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Aileen Wuornos

The reading for this meetup will be Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in Her Own Words authored by Aileen herself. Who else could give you a better glimpe into her inner world and internal motivations? I've included the book description below.

Between 1989 and 1990, Aileen Wuornos, a hitchhiking prostitute, shot, killed, and robbed seven men in remote Florida locations. Arrested in 1991, Wuornos insisted she had acted in self-defense, but the jury had little sympathy. Condemned to death on six separate counts, she was executed by lethal injection in 2002.

An abused runaway who turned to prostitution to survive, Wuornos has become iconic of vengeful women who lash out at the nearest target. She has also become a touchstone for women’s, prostitutes’, and prisoners’ rights advocates. Her story has inspired myriad books and articles, as well as the 2003 movie Monster, for which Charlize Theron won an Academy Award. But until now, Wuornos’s uncensored voice has never been heard.

Dear Dawn is Wuornos’s autobiography culled from her ten-year death row correspondence with beloved childhood friend Dawn Botkins. Authorized for publication by Wuornos and edited under the guidance of Botkins, the letters not only offer Wuornos’s riveting reflections on the murders, legal battles, and media coverage, but go further, revealing her fears and obsessions, her rich humor and empathy, and her gradual disintegration as her execution approached. A candid life story told to a trusted friend, Dear Dawn is a compelling narrative, unwaveringly true to its source.

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  • Jennifer M

    The four stars mostly come from the ladies that participated in this meeting. The book was difficult to read at times but also gave a different perspective on Ms. Wuornos's life that is hard to find otherwise.

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • Lillie

    I haven't had a chance to get this book, however I am interested in attending at another time, if the meetup was postponed instead of cancelled.

    May 29, 2013

    • Jennifer M

      It would be great to get your perspective on it. More than likely, it will be rescheduled.

      May 30, 2013

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