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ON OCTOBER 9 2002, LESBIAN SERIAL
KILLER AILEEN WUORONS, WHO KILLED
SEVEN MEN WHILE HITCHHIKING ALONG
FLORIDA HIGHWAYS, WAS PUT TO DEATH.
AUSTRALIAN PHOTOGRAPHER JASMINE
HIRST CORRESPONDED WITH AILEEN
FOR TEN YEARS AND FILMED HER PRIOR TO
In 1993 I saw a photograph of Aileen in a newspaper. She’d
just been given another three death sentences. I looked at her
photo and that click happened: I know you. That week I saw an
interview with her on TV. I saw her moving and speaking. In the
same week someone I knew said they had her prison address.
I felt compelled to write to her.
She wrote back. I came home and there was a four page letter.
She had very neat handwriting; there was a drawing of a smiley
face. Our correspondence continued until her execution. In
1996 she said to me she had decided to die. She was tired of
the media portrayal of her as an evil man-hating lesbian serial
killer. She wasn’t going to appeal anymore. She wanted to
come clean with God. She wanted me to film her doing this
on death row.
I met her on death row and filmed her on video and 16mm.
While the canisters were being changed I picked up the still
camera and took pictures. In these photos she was talking to
me about being raped. She said, “People don’t understand.
You don’t just get raped. You get physically abused as well. It’s
not, ‘Oh, let me intercourse you, please’.”
She was so excited because she got to talk for two hours.
It was part of her process of dying. She told me about her
childhood, the murders, and what really happened – this will
be in the documentary I am making. Aileen seemed ignorant
of the impact all those sexual assaults had on her. So I said,
“Aileen, I am so sorry for what’s happened to you.” She said,
“Oh Jasmine, I’m tough man. It didn’t affect my life.”
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