On January 9, 1991, police arrested Aileen Wuornos while she was drinking a beer at The Last Resort biker bar in Port Orange, Florida. Even though she was arrested for an outstanding warrant, a decade later she would be put to death for the murder of six men, and executed by lethal injection on October 9, 2002.
In any case, she murdered seven men within a period of 12 months.
Her first victim was Richard Charles Mallory (51) on November 30, 1989, an electronics store owner. He was a convicted rapist whom she claimed to have killed in self-defense. On December 13, his body was found in a wooded area: he had been shot several times, and it was on this murder that she was initially condemned.
Construction worker David Andrew Spears (47) had been shot six times and he was found on June 1, 1990, naked.
Part-time rodeo worker Charles Edmund Carskaddon (40) had been shot eight times with a .20 caliber weapon, with his body wrapped in an electric blanket and badly decomposing when found, while Peter Abraham Siems’ (65) body was never found.
Sausage salesman Troy Eugene Burress (50), on July 31, 1990, he was reported missing. His body was found in a wooded area, and he had been shot twice, Charles Richard “Dick” Humphreys (56) was found fully clothed and had been shot six times in the head and torso, while Walter Jeno Antonio’s (62) naked body was found near a remote logging road and he had been shot four times on November 19, 1990.
Aileen Wuornos passed into history as a controversial, complicated, tragic figure. She grew up poor and sexually abused, claimed that the murders she committed were in self-defense as her johns attempted to rape her, and was poorly represented by an attorney who called himself “Dr. Legal”. As to say, a name, a guarantee.
She was depicted precisely in this way also in the 2003 film Monster, that chronicles her story from childhood until her first murder conviction. It stars Charlize Theron as Wuornos, a performance that earned Theron an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Given the rarity of female serial killers, Aileen Wuornos’ case gained widespread media attention, but she also became famous for her last words before her 2002 execution: “Yes, I would just like to say I’m sailing with the rock, and I’ll be back, like Independence Day, with Jesus. June 6, like the movie. Big mother ship and all, I’ll be back, I’ll be back.”
Since the “incident”, not much has changed at The Last Resort. It’s still frequented by bikers, and features a “Japanese garden” of motorcycles dangling from an old oak.
However, the decor has been altered to remember Aileen Wuornos’ last drink here: pictures of her plaster the walls, including her mug shot, and a mural on the bar’s brick wall depicts her craggy face and a list of her victims. Perhaps less tastefully (but more tastily) the bar has also branded its own “Crazed Killer Hot Sauce.”