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The Mad Mind of America's Most Cold-Blooded Female Serial Killer is Revealed in Investigation Discovery's Special AILEEN WUORNOS: MIND OF A MONSTER

The investigative series that explores the twisted minds of serial killers premieres New Year’s Day

December 17, 2019

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--The investigative series that explores the twisted minds of serial killers premieres New Year’s Day --

(Silver Spring, MD.) – Starting in late 1989 through November 1990, seven men in and around Marion County, Florida fell victim to an elusive serial killer. As detectives slowly pieced together the evidence, they discovered the killer they were after was a woman named Aileen Wuornos. Her subsequent arrest and trial would forever solidify her place in history as America’s most notorious female serial killer. Now, the second installment of ID’s MIND OF A MONSTER investigative series features chilling new insights into Wuornos’s life and personality, utilizing personal letters and drawings from Aileen herself to help paint a picture of the twisted motives behind her deadly actions. AILEEN WUORNOS: MIND OF A MONSTER premieres Wednesday, January 1 at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery, the #1 network for true-crime and mystery programming.

“Coming off of the success of the first installment exploring Ted Bundy, the MIND OF A MONSTER franchise offers a glimpse into the depraved minds of serial killers in an attempt to comprehend their despicable crimes,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “This special will look deeper into Aileen Wuornos than ever before, providing insight into whether she was acting in self-defense as she claims, or if she was, simply, ‘America’s most cold-blooded female serial killer.’” 

The details of Aileen’s crimes are laid out through new interviews with those closest to the case, including members of the Marion County Police Department, members of the defense and prosecution teams, forensic specialists, family members of the victims, and most notably, Aileen’s best friend Dawn Botkins. Botkins saved the letters and drawings Aileen sent her while incarcerated and shares them throughout the special, providing insight into Aileen’s complicated thought process surrounding the crimes. AILEEN WUORNOS: MIND OF A MONSTER reveals the most intimate look into Wuornos’ life from beginning to end, from her troubled childhood to her eventual transformation into a prolific serial killer. 

AILEEN WUORNOS: MIND OF A MONSTER is produced for Investigation Discovery by Arrow Media with Sam Starbuck as executive producer, John Owens as series producer and Tom Brisley as creative director. For Investigation Discovery, Eugenie Vink is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.

About Investigation Discovery

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