Aileen Wuornos in Her Own Words, 1991-2002Book - 2012
"Between 1989 and 1990, Aileen Wuornos, a hitchhiking prostitute, shot, killed, and robbed seven men in remote Florida locations. Arrested in 1991, Wuornos insisted she had acted in self-defense, but the jury had little sympathy. Condemned to death on six separate counts, she was executed by lethal injection in 2002. An abused runaway who turned to prostitution to survive, Wuornos has become an iconic avenger, a queen of vigilante justice. She has also become a touchstone for women's, prostitutes', and prisoners' rights. Her story has inspired many books and articles, as well as the 2003 movie Monster, for which Charlize Theron won an Academy Award. But until now, Wuornos's uncensored voice has never been heard. Dear Dawn is Wuornos's autobiography culled from her ten-year death row correspondence with beloved childhood friend Dawn Botkins. Authorized for publication by Wuornos and edited under the guidance of Botkins, the letters not only offer Wuornos's riveting reflections on the murders, legal battles, and media coverage, but go further, revealing her fears and obsessions, her rich humor and empathy, and her gradual disintegration as her execution approached. A candid life story told to a close confidante, Dear Dawn is a compelling narrative, unwaveringly true to its source."--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Soft Skull, ©2012
Branch Call Number: 364.1523092 W966d 2012
Characteristics: 340 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm