In January 1992, sex worker and serial killer Aileen Wuornos stood trial for the murder of 52-year-old Richard Mallory. At the time of her trial, she had confessed to murdering seven men who had picked her up while hitchhiking. She claimed the murders were in self-defense. Although she was tried for Mallory’s murder, evidence from the six other slayings was used to prosecute Wuornos. On Jan. 27, she was found guilty of first-degree murder. Four days later, she was sentenced to death. Wuornos was executed in Oct. 2002. One year later, the movie ‘Monster’ starring Charlize Theron was released, which depicted Wuornos’s crimes.
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