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This was the first historical settlement in what was later to become the city of Denver. The site faded quickly, however, and by the summer of it was abandoned in favor of Auraria named after the gold-mining town of Auraria, Georgia and St.

On November 22, , General William Larimer and Captain Jonathan Cox, Esquire, both land speculators from eastern Kansas Territory , placed cottonwood logs to stake a claim on the bluff overlooking the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek , across the creek from the existing mining settlement of Auraria, and on the site of the existing townsite of St.

The location was accessible to existing trails and was across the South Platte River from the site of seasonal encampments of the Cheyenne and Arapaho. The site of these first towns is now the site of Confluence Park near downtown Denver. Larimer, along with associates in the St. Charles City Land Company, sold parcels in the town to merchants and miners, with the intention of creating a major city that would cater to new immigrants.

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Offering daily service for "passengers, mail, freight, and gold," the Express reached Denver on a trail that trimmed westward travel time from twelve days to six. In , Western Union furthered Denver's dominance of the region by choosing the city for its regional terminus. The Colorado Territory was created on February 28, , [22] Arapahoe County was formed on November 1, , [22] and Denver City was incorporated on November 7, With its newfound importance, Denver City shortened its name to Denver.

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Later studies confirmed many of his findings. In , Denver was selected to host the Winter Olympics to coincide with Colorado's centennial celebration, but in November , Colorado voters struck down ballot initiatives allocating public funds to pay for the high costs of the games, which were subsequently moved to Innsbruck , Austria. The movement against hosting the games was based largely on environmental issues and was led by State Representative Richard Lamm , who was subsequently elected to three terms —87 as Colorado governor.

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Denver's topography consists of plains in the city center with hilly areas to the north, west and south. Adams County to the north and east, Arapahoe County to the south and east, and Jefferson County to the west. As of January , the City and County of Denver has defined 78 official neighborhoods that the city and community groups use for planning and administration.

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Along with federal agencies come many companies based on US defense and space projects, and more jobs are brought to the city by virtue of its being the capital of the state of Colorado. The hope was the center's expansion would elevate the city to one of the top 10 cities in the nation for holding a convention. Denver's position near the mineral-rich Rocky Mountains encouraged mining and energy companies to spring up in the area. In the early days of the city, gold and silver booms and busts played a large role in the city's economic success.

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And once judgment has been rendered against you, the mob starts combing through your past, looking for similar transgressions that might have been missed at the time. Social justice is a surveillance culture, a snitch culture.

The constant vigilance on the part of my colleagues and friends did me in. I mobbed and shamed people for incidents that became front page news. But when they were vindicated or exonerated by some real-world investigation, it was treated as a footnote by my online community. If someone survives a social justice callout, it simply means that the mob has moved on to someone new. Read the whole thing. I am glad that people have phones now, and can document instances of harassment and abuse, especially by those in authority.

But at what point does this become abusive? The mob has so much power. I feel sorry for him, to be honest, because the punishment seems disproportionate to the crime — if indeed there was a crime so to speak.

If there were video of Camilla Hudson running after the other fired employee with her camera in hand, I wonder how that would change our perspective.

Did she make a scene? We know by her own admission that she refused to leave the store when asked by the manager to do so, and that she was legally in the wrong. It sounds great when the people you hate are suffering from it. But what happens when the technology and the mob turns on you? Guys, my point is what kind of society can withstand a condition in which everybody has the potential to destroy their lives if they say the wrong thing in the presence of a smartphone? I had to be up early this morning to take my wife to the airport.

I stopped to get gas. The older black woman behind the counter as I was trying to pay was gruff and dismissive when I asked her a question. It occurred to me later, on the drive home, that if I had been the easily offended sort, I could have whipped out my smartphone and started interrogating her, and put whatever she said on social media, with incendiary racial commentary, before I left the parking lot.

