Considering Aileen died at the age of 46, here are 46 facts about her & the life she lived.
1. Aileen was born in Rochester, Michigan, on February 29, 1956.
2. Her father, Leo Pittman, was incarcerated at the time of her birth. He hanged himself in prison in 1969.
3. She had a brother, Keith, who died in 1976 & left her $10,000 from his life insurance.
4. Diane Wuornos abandoned both of her children, Aileen & Keith, when they were just toddlers. She left them with their severely abusive grandparents, who soon adopted them.
5. Aileen was sexually abused by her grandfather from a very young age; Lauri Wuornos would force her to strip naked before beating her.
6. She did not discover that her grandparents were not her actual parents until the age of 12; the discovery made her distraught.
7. Before she was even a teenager, Aileen started to participate in sexual acts at school in return for food, drugs, and cigarettes.
8. She engaged in sexual activities with her brother during their childhood.
9. When Aileen was 14, she became pregnant as the result of rape by a friend of her grandfather’s.
10. Aileen gave birth to a baby boy at a home for unwed mothers in March of 1971 (the baby was immediately placed for adoption).
11. She dropped out of school shortly after childbirth.
12. Not long after Aileen dropped out of school, her grandmother died of liver failure, leaving her & Keith alone with their abusive grandfather.
13. At the age of 15, she was thrown out of the house by her grandfather, Lauri.
14. To support herself after being thrown out, Aileen became a prostitute.
15. For many years she lived in the woods near her old home, sheltering in makeshift forts.
16. Aileen was arrested for the first time in March 1974 for DUI, disorderly conduct, & firing a .22 caliber pistol from a moving vehicle in Colorado.
17. In the year of 1976, she hitchhiked down to Florida.
18. Aileen married 69-year-old Lewis Fell in 1976; their marriage was later annulled after she hit Fell with his own cane.
19. During & after the marriage with Fell, Aileen was arrested multiple times for assault due to altercations with locals at bars.
20. On June 2, 1986, she was detained & questioned after a male companion accused her of pulling a gun on him in his vehicle, demanding $200.
21. Before the murders, Aileen had been arrested a total of 7 times; she had also been detained twice for questioning, was once suspected of firearm theft, & had even received a restraining order from her own husband at the time, Lewis Fell.
22. She met her future partner, Tyria Moore, at a gay club in Daytona in June of 1986.
23. Eventually Aileen & Tyria moved in together, being financially supported by Aileen’s prostitution earnings.
24. On the fourth of July in 1987, Aileen & Tyria were detained for questioning about an incident that involved assault & battery with a beer bottle.
25. Aileen shot & killed 7 men in total.
26. The body of one of her victims, Peter Siems, was never found.
27. Aileen murdered all of her victims with a .22 caliber revolver.
28. On January 9, 1991, Aileen was arrested for the murders.
29. Tyria Moore drew a confession from Aileen during a phone call in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
30. Aileen was arrested on an outstanding warrant at the Last Resort bar in Port Orange, Florida on January 9, 1991.
40. For her crimes Aileen ultimately received 6 death sentences.
41. She was executed in the Florida State Prison on October 9, 2002 by lethal injection.
42. Aileen’s body was cremated; her ashes were given to a childhood friend named Dawn Botkins, who spread them beneath a tree in Michigan.
43. Aileen declined a traditional last meal (anything she desired under $20) and instead requested a cup of coffee.
44. Her last words were, “I’d just like to say I’m sailing with the rock, and I’ll be back Independence Day, with Jesus June 6. Like the movie, big mothership and all, I’ll be back.”
45. Aileen requested that the song “Carnival” by Natalie Merchant be played at her funeral.
46. Up until her execution, Aileen proclaimed her love for Tyria Moore.
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On this day in music history: June 7, 1960 - “Walk – Don’t Run” by The Ventures is released. Written by Johnny Smith, it is the second single and first major hit for the surf rock instrumental band from Tacoma, WA. Originally formed in 1958 by Bob Bogle and Don Wilson, the pair meet and discover that they each share a mutual interest in guitars. Buying a pair of cheap pawn guitars, they form a duo calling themselves The Versatones. When they discover the name is already being used by another band, they change their name to The Ventures. A short time later, Bob and Don meet Nokie Edwards performing at a nightclub in Tacoma. Primarily a guitar player, they ask Edwards to join their band playing bass, and Edwards accepts their offer. Looking to make a record, Bogle remembers a song on a Chet Atkins album titled “Walk - Don’t Run”. Written by jazz guitarist Johnny Smith in 1954 (Stan Getz, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Stan Kenton), the band decide the instrumental is perfect for them. Needing a drummer for the session, the band hire Skip Moore. Using money provided by Bob Bogle’s mother Josie, The Ventures record “Walk – Don’t Run” at recording engineer Joe Boles’ Custom Recorders studio located in the basement of his home in Seattle, WA. The track is recorded live to tape on an Ampex two-track machine. First released on their own Blue Horizon label, “Walk – Don’t Run” receives its first radio airplay, when station KJR begins using the song as a music bed intro and outro for its news reports. Record producer Bob Reisdorff (The Fleetwoods) hears the song on the radio, and calls the station to ask who it is. The station puts Reisdorff in contact with the band, who offers to re-release the single on his label Dolton Records. With Dolton having a distribution deal with Liberty Records, “Walk – Don’t Run” is released nationally. One of the first major hits of the surf-rock genre, “Walk” takes off quickly. Entering the Hot 100 at #88 on July 18, 1960, it rockets to #2 on August 29, 1960 behind Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now Or Never”, selling over a million copies. Session drummer Skip Moore, who had declined to join The Ventures to work in his family’s gas station, files a lawsuit against the band for royalties after becoming a huge hit. At the time of the recording, Moore also opts out of his 25% share of future royalties in lieu of a one time only session fee of $25. His lawsuit is quickly dismissed, and The Ventures continue with drummer Howie Johnson, who remains with the band until 1963, when he is replaced by Mel Taylor. “Walk – Don’t Run” becomes one of The Ventures most popular and loved songs, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest instrumentals of all time. The songs popularity is so great, that The Ventures themselves record a new version in 1964. Titling it “Walk – Don’t Run ‘64”, the dramatically revamped instrumental hits the top ten again, peaking at #8 on the Hot 100 on August 22, 1964.