Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)

DailyView: Day 242, Movie 336

After watching Monster with Charlize Theron this morning, I was interested in learning more about Aileen “Lee” Wuornos and the true story that Monster was based upon. I found a documentary from 1992 on YouTube from filmmaker Nick Broomfield.

This documentary spent more time dealing with the time period of Aileen Wuornos was in prison and was awaiting for her time on Death Row, with the murders she committed being used as a background to the story.

Part of the documentary focused on the people who were in Wuornos’s life, a religious fanatic Arlene Pralle, who legally adopted Wuornos and wound up giving the accused serial killer advise that may not have been in her best interest. We also meet Wuornos’s attorney, Steven Glazer, was a bizarre and clearly questionable lawyer for Wuornos. His continual guitar playing and song singing made this guy look vey much like a reaper.

In fact, there sure seemed to be a focus here on a group of people who were more concerned in cashing in on the infamy of Aileen Wuornos than they were in giving her the best representation possible or support in the final days of her life. It seemed very much so that these people were vultures attracted by the corpse that would be America’s first female serial killer, as Wuornos was dubbed.

The interview at the end of the doc with Aileen was compelling and she said some things that made a lot of sense. I am not saying that she came off as innocent, because she did not, but there are some factors, especially with the testimony from her first trial, that could have changed the outcome of the trial.

We heard a lot more from other people about Aileen and they all felt as if they had their own motives for doing what they were doing. Honestly, Aileen came off in her own interview as easily manipulated and maybe even somewhat confused. The fact that she was on record making negative comments in courts including swearing and threats did not help her case at all.

This doc makes a great companion piece to Monster and gives the case even more potential depth.

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