It portrays Wuornos as a woman whose background drove her to kill as a means to survive and then was abused again by the criminal-justice system. No heroine, prosecutor says Though she has been glorified on stage, those closest to the case say such portrayals are exaggerations. She truly hated men. I think it's a tragedy to make her into some type of heroine figure. Several of these men were shot in the back from some distance. After Wuornos' arrest at the Last Resort, Moore was found in Pennsylvania and helped investigators by urging Wuornos to confess to the murders.

Wuornos, who acted alone, confessed because she thought police were targeting Moore, her partner of more than two years, as the killer, and wanted to protect her, according to court records.

Subject of movies, comic In , the same year after Wuornos was convicted of killing Mallory, the Lifetime cable network aired the made-for-television movie Overkill: Now see the Damsel, herself, Aileen Wuornos. A "True Crimes" comic book for sale on the Internet packaged the Wuornos story with that of another famed criminal, mob boss John Gotti.

Lenny Siems, whose father, Peter Siems, was murdered by Wuornos, said he's aware of her notoriety but has never seen the movies or read the books based on the case. His father's body was never found. Wuornos insists she should die because she would kill again if given the opportunity.

A psychiatric evaluation earlier this month found her competent to be executed. In an earlier letter to the Florida Supreme Court, Wuornos said she is ready to "cut to the chase then and get on with an execution.

When informed about the opera last year, Wuornos wrote in a letter, "My main concern is if this composer has been made aware of the fact that I've come clean in all of my cases. So if this person hasn't [heard], then I'd sure appreciate it if someone would inform him or her of it.

Tourists, he said, come from all over to have a drink where Wuornos played pool with her girlfriend and sometimes slept on an old car seat at the bar. Some of the regulars said they would gather Wednesday to celebrate Wuornos' passing. Yes, she killed seven men in Florida. Yes, she was a prostitute.

She gave a shocking, detailed confession at the behest of her lesbian ex-lover, and during her trial she was legally adopted by a well-meaning woman who claimed to receive her instruction from God. All these things are true. Women have been murdering serially for as long as men, though their victims are usually family members or acquaintances, and they most often choose poison over other means of disposal.

Wuornos killed strangers with a gun, an unusual but not unprecedented fact that the media seized upon and ran with rampantly. Her claim of having had sex with , men which was widely reported as truth is preposterous; such a feat would require the bedding of 35 different men a day every day for 20 years. Wuornos had neither the stamina nor the planning skills necessary for such a record-breaking performance.

Even with these most sensational claims discredited, Aileen Wuornos remains intriguing. She is both repellent and strangely pathetic. Her belligerence all but sealed her fate from the moment she was apprehended, and inspired contempt in most who encountered her or heard of her case. Her bravado and her claims that all seven of her victims tried to rape her are as incomprehensible as her boast of having serviced , johns.

Add to these the melodrama of her confession, her befriending and adoption by Arlene Pralle, and her never-had-a-chance personal history, and her story fairly reels one in. Her mother, Diane Wuornos, married Pittman when she was fifteen and bore him two children. She divorced Pittman less than two years into the marriage, a few months before Aileen was born. Diane found the responsibilities of single motherhood unbearable and in she abandoned Aileen and her brother Keith, who were then adopted by their maternal grandparents, Lauri and Britta Wuornos.

Aileen discovered the truth at around age twelve, information, which did not help an already troublesome situation. Lauri Wuornos drank heavily and was strict with the children; when they discovered their true parentage they rebelled against his severity, quickly becoming incorrigible. The staff found her hostile, uncooperative, and unable to get along with her peers. She delivered a baby boy, who was put up for adoption, in January In July of the same year Britta Wuornos died.

Diane Wuornos offered to let Aileen and Keith come live with her in Texas, but they declined, as she intended to establish rules and keep order in her household. Aileen, known to friends as Lee, dropped out of school, left home and took up hitchhiking and prostitution. In the next few years Keith died of throat cancer and Lauri committed suicide, and Lee headed for Florida, where she met and married an elderly man named Lewis Fell who had a comfortable income from railroad stocks.

