Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Definitive Aileen Wuornos

Though Aileen Wuornos was wrongly labeled as America’s first female serial killer, she certainly is classified as one of the most notorious female murderers. Her criminal record ranges from armed burglary to six murders, with some petty (and not so petty) crime in between. Aileen was played by Charlize Theron in the critically acclaimed 2003 film Monster. 

Born: February 29, 1956 in Rochester, Michigan.

Sentenced: Sentenced to death following conviction for six murders.

Died: October 9, 2002 by lethal injection in Florida.

Victims: 7 men.


- Aileen never met her father, who was schizophrenic and served time in prison for crimes against children.

- Aileen had a child at the age of 14 and placed it for adoption.


VIDEO: Aileen Wuornos Final Pre-Execution Interview

Watch Aileen being interviewed on the day before her execution.

A Killer Who Preyed On Truck Drivers

Learn in-depth information about Aileen’s life and how she became a notorious serial killer.

Slideshow: Killers As Kids

See how Aileen and other serial killers looked as kids.

Women Who Kill

Read how Aileen Wuornos compares to other women who have committed murder.

Serial Killer Movies

Charlize Theron hasn’t been the only actress to play the part of a serial killer. See what other movies take on the infamous events surrounding serial murderers.

Black Widows Spinning in Their Web of Darkness

Read about the motivations and life events that contribute to the shaping of female serial killers’ minds.

Slideshow: Women Executed in America

See what other American women were convicted and sentenced to death.

Slideshow: Last Words

Read Aileen’s last words and the final statements of other condemned criminals.

Are You Smarter Than a Serial Killer?

How does Aileen’s IQ stack up against that of other famous serial murderers?


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