execution.

Lord knows I'm not positive, W1......but I'm taking a wild guess that this may be at least part of "how this even happens...." I'm sure you agree.

Thank you for your visit.

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

What a sad story. What strikes me is the bio father had schizophrenia. I have to wonder if Aileen suffered from this as well and was never diagnosed.

Jack the Ripper had a similar story. He was mutilated at a young age during operations without any anesthesia, being strapped down to a gurney. He was separated from his mother. He had to go to the hospital alone.

It's a terrible tragedy for sure.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

So good to see you, Jaye. It's been such a struggle for me to jump on HP for even 20 minutes a day. I've had withdrawal.....and then reading bill's hub on the wonderful bond we writers all have with one another...almost made me cry.

Now, you've gone and piqued my interest in Jack the Ripper. Those are some hideous facts of which I was unaware. Not that it shocks me to discover yet another twisted and morbid killer experienced an unthinkable childhood.

Thanks so much for your input!

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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Sadly, she was not the first and nor will she be the last to lead such a tragic life. How different her life might have been ...

Voted up +.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

LTM......You state it perfectly. Thank you for your interest. Just another social ill that ultimately wreaks havoc upon all those effected.

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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain

You have done a wonderful job of showing the brutality of the crimes done by Aileen and of those done to Aileen.

A very sad tale all around, Charlize Theron did a wonderful job her acting was superb, and she seemed to capture the essence of Aileen.

An extremely well researched and well written hub :D

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

maggs.....I am pleased you enjoyed reading this.....yes, it is a sad tale. There are too many millions of them, aren't there? What a bloody mess humanity exists in.

Charlize was simply outstanding as Aileen and deserved the Oscar, without a doubt.. Peace, Paula

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maggs224 2 years ago from Sunny Spain

You are right Paula, there are too many of them, I went into a prison in Oklahoma, and I saw Wanda Jean Allen being moved in her orange jumpsuit, with a chain round her waist and handcuffs attached to the chain.

When you see the actual people, you feel so helpless in the face of the punishment that is going to take place at some point. I am not making light of the crimes they have committed, but the justice dispensed seems to depend a whole lot on what social class you come from.

There is definitely inequality in the system, if you have money and can afford the lawyers to fight your corner, the outcome most often will be different.

There have always been people who have been convicted of crimes that they haven't done. Now with DNA evidence playing its part many convictions have been overturned.

When the punishment is execution, there is no going back, I was in Boot Hill in Tombstone and there was a grave marker and on it was written

Here lies George Johnson, Hanged by mistake 1882, He was right, we was wrong, but we stung him up, and now he's gone.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Maggs.....Thank you for such an interesting and heartfelt comment. I appreciate such feedback.

Please know you are absolutely correct in your expression of the reality. I published an entire hub, possibly 2, on our judicial system, crime & punishment and more importantly Exonerations from Death row.

If the average person had even a slight glance into the extreme flaws in our judicial system, I don't believe they would ever rest easy again.

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ladyweight 2 years ago

What a horrible life she lived. It is so sad when children are brought into this world with no one to love or care for them. How can we expect these children who are brutally neglected to be anything less than sociopaths? This was an insightful and interesting hub. Keep up the good work.

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

lady.....Yes, it is a sad reality and worst than this, should simply not exist. The absence of love & nurturing for a needy & vulnerable it's own parent, is in every single way....utterly" unnatural."

Any and every being or thing which runs contrary to nature...leads always to destruction and ruin...

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Hankscita 2 years ago from Florida

Wow, really excellent information. I loved the movie and thought Charlize deserved best actress for her portrayel. I did not know about her childhood, and your last paragraph asks some intriguing questions. What a sad life, and I wonder what she would think now. Up voted and shared. Thankyou for a great Hub!

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hankcita....Good to have you stop by. Yes, Aileen is a classic example of a life that starts out in every unfortunate way...and continually tumbles down a rocky hill....nary a stopping point and void of a rescue.....

Like so many of the "throw-people" in our society......winding up at the very bottom is an inevitable shame.

"Childhood" is merely the start......millions can and have risen above and beyond negative experiences in youth.

Then there are the Aileens of our world......"Hopeless".....& leaving us to search for an end to such tragic results.

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Billrrrr 2 years ago from Cape Cod

Stellar work on this piece. Crafted with precision. I agree with the comments about executing an insane person. Also, I would like to know what meds she was on and what was in her system when that last video session was made, some 24 hours before she died.

Her eyes were as scary as any I have ever seen. The irises had been totally swallowed by her pupils. While this might be seen as an indication of her insanity, it also might be a result of ineffective or incorrect 'drugs'. Who would have been writing her scripts while she sat on death row?

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Bill......I can only speculate that Aileen was being pumped up with any number and combo of drugs. While toward the end, she became "looney," the system has a tendency to "overkill" in terms of keeping inmates submissive....or at least less explosive.

