Florida Prostitute Admits Murders
Jul. 01, 2001
OCALA, Fla. (AP) _ A former prostitute convicted of murdering six clients says she doesn't regret the killings and didn't act in self-defense, as she had claimed at her trial.
Aileen Wuornos, 45, told the Ocala Star-Banner for a story published Sunday that before the shootings she had ``always wanted to kill somebody.''
Wuornos recently asked the Florida Supreme Court that her appeals be dropped and her death sentence carried out. She told the newspaper she is confessing because she wants God's forgiveness before her execution.
Wuornos, the subject of a television movie ``Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story'' and an opera that recently opened in San Francisco, testified during her 1992 trial that she killed men who assaulted her and made her fear for her life.
But she told the newspaper ``I just flat robbed, killed them, and there was a lot of hatred behind everything.''
Wuornos was convicted of fatally shooting a man in 1989 who had picked her up. She then pleaded no contest to murdering five men she picked up along Florida highways and robbed. She has admitted killing a seventh, but was never tried.
The courts are determining whether she is competent to drop her appeals; no execution date has been set.
Wuornos said the state should kill her because she would murder again if she ever got out of prison.