“The Monster” is quite the appropriate nickname for Aileen Wuomos. While she was indeed evil, and there was no excuse for her actions, there was a clear time in her life where her evil was created, much like many fictional monsters throughout history.
Wuornos’ background is just about as harrowing as one could possibly be. She never met her father (he was charged with sex crimes against children and hanged himself in prison), was abandoned by her mother, sold herself for food and drugs at the age of 11, got sexually assaulted by her grandfather, was pregnant by 14, dropped out of school at 15, and lived in the woods as a prostitute to support herself.
The mental makeup of any person would be extremely distorted after what happened to Wuornos. Unfortunately, however, she responded about as negatively as one could to that terrible situation. She was arrested for a DUI when she was 18 and escaped the authorities by moving to Florida, where she married a 69-year-old man. Her brother then passed away, and she burned her $10,000 inheritance in less than two months.
After being arrested for armed robbery, she was arrested for car theft, where police found extra ammunition and a loaded gun below the driver’s seat of her stolen car. This was not enough to lock her up for good, however, as she met her soulmate, Tyria Moore, at a gay bar a few months later.
After teaming up with Moore, Wuornos turned to prostitution to provide for them. This is where her murders started. Wuornos murdered seven people, all of whom she claimed were in the process of raping her after they hired her as a prostitute. The victims of criminal activity included a store owner, a rodeo worker, a sausage salesman, and a security guard.
Wuornos and Moore stole the car of Peter Siems, a victim of The Monster’s crimes. When they were in an accident, their likenesses were reported to the authorities, and they were arrested for his murder, along with the murder of several others. In exchange for immunity, Moore was able to persuade Wuornos to confess for her crimes.
Although Wuornos confessed, she stressed that she only murdered men who were attempting to rape her. She was found guilty for sixth death sentences, as Siems’ body was never found, so she was not found guilty of his death. Wuornos was the tenth woman executed in the United States since 1976.