Saturday, September 6, 2014
#546 Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer
This movie isn't really about Aileen Wuornos or her crimes, but is about the people around her who were capitalizing on her fame. There were the crooked cops who were involved with movie deals, her creep lawyer who seemed more interested in promoting his music career than saving her life, and her awful adopted mom, who conveniently adopts Wuornos (who is basically her same age) before her first trial and has an agent to negotiate her appearance fees. There are a lot of scenes in this movie that just left me with an uneasy feeling. There's a scene when a cop gives a tour of death row and he just talks about the whole process so casually it is really depressing. There's also the scene when the director finally get's to talk to Wuornos and we find out that her "mom" and lawyer were the ones who convinced her to plead guilty and that they were even telling her to kill herself. They just seem like such awful people who were taking advantage of someone who was becoming famous for being the "first female serial killer." What is interesting is that even though the director is pointing all of this stuff out, he isn't really doing anything different. He is also capitalizing on Wuornos' crimes with this documentary.