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Your Fate is...Death

Updated on December 21, 2012
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Introduction

Erroneously, Aileen Wuornos has been referred to as the first female serial killer. However, her story is just as off-the wall as any other, if you can get the truth about her, for she had problems with honesty. Firstly, she was diagnosed toward the end of her serial career as having borderline personality disorder. Secondly, which is not uncommon, she was also said to be affected by antisocial personality disorder. Thirdly, she despised men. If that is not a mixture for someone to be dangerous, I cannot say what is so.

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Childhood

Aileen Carole Wuornos was born on February 29, 1956 to Diane (nee Wuornus) Pittman and Leo Dale Pittman. Aileen or Lee, as she liked to be called, was born in the OaklandCountyHospital in MI. She was a breach birth, believed conceived at the time of her mother’s horrendous beating by her sociopathic father. He later became a pedophile and sexual predator.

Both Aileen and her brother, Keith Edward, cried constantly. In 1960 in Michigan, Diane left her children with her aunt, then later called for them to be taken to her parents, as she was never going to return. Both children were adopted by her parents, and their names were changed to Wuornos.

Their 16-year-old Uncle Barry said that this adoption was always “a sore spot in the family.” He attended his niece’s trial in Florida, testifying against her. His younger sister, Lori, was much closer in age to the newly adopted children. After much upheaval, both children eventually became wards of the State, and the band played on. Lee later moved to Florida, married, and eventually inherited money from her brother’s death due to cancer that he got while in the military. I’m not clear on what happened to her husband, who was decades older than she was.

Adulthood and Final Days

She became a prostitute in FL but at 33, she was showing her age, and her market value was not as high. She met a lesbian lover at a bar in 1986, found herself a gun, and hit the road looking for other things…

She was charged with the brutal deaths of six men, but she would never admit to the seventh. The seventh victim is believed to be somewhere near the Florida and Georgia state line. She blamed her actions on everything that she could possibly consider, but never her own actions. On October 9, 2002, Lee Wuornos was executed, which was the penalty decided unanimously by all twelve jurors in two hours. Her adoptive mother and her attorney were not present for her final hours.

Wuornos was a cold and calculating woman with a mounting rage that would always came to a head when she alone decided such. She controlled life and death, yet she never showed any mercy to anyone or anything. If anyone ever crossed her path in her mind, she sealed their fate. Such is the life of a serial killer, no matter if they are male or female, yet it is more shocking for a woman to be involved.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You know, Koffeeklatch gals, some of them did, but some of them didn't have a normal life. It appears to instill itself in the psyche, and it goes deep, some of it even to early childhood, but it wasn't always acted upon.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Women serial killers are not the norm. How sad that there are serial killers at all. It makes you wonder if they had had a normal life if they would have still turned to killing.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I never saw that movie, moonlake. A sociopath is just a vicious person that does what they do naturally. Thanks for everything.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I often wonder if they are just bad seeds and would be the way they are no matter what. Have you ever watch the old movie The Bad Seed? I watched it again the other day. Very interesting hub. Voted up

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for visiting DDE. It seems like it is more to it than that to me. They definitely have mental issues, like sociopathy, which causes them not to care about anyone but themselves.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      So interesting but also frightening about serial killers. most serial killers have some sort of personal disorders, or were not loved by their parents. Thanks for sharing this Hub!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, beckie, that's about the size of it. But there is a commonality, too, and I think I'm getting closer to it.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Deb

      I think you and I share a common interest in reading about these monster as a way to figure out just what the hell makes someone do damned evil.

      I'll never figure it out but will always continue to research them.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, CrisSp. Sociopaths are another story unto themselves. They actually seek out the unsuspecting, upon which to prey. They are very sadistic and derive pleasure from hurting others, both mentally and physically.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Very interesting. I am always fascinated by true crime stories. I've read her book and have seen the movie (Monster)--she's creepy, not that I'm patronizing her but more so for awareness.

      Sociopaths have no remorse, no feelings at all and although not all sociopaths are killer, they are capable of doing so when triggered. Hence, a danger to society. However, they could be very charming and intelligent as well, which makes it hard to actually detect their behaviour.

      Good, educational read. Thanks.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      A sociopath has no sympathy for anyone, unlike a normal person, Jackie. They can easily kill others, but are petrified if someone is in the position that they used to be in. I know it is hard to fathom that, but it is how that kind of mind works.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I saw this movie. very good, well I guess, lol. I use to read a lot of true crime years ago and was amazed how we could never guess who might do these things. You wonder sometimes if some people are born without a soul. Ann Rule is a really good writer if you get any of these books from the library.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Johan. Thanks for reading. There are so many serial killers that have walked the face of this earth.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That's right, Lela. Not all people are meant to be parents, either. Some feel that once the child is born, their responsibility ends, so the child raises him or herself. One man in prison committed a murder, which he doesn't remember doing, but he said that he knew he did it, as when he came back to reality he was holding the bloody knife. He was caught after the first killing, but knows that if he got out for whatever reason, he would do it again. His biggest fear is to be released.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That's because you are not a sociopath. Not all sociopaths kill, but they have no respect for anyone else and that begins the cycle. If it plays out that the thought to kill excites them, they will toy with that until they try it, BUT that fantasy could take a while for it to occur.

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      Johan Smulders 4 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Another interesting article.

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      CreatePerfection 4 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

      aviannovice,

      I, personally, think that parents have to take more responsibility for the criminal actions of their children. People need to really think hard and long about whether to have children or not. If a person thinks that it is their right to have children, then they should consider that it is also their obligation to be responsible for the adult their children become.

      Blessings to you aviannovice,

      Lela

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      As I was reading; I was taken back to a young man being beaten by his mother's husband, I could no longer feel it, as I had been beaten so often. I left him to take a chance that I could live with my mother and her new husband. I didn't turn into a killer

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, she was a frightening person. Mental illness definitely contributed, but she shares a LOT of her father's oddities, too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very, very unusual for a female to be a serial killer. I would call her story fascinating but that would be giving her too much credit where none is deserved. I will call your writing interesting and well done, though, so thank you for the chilling education.

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