Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in Her Own Words [NOOK Book]

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Between 1989 and 1990, Aileen Wuornos, a hitchhiking prostitute, shot, killed, and robbed seven men in remote Florida locations. Arrested in 1991, Wuornos insisted she had acted in self-defense, but the jury had little sympathy. Condemned to death on six separate counts, she was executed by lethal injection in 2002.

An abused runaway who turned to prostitution to survive, Wuornos has become iconic of vengeful women who lash out at the nearest ...
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Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in Her Own Words

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Overview

Between 1989 and 1990, Aileen Wuornos, a hitchhiking prostitute, shot, killed, and robbed seven men in remote Florida locations. Arrested in 1991, Wuornos insisted she had acted in self-defense, but the jury had little sympathy. Condemned to death on six separate counts, she was executed by lethal injection in 2002.

An abused runaway who turned to prostitution to survive, Wuornos has become iconic of vengeful women who lash out at the nearest target. She has also become a touchstone for women’s, prostitutes’, and prisoners’ rights advocates. Her story has inspired myriad books and articles, as well as the 2003 movie Monster, for which Charlize Theron won an Academy Award. But until now, Wuornos’s uncensored voice has never been heard.

Dear Dawn is Wuornos’s autobiography culled from her ten-year death row correspondence with beloved childhood friend Dawn Botkins. Authorized for publication by Wuornos and edited under the guidance of Botkins, the letters not only offer Wuornos’s riveting reflections on the murders, legal battles, and media coverage, but go further, revealing her fears and obsessions, her rich humor and empathy, and her gradual disintegration as her execution approached. A candid life story told to a trusted friend, Dear Dawn is a compelling narrative, unwaveringly true to its source.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593764593
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 466,515
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Lisa Kester has worked as a book designer, both freelance and for small presses, for over ten years and is a personal friend of Dawn Botkins. She lives in Oakland.

Daphne Gottlieb has published four poetry collections (Pelt, Why Things Burn, Final Girl, and Kissing Dead Girls) and edited two anthologies (Homewrecker and Fucking Daphne). She lives in San Francisco.

Aileen Wuornos was born in Michigan in 1956. Abandoned early by her parents and expelled from her abusive grandfather’s home when she was fourteen and pregnant, she lived in the woods before hitchhiking her way to Florida. In 1986, Wuornos began a relationship with Tyria Moore and supported them both through prostitution and theft. In 1986 she served a thirteen-month sentence for armed robbery. In 1989 she first shot and killed a john who picked her up hitchhiking. She later stated that she acted in self-defense, but the john’s history as a violent sex offender was not allowed into evidence at her trial. Wuornos went on to shoot and kill at least six men between 1989 and 1990 and was arrested in 1991, then tried, convicted and sentenced to death. On the advice of a lawyer, she pled “no contest” for five other murders, receiving a total of six death sentences by February 1993. She was famously if inaccurately dubbed “America’s first female serial killer.” While on death row, Wuornos was legally adopted by Arlene Pralle, a born-again Christian, in 1991, and was championed by many who believed her claims of self-defense. A documentary by Nick Broomfield, Aileen: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1992), portrayed Wuornos as a victim of both sexual abuse and media manipulation. As her execution neared, an increasingly unstable Wuornos retracted her self-defense claims, claiming she needed to go to her death with a clean conscience. Florida Governor Jeb Bush ordered a psychiatric exam, after which Wuornos was deemed mentally competent and executed by lethal injection on October 9, 2002. Thanks to the feature film Monster (2003), and the second Nick Broomfield documentary, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2004), she has become even more famous after her death.

Phyllis Chesler, Ph.D is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York. An author, psychotherapist, and expert courtroom witness, her thirteen books include Women and Madness; Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman; The Death of Feminism; and The New Anti-Semitism. She is the co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology and the National Women's Health Network and is a charter member of the Women's Forum. She has lectured and organized political, legal, religious and human rights campaigns worldwide and has appeared on The Today Show, The O'Reilly Factor, Oprah, Nightline, CSPAN, NPR, MSNBC, and many others. She has been published and interviewed in The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The Times of London, Il Foglio, Ha'aretz, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, The London Guardian, Muslim World Today, and many more. Her full biography can be found on her website, www.phyllis-chesler.com. She lives in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Decent

    I had to make myself finish this book. Didn't flow that great. I still can't get over how Tyria walked away with nothing in this case. She should be in prison as well. But justice at its finest.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    This is the worst book I've ever read. Every letter is about her

    This is the worst book I've ever read. Every letter is about her wanting to make money by her story ! And, her wanting to help Dawn make money off it. She had no remorse for what she did to those 7 men. Absolutely none. I'm sorry I ever wasted my money on this book !

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Dear Dawn

    Just ordered this today from Barnes and Nobel because they didnt have it in stock. I have all the other books about Lee. This seems far more interesting and personal so far.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2012

    Good

    Good

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    A knock down, drag out, thrill ride for your mind and eyes.

    I picked up "Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos In Her Own Words" Edited by Daphne Gottlieb and Lisa Kester at a poetry show I hosted with Daphne Gottlieb as the feature. I had no idea she was editing this book and it was a total surprise. I bought it on the spot and it has proven to be one of the most amazing reads I have taken on in years.

    I cannot say enough good things about this book! I followed Aileen's case and have watched every piece of media I could get my hands on regarding it and this book is BLOWING MY MIND! It is truly an amazing exercise to read through this book and hear Aileen in her own written word writing to a friend from her childhood. I had seen the stacks and stacks of material Dawn had collected from correspondence with Aileen over the years in documentaries. I cannot stress enough how harrowing the task would have been to cull through the sheer vast amount of material to put this book together and Daphne and Lisa make these missives jump off the page in a larger than life way. The body of work remains cohesive and retains a narrative the reader can follow even with all the twists and turns in Aileen's case and her mental state through the years the book encompasses.

    Even if you don't know anything about Aileen Wuornos and her case, this book is a treasure trove of information that reads quickly and is thoroughly fascinating! But don't take my word for it! Buy this book, read it, and then tell everyone you know about it!! Reading it is like chasing a cat whose tail is on fire down a paranoid rabbit hole. Superbly edited and well annotated! Trust me, you will not be able to put this book down once you crack the spine for the first time. Thank you Daphne and Lisa for giving Aileen a chance to tell her story through Dawn's collection of letters. Her voice is ringing loud and clear, the contents finally surfacing to gain some semblance of shape and form in the light.

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