It should have been clear to anyone that Aileen had finally lost it entirely, with her theory of "sonic pressure," but instead it was a source of public ridicule.

In any event, the law reads quite plainly. It is the sanity or lack thereof at the time of crimes committed. Aileen was far from a scholar or well-bred woman, but for the most part, she was not legally insane when she went on her killing spree.

Thank you for your valuable input.

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imtii 2 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The article is very interesting and it is also like a horror story of Aileen Wuornos. It was good to know all about her. Thanks for the sharing fpherj48 I am giving you a up vote!

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

imiti......Thank you for visiting my site. Yes, most of what has been written of Aileen's life can easily be described as a horror story.

Her troubles and pain and the suffering she caused many families was put to an end by lethal injection.

I appreciate your comment and the Up vote.

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ahorseback 2 years ago

I know I commented before and yet , why is it that the most horrific crimes and the most victimized people go through life unacknowledged by the crowds around them who seem unattached to these poor cursed lives? You are amazing to bring this travesty to us !.....Ed

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Ed.....Behind every successful a brilliant woman, who.. Oops....wrong topic Sorry. LOL

Seriously now......I'm sure we sane & law abiding human beings--at least the vast majority of us--(notice how I automatically included U & I here) are very worn & tired from hearing all the damned excuses for why criminals are precisely that: CRIMINALS. There is not a single "abuse excuse" that hasn't been bellowed at least a dozen 90% of this low-life population. I say 90% because there are those who proudly offer up no excuse, no explanation and surely no apology for being the rapists, killers, thieves & worse...amongst us. They are the worst of the worse and they like it that way. They are our elite group of psychopaths....growing in number, by the way.

When I set out to write this hub, I hoped to choose a person whom I could use an an example of .....HOW a criminal might possibly be an authentic creation of Society and our over-abundance of social ILLS.

The 1st person who came to mind was Aileen Wuornos.

Having said this....It occurred to me long ago that gathering hundreds of thousands of individuals together and lumping them all into one huge mass of be ignored, avoided, punished and even put to death is beneath the intelligence and dignity of us as human beings.

Are we that lazy and unconcerned? Is it always simpler and for the better of society to merely RID ourselves of anyone anywhere, who has stepped over that LINE at any time?

I tried as best I could to convey my intention by sharing a brief history of her short life, from birth until we served her a cup of black coffee and stuck a needle in her arm. Some people get it and reply in acceptance of the big picture I drew.

In this world, there are many many more who maintain a hard core, unfeeling, stance of denial and huge void of any sense of humanity. This is just the way it is....and it will always be.

Yet, the story that was Aileen is very simple for me to understand. I needed only to compare my life to hers. That's all. Easy. Walk step by step, next to she lived her life and I lived mine. In this way, nothing could be clearer to me.....just this ONE comparison.....for me to fully comprehend how I became the person I am today......and Aileen was euthanized like a terminally ill the end of a life much worse than that of any dog I've ever known.

Exactly WHAT does Society expect when we are all a part of this travesty?

That's all I was trying to say. Thanks Ed.

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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Wow! You have really covered this! Now I want to read those books and see the movie. Unbelievably sad story! Unbekievably sad life. Shame on us...

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

HI Randi...Glad you stopped by....Yes, it is very sad when Human beings close their eyes to the wasting away of someone's entire life, from early childhood on. Often, it only takes one person to refuse to keep "passing the buck." though it's never OUR problem.....someone else will take care of it....."What can I do?"

There are millions of Aileen's......Society will quickly & coldly scorn them as sub-human. When will Society see that it is a FAILURE of Society and a FLAW of mankind that assists to create these broken individuals?

Realistically, I know this will continue on to the end of time....but this doesn't mean that all of us can remain perpetually paralyzed.....

Have a peaceful Sunday!

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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

What a great hub Paula. You are good at this type of stuff. Her name Aileen Wournos rang a bell but I couldn't place her until you mentioned the movie 'Monster' God Charlize Theron went through an amazing transformation for that and thoroughly deserved an Oscar. You have to feel sorry for Aileen, she had no real hope after her early life did she, even though she was given a chance to better things by marrying Lewis Gratz Fells. Well researched and riveting. Voted up.

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fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks so much Jodah. I happen to think it's much too easy for human beings to turn away in disgust and discard pathetic individuals like Aileen and Lord knows there are many.

I look at her entire life and see a complete waste of humanity throughout. WHO ever, for one moment stood up to the plate and gave one ounce of concern for this child? Not a soul.

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aesta1 20 months ago from Ontario, Canada

I was stunned after reading this story. I just could not imagine such a life and how this could happen to one person. Once, I evaluated a project that dealt with prostitutes and I saw how these women loved and took care of their children and met one who was happily married to someone who loved her enough to take her out of that work. My husband always says that unless society takes care of its less fortunate, it will not succeed.

