Lethal Intent: Aileen Wuornos, America's Deadliest Female Serial Killer

Lethal Intent: Aileen Wuornos, America's Deadliest Female Serial Killer

by Sue Russell

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ISBN-13: 9780786034413
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 253,811
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Sue Russell is an award-winning journalist and author based in California. She has written over 1,500 articles for publications including the Washington Post, New Scientist, Salon.com, PSmag.com, Miller-McCune.com, American Legion, GE’s Healthymagination.com, Healthline.com, and the UK’s Independent, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Express, Sunday Times and Hello! She is a former Contributing Editor to Success Magazine, Hong Kong Tatler and Asia Tatler magazines and her work has also appeared internationally in publications like Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Irish Tatler. 

Sue regularly writes about crime and criminal justice, health and medicine, social and women’s issues, Hollywood and celebrities. Her stories have involved issues like flawed forensic science, bias and fingerprints, eyewitness identification procedures, false confessions, wrongful convictions, animal rights law and extreme activism, fire and arson investigations, wildfire research, violent crimes against law enforcement officers and girls in gangs. Health and medical writing topics include migraine, biofeedback, influenza, gastrointestinal disorders. She has interviewed a multitude of celebrities: Christina Aguilera, Heidi Klum, Sean Connery, Jane Fonda, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jermaine and LaToya Jackson, Rod Stewart, the Trump family, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, to name but a few. 

Her fact crime book Lethal Intent is about serial killer Aileen Wuornos who shot seven men to death in Florida and was executed in 2002. Sue spent two years investigating Wuornos’s life and covering her trial and court appearances. She is currently writing The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art for CUNY Journalism Press with illustrator/co-author Elizabeth Williams. It will feature the work of five award-winning artists and trials spanning Jack Ruby and Charles Manson to Bernard Madoff.
As an author, Sue has been featured on various television shows and radio shows on both sides of the Atlantic...and beyond. She has appeared on the A&E channel’s Biography and Notorious, Investigation Discovery Channel’s Deadly Women, Jane Velez-Mitchell’s Issues, CNN and HLN broadcasts, and on Britain’s This Morning and Good Morning Australia.

