Netflix viewers have shown sympathy for serial killer Aileen Wuornos and accused Netflix of telling her story unfairly in Catching Killers.

Wuornos, who was born in Rochester, Michigan, shot and murdered seven men in Florida in 1989 and 1990 while they were soliciting sex from her. Wuornos, who was a prostitute at the time to help her girlfriend Tyria Moore, and herself, had been murdered in Florida. She claimed her victims had tried to hurt her, and that all of the homicides were committed in self-defense.

Six of seven victims were killed by her, including Richard Mallory and David Spears. She was found guilty and sentenced to execution. Her execution was by lethal injection, October 9, 2002.

Now, Netflix has delved deeper into the gruesome events surrounding Wuornos’ crimes in the second episode of its latest true crime show, which currently sits at number six on their Top 10 list.

However, after viewing the episode called Manhunter : Aileen Wuornos many took to Twitter to express their views. Many believe Wuornos (also known as the Damsel of Death) may have been unfairly treated. 

Netflix viewers are showing serial killer Aileen Wuornos sympathy, and have accused the streaming service of unfairly telling her story in their new crime doc, Catching Killers

Netflix users are showing sympathy for serial killer Aileen WUornos and accuse the streaming site of inadvertently telling her story through their crime documentary, Catching Killers. 

Wuornos, who was born in Rochester, Michigan, murdered seven men in Florida in 1989 and 1990. She claimed the victims had tried to hurt her, and that it was self-defense

Wuornos was born in Rochester in Michigan and murdered seven Florida men between 1989-1990. They tried to hurt Wuornos, but she said it was self-defense.

Wuornos was sexually assaulted and beaten by her grandfather as a child. She is photographed at 11 years old

Wuornos suffered sexual abuse and beatings from her grandfather when she was a small child. Photo of Wuornos at eleven years old

At 14, she was kicked out of her house and began supporting herself through sex work while living in the woods

When she was 14, her parents kicked her out of their house. She began sex work in the woods, and then started to support herself with sex.

Wuornos did not meet her father who was currently in prison when Wuornos was born. He was convicted for sex offences against children, and also had schizophrenia. Wuornos was just 13 when he committed suicide.

Wuornos lost her mom when she was just four years of age. Wuornos moved to the United States with her maternal grandparents. They were both alcohol addicts. Later, she claimed her grandfather had sexually assaulted her and beat her as a child.

She was fourteen years old when she fell pregnant because she claimed she had been raped at the hands of an accomplice to her grandfather. She gave birth to a baby boy on March 23, 1971, who she put up for adoption.

Shortly after her grandmother’s death from liver cancer, she was evicted by her grandfather. While living in the woods, she quit school to support herself and started sex work. 

Brian Jarvis (detective sergeant) said that she had “a terrible family life.” 

“She did not have a father or mother figure. Her father was an experienced criminal.

She went on her own. She was 13 years old when she started smoking cigarettes.

She lived in a vehicle in the woods for quite a time. One time, she purchased a gun to steal a convenience store. She was then arrested.

Wuornos was also arrested for assault, disorderly behavior, armed robbery and car theft in years prior to the murders.

Netflix has covered the gruesome events in the second episode of their new show, but some people think Wuornos was been treated unfairly. She is pictured during a police interview

Netflix covered the horrific scenes in episode 2 of their show’s new series, but many people feel Wuornos was unfairly treated. She was photographed during an interview with the police

'Not Netflix painting a [cop] perfect-picture while making Aileen Wuornos be the monster whose side of the story is not even shown,' one viewer wrote

“Not Netflix painting” [cop]One viewer commented, “perfect-picture and making Aileen Wuornos the monster whose story isn’t even told.” 

Another person said that Wuornos was 'let down by society' and that she 'needed help'

Another person said that Wuornos was ‘let down by society’ and that she ‘needed help’

The detective sergeant who worked on her case, Brian Jarvis (pictured), said in the Netflix doc: 'She went into this mode where she was that predator, and she would be out for the kill'

Brian Jarvis, the detective sergeant assigned to her case (pictured), stated in the Netflix documentary: “She entered this mode wherein she was that prey, and she would go out for the kill.”

Steve Binegar (pictured), Criminal Investigations Commander, added: 'She had a tough life but there's a lot of people out there who have had tough lives, they don't go on a killing spree'

Steve Binegar, Criminal Investigations Command Commander (pictured), said: “She lived a difficult life, but there are a lot more people who have tough lives. They don’t go on killing sprees.”

While the Netflix series focused on Wuornos’ arrest and police investigation, many viewers felt it did not adequately address her traumatizing childhood. On Twitter, one person stated that the documentary did not tell her side of this story. 

Painting titled “Not Netflix or Catching Killers”. [cop]They wrote that Aileen Wuornos was the villain and perfect-picture, while leaving Aileen Wuornos the hero whose story isn’t even told. “And, of course the system doesn’t have a fault there. 

Wuornos eventually confessed to the murders in an attempt to protect her girlfriend, Moore.

“I was the one who did the murder.” It is clear that my girlfriend doesn’t want to get involved. I know she did nothing, and that I am trying to prove it clear. She could also be heard confessing during an interview.

Then she said, “I don’t understand why it happened.” It was something I shouldn’t have done. It was clear that I was often drunk, but I also was an expert hooker.

