Lethal Intent: Aileen Wuornos, America's Deadliest Female Serial Killer

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"A graphic portrait of evil." --M. William Phelps

"One of the best true crime books of all time." --Examiner.com

"The book to read about Aileen Wuornos--a case that has fascinated true crime fans from around the world." --True Crime Book Reviews

As a child, she was abandoned, abused and raped. By her teens, she was deep into a lifestyle of hitchhiking, petty crime, and the sex trade. In her twisted mind, uncontrollable bouts of violence were pure survival skills.

In 1986 she began a lesbian relationship with Tyria Moore. Three years later, tired of turning tricks, she fired four bullets into one of her clients--then robbed him. She claimed she killed six more victims before authorities finally locked her behind bars.

Award-winning journalist Sue Russell updates her harrowing and definitive real-life thriller with new details of the most famous female serial killer's decade on death row, her execution in 2002--and the lasting impact of her dark deeds.

The case that inspired the Academy Awarding-winning movie Monster

"A riveting and fascinating tale." --Robert Scott

With 16 Pages Of Photos
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About the author

Sue Russell is an award-winning journalist and author based in California. She has written over 1,500 articles for publications including the Washington Post, New Scientist, Salon.com, PSmag.com, Miller-McCune.com, American Legion, GE’s Healthymagination.com, Healthline.com, and the UK’s Independent, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Express, Sunday Times and Hello! She is a former Contributing Editor to Success Magazine, Hong Kong Tatler and Asia Tatler magazines and her work has also appeared internationally in publications like Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Irish Tatler. 

Sue regularly writes about crime and criminal justice, health and medicine, social and women’s issues, Hollywood and celebrities. Her stories have involved issues like flawed forensic science, bias and fingerprints, eyewitness identification procedures, false confessions, wrongful convictions, animal rights law and extreme activism, fire and arson investigations, wildfire research, violent crimes against law enforcement officers and girls in gangs. Health and medical writing topics include migraine, biofeedback, influenza, gastrointestinal disorders. She has interviewed a multitude of celebrities: Christina Aguilera, Heidi Klum, Sean Connery, Jane Fonda, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jermaine and LaToya Jackson, Rod Stewart, the Trump family, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, to name but a few. 

Her fact crime book Lethal Intent is about serial killer Aileen Wuornos who shot seven men to death in Florida and was executed in 2002. Sue spent two years investigating Wuornos’s life and covering her trial and court appearances. She is currently writing The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art for CUNY Journalism Press with illustrator/co-author Elizabeth Williams. It will feature the work of five award-winning artists and trials spanning Jack Ruby and Charles Manson to Bernard Madoff.
As an author, Sue has been featured on various television shows and radio shows on both sides of the Atlantic...and beyond. She has appeared on the A&E channel’s Biography and Notorious, Investigation Discovery Channel’s Deadly Women, Jane Velez-Mitchell’s Issues, CNN and HLN broadcasts, and on Britain’s This Morning and Good Morning Australia.
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Pinnacle Books
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Published on
Dec 3, 2013
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Pages
512
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ISBN
9780786034413
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Criminals & Outlaws
True Crime / Murder / Serial Killers
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Eligible for Family Library

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“Condenses ten years of obsessive correspondence into a fragmented, sometimes funny, sometimes nightmarish, often paradoxical portrait of Wuornos.” —Muzzle Magazine
 
Between 1989 and 1990, Aileen Wuornos, a hitchhiking prostitute, shot, killed, and robbed seven men in remote Florida locations. Arrested in 1991, she was condemned to death on six separate counts and executed by lethal injection in 2002.
 
An abused runaway who turned to prostitution to survive, Wuornos has become iconic of vengeful women who lash out at the nearest target. She has also become a touchstone for women’s, prostitutes’, and prisoners’ rights advocates. Her story has inspired myriad 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 trusted friend, Dear Dawn is a compelling narrative, unwaveringly true to its source.
 
“It is both empowering and heartbreaking, because Wuornos represents the fury of a wronged girl-gone-wild, whose rage was unleashed on men.” —The Rumpus
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