Famous Last Words
Aileen Wuornos
Bradford County, Florida
October 9, 2002

I’d just like to say I’m sailing with the Rock and I’ll be back like “Independence Day” with Jesus, June 6, like the movie, big mother ship and all. I’ll be back.

Wuornos’ troubled life began as soon as it started: she never knew her biological father, who was incarcerated at the time of her birth, and who suffered from schizophrenia and hanged himself in prison; her mother abandoned her and her brother with her maternal grandparents when Wuornos was 4-years-old; she was sexually assaulted by her grandfather as a child; at 11 she would exchange sexual favors at her school for food, drugs, and cigarettes; at 14 she became pregnant following a rape by one of her grandfather’s friends; and by 15, she had had her baby, was kicked out of her grandfather’s home soon after her grandmother died of liver failure, began living in the woods, and became a prostitute for a living.

Her adult life was littered with crime as well, from armed robbery to smashing a bartender’s skull with a cue ball. Between 1989 and 1990, she promoted herself to serial killer, shooting men and point-blank range, claiming they had raped or attempted to rape her and the killings were in self-defense. During her trial, she was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder. Despite being found mentally unstable, Wuornos was sentenced to death by lethal injection.

She has been portrayed in the movie Monster (2003) which earned actress Charlize Theron an Academy Award for Best Actress, and by Lily Rabe in American Horror Story: Hotel during the fourth episode and the season finale.

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