They were terrible. They were going to hurt me. They were going to beat, rape, or even kill me. It’s not clear which. I didn’t know which one, so I turned around to do my fair game before anyone got hurt.

Steve Binegar was the Criminal Investigations Command Commander for the case. He said: “She had a hard life. But there’s lots of people out there with tough lives. And they don’t go to a killing spree.

“I’m not sure if she knows the reason. People may think that this is all they need to focus on. But that was not my job.

“My job was to find the murderer and get them behind bars.

Brian stated, “There was something she could do to flip her off. It was like a switch was going off and then she entered this mode of being that aggressor or predator. She would kill anyone who would listen.” 

Wuornos was eventually found guilty and was sentenced to death. She was executed by lethal injection on October 9, 2002

Wuornos was ultimately found guilty of the crime and sentenced to die. Her execution was by lethal injection, October 9, 2002.

After watching the episode, Twitter was flooded with various reactions, and one person said that although what Aileen did was 'awful,' they pitied her

Twitter was overwhelmed with reactions after watching the episode. One person stated that while Aileen’s actions were ‘awful’, they still felt sorry for her.

Others claimed that she deserved a better defense attorney and that the trail would have been handled differently if it happened today

Other people claimed that she should have a better lawyer and that it would have been different if the case had occurred today.

Another person pointed out that 'her crimes were less horrific than most male serial killers'

A third person stated that “her crimes were more horrific than the most common male serial killers.”

'I’ve never felt sympathy for any serial killer at all and I've watched more than 20 documentaries but the Aileen Wuornos case made me tear up a li'l,' another user wrote

‘I’ve never felt sympathy for any serial killer at all and I’ve watched more than 20 documentaries but the Aileen Wuornos case made me tear up a li’l,’ another user wrote

The episode was released on November 4th, 2021. Twitter was overwhelmed with reactions. One person stated that while Aileen’s actions were ‘awful’, they still felt sorry for her.

‘I have no explanation but I’m watching Catching Killers and I feel bad for Aileen Warnos. Seems very much like nature vs nurture. It was horrible. However, I feel sorry for her.

Second Twitter user claimed that Wuornos was “let down” by society, and she needed assistance. The second user wrote that Aileen Wuornos had been ‘let down by society men. Although she needed assistance, her death was justifiable. #CatchingKillers

Some others claimed she deserved better representation and the trial would have been handled differently had it occurred today.

“What if Aileen Woornos had an even better defense lawyer that could prove she was traumatized? She needed mental health treatment?” someone tweeted, with another person adding, ‘Aileen Wuornos’ trial would have been handled entirely differently if it happened today.’

A third person said, “This must be said.” Aileen Wuornos was not given a fair trial and sentence. Her crime was less severe than that of most serial killers. Gary Ridgway killed 49 victims and continues to breathe. 

‘Does anyone else think that Aileen Wuornos wasn’t that bad? How is that possible? This is one message. 

‘I’ve never felt sympathy for any serial killer at all and I’ve watched more than 20 documentaries but the Aileen Wuornos case made me tear up a li’l,’ another user claimed. “I don’t know why I should feel so sad for a serial killer, but I do not know.   

‘Aileen Wuornos’ story breaks my heart every time,’ one final viewer wrote after watching the Netflix show. 

Timeline for Wuornos’ brutal killing spree 

December 1989 Richard Mallory was convicted of rape and his body was found dead on December 13th, just days after his car had been found abandoned by a Volusia County deputy. He had been shot numerous times. 

May 1990The naked body of 43-year-old construction worker David Spears was found on Florida State Road 19 (Citrus County). Spears had been shot six more times.

June 1990: Charles Carskaddon (40), a part-time rodeo worker, was found dead in Pasco County, June 6. He had been shot nine more times.

Peter Siems is a former merchant seaman and he left Jupiter Florida for Arkansas.

July 1990Peter Siems found his car in Orange Springs on July 4, Florida. Moore and Wuornos left the vehicle, with Wuornos’ handprint found on the door handle. Moore wasn’t convicted, but she later confessed to the crime. Siems’ corpse was not found.

Troy Burress (55) is missing from Sausage Sales.

August 1990 Troy Burress’ body was found in Marion County, in a forest area. Two shots had been fired at him.

September 1990 Charles ‘Dick’ Huffreys (56), was found dead in Marion County on September 12. The body was completely clothed, and the victim had been shot six more times in his head and torso.

November 1990 Walter Jeno Antonio was a trucker, and he died on November 90. The body of his almost nude was found close to a Dixie County remote logging road. He was already shot four times.

January 1991Wuornos was taken into custody on a warrant for Wuornos’ arrest at The Last Resort, a biker bar. 

January 10 – Police located Moore the next day in Scranton, Pennsylvania. In exchange for immunity, she agreed to confess to Wuornos. 

January 16 –  Wuornos confessed to the murders but initially claims they were carried out in self-defence.   

January 1992 Moore’s testimony helped Wuornos to be convicted for Mallory’s death.

February 1992 Wuornos gets the death sentence

March 1992  Wuornos pleads guilty to the murders Humphreys Burress and Spears. Mallory did rape her but not others, she confessed. 

May 1992 Wuornos receives three additional death sentences

June 1992: Wuornos pleads guilty for the murder of Carskaddon

November 1992 She is sentenced to her fifth death sentence

October 2002 Wuornos executed in prison by lethal injection