Lethal Intent

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Pinnacle Books, 2002 - True Crime - 557 pages
"On November 30, 1989, in a lonely place off Florida┐s Interstate 95, 51-year-old Richard Mallory shuddered under the impact of four .22-caliber slugs being pumped into him by a naked, hard-faced blonde hooker. While he suffered a slow, agonizing death, she stripped him of his valuables and drove his Cadillac back to the motel where her lesbian lover was waiting. In 1990, her killing spree kicked into high gear, with three men slain in as many weeks. Of the six of her seven male victims whose bodies were found, some were nude; all had been shot dead and robbed. In January, 1991, pawnshop records led to the arrest of Aileen Carol Wuornos, 34, aka "Lee," an abusive, alcoholic man-hater with a murderous hairtrigger temper. Wuornos began prostituting herself at age 12 for cigarettes and beer. At 15 she bore an illegitimate child, at 16 she took to the highways as a hitchhiking hooker. In 1986, with a lengthy rap sheet and prison term under her belt, she entered into a relationship with Tyria Moore, 24. Tired of turning $20 tricks, Wuornos decided to rob her customers of everything they had - including their lives. Her arrest and trial prompted a worldwide media frenzy. Ultimately Wuornos received six separate death sentences. Here is the definitive account of a killer who confounded the profiling experts, forever changing their concepts of the crimes of which a woman is capable."--Back cover.

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Russell does an excellent job in covering the background and history of Aileen Wuornos. She covers the mitigating factors that might have contributed to Aileen/Lee becoming who and what she was, a ... Read full review

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Fascinating look at America's foremost serial killer
I can see why some of the critics are calling "Lethal Intent" one of the best true crime books of all time. It really does have to be ranked
with such classics as "Helter Skelter" by Vincent Bugliosi and even "In Cold Blood" by Capote. The author delves deeply into serial killer Aileen Wuornos's troubled formative years and shows how the deck was stacked against her. When following Wuornos's adult life and ultimately her killing of seven men, the author lets the facts build up and speak for themselves. Because Wuornos - who was executed in Florida some years back -- was a rare breed of serial killer in that she murdered strangers, men who gave her a lift and picked her up on the roadside, she bears this kind of scrutiny. Recommended reading. 


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