Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer

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A 1993 documentary by Nick Broomfield about Aileen Wuornos, a female serial killer who was convicted of killing seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990, the film documents his attempts to interview Wuornos whilst she was behind bars. In order to access Wuornos he had to attempt to communicate with her adopted mother and her lawyer Steve Glazer.

The film essentially highlights the exploitation of Wuornos by those around her, who were interested in capitalising financially from her crimes. Even the police involved in the case appeared to be interested in the prospect of benefiting from a potential movie deal.

Evidence obtained by the crew was used as evidence by the defense in her 2001 retrial in an attempt to prove the incompetence of her original lawyer and possible vested interest of the police officers involved in the case. Broomfield later made a second film Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer after her execution in 2002, the follow up focuses on her declining mental state and questioned the decision to execute her despite her mental condition.

The actress Charlize Theron used this film to help perfect her portryal of Wuornos in the film Monster, watching clips from the film between takes. Theron won an Oscar for Best Actress for the film.

BOOK: Those wanted to gain further insight into the life of Aileen Wuornos and her troubled mind should read the autobiographical book Monster: My True Story, written by Aileen Wuornos herself with the assistance of Christopher Berry-Dee. It was published in 2004, almost two years after her death. 
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