Aileen Wuornos's Crimes

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Aileen Wuornos made the choice to murder seven men for her own personal gain, knowing that the acts were illegal (Arrigo & Griffin, 2004). Mens rea is established through her acts of knowingly and willfully committed the crimes. The childhood of Aileen Wuornos impacted her choices leading up to the murders, however, her own free will accompanied with the desire for financial profit caused her to take the action. Aileen Wuornos could have chosen an alternative to the actions she took if she had in fact been raped by the men she murdered as she alleged upon arrest. Actions in self-defense of her rape would have been justified had she gone to the police and reported it had occurred. Aileen Wuornos deserved the death penalty for her crimes.
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