Richard Mallow was a convicted rapist who picked up Aileen. This was the first man she shot and killed out of self-defense. And then, there were more. A construction worker. A sausage salesman. A part time rodeo worker. They had names like Peter and Walter and David and Dick.
At first Aileen said she they had all raped her, but through the trial she said that only the first guy did and the others just started to. However, she later she told a documentarian--when the cameras were off-- that all of the murders were committed in self-defense. She allegedly changed her story because she didn’t want to be on death row anymore. She’d been there for 12 years.
And this is where my feminist outrage comes in. Aileen received six death sentences. She would be executed by the state of Florida. Six death sentences? I am convinced that homophobia, stigma towards sex workers, ableism and plain sexism played a part here. For her last dinner, Aileen ordered Kentucky Fried Chicken. Her last words were something along the lines of "I'll be back."