Aileen - Life and Death of a Serial Killer
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Acclaimed director Nick Broomfield's vision takes you behind the sensational headlines of America'sfirst female serial killer and into the true life and unbalanced mind of a woman trying to deal with a brutal past and an even more deadly future. Both timely and terrifying, this powerful film provides an unsparing look at a madwoman's trial, appeal and execution. You will be mesmerized by the true and tragic story of a paranoid prostitute who began killing her customers in a murderous rage. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says her eyes, radiating madness, will haunt your dreams. Filmed at Aileen Wuornos request, and containing her last interviews, this unflinching film recounts Aileen's life at the margins of society and shows her escalating psychological unraveling as she approaches her execution.
"We have evil in us, all of us do, and my evil just happened to come out because of the circumstances," said serial killer Aileen Wuornos in an interview conducted shortly before her execution in 2002. Director Nick Broomfield, in this sequel to his previous documentary Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer, delves further into Wuornos's horrific childhood (including an interview with her biological mother) and follows the appeals process as her case goes through its final efforts. But the movie's core are the fascinating, devastating interviews with Wuornos herself, alternately lucid and delusional as she obsesses about the police, whom she believes allowed her murders to happen to increase the potential for profit from movies and books about the case. Anyone who's seen Monster, based on Wuornos's story, will find the real woman even more compelling and frightening than Charlize Theron's award-winning portrayal. --Bret Fetzer
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This should be seen after Nick's Selling of a Serial Killer doc.
How was Aileen not deemed mentally insane?? She should have been committed and studied.