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'Lethal Intent,' The Definitive Book About Executed Serial Killer Aileen Wuornos, Tells The True Story of the Notorious Murderer Portrayed By Actress Charlize Theron in the Movie 'Monster'
Author Sue Russell Attended Aileen Wuornos's Trial and Investigated The Life and
Childhood of A Woman Who Cold-Bloodedly Murdered Seven Men
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Jan. 13, 2004 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- Sue Russell
(www.SueRussellWrites.com), author of the true crime book "Lethal Intent," says that
Aileen "Lee" Wuornos - often called the first female serial killer - defied glib
labeling. Wuornos, subject of the fact-based yet fictionalized movie "Monster," craved
fame and wanted to do something no-one had ever done before. "Lethal Intent" (ISBN
0-7860-1518-7) reveals how a smiling little girl from Michigan wound up receiving six
death sentences for seven Florida murders in 1989 and 1990. She was executed in October
"Aileen was labeled a man-hating lesbian who killed her johns in self-defense," says
Russell. "I contest three things in that sentence alone. My research led me to conclude
she was bisexual, not a lesbian. She killed for money, not to exact revenge from
clients who hurt her. I believe what she called her 'killing days' were triggered by a
desperate attempt to get money to hang on to her lesbian lover when their relationship
was under threat. Also, we don't know that all her victims were her johns. Some were
likely good samaritans, trying to help her out."
In 'Lethal Intent: The Shocking True Story of One of America's Most Notorious Serial
Killers' (Kensington Publishing Corporation/Pinnacle Books, November 2002; ISBN
0-7860-1518-7; 512 pages; available nationally; $6.50), Sue Russell investigates
Wuornos, a hitchhiking prostitute who killed predator-style, like a man. She randomly
targeted and preyed upon strangers, intent on leaving no witnesses.
Her violent acts began earlier. In adolescence, she threatened her sister with a knife.
Later, a suicide attempt turned into armed robbery. She was abused and abandoned as a
child, however, and was selling her body by age eleven. Uncannily, the father she never
met also committed a capital offense.
"She is both a tragic and rage-inducing figure," says Russell of the angry, snarling
woman who vowed she'd kill again if ever she were set free.
About Sue Russell
Sue Russell is an author and internationally syndicated journalist. She has had over 1,500 articles and several books published, is an ex-magazine editor, and a longtime contributor to many top British magazines and newspapers. In the U.S., her work has been published in Redbook, US, Good Housekeeping, Success, etc. Sue was born in London but has been based in the United States for the past twenty years and lives in Los Angeles.
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