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Infamous serial killer Aileen Wuornos performed a defiant final act after being sentenced to death.
Wuornos was executed by lethal injection in 2002 after spending more than 10 years on Florida’s death row.
She was known as one of the most prolific serial killers in the US, as well as for her bizarre and disturbing behaviour.
Wuornos’ story is even described in the feature film Monster, in which she’s portrayed by Charlize Theron – who won an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Her crimes are also explored in the Nick Broomfield documentary Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer and the follow-up Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer.
Wuornos’ trial is followed in the series, as well as the disturbing words she uttered to the judge following her sentencing.
Wuornos, who was born in Michigan, engaged in street p***titution along the highways of Florida.
She shot dead and robbed seven of her male clients between 1989 and 1990.
The killer would claim that her clients had either r**ed or attempted to r**e her and that she committed the homicides in self-defence.
Wuornos, who reportedly suffered from borderline personality disorder and an antisocial personality disorder, was sentenced to death for six of the murders.
The body of her seventh victim, Peter Siems, was never found – which meant Wuornos dodged a murder charge, as per the Mirror.
After hearing of her fate, Wuornos decided to make her final act one of defiance.
“May your wife and kids get r***d,” she told the judge.
Although Wuornos was initially horrified by the prospect of being put to death, this would change over time.
After spending over a decade on death row at the Florida Department of Corrections Broward Correctional Institute, the serial killer would end up pleading for the execution to go ahead.
She even argued that the whole ordeal was a waste of taxpayers’ money.
Chillingly, she reportedly said she would be a repeat offender if it ever came to her being released.
“I killed those men, robbed them as cold as ice. And I’d do it again, too. There’s no chance in keeping me alive or anything, because I’d kill again,” she said.
“I have hate crawling through my system.”
When interviewed by Broomfield in the build-up to her execution, the director asked her why she had killed the men.
In response, Wuornos bizarrely alleged that the cops had allowed her to carry out the horrific crimes, adding that the director was ‘so lost’.
Wuornos reportedly declined to have a final meal, instead opting for a cup of black coffee.
Her unbalanced mental state was seemingly reflected in her choice of last words too, as she mixed religion with science fiction.
“I’d just like to say I’m sailing with the Rock and I’ll be back like Independence Day with Jesus, June 6, like the movie, big mother ship and all,” she said, as per CNN.
“I’ll be back.”