He claimed she had squandered his money and beaten him with his cane when he was not forthcoming with even more cash. She drifted back to Florida and embarked on a decade of failed relationships and small-time crime-forgery, theft, and a rather ridiculous armed robbery that put her in prison for a spell.

From time to time she turned tricks, but even as an exit-to-exit interstate prostitute she was not a hot commodity. When she met twenty-four-year-old Tyria Moore at a Daytona gay bar in , Lee was lonely and angry and ready for something new. For a while it was great. Their ardor cooled, though, and money ran short-still, Ty stayed with Lee, following her from cheap motel to cheap motel, with stints in old barns or in the woods in between.

Their existence, meager though it was, became ever harder to maintain. Clearly, something had to change. Mysterious Deaths Richard Mallory liked a change now and again, too. The middle-aged owner of a Clearwater, Florida electronics repair business was known to close up shop abruptly and disappear for a few days at a time on drinking and sex binges. He changed the locks to his apartment eight times in three years. He kept employees at his business only long enough to clear the backlog of work that accrued during one of his disappearances, letting them go once his repair orders were caught up again.

His only constants were alcohol, sex and paranoia. There was no one close enough to him to notice he was gone.

Instead of saleable junk they found a body wrapped in carpet. Fingerprints carefully taken from the badly decomposed hands proved that this was Richard Mallory. He had been killed with three shots from a. Several months of investigation into his sordid lifestyle and somewhat shady acquaintances produced no real leads. On May 5, the body of an unidentified male was found naked in Brooks County, GA, close to Interstate 75 and just across the state line from Florida.

On June 1, another unidentified naked male body was found in the woods of Citrus County, Florida, about 40 miles north of Tampa. Police initially suspected Mathew Cocking, a surveyor who had found the body, as he was known to carry a gun and spewed profanity and threats at anyone who questioned him about his find. Spears had been a heavy-equipment operator who was last seen on May 19th.

His truck was found shortly after that on Interstate 75 with the doors unlocked and the license plate missing. Meanwhile, thirty miles south in Pasco County, yet another naked body was found a few miles off Interstate This one was discovered on June 6, and was so badly decomposed that medical examiners were not able to obtain fingerprints and could not estimate time of death.

The nine bullets found in the remains were damaged by the decomposition, but were determined to have come from a. Pasco County detective Tom Muck had no immediate luck identifying his John Doe later determined to be Charles Carskaddon , but had heard about the case in Citrus County.

Searching further for leads, he called the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and was told of their own mystery guest. Rhonda Bailey, who was sitting on her porch at the time and watched the accident happen, said two women clambered frantically from the car, throwing beer cans into the woods and swearing at each other.

The brown-haired woman said little; the blond, whose arm was bleeding from an injury sustained in the crash, did most of the talking. She begged Bailey not to call the police, saying her father lived just up the road. She and her companion got back in the car, which now had a smashed windshield and other damage, and got it out of the brush. They abandoned it just down the road and began walking.

Hubert Hewett of the Orange Springs Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call about the accident and asked the two women if they had been the ones in the car. The blond cursed at him and said no, they had not, and they did not want any help. He left them alone and they walked on. It was a Pontiac Sunbird, gray with four doors. The glass in the front doors, as well as the windshield, was smashed. There were apparent bloodstains throughout the interior, and the license plate was missing.

A computer search based on the VIN number revealed that the car belonged to Peter Siems, who had disappeared on June 7 after leaving his home in Jupiter, Florida to visit relatives in Arkansas.

Siems was a year-old retired merchant seaman who devoted much of his time to a Christian outreach ministry. John Wisnieski of the Jupiter Police, who had been working the case since Siems was reported missing, sent out a nationwide teletype containing descriptions of the two women. He also sent a synopsis of the case and sketches of the women to the Florida Criminal Activity Bulletin.

