Aileen: The Selling Of A Serial Killer Analysis
1. Please include an overview of the documentary and the crime. This should be a thorough explanation of the documentary including all individuals involved and a detailed account of what happened as well as the final outcome of the case.
Aileen Wuornos is known as the first female serial killer in the United States. Wuornos was a prostitute in Florida. Through 1992 and 1993, Wuornos confessed to six murders, and received six death penalties. The killing spree started in November 1989, with the murder of her first victim, fifty-one year old Richard Mallory from Clearwater, Florida. She claimed that he tried to rape her, therefore she killed him out of self-defense. She shot him three times with …show more content…
Her mother, Diane Wuornos abandoned Aileen and her brother Peter, and left them in the care of her parents. Aileen’s biological father was a psychopathic child molester, convicted of rape and attempted murder of a seven year old boy. It was also said that Aileen’s grandfather was also her father.
3. Discuss any contributing factors such as brain damage that may be part of the individual’s history that contributed to the crime being committed.
During an interview with Nick Broomfield, the producer of the documentary Aileen: The Selling of a Serial Killer and Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer, Wuornos’ biological mother, the woman who abandoned her at a young age, stated that during Aileen’s birth, she was Frank Breech, where her buttocks were aimed at the birth canal and her legs were sticking straight up in front of her body, with her feet near her head. Her mother thought the complicated delivery had caused brain damage.
4. Based on the Brain chapter discussion on the role of Dopamine and Serotonin, explain how these two neurochemicals may be working in the brain of the individual who committed the crime in your …show more content…
Openness means an appreciation of new experiences and toleration of the unfamiliar. I would give Wuornos a high score, because she was creative and imaginative, coming up with false stories of self-defense, she later admitted to making up. Conscientiousness refers to the degree of persistence of motivation in goal-oriented behavior. I would give Aileen a low score, because she was constantly changing her story during the case, first saying she committed the murders out of self-defense, then saying that she just needed the money. Extraversion is the activity level, need for stimulation, and capacity for enjoyment. I am not sure if I would give her a high or low score because though she went through so much in her life, and when asked what the happiest memory of her life was she could not remember a single happy experience, she was also very talkative and sociable during her interviews with Broomfield, often showing him friendly affection. Agreeableness is the degree of compassion versus antagonism in one’s interpersonal orientation. Again, with this factor I am not sure what score I would give Aileen, because though she committed ruthless and awful crimes, she showed remorse to the families of her victims. Often, she would pray for them. Neuroticism is the level of adjustment and degree of emotional stability. I would give her a high-score, because she was often