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Serial killer Aileen Wuornos gave a bizarre answer after being asked why she murdered seven men

Claire Reid

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Serial killer Aileen Wuornos gave a bizarre answer after being asked why she murdered seven men

A chilling clip shows the moment serial killer Aileen Wuornos proudly admits to killing seven men, before giving a bizarre reason as to why she did it. You can see the interaction here:


Sex worker Wuornos shot and killed seven men between 1989 and 1990, before being arrested in early 1991.

At trial, Wuornos claimed she had acted in self-defence, saying all the men she killed had raped her or attempted to rape her.


However, she was convicted of six first degree murders and sentenced to death.

She was never charged with the death of Peter Abraham Siems, whose body was never found.

Before her death in 2002, Wuornos took part in two Nick Broomfield documentaries; Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer and Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer and it was during filming for these that she was asked by Broomfield what drove her to kill.

Credit: Florida Department of Corrections
Credit: Florida Department of Corrections

In the disturbing clip, Broomfield says: "You killed seven men," to which Wuornos smiles, nods her head and replies: "Sure did."

Broomfield goes on: "I'm asking you what got you to kill the seven men?"

Wuornos says: "And I'm telling you, [it was] because the cops let me keep killing them, Nick. Don't you get it?"

Broomfield then points out that 'not everybody' is out there killing seven people so there 'must have been something' inside the serial killer which drove her to murder.


At this point, Wuronos appears to lose her temper, hitting back with: "Oh, you are lost, Nick."

Credit: Channel 4
Credit: Channel 4

Broomfield has since said he does not believe Wuornos was of sound mind when she was put to death.

Speaking to The Independent last year, Broomfield said: "We became oddly close. Her end was so tragic."


He added: "She thought her mind was being controlled by some kind of communication device within the prison.

"She was just totally paranoid and hearing voices and was scheduled for execution. It seemed to me, on that level alone, completely inhumane."

For his second film about Wuornos, Broomfield spoke to her the day before her execution.

She told the filmmaker her death would be 'like Star Trek beaming me up into a space vehicle'.

Featured Image Credit: Florida State Prison / Channel 4 / Lafayette Films

Topics: Crime, US News

Claire Reid
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