He was not optimistic about finding Siems alive. Troy Burress left on his delivery route from Gilchrist Sausage early on the morning of July Late that night she and her husband went out looking for him. It was unlocked and the keys were missing. He was found five days later. A family out for a picnic in the Ocala National Forest happened upon his body in a clearing just off Highway 19, about eight miles from where his truck was found. The Florida heat and humidity had hastened decomposition, precluding identification at the scene, but his wife identified his wedding ring.

He had been killed with two shots from a. It became evident as the investigation progressed, however, that Blankenship was not involved. For the time being, Tilley had no more suspects.

He celebrated his thirty-fifth wedding anniversary on September 10; on September 11, he disappeared. On the evening of September 12 his body was found in Marion County.

His car was found in late September in Suwanee County. About a month later the nude body of Walter Gino Antonio was found on a logging road in Dixie County. Sixty-year-old Antonio was a trucker, a sometime security guard, and a member of the Reserve Police. His car was found five days later across the state in Brevard County.

He could not ignore the similarities and was formulating a theory, along with a multi-agency task force with representatives from counties where victims were found. No one stopped to pick up hitchhikers anymore, he reasoned, so the perpetrator s of these crimes had to be initially non-threatening to the victims.

He turned to the press for help. In late November, Reuters ran a story about the killings, saying police were looking for the women. Papers across Florida picked up the story and ran it, along with police sketches of the women in question. A man in Homosassa Springs said the two women had rented a trailer from him about a year earlier. Their names were Tyria Moore and Lee. A woman in Tampa said the women had worked at her motel south of Ocala. Their names, she said, were Tyria Moore and Susan Blahovec.

Lee Blahovec was the dominant one, the caller said, and a truck stop prostitute. The mother lode, though, came from Port Orange near Daytona. They spent a bit of time living in a small apartment behind a restaurant very near the Fairview, but returned to the motel. In early December they left the Fairview. Moore had no real record, breaking and entering charges against her in having been dropped.

Blahovec had one trespassing arrest, while Greene had no record at all. The Greene ID was the one that paid off best. Volusia County officers checked area pawnshops and found that in Daytona, Cammie Marsh Greene had pawned a camera and a radar detector, and had left the requisite thumbprint on the receipt.

These items had belonged to Richard Mallory. The thumbprint was the key. Jenny Ahern of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System found nothing on her initial computer search, but came to Volusia County and began a hand search of fingerprint records there. Within an hour, she found what she came for. The print showed up on a weapons charge and outstanding warrant against a Lori Grody.

All this information was sent to the National Crime Information Center. Responses came from Michigan, Colorado and Florida. Pairs of officers, including two undercover as "Bucket" and "Drums," drug dealers down from Georgia, hit the streets hoping to track her down.

They meant for their takedown to develop gradually, as they wanted an airtight case, but Port Orange police entered suddenly and took Wuornos outside. The word was relayed to the cops in the nick of time, and Wuornos returned to the bar.

Joyner and Martin struck up a conversation with her and bought her a few beers. She left the bar at around Once again, the cautious takedown was almost ruined.

Two Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers pulled up behind Wuornos as she walked down Ridgwood Avenue, following her with their lights off. Officers at the command post made a call and got the FDLE officers off the street and Wuornos made it to her next destination, a biker bar called the Last Resort. Joyner and Martin met her there for a while, drank more beers, shot more bull.

They left just after midnight. She spent her last night of freedom sleeping on an old car seat in the Last Resort. The following afternoon, Joyner and Martin were back at the Last Resort as "Bucket" and "Drums," talking Wuornos up and wearing transmitters that kept the police apprised of everything that went on.

They had planned on making their collar later that night, but the Last Resort was gearing up for a barbecue, and bikers would start pouring in any second. The decision was made at the command post to go ahead with the arrest. She accepted their offer and left the bar with them. No mention was made of the murders, and no announcement was made to the media that a suspect had been arrested. Their caution was wise: She was living with her sister in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

She was read her rights but not charged with anything. Munster made sure she knew what perjury was, swore her in, and sat back as she gave her statement.

