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Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

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Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Aileen Carol Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing six men in the state of Florida. This second installment includes the filmmaker's testimony at Wournous's trial.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aileen Wuornos ... Herself
Nick Broomfield Nick Broomfield ... Himself
Terry Humphreys-Slay Terry Humphreys-Slay ... Herself - Her Father was Killed by Wuornos (archive footage)
Leitha Prather Leitha Prather ... Herself - Victim's Sister (archive footage) (as Leitha Prater)
Shirley Humphreys Shirley Humphreys ... Herself - Victim's Widow (archive footage)
Joe Hobson Joe Hobson ... Himself - Wuornos' Attorney
Steve Glazer Steve Glazer ... Himself - Wuornos' Former Attorney
Arlene Pralle Arlene Pralle ... Herself - Wuornos' Adoptive Mother (archive footage)
Dawn Botkins Dawn Botkins ... Herself - Wuornos' Best Friend
Tyria Moore Tyria Moore ... Herself - Wuornos' Former Lover (archive footage)
Uriel Blount Uriel Blount ... Herself (archive footage) (as Judge Muriel Blount)
Danny Caldwell Danny Caldwell ... Himself - Wuornos' Childhood Friend / Witness
Jerry Moss Jerry Moss ... Himself - Wuornos' Childhood Friend / Witness
Michelle Chauvin Michelle Chauvin ... Herself - Wuornos' Childhood Friend / Witness
Jeb Bush ... Himself - Governor of Florida (archive footage)
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This documentary looks at Aileen Wuornos convicted of killing 7 men while working as a prostitute in Florida. This is actually the second Wuornos documentary made by this group the first being Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992). With her execution now on the horizon Nick Broomfield returns to Florida to complete the story. Her argument has always been that the killings were in self-defense but she eventually pleaded no contest or guilty to most of the murders. Broomfield was able to film several interviews which reveals her state of mind and puts into question her mental competence. Written by garykmcd

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Rated R for language, including violent and sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

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English

Release Date:

21 November 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Aileen: Bir Seri Katilin Yasami ve Ölümü See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,158, 11 January 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$97,362, 26 February 2004
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1.33 : 1
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Nick Broomfield: [voiceover] Dawn insisted that gays hadn't been invented when she and Aileen first become friends.
Dawn Botkins: They weren't invented or whatever, there was no gay people.
Nick Broomfield: Well, what were they are all doing?
Dawn Botkins: They weren't gay. There was no such thing as gay.
Woman: [off camera] There were in the closet.
Dawn Botkins: No, they weren't! There was no such thing, I don't remember a person at school, 'gay'. I didn't hear this gay stuff 'til 10 years ago. Well, maybe 15. It's just now starting to be acceptable. But no, there was not. ...
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A Sad and Horrific Tale

Nick Bloomfield is a filmmaker that goes out to find the truth or try at least. From Kurt and Courtney to Tupac and Biggie he always opts for the most controversial story he can get his hands on and he always rubs people up the wrong way without trying so hard like Michael Moore does in Bowling for Columbine.

Aileen was mad. She went through so much abuse in the years she was alive it probably became a natural thing to happen to her. She knew the wrong people, she had the wrong job and she never had the chance to get her say. She talked and talked a lot about what really happened and I think at the end of it all she didn't care about living as she had spent a good decade behind bars. The interviews that Nick has with Aileen are highly documented and explain a lot of her personality and who she really is but a lot of the time it was questionable about her insanity. Through the public eye she was a monster that deserved what was coming where other people looked at her in a different light and took pity because of her abusive up bringing. The movie Monster was a stunning portrayal of who Aileen really was and how down and out she was even before trying to get back up. She was whisked through so many relationships and whether or not they were abusive relationships they always left her scared and feeling unwanted. I got the impression that sometimes when she was prostituting herself she was looking for one man or woman to come along and take her away from all the hurt and pain she must have been feeling. For Jeb Bush to let the execution of Aileen go ahead was an absolute outage as far as justice goes because though she may have wanted it from time to time legally she shouldn't have been executed. She had so many past happening going through her head she didn't know the right from wrong and because of constant abuse of male figures in her life since she was a little girl you couldn't really say that she wasn't mixed up and was fully sane to be executed.

Nick bonds with Aileen a lot through the documentary and a lot of the time Aileen does go back and what she says which just puts you in place where you don't know what to believe but this is such a fascinating story and is a subject that isn't brought up enough in this day and age because things that happened to Aileen are happening right now to one woman or even a man in nearly every country. Physical Abuse is a subject that people don't like to discuss in general because of the horror that follows it but if it was an issue like it should have been with Aileen then I think many people could be saved and to understand there story you have to listen to what they have to say which is what nobody did when coming to Aileen. Bloomfield again creates something which gives you food for thought and as much as he wants to find the truth again he doesn't, only a number of conspiracy theories which I always find appealing because it leaves you thinking more about the truth.


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