As distinguished from other female serial killers, who were mostly poisoners seeking financial gain, Aileen Wuornos went after her victims with a gun -- and said her motivation was self-defense. Hers was a tragic story -- her father was convicted of child molestation after her birth and a few years later killed himself in prison. Wuornos’ mother left Wuornos and her brother with their grandparents, and their children. Childhood friends said that Wuornos’ grandfather beat her and her grandmother was an alcoholic. At 11, Wuornos began trading sexual favors for money, beer, and cigarettes. She had a child at 14, who she claimed with either her brother's or her grandfather's. The child was given up for adoption. Soon she was working as a prostitute.
The killer of seven men in Florida, she claimed that her victims had either raped her or attempted to rape her. She was finally captured here at the Last Resort Bar in Port Orange, where she enjoyed her last beer. Al, the bar's owner, tells stories from Wuornos' days as a regular there.