Lee had openly confessed that she had killed a man that day, but Moore told her not to say anything else. The more she knew, she reasoned, the more compelled she would feel to report Lee to the authorities. A confession would make the case against Wuornos virtually airtight, and Munster and Thompson explained their plan for obtaining one to Moore on the flight. Their phone conversations would be taped, and Moore was to tell Wuornos that authorities had been questioning her family, that she thought the Florida murders would be mistakenly pinned on her Moore.

Munster and Thompson hoped that, out of loyalty to Moore, Wuornos would confess. The first call from Wuornos came on January She was still under the impression that she was only in jail for the Lori Grody weapons violation.

When Moore broached her suspicions, Wuornos reassured her. Moore became more insistent that the police were after her, and it became clear that Wuornos knew what was expected of her. She even voiced suspicion that Moore was not alone, that someone was there taping their conversations. But as time passed, she became less careful about what she said.

She would not let Moore go down with her. Listen, if I have to confess, I will. Wuornos came back to two main points over and over during her confession to Larry Horzepa and Bruce Munster. First, she made it clear that Moore was not involved in any way in any of the murders. Additionally, she was emphatic in her assertion that nothing was her fault, not the murders and not any circumstance that led her down the criminal path that was her life. All the killings were done in self-defense, she claimed.

Each victim had either assaulted her, threatened her, or raped her. Her story seemed to develop as she told it. When each of her victims became aggressive she killed out of fear. And they wanted to hang me. I just want to get this over with.

Wuornos seemed to think she would make millions from her story, not yet realizing that Florida had a law against criminals profiting in such a manner.

She was all over the local and national media. She felt famous, and she continued to talk about the crimes with anyone who would listen, including Volusia County Jail employees. With each retelling she refined her story, casting herself in a better light each time. Aileen's Defender Into this tumult came Arlene Pralle, a forty-four-year-old "born-again" Christian who ran a horse breeding and boarding facility near Ocala. Almost immediately, Pralle became her ardent defender and helpmate. Pralle advised her that her public defenders were trying to profit from her story, as was everyone else.

Wuornos asked for and got new attorneys. We always know what the other is feeling and thinking. She arranged interviews for Wuornos with reporters she thought would be sympathetic, and in this forum Wuornos continued to tell and embellish her fantastic story.

Pralle said God had told her to. One state attorney, however, thought she should receive the death penalty, so on January 14, , Wuornos went to trial for the murder of Richard Mallory. The evidence and witnesses against her were severely damaging. Tyria Moore testified that Wuornos had not seemed overly upset, nervous or drunk when she told her of killing Mallory. Florida has a law known as the Williams Rule that allows evidence relating to other crimes to be admitted if it helps to show a pattern.

Because of the Williams Rule, information regarding the other killings was presented to the jury. Now, with the jury made aware of all of the murders, self-defense seemed improbable, at best. After the excerpts from her videotaped confession were played, the self-defense claim seemed ridiculous.

On the tape Wuornos appeared confident and not at all upset by the story she was telling. She made easy conversation with her interrogators and repeatedly told her public defender to be quiet. But Wuornos insisted on telling her story. Mallory had raped and sodomized her, she claimed, and had tortured her.

On cross-examination, prosecutor John Tanner obliterated any shred of credibility she may have had. As he brought to light all her lies and inconsistencies, she became agitated and angry. Her attorneys repeatedly advised her not to answer questions, and she invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination twenty-five times. On January 27, Judge Uriel Blount charged the jury. They returned with their verdict less than two hours later. I hope you get raped! Expert witnesses for the defense testified that Wuornos was mentally ill, that she suffered from borderline personality disorder, and that her tumultuous upbringing had stunted and ruined her.

With a unanimous verdict, they recommended that Judge Blount sentence her to the electric chair. He did so on January Unrepentant Wuornos did not stand trial again. But these others did not. In early February of , she was sentenced to die after pleading guilty to the murder of Walter Gino Antonio.

