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Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)

1992, Florida, USA. Aileen Wuornos is claimed to be the world's first female serial killer.


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Credited cast:
Jesse 'The Human Bomb' Aviles Jesse 'The Human Bomb' Aviles ... Himself (as The Human Bomb)
Nick Broomfield Nick Broomfield ... Himself - Interviewer
Cannonball Cannonball ... Himself
Steve Glazer Steve Glazer ... Himself
Brian Jarvis Brian Jarvis ... Himself (as Sgt. Brian Jarvis)
Stéphane Markcovich Stéphane Markcovich ... Himself
Michael McCarthy Michael McCarthy ... Himself
Dick Mills Dick Mills ... Himself
Tyria Moore Tyria Moore ... Herself
Arlene Pralle Arlene Pralle ... Herself
Mike Reynolds Mike Reynolds ... Himself
Noah P Taylor ... Boy on bicycle
Aileen Wuornos ... Herself


1992, Florida, USA. Aileen Wuornos is claimed to be the world's first female serial killer.

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Release Date:

4 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aileen Wuornos eli miten murhaaja markkinoidaan See more »

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Florida, USA

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1.37 : 1
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7 May 2004 | by Cipher-JSee all my reviews

A person may kill out of hatred, meanness, apathy, anger, or desperation. Whatever the reason, murder can never be tolerated except as an act of self defense. But what can we say about someone who repeatedly puts herself in dangerous situations, and then not once but seven takes a life, each time claiming that she had acted in self defense? As even she complains, it's all in the numbers. That she had a miserable life, with a long history of neglect and abuse, is doubted by no one. That those whom she killed were mean and loathsome toads who cared nothing for her, and would have taken her life had she not murdered them first, is also arguably true. But she kept putting herself in such situations repeatedly, anyway, and that's where her claim for self defense seems absurd.

The documentary portrays her as angry at the world, yet relentlessly addicted to bad advice from others who seek to exploit her for their own selfish reasons. First she listens to a nincompoop "Christian" lady, who convinces her that Jesus will forgive her sins if only she admits to all her crimes in court. So she does, only later to realize the stupidity of such advice. Similarly with legal representation. Going from bad to worse she listens to a worthless narcissist more interested in his own career than saving her life. For all involved, she is worth more dead than alive. Her life would end in the electric chair, while the audience would be eating popcorn and watching the Hollywood version of her story.

The deeper question, however, is how did this woman become a killer in the first place? What is it about our culture that we turn a blind eye to poverty, neglect and abuse, yet we blame those who act out their frustrations through anti-social behaviors? Given her background, why should we be surprised that she turned out as she did? Her life meant nothing to anyone until she went over the edge, and then it only meant a story to be exploited for profit by others. There are flaws in this documentary, to be sure, but a very sad story it yet remains.

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