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fpherj48 20 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

aesta1......"Stunning" is certainly an appropriate term for Aileen's story. Sadly there are too many Aileen's in this world due to the willful blindness of Society. Your husband knows what he's talking about and I wish we would all see the big picture. We can start with having "homeless" here in this Country. How can we all not be totally ASHAMED of such a thing?!

I often focus on the thought of the MANY billionaires who live in sheer luxury, owning multiple lavish homes, numerous vehicles, yachts, jetting around the world existing within their circle of the they turn their heads in order to feel no guilt?

Thank you for your visit & the follow. I happily follow you as well.

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nybride710 19 months ago from Minnesota

I had never heard of this woman. When someone does the things she did, I always wonder why. People don't become killers for no reason.

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fpherj48 19 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Thanks for visiting. If you're ever in the mood to see a good movie, you should rent "Monster"'s very good!

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Amanda6868 18 months ago from Unknown

An incredibly interesting article. I never knew about Aileen and her story. She had such a depressing life and I wish someone could have been there to help her.

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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Amanda.....Sadly, there have been millions of "Aileens" and as life goes, there always will be. There will never be enough awareness, intervention nor compassion and financing to agencies that might make a difference. This is just another ugly fact of humanity at it's weakest. Thank you for your visit. Welcome to Hubpages. I wish you luck and success.

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Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

I've watched several documentaries about Aileen and her life. I also tried to watch, "Monster," but had to switch it off not far into the movie.

I don't know if I'm wrong for this or not, but I always felt sorry for her. Then when it came time for her execution, I'm not sure I felt vindication for her victims, rather just a depressing end to a sad story.

Obviously, Aileen had no shot at a good life right out of the womb. I'm not saying she couldn't have gotten some help, picked herself up and made her life work. However, it was apparent that she was way too broken. Well, that's how I see it anyway.

You did a wonderful job telling this story for the readers who may not know it. It's really a tragic story.

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fpherj48 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You are quite obviously on much the same page as I am about Aileen's tragic life. Yes, there were a couple of beneficial opportunities to turn her life around, however as you stated, it was not likely such an utterly broken human being could have made the connection.

I hope one day you do watch Monster in it's entirety. It is an excellent movie, worth watching if only to be enthralled with the stellar portrayal by Charlize.

It seems a good percentage of my readers here do see the tragedy here but some people need some sort of Justice for closure to egregious crimes. This is part of human nature.

I saw no advantage to her execution. In fact, by that point, Aileen welcomed the lethal injection. Sad.....just sad. Her mental state had seriously degraded by that point.

Thank you for reading, Missy....and also I appreciate the follow. Please know that I intend to spend some time on your site reading some of your work. It looks quite fascinating. My habit has always been to become familiar with a fellow-writer's work in order that I may leave "fan mail" when I choose to follow. Peace, Paula

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watergeek 15 months ago

@bravewarrior - I was thinking that too. What she said at the end actually made sense, if you ignore the extremism of it. I could easily see the cops watching her after her first murder, where she killed off a serial rapist, then setting up her next victims, also rapists (like setting up undercover drug deals). That would be a smart move, actually. Cleaning the streets, like she said, then picking her up when the worst ones were gone. She was able claim one good deed she did in life, they could get rid of rapists without having to arrest and take them to court, and then she could live a somewhat protected life in prison afterwords, with steady food and a place to sleep. The other prisoners wouldn't bother her as much as they might someone else, because she could defend herself. Prison sounds like a good place for her to live, considering what her life was like before.

She was clearly a smart person the way she put two and two together. I like that she accepted her death and left with some piece of pride intact, instead of letting the videotaper manipulate her into pathetic, "Oh I'm such a horrible, guilty person" kind of "cry for me" behavior, as if she cared what other people thought of her by then.

BTW did everyone pick up that the "sonic attacks" on her were probably a really intense, ongoing headache? I've read of "normal" people who took their own lives to get away from headaches like that.

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fpherj48 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Susette.....I am always open-minded. All things are "possible," many are probable and the rest one day can be proven. As for her "sonic pressure" that time, I have no doubt her mental health had seriously deteriorated. Given her bio father's genetic psychiatric issues, Aileen had a propensity for mental instability.

I would agree she was street smarts, but her I.Q. was iffy at best.

I put NOTHING past law enforcement, so perhaps she knew more than every one else about their games.

Aileen had no choice but to accept the inevitable. Imprisonment and the death penalty can be seen as the only compassion ever given her by society. May she rest in peace. I just wish the world could see the making of Aileen Wouronos as the result of our own SOCIAL illness.