No charges were brought for the murder of Peter Siems, as his body was never found. For a time there was speculation that Wuornos might receive a new trial for the murder of Richard Mallory. New evidence showed that Mallory had served ten years in prison for sexual violence, and attorneys felt that jurors would have seen the case differently had they known this fact.

No new trial was forthcoming, though. The State Supreme Court of Florida has affirmed all six of her death sentences, and she is in her second round of appeals, a round that will eventually wend its way to the United States Supreme Court. She will probably be put to death in five to seven years.

Wuornos, Aileen Carol She has been heralded in tabloid headlines and on television talk shows as Americas first female serial killer. In fact, Aileen Wuornos was neither the first nor the worst, although she did display a curiously masculine tendency to prey on strangers of the opposite sex. Suspected of at least seven murders, sentenced to die in four of the six cases she confessed to police, Wuornos still maintains that some or all of her admitted killings were performed in self-defense, resisting violent assaults by men whom she solicited while working as a prostitute.

Ironically, information uncovered by investigative journalists in November suggests that in one case, at least, her story may well be true. Her teenage parents separated months before she was born, father Leo Pittman moving on to serve time in Kansas and Michigan mental hospitals as a deranged child-molester.

Mother Diane recalls Aileen and her older brother Keith as crying, unhappy babies, and their racket prompted her to leave them with her parents in early On March 18 of that year, maternal grandparents Lauri and Britta Wuornos legally adopted the children as their own. Aileens childhood showed little improvement from there. At age six, she suffered scarring facial burns while she and Keith were setting fires with lighter fluid.

Aileen later told police that she had sex with Keith at an early age, but acquaintances doubt the story and Keith is unable to speak for himself, having died of throat cancer in At any rate, Aileen was clearly having sex with someone, for she turned up pregnant in her fourteenth year, delivering her son at a Detroit maternity home on March 23, Grandmother Britta died on July 7, and while her death was blamed on liver failure, Diane Pratt suspected her father of murder, claiming he threatened to kill Aileen and Keith if they were not removed from his home.

In fact, they became wards of the court, Aileen soon dropping out of school to work the streets full-time, earning her way as a teenage hooker, drifting across country as the spirit moved her. In May , using the alias Sandra Kretsch, she was jailed in Jefferson County, Colorado, for disorderly conduct, drunk driving, and firing a.

Additional charges of failure to appear were filed when she skipped town ahead of her trial. Back in Michigan on July 13, , Aileen was arrested in Antrim County for simple assault and disturbing the peace, after she lobbed a cue ball at a bartenders head. Out-standing warrants from Troy, Michigan, were also served on charges of driving without a license and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle.

The money came, at least indirectly, from her brother. In late September, broke again, she hitched a ride to Florida, anxious to sample a warmer climate, hoping to practice her trade in the sun.

It was a change of scene, but Aileens attitude was still the same, and she inevitably faced more trouble with the law. On May 20, , Wuornos was arrested in Edgewater, Florida, for armed robbery of a convenience store.

Sentenced to prison on May 4, , she was released thirteen months later, on June 30, Her next arrest, on May 1, , was for trying to pass forged checks at a bank in Key West.

On November 30, , named as a suspect in the theft of a pistol and ammunition in Pasco County, Aileen borrowed the alias Lori Grody from an aunt in Michigan. Eleven days later, the Florida Highway Patrol cited Grody for driving without a valid license.

On January 4, , Aileen was arrested in Miami under her own name, charged with auto theft, resisting arrest, and obstruction by false information; police found a. A week later, using the new alias of Susan Blahovec, she was ticketed for speeding in Jefferson County, Florida. The citation includes a telling observation: Thinks she is above the law.

