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This psychological crime thriller is a true account and takes us inside the mind of a unique female serial killer, a prostitute who murdered seven adult men - a case in which the author was intimately involved.

The issues raised by this high-profile criminal case remain unresolved to this day. Women, even prostitutes, have the right to self-defense in theory, but, in practice, the story is more complicated. This book will challenge everything you ever thought about prostitutes, serial killers, and justice in America. 

Aileen Wuornos is a damaged soul, a genuine American outlaw, a symbol of women's rage, a symbol of what can happen to severely abused children, and of how our justice system fails women. Chesler's involvement with a serial killer has haunted her ever since. She speaks in Aileen Wuornos' voice, as well as in her own, and delivers an incisive, original, and dramatic portrait of a cognitively impaired, traumatized, and alcoholic woman, who had endured so much pain in her short life. When she'd had enough, the results were deadly.

This is a poignant, sometimes humorous, never-before-told, behind-the-scenes tale. Wuornos' story is handled with great sensitivity, but also with realistic detachment by Chesler, as she probes the telling moment. Was Wuornos suffering from post-traumatic stress after a life lived on a "killing field"? Was she also "born evil"? So many prostitutes have been tortured and murdered by serial killers. How did Wuornos, once prey, become a predator? 

Requiem for a Female Serial Killer will also haunt you. It won’t let you put it down. 

Take a walk on the wild side. The ghost of Aileen Wuornos beckons.

©2020 Phyllis Chesler (P)2020 New English Review Press

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Fascinating book!

I don't usually listen to "true crime", but I figured that if this book was written by Phyllis Chesler there would be a lot more to it than meets the eye. I was right - it was thought-provoking and moving and went beyond Wuornos's story to address the bigger picture of how gender impacts the way one is treated in society and in our justice system. The narrator did a great job.