Countdown: Enter Goodreads Giveaway for Chance to Win Copy of “Lethal Intent”

Time is running out on this Goodreads Giveaway! Goodreads  members (and membership is free) — enter by 11.59 p.m. March 9 for the chance to win LETHAL INTENT, the definitive biography of executed serial killer Aileen Wuornos. Had she lived, this Leap Year baby would have turned 60 on February 29. Instead, after a decade on Florida’s Death Row, she was executed in 2002.

She was both victim and victimizer. She killed 6 men; all strangers and a seventh victim. She confessed to killing him but in a drunken state and could not recall where she left him. His remains have never been found.

Best-selling author John Douglas, a former FBI Special Agent and one of the first criminal profilers, calls the book: “Shocking, sad, revealing, and deeply researched, this true account of the life and crimes of serial killer Aileen Wuornos will fascinate true-crime fans.”


The Michigan house where Aileen spent her early childhood years.

Leap Year Baby Aileen Wuornos Would Have Turned 60 This Month. Enter Goodreads Giveaway for Chance to Win Autographed Copy of “Lethal Intent”.

AWonBikeHard to believe that had she lived, executed female serial killer Aileen Wuornos — a Leap Year baby — would have turned turn 60 on February 29, 2016.

This truly rare murderer spent a decade on Florida’s Death Row before her 2002 execution. She killed 6 men; all strangers. Another victim’s remains were, by her own account, still out in the woods. She could not recall the location. To this day, they have not been discovered.

Best-selling author John Douglas, a former FBI Special Agent and original criminal profiler, calls Lethal Intent “Shocking, sad, revealing, and deeply researched, this true account of the life and crimes of serial killer Aileen Wuornos will fascinate true-crime fans.” Listed on Business Insider’s “11 True Crime Books you should read if you’re obsessed with Serial,” It takes readers deep inside Wuornos’s life and crimes.

Was Wuornos a cold-blooded killer? A victim? A robber who killed to avoid capture? If you haven’t yet read the book, you decide. (2013 updated edition.) Visit Goodreads (Lethal Intent link at to enter or Sue’s Lethal Intent webpage. Goodreads is free to join.

12 Years Today Since Aileen Wuornos Was Executed in Florida

Twelve years after her execution, Aileen Wuornos — who confessed to killing seven men in Florida, where she was convicted of six murders — is still a hot topic with followers of crime stories, true crime television shows and books (like my own, LETHAL INTENT.) Aileen wanted to “be like Bonnie and Clyde” and looking back I’d have to say she has surpassed that and achieved her very own lasting notoriety.

There were only 106 volunteers for execution in the United States between 1973 and 2003 and in 2002, Aileen was one of them. For the December 2013 edition of LETHAL INTENT (paperback, eBook, Audible), I interviewed forensic psychiatrists and criminal justice experts about what might have spurred her to make that rare and final decision. Their thoughts are fascinating. (Check the book’s new section!)

Aileen’s last mystifying words were that she would be back, “like ‘Independence Day,’ with Jesus – June sixth – like the movie – big mother ship and all. I’ll be back.” Did she really think that? Who knows? Her pre-execution mental state concerned many, but suggestions that she was “crazy” irritated her no end. Ultimately, those who tried to halt her execution against her wishes were forced to stand aside while she was put to death.

October 9, 2002, was a solemn day and felt strange and disturbing.

Aileen was a victim but also a victimizer. Today she receives more empathy and compassion than any other serial killer I can bring to mind. Can you think of another? Male or female?

I’d like to discuss Aileen with folk interested in proof and evidence. If I’m honest, I’ve grown a little weary of those who don’t accept that Hollywood movies are fiction, either inspired by, or loosely based on, fact. The evidence at the first murder for which Aileen was convicted did NOT show what folk say so often — that she killed to save her own life during a brutal rape. Her victim was first shot while fully dressed, sitting behind the wheel of his car. They can’t both be true.

Aileen also carried Windex with her to remove fingerprints on what she called her “killing days.” Her stories changed many times but the physical evidence (and Aileen’s original confessions) are in accord. She was a robber who killed to avoid leaving witnesses and who carefully concealed her crimes.

I believe that she robbed and killed while desperately trying to keep her girlfriend Tyria from abandoning her. As someone with Borderline Personality Disorder, abandonment was Aileen’s greatest fear.

She had a tragic life full of isolation, rejection and abuse. But we can’t talk about her honestly or realistically unless we also accept that she took seven lives. Funny thing is, I sometimes think that Aileen was better able to accept what she did — she wept with guilt over it many times — than are many of her fans. I felt and feel empathy for Aileen but can’t forget she took seven lives.

R.I.P. Aileen.Lethal Intent 2013

Aileen Wuornos’ 58th birthday – Leap Year Baby

Diana Kyle with the latest edition of LETHAL INTENT, in Barnes & Noble, Burbank, CA. Did you stop for a Starbucks, Diana?

Diana Kyle with the latest edition of LETHAL INTENT, in Barnes & Noble, Burbank, CA. Did you stop for a Starbucks, Diana?

Aileen was born in Michigan on February 29, 1956. As a Leap Year baby, she only got to celebrate her birthday every four years. One more slight. Another in a troubled childhood with little to celebrate…if anything.

I believe she felt cheated by having a birthday “every four years,” so to speak. I wonder how other Leap Year birthday folk feel? Did it hurt and how much? If your birthday is Feb 29, were your birthdays overlooked?

(To my knowledge, Aileen never had a birthday party, whether on Feb 29 or otherwise.)

On a more cheerful note, I want to share a photograph of the lovely Diana Kyle in Barnes & Noble, Burbank, CA with a copy of my book LETHAL INTENT. Thanks Diana for taking the shot and for sending it to me! It means a lot. Writers love Barnes & Noble sightings, or sightings in any bookstore for that matter in an era when they are harder to come by. You’re a true pal, Diana!

Hope You Can Tune In (or Call In!) Tonight, 6pm PST…I’m Dan Zupansky’s guest on “True Murder”, Blog Talk Radio

Dan Zupansky and I have talked Aileen Wuornos before but tonight we are discussing the new edition of LETHAL INTENT with updates about Aileen’s execution, decade on death row, fight to have her sentence carried out and her iconic legacy.” title=””True Murder” Weds Jan 15, 6pm PST, 8pm CST…”>


Friday Evening: Talking to Behind the Yellow Tape’s Joey Ortega

I’ll be talking Joey Ortega, host of Behind The Yellow Tape, about Aileen Wuornos and the new edition of LETHAL INTENT. Hope you can tune in! The show focuses on serial crime, cold cases, and forensic and investigative topics. It airs 7:00–9:00 p.m. PST. I expect to go on around 7.30 p.m. West Coast time live but the show will be archived afterwards… Hope you can tune in!

Fun to see Lethal Intent & Local Cops Together on front page of Buckhannon Record Delta…

recorddeltaTwo homicide investigators who worked on the Aileen Wuornos case had connections to this part of West Virginia. The late Tom Muck who worked the Charles Carskaddon homicide and my friend David Taylor who worked the murder of Dick Humphreys in Marion County. See the Buckhannon Record Delta article here: Buckhannon Record Delta “Lethal Intent” article