Sex and Drugs Essay

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Aileen Wuornos was an American serial killer who murdered seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990. The case was a media sensation, not only because Wuornos was a woman but also because it touched upon many other factors of interest to a sensationalist media, including sex and sexuality. By the time she was executed on October 9th 2002, Wuornos had become one of modern America's most notorious serial killers, and her case had divided public opinion. Today, the Aileen Wuornos case can be seen as a testing ground for the debate over criminological approaches to rehabilitation, and as an example of the different theories regarding why an individual commits murder. Wuornos's background was extremely troubled. Born in 1956, she was abandoned by her mother at the age of four and never knew her father, who was in prison for raping a child. Wuornos was taken in by her grandparents, who looked after her until she was fifteen, when they threw her out of the house for reasons that are not clear but seem to have involved her alcohol and drug use. Homeless, she turned to prostitution and began to rack up a series of felonies including DUI's, car theft, disorderly conduct and firearms offences. She was now in a relationship with a woman named Tyria Moore. Wuornos's first murder was that of electronics store owner Richard Mallory in 1989. Wuornos later claimed that she shot Mallory in self-defence after he raped her. The following year, she shot retired Air Force major Dick Humphreys and Winter Gardens construction worker David Spears, followed by rodeo worker Charles Carskaddon, Troy Burress and Walter Jeno Antonio. She was also convicted of the murder of Peter Siems, despite the fact that no body was ever discovered. Wuornos was eventually arrested for the murders in January 1991 after her fingerprints were found in Siems's car. On January 16th, Wuornos confessed to the
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