Sunday, February 8, 2015

Doing Woman Different: Aileen Wuornos

Aileen Wuornos was born in Rochester, Michigan on Leap Year 1956, different right from the start. Aileen was born to a teenage (15) mother who was abused by her parents, including raped by her father. Aileen's teenage mother married a sociopath who was later imprisoned for raping a 7 y/o girl, he would later commit suicide in prison. Maybe the only lucky break Aileen received in her life, is her mother and father separated before her father got the chance to rape her.

Aileen's mother abandoned her and her older brother when Aileen was four, leaving them with her mother's parents Lauri and Britta Wuornos. Aileen's grandmother Lauri, was an abusive alcoholic and her grandfather was her mother's rapist. As can be expected, Aileen very early on had emotional and anger issues at home and in school. At age fourteen she became pregnant by her brother, she spoke later of her grandfather, her grandfather's friend and brother raping her. How often we do not know. Aileen was forced to have the child in a home for unwanted mothers and forced to give the infant up for adoption. After returning to her grandparents, her grandmother's alcohol abuse finally killed her and her grandfather contacted the state turning Aileen and her brother over to them for a short time. Afterward her brother at the age of twenty one died of throat cancer and her grandfather committed suicide.

Afterward Aileen ran away, living in a fort in the woods for a time. Despite her frostbitten body, Aileen still hoped what was out there in the world couldnt be worse than the home she left behind. Unfortunately, she was wrong. Between her age, her abused/sexually abused-mental state and patriarchy's constant hard on, Aileen prostituted herself for food, money, shelter, maybe even some faux deceptive human warmth. To alleviate the horrors of being raped for money by men, Aileen resorted to petty crimes in between prostitution. She hitchhiked to Florida, was picked up and married at twenty years old a nearly seventy year old john. The marriage was annulled within a few months, Lewis (the husband) didnt approve of Aileen's youthful exuberance of bars/drinking and not wanting to be under the dominance of yet another male.

Aileen drifted in and out of trouble, further abuses by men who bought her body for sex, pent up anger and rage, short lived lesbian relationships and drugs. In 1986, Aileen met and fell passionately in love with Tyria Moore. Their relationship was as bad as it was good, but for Aileen the good outweighed the bad. Tyria expected Aileen to be the financial supporter in their relationship, urging Aileen to continue prostituting herself, regardless of the physical dangers and psychological repugnance Aileen experienced being fucked by men as a lesbian. But Aileen would have done anything for Tyria, if you love someone enough you should be willing to die for that person, Aileen believed in fairytale like fashion.

Several years into Aileen's and Tyria's relationship, while trying to earn money for what had become for her-family-Aileen was picked up Richard Mallory. Mallory attacked and attempted to rape (raped) Aileen, she defended herself with the small handgun she carried in case such a circumstance ever arose. In a panic, Aileen dumped his (naked) body in a wood using his car. She also took the money that he agreed to exchange with her for using/abusing her body to pleasure his dick.

Triggered from years of systematic emotional and sexual abuses from males, Aileen made a beeline to Tyria for comfort, love and to lay her burden at Tyria's feet. From what occurred over the next year, six murders of men found naked, killed/robbed with .22 caliber bullets, we can glean that Aileen received little comfort from Tyria in Mallory's attack on her and her rightful (would anyone believe her?) reaction. Tyria used Aileen's fear of abandonment to keep her actively prostituting, creating situations like the one with Mallory or perhaps even instigating Aileen to simply kill and rob these male deviants since Aileen had already killed once, regardless of the circumstance. Aileen and Tyria were subsequently followed by police, who later took Aileen into custody where Tyria was quick to place blame on Aileen, absolving herself from any charges for her all too willing help in convicting Aileen.

Right from the start Aileen was portrayed as a lesbian man hater and first female serial killer by authorities and media alike. Serial killers have (and still are) ALWAYS been men, Aileen was patriarchy's (in their masculine minds) first chance to show women too were as sick and sexually vile as they. By linking Aileen's prostitution (sexual work) with killing multiple times through her work as a prostitute, Aileen was labeled a female serial killer. Male authorities on all fronts, police, FBI, psychologists, psychiatrists, serial killer profilers etc believed (hoped) no one would notice Aileen wasnt a female serial killer at all, but a multiple murderer. There is no evidence Aileen's pussy was wet when she killed Mallory in self defense or if her pussy was wet and she had an orgasm when she or Tyria killed the other men she was accused of killing. Sexual motivation (usually sadistic), the sole component of serial killers, was thoroughly lacking in Aileen's case.

But these truths didn't stop the homophobic media frenzy that made "Aileen Wuornos" a household name at the real life and death expense of Aileen Wuornos the emotionally/physically/sexually abused/perpetually abandoned lesbian! Selling Aileen as the first female serial killer was a gold mine on many counts and to many people with the exception of Aileen herself, including Tyria Moore who sold both Aileen Wuornos and sold Aileen out. In murder trial after murder trial, Aileen in effort protect her love/home/family i.e. Tyria Moore (who testified against Aileen) Aileen took full responsibility in each murder (1 exception), completely absolving Tyria from any involvement.

Aileen played up being loud, obnoxious and angry with violent tendencies that could go off any minute in court. These displays ensured that Aileen on trial was the same Aileen Wuornos the public hated/wanted to hate, further lending credibility to HER being the cold blooded lesbian man hating killer authorities/media claimed she was, giving Tyria Moore a get-out-of-jail free card. Pictures of Aileen snapped by media in moments of passionate pleads were (are still) flaunted in newspapers, news reports, exposés, films, documentaries and a host of other mediums. The ugly lesbian man hating serial killer of men had a name and a face.
Images such as this one were routinely presented to the public. Anything that made her appear a mix of dykey/crazy/violent. This image (visual and the killer lesbian headlines) of Aileen made her murder by the state of Florida a lot more palatable.

Images of Aileen as a victim of patriarchy crimes against women, Aileen who despite these horrors struggled to find throughout, a snip it of happiness and some inner peace that from birth was unknown to her, were not so popular in the media.
During her eight years in prison, Aileen was used and abused by a motley crew of attention seekers and money hungry opportunists. She was put to death in 2002, after refusing to use her appeals. This way, Tyria Moore would no longer have to worry about any future incrimination's, all responsibility for the deaths of these seven johns rapists died with Aileen.

As Aileen became nationally known, what troubled her most was not being labeled the first female serial killer, but in how media recreations and films portrayed her prostituting herself. A dirty blonde with a low cut tight top, short skirt and come fuck me heels. Aileen said she only ever wore a t shirt, jeans and tennis shoes. Aileen consciously chose NOT to adopt constructed femininity when she turned tricks, feeling instead that by not doing so, she retained something of her dyke dignity, separating herself from prostitutes who willfully acquiesced everything to please men.

Aileen endured (survived) a lifetime of some of the worst that patriarchy could dish out to females, in the end Aileen dared to FINALLY have a normal reaction to those horrors. Aileen refused constructed femininity, refused heterosexuality, refused to cross her feet at the ankle, refused to speak quietly, refused to sugarcoat her speech, refused to be abused any longer by men, refused, refused, refused! In doing so Aileen became public enemy number infinite, because women who are lesbians are threatening, but lesbians who kill (bad) men, no matter the circumstance, must die!

Aileen was murdered for her unruly dykeness in as much as she was for the murders of the multiple men she was convicted. Aileen Wuornos did woman differently, so differently in fact an entire state (country?) put her to death for it.

Aileen used to be somebody's baby...



  1. "Monster",,, even the title did her in.

  2. Wournous was an emotionally damaged woman. There are a lot of women who experienced abuse, but they didn't kill people. What is the point of posting an article about her?

    Having said this, I do believe that she was raped while working as a prostitute (most prostitutes are abused, beaten, and raped). I think something snapped in her.

    1. Every one should know why she did it. She was an innocent child. No child deserves this. Why not post an article showing her horrible life and truth. About a little girl hurt all her life about how the lesbian Tyria brainwashed her because she didn't start killing until she met her. After all that, she threw Aileen under the bus. She never knew love. Not once. I wish I could have met her and teach
      about God's love. The only 1 true love every innocent child & good person deserves. She was a little girl destroyed. Man I wish I'd run into a pedophile. I'llslaughter them. Poor Aileen I can't imagine going thru that torture. It breaks my heart I feel it my soul. I guess majority that hate her are males. It's an injustice how these male sick evil ones like Jeffrey Dahmer Satan's son was not given the death penalty.

