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Criminal Profiling – Eileen Carol Wuornos

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Criminal Profiling – Eileen Carol Wuornos


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Table of Contents

Abstract        3

Criminal Profiling        4

Introduction        4

Aileen Life Story        4

Aileen’s Crimes        6

Assault, Theft and Robbery        6

Serial Killing and Murders        6

Major Situational and developmental and genetic factors that contributed to the crimes        7

Situational and developmental factors        7

Genetic factors        8

Arrest and imprisonment of Aileen Wuornos        9

Verdict and mental disorder        10

Conclusion        11



The case of Aileen Carol Wuornos was one of the most widely discussed in the year 1989 – 1990. Aileen killed a total of seven men in Florida by shooting them at a point blank range with a gun. Following this thesis the paper will entail an analysis of Aileen’s background, mode of her killings and her prosecution in relation to various psychological theories. Equally significant the paper will also explain the procedure that was used to apprehend Aileen.

Criminal Profiling


Aileen Carol Wuornos was a serial killer who was captured in the United States and prosecuted for serial killing. Her charges were killing seven men between the years 1989 to 1990 across Florida on distinct circumstances. The judge provided a verdict on her case that resulted to her execution in the year 2002 through lethal injection. Even though the verdict was perceived as the best based on the nature of her case, her profile portrayed a massive evidence of psychological suffering and hardship in her life that called for mercy.  According to crime analysts and psychologists her killing habits were centered on lack of remorse as a result of unresolved and untreated behavioral disorders that originated from childhood (Golden Writer, 2003).

Aileen Life Story

Aileen Wuornos was born in the marriage of Leo Dale Pittman and Diane Wuornos in February 29th 1956 at Troy Michigan. Her father was a convicted child molester and a psychopath who lost his life after committing suicide in prison. According to (Crime and Investigation channel, 2014) Wuornos mother was married to Leo Dale Pittman at the age of 14 years in the year 1954. Aileen was the second born in the family and followed her older brother Keith whom she loved and admired in unhealthy way. According to Aileen’s confessions, she involved herself in sexual relationship with her older brother and with her highly abusive grandfather. Aileen’s brother was born in the year 1955 two months before Diane divorced Pittman due to disagreements and his abusive and cruel nature (Golden, Writer 2003).


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