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Haunting Stories From Aileen Wuornos's Traumatic Childhood

Updated 27 Aug 2019 998.6k views10 items

Aileen Wuornos, the serial killer Charlize Theron portrays in the thriller Monster, was a drifter and sex worker who murdered seven men throughout Florida in 1989 and 1990. Like fellow drifter Charles Manson, Wuornos possesses a harrowing serial killer origin that somewhat explains why she committed such horrific crimes. While there's no excuse for taking a human life, Wuornos seems like she was bred to become a murderer - even more than other serial killers with terrible childhoods. Cruel guardians raised her, and she had to turn to sex work at a young age just to eat. The following stories aren’t meant to excuse what she did, but they do put her terrible crimes into context.

As with other drifter-killers, it’s impossible to corroborate many of Wuornos’s claims. By the time she was apprehended in 1991, Wuornos was so adept at lying it’s likely she mythologized much of her upbringing. Nonetheless, there are still some Aileen Wuornos childhood facts that have been verified by researchers and family friends. 

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