  3. Why did Wournos kill these men?

    All the men that Wournos killed were Johns who probably raped or assaulted her while she was working as a prostitute.

    Other than the sick twisted desire to murder someone, why did these men kill?

    Luis Garavito, Columbia, Child-murderer, torture-killer, and rapist known as ”La Bestia” (“The Beast"). Confessed to killing 140 children over a 5-year period in Colombia. He is suspected of murdering over 400 victims, mostly street children

    Pedro López, Columbia, Peru, Child-murderer and rapist, known as "The Monster of the Andes". Targeted young girls, between the ages of 8 and 12. Arrested in 1980 and convicted in 1983 of killing 110 young girls but confessed to killing 300, exact total unknown. Though he may be the most prolific serial killer of the 20th century, he was released in 1998. Current whereabouts unknown.

    Daniel Camargo, Ecuador, Peru,
    Child-murderer, believed to have possibly raped and killed over 150 victims, primarily young virgin girls. Confessed to killing 72 victims, and incarcerated with Pedro Alonso Lopez

    Pedro Rodrigues Filho, Brazil, Convicted and sentenced to 128 years, but the maximum one can serve in Brazil is 30 years. He has claimed to have killed over 100 victims, 47 of them inmates. He also killed his father and ate a piece of his heart. He killed his first two victims at the age of 14; he was first arrested in 1973

    Gary Ridgway, U.S., Truck painter who confessed to killing 71 women. The United States' most prolific serial killer; also known as The Green River Killer. He almost exclusively targeted sex workers from Seattle. Suspected of killing over 90 victims, confessed to 71, convicted of 49.

    Gee, why would a prostitute be fearful of a John?

    Serhiy Tkach, Ukraine, A former Ukrainian police criminal investigator, suffocated girls aged between 8 and 18 and performed sexual acts on their bodies after they were dead. Claims to have killed 100

    Ted Bundy, U.S., Bundy officially confessed to 30 homicides, but has confessed to killing 35–36 women in the past, and some estimates run upwards of 100 or more.

  4. Below is quote from a powerful and insightful article on Wuronos.

    In my opinion, Wuornos's testimony in the first trial was both moving and credible as she described being verbally threatened, tied up, and then brutally raped, both anally and vaginally, by Richard Mallory. According to Wuornos, she agreed to have sex for money with Mallory on the night of November 30, 1989. Mallory, who was intoxicated and stoned, suddenly turned vicious. According to Wuomos:

    "I said I would not [have sex with him]. "Yes. you are, bitch. You're going to do everything I tell you. If you don't, I'm going to kill you and [have sex with] you after you're dead just like the other sluts. It doesn't matter, your body will still be warm." He tied my wrists to the steering wheel, and screwed me in the ass. Afterwards, he got a Visine bottle filled with rubbing alcohol out of the trunk. He said the Visine bottle was one of my surprises. He emptied it into my rectum. It really hurt bad because be tore me up a lot. He got dressed, got a radio, sat on the hood for what seemed like an hour, I was really pissed. I was yelling at him, and struggling to get my hands free. Eventually he untied me, put a stereo wire around my neck and tried to rape me again. We struggled. I reached for my gun. I shot him. I scrambled to cover the shooting because I didn't think the police would believe I killed him in self-defense. "

  5. Raped and assaulted by pimps and Johns.

    Eighty-two percent of these respondents reported having been physically assaulted since entering prostitution. Of those who had been physically assaulted, 55% had been assaulted by customers. Eighty-eight percent had been physically threatened while in prostitution, and 83% had been physically threatened with a weapon....Sixty-eight percent...reported having been raped since entering prostitution. Forty-eight percent had been raped more than five times.

  6. The question isn't why did she do it, it's why didn't she do it sooner?
    I am glad she killed and only wish she had both killed more Johns, and had a lover worthy of her absolute devotion. And of course I wish she hadn't gotten caught or killed by the state.
    She only killed 6 men, all johns, but got the death penalty, and died quickly, whereas men with many more murders plus sick sex shit, merely get life. IF they get that at all. Even the ones that actually get the death penalty rarely die anytime in the first decade.