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Lethal Intent 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can see why some of the critics are calling "Lethal Intent" one of the best true crime books of all time. It really does have to be ranked with such classics as "Helter Skelter" by Vincent Bugliosi and even "In Cold Blood" by Capote. The author delves deeply into serial killer Aileen Wuornos's troubled formative years and shows how the deck was stacked against her. When following Wuornos's adult life and ultimately her killing of seven men, the author lets the facts build up and speak for themselves. Because Wuornos - who was executed in Florida some years back -- was a rare breed of serial killer in that she murdered strangers, men who gave her a lift and picked her up on the roadside, she bears this kind of scrutiny. Recommended reading
Guest More than 1 year ago
Probably the best true crime I have read in years. Painstakingly researched, rich in detail. Where has this fantastic author been hiding? Another Anne Rule for detail. Could not put it down
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sue Russell's "Lethal Intent," unlike some true-crime stories, pulls the reader inexorably into the warped world of her subject. Lee Wuorno, who took great pride in her accomplishments, lived in a world of fear, pride, violence, shame and despair. Her path to the death chamber seemed almost surefooted from her earliest days and the hopeless background from which she emerges. This serial killer--rare not only in her gender--definitely wanted her 15 minutes of fame for killing seven men. In fact, she wanted more like 20...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sue Russell is a good writer. This is the best book on the Aileen Wournous story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sue Russell does a good job of bringing a complex and enigmatic character to life for those who did not follow these tragedies or the legal aftermath resulting in Aileen Wuornos' execution. As a lawyer in the Central Florida area where most of the crimes took place, I am familiar with the streets and places Ms. Russell describes vividly in this book. She also has done her homework in learning about some complex legal issues from the Wuornos trial and explains them in a fashion that any reader can understand. While the end of the book tends to focus too much on the motives of the law enforcement and legal officials associated with the investigations and what happened to them later, the book as a whole does a good job of exploring what influenced this tragic figure without crossing the line into suggesting that Wuornos' troubled life excuses her crimes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you do..this one's for you. Sue Russell does an excellent job of telling the Aileen 'Lee' Wuornos story. From the very first page, you will not be able to put it down. Was Aileen born or made? Maybe alittle of both.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! I picked this book up to browse and couldn't put it down. There's much more interesting stuff about this woman and what made her tick than what the papers had to say. Sue Russell is a good writer! I felt I got to know every side of Eileen Wuormos and I even felt sorry for her as well as her victims! I'm wondering who's going to play her in the film, that's sure to come!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Really enjoyed the book; thought it was well written and very detailed. I actually had a hard time putting it down!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Good read but too much childhood background for me.
Rhonda-Runner1 More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of TC books and this is one of the best in my opinion. It is very well written with good flow of the story. I remember when Aileen was committing her crime spree and I have always been interested in her case, so I was excited when I found this book. This is a lengthy book but the story never drags. I found it to be a real page turner and I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading it. I highly recommend this book and you will not be disappointed.
J-WURTZLER More than 1 year ago
LOVE THIS BOOK! Highly recommend it to anyone interested in true crime, Aileen Wuornos or her victims. Author Sue Russell put together a very informative, attention grabbing book. I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN, and plowed through all 576 pages in a few short days! The picture selection is great too, as it allows the reader to get a glimpse of everyone included in the book and also Aileen’s childhood.
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acorley84 More than 1 year ago
<b>Lethal Intent - The World's LONGEST and Most UNORGANIZED Research Paper of ALL TIMES!!!</b> For a more in depth review, please visit my blog, Chorley Chronicals  I just have to start out by saying that I have never in my life rating a book a 1-star book, and it absolutely kills me to do so, but I have to admit that it was probably the most painful book that I will ever force myself to complete, and that's what it was, total force! I was quite excited to read this because after watching the movie monster, it was a subject that caught my attention! But once I got started reading, I quickly realized that it was going to be difficult to finish this horrendously long novel! I also quickly realized that there was so much unnecessary banter going on throughout the whole book! Sue Russell could have cut this book in half, if she would have left out all of the things that weren't necessary to get the point across. I felt that the story drug on throughout the entire book, without concise thoughts! I felt like there was way too much going on in each and every chapter and that they were all over the place. I recall one chapter I was reading where it was talking about Aileen when she was 16 then it went back to when she was younger, then when she was older than 16. It just did not flow smoothly at all. This book had such potential because Aileen Wuornos is quite the subject to write about, but I believe that this book was an epic failure!! I really wanted so much more for it and from it and didn't get either! Given that the book was just published, I would have seriously thought that there would have been some information about Aileen's execution, but the book just stopped after her trials. With all the extra stuff that was included that could have been left out, I would have thought at least the whole entire story would have been told, but it wasn't. On an upper note, I do think that Sue Russell really did devote to extreme research and really had the facts straight on Aileen and her life, I just felt that she didn't do the best job of putting that together in a story format. There was just no semblance of order! When a dear friend asked me what I thought about it, I told her that I felt like I was reading the world's worst and longest research paper! I do think that Sue Russell was her own worst enemy, when it comes to this book! I don't think that ALL of the research that she found, needed to be included. It almost felt like the information was put together as she found it, rather than it being compiled in a timeline like format! I have this thing that once I start a book, I just do not want to give up on it and just want to see it through until the end, so I felt somewhat obligated to finish this book, although most people would have tossed it (and have based on many other reviews!) after the first chapter! I'm not sure if the author just isn't an experienced writer, or maybe isn't experienced in writing biographies, but I'm sure that this isn't her best work! There aren't many books that I can say that I just straight out did not like, nor have I EVER rated a book a 1 star, but I just couldn't find any love in any crevice of my body for this book! I hate that I had to give it such a low rating, however, I've NEVER had such difficulty in finishing and lack of enjoyment in a book...EVER!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sue Russell fails to more than cursorily explore the circumstances behind Aileen Wuornos's life and accepts the representations of interested parties, such as Aileen's sister/aunt, at face value. This may be because she is a big fan of the 'bad seed' theory of human behavior. Very disappointing read.