viewed on 9/8/04 (Mon)
After seeing Charlize Theron's performance in MONSTER and this documentary film, I am even more convinced that she should be the one and only winner. Many may know she won because she sacrificed so much to play an ugly serial killer but not many know that her performance was in fact Aileen Wurnos came back to life.
While the movie focuses on her lesbian relationship with her lover. This documentaty reveals alot alot more about Aileen Wurnos. In fact, her lover made only a rather brief appearance.
There are many disturbing facts revealed in this documentary.
Firstly, the police officials, Aileen Wurnos' close friends and her biological mother tried to sell her story to Hollywood and the media for a huge sum and she didn't get a single cent. In fact, when her lover tried to con her into confessing her murders on a taped conversation (as portrayed in the movie), she was already negotiating deals with Hollywood!
Secondly, in one shocking interview, Aileen herself confessed that she did not kill the men in the name of self-defence! Remember in the movie, her first victim, the man who brutally assaulted her and threw Aileen on a killing spree? We see an account by Aileen herself in the court. It was captured in the director's first documentary about ten years ago. Now, in the second one, she told the director it was all bluff! The director told her the testimonial was very convincing and Aileen was slightly proud of it. In that interview, she said she wanted to come clean before being executed. Her honesty is really moving but is she telling the whole truth? Later, she denied all she said and told the director she indeed killed in self-defence!
Thirdly, Aileen was religious. She talked of coming clean by telling the whole truth before joining Christ. She read the bible in the jail. She even revealed one of her ambitions is to be a missionary, besides a fire department gal and a police woman.
Fourthly, she came from a very decent and straight family. Her father wouldn't swear in the house and even wouldn't take off his shirt when working on the lawn. Her mother (we were told later it was her stepmother) would make her have a bar of soap in her mouth if she swore. Very unfortunately, she was raped by a very old pedophile in the neighbourhood and gave birth at the age of 13. Her mother later died and her father blamed it on Aileen. Partly because she brought shame to the family. She was thrown out of the house and she had to live in the woods during winter. As she recounted all these, there was not a single tear in her eyes. All we saw was anger. The director asked Aileen to tell him her happiest moment in her life. Aileen gave a smirk and began cursing the world.
Fifthly, before she was executed she made it very clear to everyone that she wanted to reveal the corruption of the cops and the system. When the director asked her how she felt when her biological mother wanted him to apologise on her behalf, she cursed briefly and was eager again to gripe about the corruption of cops. How the cops knew from the start it was her but just wanted her to keep killing so that it would be high-profile case and they could sell the story to the media. How she knew the cops were watching her killing those men all these while but covered up everything. How the prison guards tried to torment her using sonic waves. The director said it was obvious that Aileen had some mental problems but they conducted a test and simply declared her to be mentally sound. That sealed her fate.
Lastly, as aptly put across by a newscaster, when Aileen was executed, who was happier? The families of the victims or ... Aileen herself. She many a time told the director that she wanted to be executed fast. Living in the prisons for more than a decade waiting to be executed was like living in hell. She even half-jokingly said that she viewed her execution as going onto a mother ship, like in Star Trek, and be exported to another planet. She was so tired of living that death was the only way.
The documentaty is deeply unsettling. It is obvious that the documentary is not very professionally done like many highly-acclaimed ones but it is nonetheless extremely sincere, honest, sad and disturbing.
Expected Rating: B+