To characterize Aileen Wuornos' start in life as a poor beginning is truly an understatement. It was an awful beginning from the time she was born on February 29, 1956, as Aileen Carol Pittman. One of the few good things in her young life, ironically, was that her biological father, Leo Dale Pittman, never got to know her. Pittman was a psychopathic child molester who hanged himself in prison in 1969.
Born into a crazy, chaotic life that only got worse with time, Aileen, convinced that she'd been dealt a raw deal by fate and would never find true love, took to the streets to survive, eventually becoming a prostitute to pay her bills. Then, right out of the blue, she met Tyria Moore, a lesbian who, in search of true love as well, fell in love with Aileen and would unwittingly become a pawn in a string of murders that would later earn Aileen the moniker "the damsel of death".
At times hard to take, unflinching in its portrayal of a woman scorned by society itself, Scarred for Life provides a terrifying insight into the mind of the first true female American serial killer - and will leave a mark on whoever is brave enough to listen to it.
This is a very interesting story. The narration is clear and flows smoothly from each chapter.
What made the experience of listening to Scarred for Life the most enjoyable?
I most enjoyed the way that Mr. Martinson expressed the mood of the story and the individual voices, personalities and moods of the characters; as well as the sound of his voice.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Scarred for Life?
The most memorable moment in Scarred for Life was that moment when Aileen Wuornos transitioned from prostitution to murder and robbery. It was a sudden and tragic turn of events that sealed Aileen's fate.
Would you listen to Scarred for Life again? Why?
Yes. It is not an uncommon situation, many girls find themselves in, and think of acting out, and the narrator's rendition is captivating.
What other book might you compare Scarred for Life to and why?
'The Prodfather' About Mendel Epstein, 70, who was jailed for ten years in December 2015 after being caught offering to kidnap and torture Jewish husbands who refused to divorce their wives.
What does John Alan Martinson Jr. bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
One of the most tonally entrancing and captivating dialog's, I've ever heard.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
A sexually abused girl thrown out of her home as a teen. Having been involved in previous incidents with the law, she made a living as a sex worker on Florida's highways, and in 1989 she killed a man who had picked her up. She went on to kill at least five other men and was eventually caught, convicted and placed on death row. Though her sanity was questioned, Wuornos was executed by lethal injection in 2002. In addition to documentaries, books and an opera, her story was depicted in the 2003 film Monster.