Thank you for your interesting & thoughtful comment, Susette. Please come visit me again.....Peace, Paula (My dear friend "Sha" is "bravewarrior").....I'm Paula~~fpherj48. LOL)

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watergeek 14 months ago

I agree Paula. Her situation was definitely a result of social ills. Hopefully the "Black Lives Matter" agitation, the immigrant situation, and prison reform (all three interconnected) will cause changes to our social system that improve the lives for all low income and marginal people like her. (And it's good to meet you two. My real name is Susette.)

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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Yes, Susette....I knew your name. I always try to do my homework! LOL I like to use names when they're available.

Thanks for visiting. I don't know what it will take for US to wake up and realize we have many ills to address and to change!

I just know that we must, if we expect to create a better world. Have a great week-end.....Peace, Paula

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Chuck Fasst 13 months ago from Portland, Oregon

Glad I finally took time to read your hub and wow - what a vid! I will read more when Winter comes. Your intro brought back memories right away. You mention the early makings of a Sociopath. Her early life is quite similar to stories my last GF told. The abandonment and being given over to another Grandmother. Hers was the story of the early makings of a Narcissist it turned out - to my extreme dismay and loss. She damaged my life permanently and I have never touched another woman since. I see now that there is a long string of men she left behind who are in the same boat, I'm afraid. But at least she was not the murdering kind. I suppose I should be thankful for that.

Then you bring up the part about the evil Grandfather. Reminding me about my research into Ted Bundy years ago. He had one, it appears. Ann Rule dug that info up but she never made the connection that led to my theory. I explored my theory over at and also wrote her an open letter.

Incest is awful enough but we don't know nearly enough about the genetics of Psychopathy and Narcissism. The medical industry devotes Millions to diseases we can see and feel but fails to adequately address the diseases of the mind and the threat that presents to the ultimate survival of the human species.

And I sure do remember the Wuornos story and the movie. I am guessing she may have been born with the bad seed and everything else in her life turned her into what she became. But that vid! She hung onto the salacious details of her murders to her grave. She would not give the rest of the world the satisfaction of the intimate details to be exploited in the media.

She stood her ground. That is unusual for a Psychopath.

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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Chuck.....I'm pleased you took the time to read one of my works. Aileen (rest her soul) was a lost cause from early on. I see her as she spiraled down the deep, cold & dark tunnel from the moment of her initial abandonment. Could she have benefited by an unsuspecting intervention? We'll never know, but by all revelations, it's highly doubtful.

Your admission to never having been near another woman since your dreaded experience is both sad and troubling to me, Chuck.

I would hope that you can come to realize that one misfortune with a severely flawed individual, does not mark your entire life forever.

You are young, talented & intelligent, with your rightful share of happiness ahead of you. If anything, you can be grateful that you have gone through this dark period only to emerge wiser and stronger. It is highly doubtful that you would be taken in ever again by a damaging narcissistic personality.

It takes time, Chuck, but please believe in yourself and know that you can be confident in a bright & loving future... Peace, Paula

JLD 9 months ago

I have watched the Movie Monster and I have also watched interviews with Aileen. One thing that No body ever talks about tried to discover is the identity of the child that Aileen had at 13. The only thing that is ever mentioned that it was a male child and given up for adoption immediately. What happened to this child? Does he know his lineage? Do the parents of this child know who his mother was? Why is no body else interested in finding out what happened to him?

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fpherj48 9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

JLD Hello, thanks for visiting my site. I have often wondered about the child Aileen gave birth to so many years ago. You're correct that it seems nothing has ever been written of him. I don't know if anyone has tried to locate him, but it wouldn't surprise me.

Frankly, for his sake, it may be best that he never have to be aware of who his bio Mom was. The only reason it may benefit him would be for health/medical reasons. With any luck, he was adopted by a good, loving couple. Hopefully they raised, nurtured and educated him well.

I try putting myself in his shoes. I think I would not want this very disturbing information. Sometimes things are better left unsaid.

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StephanieloveOwl 7 months ago from Hong Kong.

She always get my sympathy.Her life was just so tragic.She never feel love when she should be protected and love.Everyone in her life fail her miserably.RIP Aileen.

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fpherj48 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Stephanie....Thank you for stopping by. It's nice to meet you. For the most part, I can agree with your feelings about Aileen. She certainly was dealt one losing hand after another.

However, in all fairness, as you & I both realize, at some point we must each take responsibility for our own lives. The odds were against this abused, neglected & unloved woman. Peace, Paula

Wilma Henry 3 months ago

Aileen didn't have a chance, it seems, to have a normal life. If only someone had reached out and offered her a safe haven when she was little!

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fpherj48 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Wilma. I appreciate your interest. Correct, as my hub confirms, I feel Aileen was denied a simple chance as a child, but she also rejected a few opportunities as an adult due to sheer ignorance.

Aileen is only one in millions of neglected, nearly-forgotten human beings throughout this nation, needless to include the balance of our world.

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