When you hear about sex worker crimes, it's normally cases where the prostitutes are the victims. In fact, there are plenty of horror stories of prostitutes being targeted by serial killers. They are especially vulnerable because of the illegality of their work and the fact that they often won't be noticed missing as quickly, making them natural prey for a criminal. But there is another story, the story of the killer prostitute, which isn't heard as often -well, besides in the movie Monster, anyway.
Prostitutes have access to people at their... well, at their most exposed. Literally and figuratively. And intimate access to a person's personal life in a private space is the perfect opportunity for murder. Sometimes prostitutes are just defending themselves, sometimes it's just an opportunity for a sociopath to run wild, but prostitution and murder seem to be all too frequently linked.
Not just a Charlize Theron role, Aileen Wuornos was a real woman, and perhaps the most famous female serial killer. She shot seven men between 1989 and 1990. Working as a prostitute, she said that all of these men had raped or attempted to rape her. But not everyone believed it was self-defense. She was sentenced to death - six times, in fact. She was eventually killed by lethal injection in 2002.
With a sordid background that including trading sex for cigarettes at age 11, a father in prison for child molestation, sex with her own brother, and possible molestation by her grandfather, Wuornos's tragic life has been documented in books, documentaries, and the film Monster.
Age: Died at 46 (1956-2002)
Birthplace: Rochester, Michigan, USAsee more on Aileen Wuornos
Rosemary West and her husband Fred were two of the most prolific and violent killers that the UK has ever seen. Rosemary worked as prostitute for extra money, but it was her murders with her husband that were her true crimes. Though she was thought to have murdered both her step-daughter and the girl's mother, most of the victims were young women who were kidnapped and tortured between 1973 and 1979. The cellar of the West home was a torture chamber where they would sexually abuse their victims. Not to mention West was complicit in Fred's rape of their daughters and in the murder of one.
Eventually, Rose was found guilty of ten counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Her husband committed suicide while in jail awaiting trial.
Birthplace: Barnstaple, United Kingdomsee more on Rosemary West
Amanda Logue Committed Murder with Her Porn Star Boyfriend
If you don't want to get caught committing murder, you may want to erase your message trail. Unfortunately for them, Amanda Logue and Jason Andrew, two adult film stars, sent these messages back and forth:
Andrews: I'm so glad you're really commited (sic) to this take. Keep eyes for a knife, etc (sic) for me!
Logue: I'm (expletive) exited (sic) … I want to (have sex) after we kill hum (sic).
Andrews: You just get him relaxed and face down … Take. Your. Time.
Wow. Not exactly criminal masterminds. Logue, who also occasionally worked in prostitution, had been hired for a sex party where she and Andrew left their victim bludgeoned to death, with blood spattered over the walls. They also left with a credit card and $6,000 in cash. Unsurprisingly, their texts, tweets, and other communication left a pretty easy trail for the police. They were arrested a few weeks later.
Angel Weston and Stephanie Foulke and Their Pimp Chopped a Client Into Pieces
There's overkill and then there's tasering someone, suffocating him to death, and chopping him into pieces - but that's exactly what happened to Francis Zarzycki, a Philadelphia man. Two prostitutes, Angel Weston and Stephanie Foulke, and their pimp killed the man, whose torso was found in the river. Just the torso, that is... no head or limbs.
Zarzycki was a frequent costumer and it was thought that the three assailants had planned a robbery that went wrong. Really wrong. The body was only identified because of a tattoo on the torso, which is a sentence nobody every wants to hear.