They soon became lovers, and while the passion faded in a year or so, they remained close friends and traveling companions, more or less inseparable for the next four years. On July 4, , police in Daytona Beach detained Tina Moore and Susan Blahovec for questioning, on suspicion of slugging a man with a beer bottle. Blahovec was alone on December 18, when highway patrolmen cited her for walking on the inter-state and possessing a suspended drivers license.

Once again, the citation noted Attitude POOR, and Susan proved it over the next two months, with threatening letters mailed to the circuit court clerk on January 11 and February 9, A month later, Wuornos was trying a new approach and a new alias.

On March 12, , Cammie Marsh Green accused a Daytona Beach bus driver of assault, claiming he pushed her off the bus following an argument; Tyria Moore was listed as a witness to the incident. On July 23, a Daytona Beach landlord accused Moore and Susan Blahovec of vandalizing their apartment, ripping out carpets and painting the walls dark brown without his permission. In November , Susan Blahovec launched a six-day campaign of threatening calls against a Zephyr Hills supermarket, following an altercation over lottery tickets.

By , Aileens demeanor was increasingly erratic and belligerent. Never one to take an insult lightly, she now went out of her way to provoke confrontations, seldom traveling without a loaded pistol in her purse. She worked the bars and truck stops, thumbing rides to snag a trick when all else failed, supplementing her prostitutes income with theft when she could. Increasingly, with Moore, she talked about the many troubles in her life, a yearning for revenge.

Richard Mallory, a year-old electrician from Palm Harbor, was last seen alive by coworkers on November 30, His car was found abandoned at Ormond Beach, in Volusia County, the next day, his wallet and personal papers scattered nearby, along with several condoms and a half-empty bottle of vodka. On December 13, his fully-dressed corpse was found in the woods northwest of Daytona Beach, shot three times in the chest with a. Police searching for a motive in the murder learned that Mallory had been divorced five times, earning himself a reputation as a heavy drinker who was very paranoid and very much into porno and the topless-bar scene.

A former employee described him as mental, but police came up empty in their search for a criminal record. They could find nothing dirty on the victim, finally concluding he was just paranoid and pussy-crazy. The investigation was stalled at that point on June 1, , when a nude John Doe victim was found, shot six times with a.

By June 7, the corpse had been identified from dental records as year-old David Spears, last seen leaving his Sarasota workplace on May Spears had planned to visit his ex-wife in Orlando that afternoon, but he never made it.

Ironically, his boss had spotted the dead mans missing pickup truck on May 25, parked along I south of Gainesville, but there the trail went cold.

By the time Spears was identified, a third victim had already been found. Charles Carskaddon, age forty, was a part-time rodeo worker from Booneville, Missouri, missing since May Carskaddon had been shot nine times with a. On June 7, Carskaddons car was found in Marion County, a. Peter Siems, a year-old merchant seaman turned missionary, was last seen on June 7, , when he left his Jupiter, Florida, home to visit relatives in Arkansas.

Siems never arrived, and a missing-person report was filed with police on June No trace of the man had been found by July 4, when his car was wrecked and abandoned in Orange Springs, Florida. Witnesses described the vehicles occupants as two women, one blond and one brunette, providing police sketch artists with a likeness of each.

The blond was injured, bleeding, and a bloody palm print was lifted from the vehicles trunk. Eugene Burress, age fifty, left the Ocala sausage factory where he worked to make his normal delivery rounds on July 30, A missing-person report was filed when he had not returned by 2: On August 4, his fully-dressed body was found by a family picnicking in the Ocala National Forest.

Burress had been shot twice with a. Nearby, police found his credit cards, clipboard, business receipts, and an empty cash bag from a local bank.

Fifty-six-year-old Dick Humphreys was a retired Alabama police chief, lately employed by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services to investigate child abuse claims in Ocala. His wife reported him missing when he failed to return home from work on the night of September 11, , and Humphreys was found the next day in an undeveloped subdivision, shot seven times with a.

