The First Female Serial Killer In America Strikes – 11/30/1989

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On this day 1898, a storeowner in Palm Harbor, Florida named Richard Mallory was seen for the last time riding in his car with a woman named Aileen Wuornos. The next day, his car was found abandoned in a remote area of Ormond Beach containing his wallet, a few condoms, and an empty vodka bottle.

Two weeks later, his body was discovered in a Daytona Beach junkyard with three bullet shots in his chest. Over the next year, Aileen Wuornos murdered seven more people altogether with Mallory's own being the first one. Maybe because female killers were few at the time, Aileen case gain widespread and she was tagged "the first female killer in America". Aileen case was widely publicized on TV and newspapers across U.S. In fact, her case inspired the documentary called "The Selling of a Serial Killer."

Right from childhood, Aileen had been the victim of constant abuse and neglect right from a tender age. Her parents separated before she was born and her dad, who was awaiting trial for child molestation killed himself in a psychiatric hospital. When her mom abandoned her, Aileen moved in with her grandparents. However, her grandparents sent her packing from their home when they discovered that she was pregnant at the age of 14. In addition, Aileen was leaving a double life, using false names, was arrested for several offenses ranging from reckless driving to assault, and armed robbery from 1974 to 1976. In 1986, she fell in love with another woman named Tyria Moore.

Three years later, Aileen started her serial killing adventure. After the death of Richard Mallory, another male's body was found five months later. The body was identified to be that of a man named David Spears who was shot six times with a .22 caliber gun in the woods close to Tampa. Not too long to the former incident, another dead corpse was found with a similar gun type matching that of the previous one. In addition, three other men were also the victim of the same circumstance before the end of 1990.

After police discovered the body of seventh victim in November, the media believe this that the incident is beyond the ordinary and probably the work of a serial killer. After receiving information as regard the killer, police discovered it was the work of a single woman and arrested her at a biker's bar in January of 1991. With the help of her lover Moore who decided to help police with the investigation, Aileen confirmed that he killed the men but it was in an act of self-defense. On January 27, 1992, a jury found Aileen guilty, she yelled at them saying, "I am innocent! I was sexually assaulted! I pray you are raped! You fool!" Her utterances may have been one of the reasons the same jury gave their final verdict the following day. She was found guilty of the charges and sentenced to death. 

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