Serial Killers: Women Grasping for Control

When Aileen Wuornos was convicted in 1992 for shooting and murdering several men, the press dubbed her “America's first female serial killer.” In the popular imagination, the term had long been associated with men like Jack the Ripper, Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer. Some were even more skeptical about the murderous capabilities of the “fairer sex;” in 1998, former FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood reportedly went as far as to say: “There are no female serial killers.”

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