1/19/92 at 7:00 PM
Florida has had its share of serial killers. Now it may have another, but with a twist: the accused is a woman. This week, ex-prostitute Aileen Wuornos will stand trial in Volusia County for the first of five murder charges. Wuornos, 35, has reportedly confessed to robbing and killing five men after posing as a hitchhiker; she says it was in self-defense. In a videotaped confession after her arrest, Wuornos reportedly said she propositioned the men for sex and, if they paid up peacefully, she let them go. But if she found them threatening, "I decided to whip out my gun and give it to 'em."
The confession detailed Wuornos's unusual life. Despite hoping to become a nun, she said she had sex with 250,000 men. Wuornos reportedly confessed to clear the name of Tyria Moore, whom she claimed was her lesbian lover. Moore, reportedly a onetime suspect, is now the state's star witness. Meantime, a Florida couple adopted Wuornos-denying they'll benefit from a movie about her.