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Dear Dawn: Aileen Wuornos in Her Own Words

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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, W
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Soft Skull Press (first published January 10th 2011)
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Rebecca McNutt
I honestly can't say that I approve at all of what Wuornos did in her lifetime, but she wasn't always the monster she appears to be. As revealed within the pages of Dear Dawn, she was born into a broken family and was often severely abused. Turning to prostitution to survive, something eventually made her snap, and the end result was horrifying. Wuornos is dead, and it's too late to reverse the abuse and to reverse her horrible crimes, but this book might be a key to preventing the same thing fr ...more
Kelly
May 16, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
I can say with no uncertainty that this book is not what I expected. Aileen Wuornos never discusses the actual murders, but instead comes across as..dare I say it..almost likeable. DON'T misunderstand. Her crimes were horrible, but these letters when she's not doing interviews and just conversing with a friend are just amazing to read. She had some obvious psychological problems, but she never really had a chance in life. This certainly does not excuse in any way the crimes she committed, but th ...more
Rebecca  Porter
Apr 29, 2013 Rebecca Porter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-crime
One of the most powerful books I have ever read. Aileen Wuornos was one of those truly fascinating people, with so many layers and complexities. I could read about her forever and likely never come close to understanding her. The life she led was peppered with tragedy, violence, abuse and rejection. Really, given all she went through, it is no surprise that she wound up lashing out and fighting back. Some of the abuse she endured made me feel physically sick when I read about it. At times, when ...more
Blythe
Jul 17, 2012 Blythe rated it it was amazing
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
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Stephanie Phipps
Dec 27, 2012 Stephanie Phipps rated it liked it
If you can read past the mispelled words, grammatical errors and not being able to use dictionary for help. Then you will see two Aileen's. One full of youth and innocence, the other a paranoid deranged killer. I understand that hooking for all those years, took a huge toll on not only her body but also her mind. That as a hitchhiking hooker, she was probably raped several times but I also think she hugely overestimated that number greatly. As for her grandfather, whom she called dad, I am not s ...more
Margo
Dec 05, 2016 Margo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are real letters from serial killer Aileen Wuornos to a childhood friend. Gripping book but it's like watching a car accident or train wreck - you don't want to look but can't help yourself and feel a little guilty afterwards. I felt compassion for Aileen but her letters were also chilling, scary and creepy at times. If you like psychology, this is a really good read. Not for the faint of heart.
Debbie "DJ"
Oct 08, 2012 Debbie "DJ" rated it liked it


Never finished this book. It was chosen by a friend who wanted to start a book club. What I did read was very interesting as the actual letters between Aileen and her friend were printed. I had already seen the movie "Monsters", and also some real life DVD's. It is hard to get enough of her after watching "Monsters", and I think this book played into that.
Toni
Feb 13, 2013 Toni rated it liked it
This was a very sad book to read, but it was interesting to read Aileen's correspondence to her best friend Dawn and get a more natural perspective on Aileen's life and point of view. Before this book was written the only perspectives available were those of the media and law enforcement.
Celeste
Jun 22, 2015 Celeste rated it it was amazing
A real look into Aileen Wuornos' life. The way she was portrayed in movies and documentaries was nothing like she actually was. She had such a difficult life and was repeatedly hurt over and over again. I hope this book helps people see Aileen as a human, not just a serial killer.
Kelly
Jul 18, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
It is a little choppy and some of the chapters are little more than Dawns own life, overall it was pretty darn good. If your interested in Aileen Wournous there is no better insight into her mind.
gabrielle
May 30, 2015 gabrielle rated it liked it
Shelves: women, celebrity-bios
I am on page 8 or something and bawling my eyes out.

...This was just painful to read.
Vera
Dec 16, 2015 Vera rated it liked it
Three stars its ok for this book.It was written entirely by Aileen.It does contain many mistakes in spelling .. i found it a bit repetitive
Ashley C.
Jun 27, 2016 Ashley C. rated it liked it
This was a little tough to get into because of all of the spelling and grammar issues, but it was interesting to read the words that she wrote to Dawn over the years.
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Oct 05, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Has anyone read this book yet? I'd love to hear from anyone that has!
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Former prostitute turned serial killer. She killed 7 men while working as a prostitute. She claimed that they tried to rape her.

She was convicted and sentenced to death for six of the murders, and executed via lethal injection on October 9, 2002.
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“Man I studied phychology, Theology, Archeology, the nervous system, The Brain, algerba, Anatomy, read the Bible four times in its entirety, politics, and so much more.” 0 likes
“plus lastly, It shouldnt matter who you are (or) what your work place is. Self-defense is Self-defense. No one has the right to lay any pyshical abuse on “ANYONE .” 0 likes
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