    She is a hero to all of us who have suffered the hands of men, esp as prostitutes women. And to those that say "but, other women are abused and don't murder!" I say "what would the world look like if all abused women did kill their oppressors?" I think it would be great if more women followed her example, but more carefully. John deserve it!

  7. Very thought provoking. I guess I bought the whole media spin. Primarily, that the rapes were not true and that she made it up to try to get out of trouble; that she killed because she was just an evil killer. Your analysis actually makes more sense. Also, her unbringing was always portrayed as advantaged, like she was a spoiled brat.
    What a tragic life.
    You also brought up a common stereotype of the "man hating lesbian". There is nothing a man hates more than rejection (how dare you not want my D**k).

  8. What the hell. Why would you use a murderer as representative of lesbian women?. Stop making excuses for her "patriarchy this...that". She isn't a role model she was sexually abused and and traumatized. She may very well be homosexual due to her traumatic sexual abuse. And with the murders it just demonstrates her hatred for men.

  9. You misunderstood these posts, clearly. Nowhere did I say Aileen was a "role model", I said she did woman differently. These posts arent about great, perfect women, they are about women who did/do women different, and the sometimes dire consequences of doing so in a world that forbids women from doing so.

    Context is everything.

    If you think Aileen was a womb made lesbian, then ya might need to get your gaydar checked or if straight, ask a gay or lesbian friend for confirmation.

    Maybe Aileen herself, in her Dear Dawn letters even.


  10. Context is everything. - Dirt

    Right on Dirt. In a cyber space where everything is dumbed down, you continue to entrust in the intelligence and engagement of others, through all the twists and density.

    You Rock

  11. @February 9, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    No one said that she is some kind of "role model" for anything. She was just an emotionally, sexually abused woman who was abused from the time she was born. I see her as more of a victim than anything else. Some, but perhaps not all, of the Johns she killed while she worked as a prostitute did rape and assault her.

  12. "What the hell. Why would you use a murderer as representative of lesbian women?. Stop making excuses for her "patriarchy this...that". She isn't a role model she was sexually abused and and traumatized. She may very well be homosexual due to her traumatic sexual abuse. And with the murders it just demonstrates her hatred for men."

    Have you not considered that "hatred for men" might be a perfectly rational response to patriarchy?

  13. 'Have you not considered that "hatred for men" might be a perfectly rational response to patriarchy?'

    Exactly, petre.

    Another thing: so-called "man-hating" -- which is supposed to connote a wild, inexplicable irrationality (ha) -- is not the sole domain of lesbians.

    If anything, man-hating is probably felt more acutely, on average, by heterosexual women, who tend to live with men 24/7 in very personal, intimate relationships.

    Many of these women, granted, do not acknowledge that they hate men. It is just too terrifying. But, they protest too much in the opposite direction, by declaring their undying love and loyalty to men -- especially to abusive men. All of this dissociative behaviour is about survival.

    Aileen Wuornos was a broken human being, yes; but, the Aileen who went to prison did not lie to herself or to others about why she killed those men. She hated them for raping her. The first rapist she killed WAS physically violent. The other rapists (johns) just offered to pay her for sex. At any point during the "transaction" these men COULD have become violent, and perhaps some of them did. We won't ever know for sure.

    The point is, Aileen was not irrational to hate and fear them. She was treated her entire, tragic life, like a non-human object, like a toilet, like a beast of burden. She responded, in kind, against the class of people who did this to her. What's shocking and surprising about her murdering men is that severely abused women don't do this more often.

  14. Don't be intimidated by the term "man haters". I hate men too, and I am one (for my sins).

  15. Wow, Anonymous, some good old-fashioned class-analysis. You must be nearly as old as I am. Let's hold on to our hats while they start calling us marxists. (-;

  16. "Aileen was not irrational to hate and fear them."

    You could say she overcame her fear through hatred. Men, as a class, deserve the hatred of women, and then some.

    And yes, I too am playing my male privilege card by being the first to say that openly here. But you can say it too. Practise it quietly in your bathroom, then get louder.