On September 19, his car was found abandoned, stripped of license plates, behind a defunct service station in Live Oak. Impounded on September 25, the car was not traced to Humphreys until October 13, the same day his discarded badge and other personal belongings were found in Lake County, seventy miles southeast of the murder scene. Victim number seven was year-old Walter Antonio, a truck driver from Merrit Island who doubles as a reserve police officer for Brevard County.

Found in the woods northwest of Cross City on November 19, , he had been shot three times in the back and once in the head. Antonio was nude except for socks, his clothes later found in a remote area of neighboring Taylor County.

His car, meanwhile, was found back in Brevard County on November Police determined that Antonios killer had stolen a distinctive gold ring, along with his badge, nightstick, handcuffs, and flash-light. By that time, journalists had noted the obvious pattern detectives were reluctant to accept, and media exposure forced authorities to go public with their suspect sketches on November 30, Over the next three weeks, police received four calls identifying the nameless women as Tyria Moore and Lee Blahovec.

Their movements were traced through motel receipts, detectives learning that Blahovec also liked to call herself Lori Grody and Cammie Marsh Green. Meanwhile, Cammie Green was busy pawning items stolen from her victims, pocketing some extra cash. On December 6, she pawned Richard Mallorys camera and radar detector in Daytona, moving on to Ormond Beach with a box of tools stolen from Richard Spears.

She also left a thumb print behind in Ormond Beach, identical to that of Lori Grody. With mug shots and a list of names in hand, it was a relatively simple matter to trace Aileen Wuornos, though her root-less life style delayed the arrest for another month. On January 9, , she was seized at the Last Resort, a biker bar in Harbor Oaks, detained on outstanding warrants for Lori Grody while police finished building their murder case. A day later Tyria Moore was traced to her sisters home in Pennsylvania, where she agreed to help police.

Back in Florida, detectives arranged a series of telephone conversations between Moore and Wuornos, Tyria begging Aileen to confess for Moores sake, to spare her from prosecution as an accomplice. One conversation led police to a storage warehouse Aileen had rented, a search revealing tools stolen from David Spears, the nightstick taken from Walter Antonio, another camera and electric razor belonging to Richard Mallory.

On January 16, , Wuornos summoned detectives and confessed six killings, all allegedly performed in self-defense. She denied killing Peter Siems, whose body was still missing, and likewise disclaimed any link to the murder of a John Doe victim shot to death with a. No charges were filed in that case. I shot em cause to me it was like a self-defending thing, she told police, because I felt if I didnt shoot em and didnt kill em, first of all Its like, You bastards, you were going to hurt me.

Within two weeks of her arrest, Aileen and her attorney had sold movie rights to her story. At the same time, three top investigators on her case retained their own lawyer to field offers from Hollywood, cringing with embarrassment when their unseemly haste to profit on the case was publicly revealed. In self-defense, the officers maintained that they were moved to sell their version of the case by pure intentions, planning to put the money in a victims fund.

To a man, they denounced exposure of their scheme as the malicious work of brother officers, driven by their jealousy at being cut out of the deal. A bizarre sideshow to the pending murder trial began in late January , with the appearance of Arlene Pralle as Aileens chief advocate.

A year-old ranchers wife and born-again Christian, Pralle advised Wuornos in her first letter to prison that Jesus told me to write you. Soon, they were having daily telephone conversations at Pralles expense, Arlene arranging interviews for Wuornos and herself, becoming a fixture on tabloid talk shows from coast to coast. In Pralles words, their relation-ship was a soul binding. Were like Jonathan and David in the Bible. Its as though part of me is trapped in jail with her.

I just wish I was Houdini. I would get her out of there. If there was a way, I would do it, and we could go and be vagabonds forever. Instead, Pralle did the next best thing, legally adopting Wuornos as her daughter. Aileens trial for the murder of Richard Mallory opened on January 13, Eleven days later, Wuornos took the stand as the only defense witness, repeating her tale of violent rape and beating at Mallorys hands, insisting that she shot him dead in self-defense, using her pistol only after he threatened her life.

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