Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer

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Released 1992

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Director:
Nick Broomfield
Released:
1992
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Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer, directed by Nick Broomfield, is a 1993 documentary about the life of Aileen Wuornos, America's first female serial killer. The serial killer was convicted and sentenced to death for killing seven Florida men between 1989 and 1990. Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute, claimed all the murders occurred because the men either raped or attempted to rape her, and fearing for her own life, she murdered them in self-defense. The documentary chronicles her history as well as her life after incarceration, including the difficult process Broomfield endured when trying to interview Aileen Wuornos. Broomfield had to work with Aileen's adopted mother and her lawyer, Steve Glazer, to gain access to the killer. The movie also shows the exploitation Aileen endured by everyone around her during her trial and incarceration. The documentary questions whether Aileen Wuornos received a fair trial despite the exploitation and media frenzy that occurred during that time.

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Biography, Crime & Conspiracy