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Monster: My True Story

Monster: My True Story

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By (author) Aileen Wuornos, By (author) Christopher Berry-Dee

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  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 197mm x 17mm | 191g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844542378
  • ISBN 13: 9781844542376
  • Illustrations note: 8pp b/w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 51,273

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Aileen Wuornos was executed in Florida, on the 9th of October, 2002 at the age of 46. She was the 10th woman to be sentenced to death in the USA since the death penalty resumed in 1976. Convicted for the murder of six men, in a two month period, Aileen claimed she acted in self defence however the investigation into these claims was poor and she later retracted her statement announcing to the Supreme Court, "I'm one who seriously hates human life and would kill again." All-too-often female prostitutes have been the victims of male serial killers - the killings of Aileen 'Lee' Wuornos were the inverse of this. She was a child prostitute, fleeing an abusive childhood at the hands of her grandparents, which led straight into a disastrous adulthood of difficult affairs with both men and women. Her metamorphosis from victim to attacker had brutal consequences: a stream of dead men. Following a renewed interest in this woman after the film "Monster", this is her story in her own words.

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Christopher Berry-Dee is the editor of The New Criminologist and the director of the Criminology Research Centre. He has published, with Robin Odell, 'Dad, Help Me Please' the story of Derek Bentley and Christopher Craig and 'Unmasking Mr Kipper' on the disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh. More recently he published the bestseller 'Talking with Serial Killers'. He is adept in his role as a source of information on these matters for the media and frequently appears on TV.

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Told in her own words, the story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who was portrayed in an Oscar-winning performance by Charlize Theron in the film "Monster".